Diagnostics Coordinator – CFT/AML project

Expertise France is looking for Diagnostics Coordinators – CFT/AML Project in the Middle East, North Africa, and South/South-East Asia.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The CFT/AML project, financed by the European Commission under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), will aim to cut off terrorist access to funding and introduce enhanced measures against serious organised crime in specific regions (Middle East, North Africa and South-Southeast Asia) through support to increase compliance with FATF recommendations and relevant UNSC Resolutions. The general purpose of this project is to increase awareness towards AML/CFT issues, foster the analytical and operational capacity and encourage the cooperation opportunities of the financial and criminal justice actors at a national, regional and international levels to ensure better AML/CFT efficiency.

The project’s specific objectives will be:

  1. To enhance national and regional CFT/AML capacities by addressing the gaps from a multidimensional perspective
  2. To increase national, regional and international cooperation by supporting or creating networks and partnerships

In close coordination with DEVCO, Member States involved in the conception and implementation of the project are France, UK, Italy, Germany, Denmark and Belgium.

Further indicative details are available in the Description of Action document.

A preliminary six-month diagnostics phase is planned in order to support the definition of an adjusted workplan, to inform and consult relevant bodies on the project’s planning and activities. Another essential aspect will be the assessment of political willingness of the project’s institutional stakeholders. By conducting missions and consultations, the diagnostics coordinator, along with pre-identified experts, will assess the project orientation and fine-tune it to fit with regional constraints and needs.

This essential phase will aim to provide:

  • A gap analysis and state of the art
    • Assessment of level and extent of national and regional existing commitment in the CFT/AML field
    • Mapping of other on-going projects in the CFT/AML field
    • Identification of appropriate contact points
  • A workplan definition
    • Prioritisation of needs and activities to be considered during the implementation of the project
    • Activities to be implemented according to a detailed typology (technical assistance, procurement…)
    • Study of demand-driven mechanisms in order to adjust activities to evolving contexts (ie technical assistance facility)

The diagnostics team will be composed by the following:

  • Diagnostics coordinator
  • Strategic Advisor
  • Law Enforcement Expert
  • FIU Expert (to be confirmed)
  • South East Asia Expert

In addition, the team can be reinforced by short term experts on a punctual level, according to needs and requirements identified during the diagnostics phase.

This phase being crucial, the experts are required to use their professional judgement and experience to review all relevant factors and to bring these to the attention of EF and DEVCO.

MISSIONS

  1. Description of the task to be assigned

Under the supervision and guidance of Expertise France, the diagnostics coordinator will be responsible for the successful identification and assessment of the needs potentially addressed by the project, for the management of the experts under his supervision, for the effective representation of the project towards stakeholders, for the delivery of expertise in the form of an evaluation report.

The work of the experts will be based on desk reviews, key person interviews and in-countries missions.

  • Manage and coordinate the team of experts
  • Prepare and lead any project meeting (kick off/team meetings/validation workshop…)
  • Ensure regular high-quality reporting on project activities to project management and donor
  • Review of relevant state-of-the art documentation
  • Ensure the appropriate consultation of relevant Ministries and institutions in the partner states, relevant donors and agencies active in the related fields, CSO, other relevant identified stakeholders; network with relevant stakeholders in partner countries, maintain a working relationship with local administrations, relevant regional and international organisations and ensure the political engagement of all relevant stakeholders;
  • Analyse other relevant ongoing initiatives (both at regional and national levels), in order to develop complementarities and synergies
  • Develop an overall analysis of existing CFT-AML dynamics and develop a structured problem analysis
  • Undertake a complete stakeholders analysis
  • Suggest priority areas according to interest and political willingness of main stakeholders, as well as according to added value of IcSP mandate
  • Refine the scope of the project and elaborate a detailed action plan including logframe with the support of the technical key experts;
  • Identify verifiable indicators for the project and instruments for their monitoring and evaluation
  • Propose the most appropriate project implementation modalities according to comments received
  • Provide an analysis of assumptions, risks and risk mitigating measures to be included in the phase 2 design
  • Facilitate a regional workshop with an ambition to agree on the workplan for phase 2
  • Provide in collaboration with other experts any deliverable listed under section E
  • Any other task requested by Expertise France for the CFT/AML project
  1. Expected results
  • Successful management of the team of experts in order to achieve a coherent and relevant diagnostics phase
  • Identification, assessment and prioritisation of needs in order to ensure the highest level of efficiency and relevance in projected activities
  • Successful engagement of project stakeholders in the projected activities
  • Successful delivery of reports/deliverables
  1. Mission methodology

The mission will be launched by a briefing with the project designated representatives (EF, supporting partner organizations) on mission objectives, expected methodology and results. This briefing will be followed by a launch event in Brussels in order to present the project to EU institutions and formalise the Commission’s endorsement of the team and workplan.

  1. Deliverables
  • Under the form of a single report:
    • Problem analysis and stakeholder analysis
    • Existing initiative analysis and suggestions for synergies
    • An insight into possible interventions: need assessment and gap analysis
  • An updated logical framework matrix with supporting activities and resource/cost schedules
  • An updated analysis of assumptions and risks in the form of a risk management matrix
  • A draft workplan detailing activities/tasks to be implemented and a proposed timeline
  • A draft indicative budget for activities proposed for phase 2
  • For each mission, a mission report

PROFILE

Degree

  • University degree (BA or MA or equivalent) in law, political science or any other relevant discipline
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and French; knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable

Professional experience

  • A minimum of 15 years of working experience in financial intelligence, counter-terrorism, criminal law specialised in CFT/AML
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working on the financing of terrorism and/or money-laundering
  • Demonstrated management skills in a multilingual and multicultural environment and experience in a leadership role
  • Experience of international cooperation or inter-agency/inter-administration cooperation is required. Experience in EU financed projects would be an asset
  • Previous experience in EU Project Cycle Management would be an asset
  • Excellent understanding of financial intelligence, terrorism, the financing of terrorism and/or money-laundering.
  • Strong capacities in devising strategies
  • Ability to evolve in a political and sensitive environment

All applications must include the following:

  • CV
  • Cover letter

Applications should be sent to Expertise France by email before March 21st, using the following subject: CFT/AML_Diagnostics coordinator

 

The process of selection of expressions of interest will occur in two phases:

  • As a first step, a shortlist will be freely established by Expertise France.
  • Selected candidates may then be invited for an interview.

Fees for the services will be negotiated with the designated candidate.



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