UNDP’s support for anti-corruption programmes is a key element of the organization’s broader agenda on democratic governance and sustainable development. UNDP seeks to foster inclusive participation, strengthen accountable and responsive governing institutions, and ground governance in international principles, notably gender, human rights and anti-corruption. This approach to democratic governance and the role of anti-corruption therein, is consistent with the current discussions on the strategic plan 2014-2017, and the current UNDP strategic plan for 2008-2013, which focuses on integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to achieve the key development outcomes. To support implementation of the strategic plan, UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) developed the Global Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness (PACDE) coordinated by its Democratic Governance Group (DGG).
Through PACDE, UNDP seeks to assist programme countries to prevent and reduce the prevalence of corruption. During its first phase (2008-2011, the focus of PACDE was on clarifying UNDP’s niche and policies, putting necessary global and regional management architectures in place, building UNDP and partner countries’ capacities through regional training, establishing and strengthening regional networks and service delivery platforms, increasing knowledge and awareness, and enhancing coordination and cooperation with relevant internal and external partners. The main focus of the second phase (2012-2017) is to increase interventions at the country level using the capacity and practice architecture of UNDP Regional Centres, anti-corruption community of practices and expert teams.
Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS (RC) is leading the work on public accountability and anti-corruption in the RBEC region through the Democratic Governance Programme with the support from PACDE. Over the past four years, through the Public Administration Reform and Anti-Corruption (PAR/RC) programmes, the Centre established a vibrant Anti-Corruption Community of Practice having worked with country offices in the region and in partnership with: UNODC, OECD, OSCE and EU among others. Through BRC, EU accession countries (Western Balkans and European Neighborhood Policy countries) COs have been supported to align AC approaches to EU’s requirements. To this end, the RC has worked and continues to work with EU’s GRECO (the Council of Europe anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) programme. 
The RC has also becomean important hub for the global Community of Practices on AC; it has organized several global/regional meetings, in collaboration with DG PACDE team, with government officials, civil society organisations (CSOs) and UN staff working on anti-corruption. The RC launched an online network in 2009 which has around 300 members and helps members share information and knowledge on relevant anti-corruption issues. In addition, the RC, working with other regional centres and partners, developed the AC Needs Assessment methodology that has been shared globally and it is being used by an increasing number of Country Offices. As well, the RC is working with international partners in developing a report on the role of the NGOs and the Supreme Audit Institutions. The latter being a new business line for the Centre.
In the past five years, the RC focused its anti-corruption work on supporting countries to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The RC and UNODC colleagues have established a joint working group to implement UNCAC through the UNDP Country Offices. The RC recognizes that UNDP compliments UNODC mandate in implementing UNCAC initiatives in the field where UNDP focuses on detection (? Is thi so?) , prevention and institutional strengthening and capacity building. As well, along with the NY team, the RC is invited to participate in the UNODC’s global, state-party meetings and to contribute at the working group level. At the Country Office level, the RC promotes collaboration with other international partners such as GIZ, GRECO, OSCE and others. Joint assessment/initiatives are conducted in the field in support of the anticorruption, public accountability initiatives of UN Country Office.
The DG/AC team also collaborates with other practices/teams and initiates joint projects including with: gender, knowledge management, human rights and local governance/local development.
RC’s anti-corruption programme is also focusing on corruption prevention through sector approaches in the health, education, water sectors as well as in the areas of gender and local development, as well as on developing national capacity to measure corruption and monitor implementation of national anti-corruption strategies. From 2013 through 2015 the Centre will continue to provide advisory and technical support on (a) good practices in diagnosing and combating corruption in the health, education, water sectors, as well as in the area of gender and local development; (b) working on the Implementation of the UNCAC Review Mechanism; (c) working with Supreme Audit Institutions and NGOs, support effective oversight mechanism at the institutional and community levels; and (d) introduce and implement social innovation in AC initiatives through social media with emphasis on youth.
In addition to initiatives led from the Regional Centre, the RC supports national anti-corruption initiatives including integrating transparency, accountability and integrity in public sector reform in RBEC countries with regional focus on the Western Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, providing support in response to requests by partner countries. The RC also collaborates with other Regional Bureaus, RBAS & RBA, by providing expertise at conferences and workshops and sharing ECIS best practices.
