United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Knowledge Management Specialist (Investigation and Prosecution of Financial Crimes)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Description

  The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) helps the United Nations (UN) and its partners provide peace and security, humanitarian, and development solutions. UNOPS services cover infrastructure, project management, procurement, financial management and human resources.

In response to the request of the Government of Ukraine, UNOPS opened an office in Ukraine in 2017, which provides a broad spectrum of services to the Government and the people of Ukraine. Currently, the office is classified as a Country Office (UACO), with a portfolio of projects exceeding USD 100 million, in the areas of rule of law, environment, energy efficiency, crisis recovery, good governance, human resources management, procurement, and logistics.

The European Union-funded project ‘Support for Rule of Law Reforms in the Areas of Police, Public Prosecution and Good Governance’ (hereinafter - Project) has the overall objective of supporting the strengthening of policing, prosecution and civilian governance in Ukraine and to align them with the best European and International practices. On matters of substance, the project relies on the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) to Ukraine.

The Project supports the creation of an efficient law-enforcement system respectful of human rights through the provision of necessary support to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police of Ukraine (NPU), the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI), the Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG).

The current assignment relates to the scope of the Project’s support measures for the OPG, aligned with the Justice Sector Reform Strategy, the Justice Reform Action Plan for 2015-2020 and directly supports the implementation of priority areas identified in the Roadmap of Prosecutorial Reform. In particular, the Project will develop and deliver a series of specialised permanent training activities in the areas identified with the OPG and the Prosecutor’s Training Centre of Ukraine (PTCU) that is responsible for the training of candidate prosecutors and prosecutors-practitioners. Where possible, both traditional format and e-learning will be applied, and user-friendly guidelines and handbooks will be produced.

This activity is fully in line with the Strategy of Professional Education of Candidate Prosecutors and Public Prosecutors since it is aiming to enhance teaching methods, curricula, and training materials of the existing training programmes and for the introduction of new ones, if necessary.

Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Manager or his designee, and with regular coordination with experts from EUAM and assigned representatives of the OPG and PTCU, the Consultant will provide practical specialised mentorship and design, implement, and evaluate training interventions aimed at the Capacity Building within the staff of the Prosecution Service, the Office of the Prosecutors General of Ukraine and the PTCU in Kyiv. In the first instance, the Consultant will enhance the skills and knowledge of the course participants in the specialist area described below. Also, the Consultant will provide train-the-trainer activities to a limited number of selected staff, focused on the specialist areas to build in-house capacity.

Functional Responsibilities

The Consultant will be expected to deliver expert advice and training in the specialist area: Investigation and Prosecution on Financial Crimes. The Consultant will be developing a specialised training course in close coordination with the OPG, PTCU and EUAM experts. The following steps will be followed:
  1. Finalisation of the detailed training needs assessment with representatives of the beneficiary organisations.
  2. Development of the training package in such a way that it can be first delivered by the Consultant as a training intervention to the beneficiary organisations and secondly, handed over to the beneficiary organisations so that it can become part of in-house training.
  3. Development of the skills and knowledge of selected local staff within the beneficiary organisations with the aim of these staff members delivering and further developing the training package.
  4. Provision of reference materials. The final format will be the subject of discussion with the beneficiary (e.g. manuals or on-line reference materials for a learning zone).
The training course will be developed in line with the following particulars: Specific subjects - Legislation covering offences, coercive measures, freezing and confiscation; Relevant judgements from the Ukrainian Supreme Court; Money laundering, fraud, tax and other financial crimes; Financial investigations and asset recovery; Tools for International cooperation in criminal matters.

Target audience - Public prosecutors from the regional and local prosecution service, but also the Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office.

The number of participants - In the first instance, it is intended to train 25 staff at the premises of the PTCU in Kyiv. Staff can be made available for up to five working days per course.  An additional activity for the consultant will be to work with a limited number of identified staff to develop in-house expertise in this field for the planning and delivery of training in the future.

Preferred learning style for the course – The course should be an appropriate mix of theory and case studies to allow course participants to apply legal knowledge and experience onto practical cases, from investigation to prosecution.

Delivery language – The goal is for training to be delivered in Ukrainian. However, the initial project and training for trainers can be delivered in English and interpretation to Ukrainian can be used (this will be covered by the PRAVO-Police). Ultimately, all materials will be translated into Ukrainian (the responsibility of the PRAVO-Police).

Monitoring and Progress Controls

The quality control of the deliverables of the Consultant is conducted by the Senior Programme Manager or his designee.

The services are expected to be delivered according to the schedule agreed with the PTCU: (1) Preparing for the training course development (10 days): -   The Ukrainian legal and regulatory framework is analysed, and training needs assessment is conducted (methodology for the needs assessment to be agreed with PRAVO-Police in advance), the report on needs assessment is submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee; - If required, the Consultant will have online meetings with the representatives of the OPG, PTCU and EUAM to identify the scope of training, preferred methodology, etc.

