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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNODC Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML), of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Head of GPML, and the overall guidance of the Chief of CMLS. The Representative of the Country Office in Afghanistan will act as an Additional Reporting Officer. The incumbent will undertake missions to Afghanistan and globally as required.


The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

  • Work closely with Member States in Afghanistan and the Middle East, North Africa region (MENA), and other regions as required to develop and deliver technical assistance, mentoring and training to national agencies in areas of illicit financial flows and AML/CFT law enforcement, prosecutions, financial investigations, criminal asset forfeiture, capacity building for financial intelligence units, and cooperation with the private and NGO sectors;
  • Participate in awareness-raising and needs assessment activities related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT, including missions to Member States; review existing legal, regulatory, and law enforcement capacity in States and draft reports with recommended actions, in cooperation with national counterparts, on technical assistance needs in order to assist in their implementation of international standards related to AML/CFT;
  • Undertake outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc. related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT; make presentations on assigned topics/activities; provide guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties. Specific focuses will include managing training in implementation of sanctions pursuant to UNSCRs 1267,1988 and 1373, and international cooperation in relation to AML/CFT;
  • Develop and deliver professional development/accreditation systems for AML/CFT practitioners;
  • Work in close cooperation with the GPML P-4 Programme Officer (focal point for Counter Terrorist Financing), Terrorism Prevention Branch and with the AML/CFT Adviser in Afghanistan and UNODC staff in the Middle East; backstop mentors; participate in meetings of the MENAFATF, APG, and other regional bodies as necessary;
  • Monitor and review best practices, methodologies and programmes in areas related to illicit financial flows and AML/CFT and contribute to their promotion among Member States;
  • Provide substantive inputs to reports to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), and other legislative and technical bodies;
  • Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned AML/CFT-related programmes/projects, etc. Participate in fundraising and meetings/briefings with donors. As requested, attend policy-making and technical meetings to monitor and analyze events and discussions;
  • Monitor the expenditures and utilization of funds in the assigned areas of responsibility; draft parts of or contribute to the preparation of the necessary programme or project documents and reports, such as progress reports, work plans, programme budget, programme performance reports, etc.;
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has demonstrated current and comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the problem of illicit financial flows from crime and terrorism. Has demonstrated knowledge of the relevant aspects of money laundering, combating terrorism financing (AML/CFT), and proceeds of crime/asset forfeiture legislation, as well as the relevant international instruments and mandates of the UN and UNODC, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and the mutual evaluation process; and those of the FATF-Style Regional Bodies, specifically the MENAFATF and APG. Has knowledge in fostering national, regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT/financial regime, as well as its law enforcement measures to combat illicit financial flows. Has demonstrated experience in the development of professional training materials, including in relation to UNSCR 1267/1988/1373 and international cooperation, and the delivery of expert-level training courses. Has knowledge of AML/CFT legislation and implementation capacities, especially in Afghanistan. Has ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Demonstrates a high level of initiative and the ability to be proactive in seeking to develop new areas of work within identified objectives and strategies;
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


  • An advanced university (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the fields of law or criminology, or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Recognized qualification in project management and training delivery is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience, including international experience, in civil and/or criminal law including case preparation and advocacy, illicit financial flows, anti-money laundering and the counter-financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) is required;
  • Experience in development and delivery of AML/CFT training, including in relation to UNSCR 1267, 1988 and 1373 is required;
  • Experience in the development of AML/CFT professional development and accreditation systems is required;
  • Experience in providing advice and assistance to law enforcement officers and prosecutors on AML/CFT matters is required;
  • Experience in fostering regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT/financial regime is required;
  • Experience working in and delivering AML/CFT capacity building in developing countries, including Afghanistan and the Middle East, is required;
  • Experience in developing and delivering projects in relation to Money and Value Transfer Services is desirable;
  • Work experience within the United Nations System or a similar international organization is desirable;
  • Experience with international fundraising is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

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