The incumbent will work under the overall supervision and the substantive guidance of the Regional Project Coordinator on Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, based in Pretoria, South Africa. This position is located in UNODC Zambia Project Office.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is one of the most experienced global providers of asset forfeiture, anti-money-laundering (AML), counter-financing of terrorism (CFT) training and technical assistance. Drawing on this experience and expertise, the UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) is developing and implementing a program on these issues in Zambia

Within UNODC, the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) assists Member States in implementing the various anti money laundering and counter financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) provisions contained in several United Nations Conventions, Security Council Resolutions and other international AML/CFT requirements.

GPML’s primary goal is to assist Member States via their legal, financial, law enforcement and judicial authorities in developing effective and comprehensive domestic AML/CFT legal and regulatory frameworks, as well as the institutional infrastructures and practitioner skills needed to implement them. GPML is further committed to promoting national, regional and international coordination/cooperation on issues concerning money laundering and terrorist financing.  GPML fulfils its mandate principally through technical cooperation and capacity building for requesting Member States, the provision of in-depth training to national administrations and private sector actors dealing with AML/CFT issues, and the development and sharing of AML/CFT information resources, good practices and databases.

In view of the need for assistance expressed by Southern African countries, GPML/ROSAF is expanding its activities in the region. Important for this context is the need to closely coordinate with domestic agencies as well as with technical partners such as the East and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG), the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of Southern Africa (ARINSA) and the donor community.

Duties and Responsibilities

The National Programme Officer will provide substantive, organizational and coordination support for implementing the mandate of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the area of money laundering and terrorist financing, especially for Zambia and Southern Africa activities. The main focus of work is the provision of assistance to Member States, upon request, in the legal and related aspects of money laundering and financing of terrorism, especially implementing the international standards and strengthening the capacity of the national criminal law enforcement and justice entities as well as financial intelligence units to apply the provisions of these instruments in compliance with the principles of rule of law and human rights

The National Programme Officer will carry out the following tasks:

  • Coordinate technical assistance activities to strengthen the efficiency of the criminal justice system to investigate and prosecute financial crime and support the national strategy AML/CFT in Zambia as well as other ARINSA countries;
  • Formulate, analyze, plan, implement and report on technical assistance activities at the national, sub-regional and regional level, in accordance with the UNODC/GPML overall programme strategy and as integral element of UNODC’s country specific and regional programmes
  • Participate in and contribute to the conducting of technical assistance activities to requesting countries and undertake substantive, organizational and coordination arrangements for them;
  • Conduct the drafting and translation of relevant documents such as financial proposal for donor countries, progress reports, etc.;
  • Prepare work plans, programme implementation reports and follow-up activities plans;
  • Coordinate technical cooperation activities with relevant international, regional and national institutions and organizations active in the field; in this context contribute to maintaining close contacts with national counterparts and United Nations and entities;

Undertake any other tasks as required.


Professionalism – Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to crime prevention and criminal justice with a focus on economic crime and corruption related issues. Has good knowledge of legislative aspects of preventing and combating corruption, including their international dimensions. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as well as of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice substantive knowledge of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Has ability to identify issues, analyse and contribute to the resolution of problems/issues. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Has knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic and ability to analyse information on a wide range of legal issues. Has knowledge of project management and implementation related issues and is able to coordinate activities. 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


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.


Client Orientation- Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with all relevant stakeholders in Zambia and Southern Africa, clearly identifies their needs to develop and implement legal, policy and other responses, ensures continuous dialogue with the stakeholders monitoring the relevant developments and undertaking the necessary adjustments; meets timeline for delivery of technical assistance and other services and products

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

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, preferably with specialization in international law or criminal law is required or other related academic background. A first-level university degree (Bachelor/License) in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

.      Specialization in criminal issues is an asset; five (5) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree


  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in legal or related area.
  • Experience in technical assistance programmes and management of project is desirable.
  • Good knowledge of asset forfeiture, money laundering and terrorism financing is desirable.
  • Familiarity with regional dimensions pertaining to Southern Africa;
  • Knowledge of the work of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is desirable;

Knowledge of UN system and its Administration and Finance rules is also desirable.