There is an increased request from UNDP Country Offices and programming countries in the region for policy advice and research and analytical support on the major issues of public accountability, transparency, institutional effectiveness, anti-corruption and governance.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Programme Specialist will be tasked to lead the regional anti-corruption initiatives for Europe and CIS (ECIS), under the Democratic Governance Programme and Global Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness. Under the supervision of the Democratic Governance Practice Team Leader at the UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS and the Global Anti-Corruption Policy Advisor in UNDP DGG/BDP, the incumbent will assume responsibility for the following functions and expected key results:
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a multi-year Regional Programme on Effective Institutions and Anti-Corruption to (i) support effective UNCAC implementation at the national level; (ii) promote national measurements of corruption and national implementation of anti-corruption strategies; (iii) promote corruption-free service delivery for the achievement of the MDGs; (iv) integrate transparency, accountability and integrity in public sector reform processes both at national and local level; (v)  develop capacity of anti-corruption agencies including (incl. twinning arrangements with anti-corruption training institutes, INTOSAI, IT support and institutional development planning, etc.);
  • Provide policy advice and programme support to UNDP Country Offices, UN Country Teams and other national partners in ECIS to strengthen effective institutions & anti-corruption initiatives at the national level through south-south knowledge exchange on good practices, use of evidence gathering with external communication, integration of social media, focus on MDG, inter-agency partnerships and enhanced political economy analysis. This includes providing support to existing and future public accountability and anti-corruption projects at country level;
  • Lead regional knowledge codification, analysis, dissemination and application of lessons learned and good practices on effective public accountability & anti-corruption approaches, including keeping track of emerging and newly produced knowledge materials from global, regional and national organizations working on anti-corruption and assess how these materials can best be used, developed or adapted especially for ECIS countries. Specifically, this knowledge management component comprises also: (i) facilitating the ECIS CoP by sharing information and knowledge on relevant anti-public accountability & corruption issues through quarterly newsletters, e-discussions, online queries and ad hoc information messages; (ii) integrating ECIS CoP’s knowledge tools and products with corporate platforms such as Team works; (iii) developing and monitoring content in the Global Anti-Corruption Portal, including experiences, research, news, events and other materials for anti-corruption practitioners, researchers, experts and the general public;
  • Contribute to enhanced partnership development and resource mobilization for public accountability & anti-corruption initiatives in the ECIS region by (i) strengthening existing partnerships, (ii) enhancing communication on strengthening public institutions and anti-corruption initiatives, (iii) supporting delivering as one modalities with other UN agencies, notably UNODC, (iv) seeking opportunities to foster South-South, Sub-Regional, Cross-Regional and Regional cooperation, and (v) exploring and maintaining partnerships with relevant global, regional and national think tanks, donors and research institutes working on anti-corruption. This also includes the development/maintenance of a regional roster of experts on public administration and anti-corruption;
  • Contribute to global policy development on anti-corruption through research and analysis, including through regional knowledge codification, identifying national best practices for wider replication, and providing regional inputs into knowledge products. This also includes sharing knowledge and good practices from the region to other regions and contributing to global anti-corruption events such as the International Anti-Corruption Conferences, the UNCAC Conferences of States Parties, and other global events. This includes serving as a focal point for the Global Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness in the ECIS region. Participate in the work planning meeting of PACDE, contribute to synchronizing the regional and global activities, and be responsible for implementing and reporting on the PACDE activities planned for the ECIS region;
  • Collaborate with other practices and democratic governance thematic areas to integrate institutional effectiveness, public accountability, transparency and anti-corruption in all policy areas and business lines of UNDP as stipulated in the new Strategic Plan (2014-2017).


Corporate Competencies:
  • Good working knowledge of UNDP/UN rules, policies and practices;
  • Good understanding of UNDP programming modalities;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Technical Competencies:
  • Substantive and technical expertise in a number of the following competency areas:
  • UNCAC Implementation, UNCAC Review and UNCAC Self-Assessment processes;
  • Experience of integrating transparency, accountability and integrity in public sector reforms;
  • Mainstreaming anti-corruption in sectors (e.g., health, education, water, climate change, gender, local development etc.);
  • Capacity development of Anti-Corruption Agencies;
  • Facilitating UN knowledge networks of technical experts and practitioners;
  • Formulating and evaluating anti-corruption initiatives at the country level;
  • Political Economy Analysis of corruption at the country level; 
  • Experience of providing policy advice (including report writing) at international level;
  • Experience of inter-agency and partnership processes.
Managerial competencies:
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in multi-cultural team environment;s
  • Excellent supervisory, team-working, team-building, and diplomatic skills;
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and mature judgment. 
Behavioural competencies:
  • Strong verbal and written communication and advocacy skills ;
  • Ability to work in a complex environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors ;
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tact and diplomacy ;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and negotiation skills, especially resource management systems ;
  • Excellent networking skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in law, economics, political science, public management, sociology or another international development related area.


  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible, substantive knowledge in democratic governance and development programming experience with a focus on anti-corruption.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.