Adviser (Trade-Based Money Laundering and Cash Couriers – TBML/CC)

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 04 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will report to the Adviser (Anti-Money-Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism) of the UNODC Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML), as first reporting officer, and the Chief of CMLS, as second reporting officer. The work of the Adviser (Trade-Based Money Laundering and Cash Couriers – TBML/CC) will be planned in consultation with the Adviser (Anti-Money-Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism), GPML.

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Within assigned authority, the Adviser will work directly with the national authorities of the Member States to provide Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) advice, training and technical assistance to support the establishment, development and implementation of AML/CFT national regimes. Specifically, he/she will provide technical assistance, advice and support capacity building, in accordance with applicable national laws, in the following areas:

• Provide specialised advice and assistance and develop national anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) related strategies and coordination mechanisms, which set out objectives to manage and coordinate AML/CFT responsibilities in each country;

• Provide mentoring to border control agencies in the monitoring of cross-border transportation of cash and bearer negotiable instruments (BNIs), the identification of cash couriers and seizure of cash and BNIs, when appropriate;

• Provide specialised assistance in the effective implementation of Financial Action Task Force Recommendation 32 on cross-border cash declaration / disclosure requirements;

• Train and develop operational officers (customs/tax/intelligence/law enforcement) with responsibility for collecting export-import taxes and duties and VAT tax and combating tax fraud, and Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) staff to effectively address trade-based money laundering (TBML);

• Provide advisory service to the development of financial intelligence units (FIU) in the Central America and the Caribbean regions and build capacity of FIU staff to effectively collect and analyse relevant information and to disseminate financial intelligence to law enforcement agencies and other relevant authorities, where applicable;

• Provide financial investigation training and mentoring to build capacity of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to successfully investigate and prosecute money laundering, including trade-based money laundering, and financing of terrorism;

• Provide advice related to freezing, seizure and confiscation of criminal assets, including training and mentoring of personnel responsible for confiscation actions;

• Enhance effective regional and international cooperation in relation to identification, investigation and prosecution of money laundering and financing of terrorism, including provision of training and advice on trade-based money laundering, national free trade zones (FTZs), combating illegal cross-border cash transportation, police to police cooperation, FIU exchange of information, mutual legal assistance and other information exchange mechanisms; (to include the drafting of memorandum of understandings where required);

• Develop information systems for collection and analysis of relevant statistics on the operation of respective AML/CFT systems, to assist in measuring the effectiveness of the AML/CFT regime;

• Raise awareness on AML/CFT in government agencies, the legislature, the private sector and the public at large, as appropriate;

• Participate in and contribute to the development of regional projects designed to enhance knowledge and effectiveness of AML/CFT, trade-based money laundering and asset confiscation programmes within the region;

• Prepare a variety of written outputs and file monthly reports concerning the work and performed activities;

• Perform other work related functions, as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of relevant aspects of money laundering, including trade-based money laundering and cross-border cash transportation, combating terrorism financing (AML/CFT), proceeds of crime, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and extradition legislation. Is able to foster regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT/financial/economic regime. Has knowledge and understanding of relevant international instruments, including the United Nations Security Resolutions and Conventions relating to money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Has knowledge and understanding of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) 40 Recommendations and AML/CFT Assessment methodology for Mutual Evaluations. 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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminology or other related area is required. A first-level university degree or equivalent academic education, professional training with certification from a recognized international/national police, customs or other staff training institution, with specialization in criminal justice, crime prevention, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management, border working techniques and/or other related areas, in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification or other qualification in training design and delivery is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience, including at the international level, in money laundering investigations, intelligence and law enforcement, including combating and prevention of the trade-based money laundering, tax fraud, illegal cross-border transportation of cash and bearer negotiable instruments (BNIs), identification of cash couriers and seizure of cash and BNIs, is required.
Experience in a dedicated proceeds of crime investigation unit, preferably having worked closely with tax and customs personnel, financial professionals and other relevant disciplines in the investigation of money laundering cases and the seizure/forfeiture of criminal assets, is required.
Experience in training and providing advice to prosecutors, law enforcement officers and/or other criminal justice officials, tax and customs officers in matters relating to the investigation and prosecution of money laundering or other financial/economic crimes, including trade-based money laundering, tax fraud, illegal cross-border transportation of cash and bearer negotiable instruments (BNIs), is required.
Work experience in Central America and the Caribbean, South America regions is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Vienna is classified an H and family duty station.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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