On Countering the Financing of Terrorism, with the operational expertise of financial intelligence units, international standards in the areas of AML/CFT, and on virtual assets, such as cryptocurrenci, New York, United States At Office of Counter-Terrorism

Closing date: Saturday, 13 May 2023

Posting Title: On Countering the Financing of Terrorism, with the operational expertise of financial intelligence units, international standards in the areas of AML/CFT, and on virtual assets, such as cryptocurrenci

Department/Office: Office of Counter-Terrorism

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 01 May 2023 – 14 May 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Office of Counter-Terrorism-207716-Individual Contractor

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of ServiceBuilding on past achievements under the CFT Programme and in close coordination with donor, the consultant is expected to provide guidance, advice, and support on virtual assets in both Russian and English language.

Work LocationHome based

Expected duration8 months

Duties andResponsibilities

Background and rationale The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2462 (2019), which served as a landmark call from the United Nations to all Member States on the urgency to suppress terrorist financing. The resolution constituted an important step forward in the international community’s efforts against terrorism financing by consolidating existing obligations in a single document, expanding the focus to include key emerging issues, and emphasizing the importance of strengthening international cooperation to ensure the exchange of relevant, adequate, and timely financial intelligence. The importance of countering terrorism financing is also emphasized in the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and in its biennial review resolutions, which encourage UN entities to continue to assist the Member States upon their request to fully implement their respective international obligations to combat the financing of terrorism. The UNOCT-UNCCT Global Coordinated Programme on Detecting, Preventing and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (the CFT Programme) aims to help strengthen Member States’ capacities to detect, prevent and counter the financing of terrorism, following relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Under the supervision of the UNOCT-UNCCT Programme Manager and in coordination with the donor (s), the consultant would undertake the following responsibilities:

  •  Support the organization of two or three events on counter-terrorism and virtual assets – both online and in-person.
  •  Draft and develop a knowledge product based off the outcome of above events, and additional research, on the topic of countering the use virtual assets, such as cryptocurrencies, to finance terrorism.
  •  Support consultations and exercises with Member States that are member jurisdictions of the Eurasian Group on AML/CFT (EAG).
  •  Draft final donor report and support Programme Manager efforts to further resource mobilize for sustainability.
  •  Implement all relevant factors, advice and recommendations laid out in relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular SDG 16.

Qualifications/special skillsEducation: Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in international relations, economics, or law, with emphasis or specialization in international law, international financial flows, or domestic financial regulatory regimes. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive practical experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. : Proven publication or part of an academic community in the subject matter is required. At least 10 years’ experience in the field of countering financial crimes and terrorist financing in the financial intelligence unit, financial examinations, banking, IT systems development, and project management, either as a practitioner in the sector, or regulator, supervisor, and investigator in the law enforcement agencies or similar experience. At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in the financial intelligence unit, financial crimes examinations, and countering financing terrorism is desired. Experience in working with relevant United Nations bodies and other key multilateral forums, including FATF and its standards and FATF-Style Regional Bodies (FSRBs), and understanding the implementation and requirements of UN-mandated sanctions. Experience in research and analysis related to the role of the private sector in the fight against terrorism. Experience in working with national finance and treasury officials, offices of the attorneys-general, judges, lawyers, private sector entities, and law enforcement officials is desirable.

LanguagesLanguages: Proficiency in English and Russian


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