National Project Officer- NPSA9 - Tenders Global

National Project Officer- NPSA9

  • Contract
  • Iraq
  • Posted 2 months ago


Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
1.      Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP has a global mandate to support the governments in good governance and security & justice sector reforms as well as play a significant role in producing policy advice and support to governments on SDG 16. At the requests of the Government of Iraq (GOI), UNDP has been engaging a range of national interlocutors to provide technical advice and assistance to advance efforts in this sphere. Among others, the ongoing work focuses specifically in supporting the implementation of the GOI Security Sector Reform (SSR) Programme.

Within the scope of this work, the UNDP SSR Programme works on enhancing the capacity of the GOI actors to strengthen and improve complex organized and financial crime investigations in Iraq. Related to financial investigations, the SSR programme builds institutional capacity building and strengthens the role of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Office of the Central Bank. In this regard, UNDP Iraq seeks to recruit a National Project Officer AML/CFT. The National Project Officer AML/CFT will support the Anti-Money Laundering Project Team Leader in the implementation of the project: “A Unified Approach to Countering Illicit Finance: Expanding the Impact of Iraq’s Financial Intelligence Unit” (hereinafter the “AML Project”). The main beneficiary of the project is the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML-CFT) which is Iraq’s financial intelligence unit (FIU). The AML-CFT Office receives, and analyses reports on transactions suspected to be related to criminal activity or linked to money laundering or terrorism financing. When suspicious transactions are identified, the AML-CFT Office is tasked to disseminate actionable intelligence regarding those transactions to the appropriate investigating authorities.

UNDP Iraq seeks to hire a National Project Officer AML/CFT to support the AML Project Team Leader and her team of specialists in implementing the AML project to develop wide-ranging capacities of the AML-CFT Office. The National Project Officer will assist the Anti-Money Laundering Project Team Leader in his tasks to deliver on the following responsibilities:

  • Management and Oversight of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Project in accordance with UNDP standards to facilitate project implementation in line with the project objectives and delivery.
  • Provide technical support to the project beneficiaries to the specialists’ project team by overseeing the delivery of all project objectives and establish and maintain strong relations with national counterparts.
  • Ensure regular and effective networking and coordination with likeminded international partners active in strengthening Government of Iraq’s capacities and policies on countering illicit financing and anti–money laundering initiatives.

2.      Scope of Work

The National Project Officer AML/CFT will undertake the following:

  • Support the AML Project Team Leader to facilitate project implementation of the AML project objectives within the target delivery time frames.
  • Support the Team Leader to manage the project in accordance with the principles of results-based management (RBM), including the preparation of project AWP and integrating the inputs to SSR–ROL AWP, supporting the Programme Management Specialist in updating the RRF – Risk Log – and year end ROAR inputs to UNDP annual exercises.
  • Hold primary responsibility for the logistical preparation and execution of all project activities, including management of client invitations.
  • Regularly draft, review and amend the AML team’s workplan and track the activity indicators. Advises the Team Leader to secure timely project progress and to achieve the targets associated with the project indicators as set out in the project document.
  • Provide regular input to programmatic progress reports for the AML Project Team Leader, and if so required, for the senior Technical Specialist on Criminal Justice and the SSR Programme Manager.
  • Assist the Team Leader in other reporting duties – both internal and external – on a timely manner by following UNDP CO and project reporting requirements and established procedures – and specifically support the SSR programme management specialist on the integrated reporting requirements.
  • Advise the Team Leader on design and implementation of AML project activities.
  • Assist the AML Project Team by establishing and maintaining strong relations with national counterparts – the AML/CFT Office, investigative departments of the MoI of the Kurdistan region (in cooperation with the project National Legal Expert based in Erbil) and other Iraqi government institutions, including the Federal and KRG Real Estate Registry Offices, the Business Registration Authority, the Ministry of Planning, the Taxation Offices and the Customs Authority.              

3.      Institutional Arrangement


The National Project Officer AML/CFT is a staff member of the SSR Programme. S/he reports directly to the Anti-Money Laundering Project Team Leader (AML Project TL or team leader) who supervises a team of AML specialists and consultants. The AML project personnel, supervised by its team leader, reports to the senior UNDP Technical Specialist on Criminal Justice. The AML team will work closely with another Financial Investigation Project team with it shares similar overall project objectives. The entire SSR Programme is headed by the SSR Programme Manager.


4. Competencies:      

Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination
People Management: N/A


Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies)

Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Direction & Strategy Entrepreneurial Thinking Ability to create clarity around UNDP value proposition to beneficiaries and partners to develop service offers responding to client needs and based on UNDP’s organizational priorities and mandate.
Business Direction & Strategy System Thinking Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
Business Development Knowledge Facilitation Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally.
Business Management Project Management Ability to plan, organize, prioritise and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific results.
Business Management Working with Evidence and Data Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making.

5.      Minimum Qualifications of the Successful NPSA

Min. Education requirements Master’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years of relevant experience in economics, Finance, Law, Humanities, logistics or degree from law enforcement
Min. years of relevant work experience Minimum of 2 years with Master’s degree and 4 years with Bachelor’s degree of experience related to project management, legal practice, logistics management, banking or other financial services, and/or law enforcement
Required skills Project Management
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section •  Previous work experience with UNDP, other UN agencies, national or international development NGOs in Iraq is considered an advantage.

•   Experience in working and engaging with senior Government officials.

Required Language(s) Fluency in English and Arabic is required.

Knowledge of Kurdish language skills are considered an asset.

Professional Certificates  

6.       The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 2 pages) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

7.      Annexes to the TOR

Organigram of the office/unit/project indicating the position of the function (for internal use only).


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UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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