(2) Training course development (30 days): -  The training programme is developed based on findings of the Analysis and assessment; the training programme is agreed with the national stakeholders and Senior Programme Manager or his designee; the programme is submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee.

(3) Training Event (up to 5 days): -  At least two monitoring tools are applied for collecting and analysing data on the knowledge and skills of the trainees (pre-assessment and post-evaluation).

- Post-training evaluation is submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee; recommendations for the National Programme are developed, discussed with national stakeholders and submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee.

- The post-training evaluation confirms the enhanced skills and knowledge of personnel in the basic terms, concepts and techniques in the specialist areas, which is confirmed by the recipient.

Report on the results of the Training Programme prepared and submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee; the report should include the analysis of the results of pre-assessment and post-evaluation.

(4) Online webinar - Train-the-trainer event (up to 5 days) -  At least two monitoring tools are applied for collecting and analysing data on the knowledge and skills of the trainees (pre-assessment and post-evaluation).

- Post-training evaluation is submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee; recommendations for the national programme are developed, discussed with national stakeholders and submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee.

- The post-training evaluation confirms the enhanced skills and knowledge of personnel in the basic terms, concepts and techniques in the specialist areas, and the development of suitable basic training skills by which to deliver the training package to future students, which is confirmed by the recipient.

Report on the results of the Training Programme prepared and submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee; the report should include the analysis of the results of pre-assessment and post-evaluation.

(5) Final Report on the results of the Training Programme (10 days): -  A written report on the final results of the training programme for dissemination in mass media prepared and submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee.

-  Final Report on the results of the Training Programme submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee.

-  Training result/recommendation for the national programme developed in the format of in the PowerPoint Presentation (not less than 11 pages) and submitted to the Senior Programme Manager or his designee and presented to the stakeholders at the meeting/round table.

Deliverables: 

1. Finalisation and submission and approval of the needs assessment, assessment tools and training programme. Deadline – within 3 months 2. Delivery of the training event and train-the-trainer activities and pre-and post-evaluation of the participants’ skills. Deadline – within the following month 3. Submission and approval of the Final Report on results of the Training Programme. Deadline - within the following month.

While working on this assignment, the Consultant is expected to be solely responsible for the quality of outputs. In case of any issues or delays arising, he/she will immediately inform the Senior Programme Manager or his designee. Communication with the Senior Programme Manager or his designee on work progress should be weekly. The final report should include the achievements, lessons learned, and recommendations for a national training programme. During the training event and presentation of the reports, the Consultant will closely coordinate with national partners.

Impact of Results 

The outputs delivered by the Consultant will essentially contribute to the implementation by the Project of the ongoing Support Package ‘Prosecution’ whose Recipient is the OPG. The outputs are aligned to the most urgent needs of the national partners as well as with the priorities of the reform processes in Ukraine.

As a result of passing the training course, prosecutors will receive specialised knowledge and practical solutions in investigations based on the EU best practices and international standards.

The train-the-trainer activity will increase capacities of the PTCU’s teaching personnel to design and deliver a training programme related to financial crime and newly-developed course materials and guidelines will complement teaching material already available at the PTCU.

Eventually, the delivery of the full scope of the planned activities will contribute to increased efficiency in the functioning of the prosecution service in Ukraine, as well as improving public trust in the institution.

Successful delivery of the interventions, in coordination with all stakeholders, will ensure the sustainability of the Project’s outputs.

Education

University degree (Bachelor’s or Master’) or professional diploma, preferably in the security sector or Rule of Law or other related disciplines is required.  A number of years of relevant experience may substitute for lack of university qualifications.

Experience

  • Proven technical experience in engaging to conduct the courses in institutional development, law enforcement, Rule of Law or security and justice sectors is required as follows: 7 years with master's degree, 9 years with bachelor's degree, 8 years with relevant technical/professional licence, 11 years with relevant technical/professional diploma, 13 years with a high school diploma.
  • 5 years of proven experience in evaluation, mentoring and coaching is required.
  • 5 years of investigating financial crimes is required.
  • Experience in supporting complex governance, security, and rule of law projects with multiple stakeholders is an advantage.
  • Experience in coordinating bilateral and multilateral agencies to implement governance projects in the countries is an advantage.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, including the ability to write technical reports and prepare and present concise reports in English, is required.
  • Experience working in a project-based environment is required.
  • MS Office skills are required.  Knowledge of Google GSuite is an asset.
  • Excellent communication and team network skills are required.

Languages

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; working knowledge of additional UN or regional languages (Ukrainian or/and Russian) will be considered as an asset.

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT (ICA)
  2. Contract level : International ICA Specialist Level 3
  3. Contract duration: RETAINER, up to 60 working days
This contract may be liable to income taxes.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Security Policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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