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Financial Crime Specialist

Vacancy #:   6109
Unit:   TRAFFIC Southern Africa
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFC - Southern Africa (Madagascar), Antananarivo, Madagascar
Reporting to:   Project Manager - Combating Wildlife Crime
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 September 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (25 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   26 August 2022
BACKGROUND
TRAFFIC has a growing portfolio of work within the financial sector. It has invested resources to establish more formal networks of institutions working to raise the profile and attention on the illegal wildlife trade within their establishments. Notably, TRAFFIC is a founding member of the United for Wildlife Financial Task-force, a bank-led initiative designed to improve understanding of the issue within financial institutions and assist them in targeting their resources to detect and report suspicious activity by individuals and companies using their companies. Furthermore, TRAFFIC and partners are assisting mainly financial intelligence and asset recovery units to improve their awareness of illegal wildlife trade and conduct training on “follow the money” techniques associated with ARIN (Asset Recovery Inter-agency Networks).

Building on these initiatives, TRAFFIC, and its partners are developing a range of information packages, including typologies, trade analyses, crime convergence reviews, and training modules to support financial institutions and specialized enforcement units to improve their investigation of wildlife crimes.

TRAFFIC is seeking a staff member to develop and deliver a range of activities in Madagascar, under US Government funding, together with partners, within the financial sector.
JOB DESCRIPTION
This project management role is responsible for planning, delivering, and reporting various initiatives under the financial crime component of a Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) project titled “Anti-Corruption and Combating Wildlife Trafficking Activity -Madagascar.” The overall role of this position is to sensitize and provide capacity building to critical stakeholders on the use of financial investigations and application of financial criminal law in the interdiction and conviction of wildlife crime offenders.

Specific responsibilities will include:

1)Create an understanding of what drives and facilitates financial crime in the natural resources sector in Madagascar.
2)Analyze and provide recommendations for improving anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legal and institutional frameworks in Madagascar.
3)Complete a needs assessment to identify knowledge gaps and weaknesses within institutions established to undertake financial crime investigations in Madagascar.
4)Implement capacity-building workshops with relevant stakeholders to provide practical tools and systemic approaches for tracking financial flows and identifying money laundering associated with the illegal wildlife trade.
5)Support specialized law enforcement units and banking industry stakeholders, including financial institutions and financial service providers, to identify, report, and mitigate wildlife trafficking-related money laundering, utilizing red flags and risk assessment indicators.
6)Contribute to improving the capacity and coordination of anti-corruption systems in Madagascar.
7)Develop alert systems, guides, and monitoring tools and respond to context-specific corruption issues.
8)Act as the TRAFFIC Project Manager for the project in Madagascar, providing line management support for consultants with overall project reporting responsibility to the TSAF Programme Office Director based in South Africa.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Qualifications/expertise sought (required educational background, years of relevant work experience, other special skills or knowledge required):

•An advanced university-level degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in international relations, law, political science, economics, criminology, global financial flows, statistics, public administration, policing, or other related field or relevant professional qualification in accountancy or law is required.
•An 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, financial crime, criminal investigation, law enforcement, border management, border working techniques or other related areas, in combination with additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted instead of the advanced university degree.
•Significant experience in addressing financial crime (e.g., money laundering) is a requirement.
•Proven experience of working with senior government officials.
•Experience of working in Africa, ideally southern or East Africa, is preferred.
•A minimum of five years of relevant experience as a project manager with advanced project planning, budgeting, staff management, and financial reporting is required.
•Previous experience in delivering training in international or transnational crime /anti-corruption/ AML and cooperation; and providing mentorship support to government agencies.
•Knowledge of environmental crime is an advantage.
•Demonstrated experience in preparing donor/project narrative reports.
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.
•Fluency in written and spoken English and French is required.
•Must be able to travel extensively throughout southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean Islands.
APPLICATIONS

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