Adviser (Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism) (AML/CFT), P4

UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Teheran, Islamic Republic of Iran


Within assigned authority, the Adviser (AML/CFT) will perform the following specific duties:

Advisory Services and Mentoring:

  • Review existing AML/CFT, law enforcement, crime prevention, border control and related technical capacity in the Islamic Republic of Iran, assesses technical assistance needs and training requirements of government institutions and recommend actions to meet international standards.
  • Provide advisory services and mentoring to government authorities, in particular law enforcement agencies and entities, with the aim to support planning, designing and managing appropriate response measures to address the money laundering, terrorism financing and illicit financial flows situation in the country.
  • Advise national counterparts on strategies and measures and on good practices in the areas of AML/CFT and disruption of illicit financial flows.

Technical Assistance:

  • Plan, coordinate and support the implementation of the programme strategies and activities, provide technical inputs to the implementation of law enforcement related projects.
  • Prepare or coordinate the preparation of the necessary programme or project documents and reports, such as work plans, budget segments, programme/project progress, performance and/or implementation delivery reports.
  • Guide trainers, technical and resource personnel, consultants.
  • Lead and participate in complex needs assessment and other technical missions to evaluate and elaborate technical assistance proposals; coordinate, participate and carry out periodic assessments of the performance of introduced and improved practices and operations.
  • Evaluate the quality and impact of law enforcement assistance measures in countries of the area of responsibility.

Capacity Building and Training:

  • Develop and organize capacity-building activities in policy and operational practices for AML/CFT and disruption of illicit financial flows.
  • Deliver capacity building and training activities to the law enforcement, financial intelligence, customs and border control agencies, other AML/CFT agencies on money laundering/terrorism financing investigation, disruption of illicit financial flows, financial investigation, monitoring of cross-border transportation of cash and bearer negotiable instruments.
  • Initiate, develop, coordinate or contribute to training curricula and training materials to support and sustain programme goals and outputs.

Liaison and Partnerships:

  • As required, serve as focal point/liaison officer for specialized AML/CFT and illicit financial flows programmes/projects.
  • Maintain regular contacts, foster cooperation and work in close coordination with national and international AML/CFT, drug and crime law enforcement authorities, agencies and institutions, Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) and other relevant operational counterparts including customs and border control authorities.
  • Facilitate interagency, regional and international cooperation and information exchange in operational, investigative, prosecutorial and judicial matters with regard to criminal justice matters and countering money laundering, terrorism financing, organized crime including illicit financial flows from organized crime and drugs.
  • Promote UNODC’s technical cooperation activities in the mandated areas; support and promote the expansion of programmes/projects through fundraising and outreach activities and works with Member States to secure cooperation agreements.

Other related tasks:

  • Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs, working papers, reports, background papers, analyses, presentations, proposals and documents, briefings, training materials, manuals, guides, toolkits, etc.
  • Attend policy-making and expert group meetings to monitor, analyse and advise on substantive issues related to the AML/CFT and disruption of illicit financial flows and participate as a resource person in workshops, seminars, training courses and meetings.
  • Provide regular reports to UNODC and relevant stakeholders on advancement of work, project implementation status, delivery and results.
  • Perform other work related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and sound practices relevant to AML/CFT and disruption of illicit financial flows related issues. Has knowledge of policies and practices in international drug control and crime prevention, including substantive and specific technical knowledge relevant to law enforcement practices, border control and border management, organized crime, financial crime, terrorism financing and related areas. 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 practical knowledge of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) mutual evaluation process and the 2013 assessment methodology, and FATF International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) procedures. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to conduct data collection using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct needs assessment in the relevant field. Is able to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, to plan own work and to manage conflicting priorities. Has proven ability to contribute to complex technical assistance programmes, to provide expert advice in the substantive area, deliver presentations and training and mobilize external partners and stakeholders. Has up to date knowledge of United Nations policies, rules and regulations, guidelines and procedures. 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.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Planning & 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.


An advanced university (Master's degree or equivalent) in the fields of law, criminology, public administration, political science, international relations or related fields of criminal justice, crime prevention and/or law enforcement 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 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 in drug control activities, crime and/or terrorism prevention (including international experience in law enforcement, crime prevention, criminal and/or financial investigations, police, prosecutions, customs, border control, combating organized crime, drug and human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, and/or criminal intelligence processes), is required. Experience in a dedicated anti-money laundering, or terrorism financing or illicit financial flows investigation unit, having worked closely with police, prosecutors, customs personnel, financial professionals and other relevant disciplines involved in the investigation of money laundering and terrorism financing cases is required. Experience in development and delivery of AML/CFT and disruption of illicit financial flows training and providing advice and assistance to financial intelligence and law enforcement officers in the area of illicit financial flows is required. Experience with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) FATF-style Regional Bodies mutual evaluations and FATF ICRG review process is required. Experience with AML/CFT capacity building in developing countries is highly desirable. Experience working in the West and Central Asia region 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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