United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer Jobs Zabia

United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer Jobs Zambia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • This position is located in the Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Pretoria, South Africa.

  • The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Representative and the substantive technical guidance of the Vienna-based Programme Coordinator heading the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section (CMLS) of the Organized Crime Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of UNODC.


    The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Keep abreast of the situation in addressing money laundering in the region, provide relevant analysis and baselines for evidence-based project implementation.

  • Provide specialist advice in drafting anti-money laundering legislation, including seizure, freezing and forfeiture of proceeds of crime and related issues to the countries in the region.

  • Build working relationships with national prosecution authorities in the region and other relevant national and regional authorities.

  • Provide expert advice to the ARINSA (Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of Southern Africa) Secretariat in the conduct of meetings, substantive discussions, including on promotion of asset forfeiture good practices.

  • Identify related training needs and serve as resource person for the delivery of tailored training courses, in conformity with the objectives of the project.

  • Provide ongoing advice to relevant government authorities in the region on the establishment and staffing of suitable institutional structures responsible for asset forfeiture and asset management.

  • Manage the design and content of the ARINSA web platform aimed at supporting networking among AML practitioners in the region.

  • Foster teamwork with colleagues in ROSAF and other relevant UNODC sections and units, such as the Global Wildlife Programme, the Terrorism Prevention Branch, the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, including information sharing on ongoing and planned work to ensure synergies and coherent action.

  • Support the implementation and development of regional projects designed to enhance knowledge and effectiveness of AML and asset forfeiture programmes within the region, and their alignment with the UNODC-SADC (Southern African Development Community) Regional Programme for Southern Africa.

  • Under the guidance of the Regional Representative contribute to the UN work at the field level and participate in the UN Country Teams (UNCTs) thematic groups, as well as in other thematic projects, dealing with AML and asset forfeiture.

  • Provide specialist advice and substantive support to the UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa on asset forfeiture, asset recovery, money laundering and terrorist financing issues and contribute to the implementation of the Regional Programme.

  • Prepare and submit regular reports related to the work in the region to DTA/OCB/CMLS and ROSAF, as per performance workplan.

  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


    • Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to UNODC mandates; has demonstrable understanding of, and experience in relevant aspects of money laundering, combating terrorism finance (AML/CFT),
    proceeds of crime, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and extradition legislation; has knowledge of and experience in fostering regional and international contacts and cooperation relevant to the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT/financial/economic regime; has demonstrable ability to liaise with prosecutors and knowledge in the preparing documents required by the courts in the course of investigations, asset freezing/seizures and prosecutions; has knowledge and experience in training/mentoring prosecutors, law enforcement officers and/or other criminal justice officials in matters relating to the investigation and prosecution of money laundering or other financial/economic crimes; has knowledge and understanding of the UN Security Resolutions and Conventions relating to money laundering and the financing of terrorism; has knowledge and understanding of the Financial Action Task force (FATF) and AML/CFT assessment methodology for mutual evaluations.

    • 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law 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 an advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of relevant professional (including international) experience in a common law jurisdiction, in money laundering investigations, intelligence and law enforcement, including seizure/forfeiture of criminal assets and preparation of cases for trial is required.

  • Experience in a dedicated proceeds of crime investigation unit, preferably having worked closely with prosecutors, 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 and assistance in the area of proceeds of crime is required.

  • Experience with the preparation of court documents necessary for investigations, seizures, and prosecutions, including search warrants, applications for wiretap authorizations, applications for freezing/seizure of criminal assets is desirable.

  • Working experience in the Southern African region is desirable.

  • Working experience within the United Nations system or other international organizations is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

  • For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.

  • Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage. Fluency in Portuguese is an asset.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer Jobs Zambia

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