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Economic Crimes Targeted Financial Sanctions Advisor

District Of Columbia, United States
Government : Federal
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Technical Assistance (OTA), Economic Crimes Team (ECT) is recruiting an individual on a competitive basis to serve as a Targeted Financial Sanctions (TFS) advisor under a personal services contract. To be considered, candidates must be well versed and experienced in applying recognized international standards and requirements related to anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime development. Significant international travel is required.

Qualified candidates will have knowledge of, as well as, experience in the application of international standards and requirements related to TFS. These qualifications will include practical experience in the legal framework development and subsequent implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution obligations.


OTA works in partnership with its foreign government counterparts to carry out its mission to advance international financial security and stability through focused technical assistance to government agencies in developing and transitioning economies.

The OTA/ECT - operating through resident or intermittent engagements - assists counterpart governments in the development and implementation of AML/CFT regimes. This work is premised on sound partnerships with host-country stakeholders at ministries of finance, justice, and interior; central banks and other regulatory bodies; and financial intelligence units. ECT technical assistance is aimed at developing the capacity in counterpart countries to prevent, detect, investigate, and prosecute money laundering, terrorist financing, and the related illicit activity. It is comprehensive in nature and multi-dimensional in focus, to include mentoring and awareness-raising. Activities may also include legal framework development and training. This assistance ranges across the entire spectrum of governmental AML/CFT-related preventive and enforcement activities.

In the context of TFS, technical assistance may involve awareness-raising about sanctions obligations, legal framework development and training to support effective implementation. Each engagement is individualized by the specific technical assistance needs of the country, and is managed and evaluated based on annual budgets, work plans, and Terms of Reference by the ECT Associate Director with support from Senior Advisors and Program Officers.


• Conduct assessments of need and potential for effective application of TFS-related technical assistance to address non-compliance by foreign counterparts with international obligations at both the technical and implementation level, including assessment of current legal framework related to TFS.
• In coordination with ECT headquarters, design work plans collaboratively with foreign counterparts to address areas of non-compliance in a manner that provides for verifiable outcomes.
• Review, comment and provide feedback on counterpart-drafted statutes, regulations and other legal instruments to promote compliance with international obligations and best practices related to TFS.
• Mentor counterparts on the implementation of TFS in line with international best practices.
• Work with ECT headquarters to monitor work plans for quality control and ensure progress towards established objectives and, where necessary, timely corrective action.
• Provide routine written reporting of program progress.
• Prepare technical assistance tools (e.g., exemplars; manuals and corresponding policies and procedures; training materials, etc.) for utilization by the ECT and counterparts to promote sustainable reforms.


Required qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree. A Master's degree in a relevant field (such as criminology, international relations, international development, etc.) or Juris Doctor is preferred.
• A minimum of ten years work experience, to include public sector experience in at least one of the following:
o financial sector (banks, money service business, securities, insurance, etc.) AML/CFT regulation and examination;
o investigation and prosecution of financial crimes;
o drafting of statutes, regulations and other legal instruments related to AML/CFT;
o operation of financial intelligence units; or
o development of multi-stakeholder task forces or working groups focused on financial crimes.
• Knowledge, understanding, and expertise on the implementation of United Nations Security Council sanctions regimes.
• Knowledge and understanding of the AML/CFT international standards and best practices.
• Strong writing skills, including the use of editing tools.
• Proficient in use of personal computers and MS Office products and general office equipment.
• Self-starter with ability to work independently and with confidentiality.
• Exceptional analytical and problem solving abilities.
• Ability to motivate the client and build consensus.
• Ability to be flexible by changing focus and approaches based on needs of the client.
• Strong communication and leadership skills.

The following qualifications are desirable:

• Public sector experience in:
o implementation of domestic sanctions regimes
o curriculum development and adult education;
o program development/management; and
o working with or in developing countries.
• Background in:
o legislative/regulatory drafting;
o asset tracing, freezing, and forfeiture;
o financial examination;
o business process planning and information technology application; and/or
o development of AML/CFT policy.
• Experience in the technical analysis of information to solve problems, make recommendations, associate findings with courses of action, etc.
• Knowledge of international financial institutions and their policies and practices.
• Proficiency in a foreign language.

In their application, candidates should highlight prior experiences related to: implementing United Nations Security Council sanctions; use of international AML/CFT standards and best practices; work overseas or overseas training in challenging environments; and foreign language fluency. Preference may be given to individuals with current U.S. government medical and security clearances.

Candidates must be a U.S. citizen.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The hourly rate is $72.72.

The advisor will work in developing and transitional countries worldwide to support U.S. Treasury and U.S. government economic and national security objectives. The advisor may be deployed to countries with elevated threat levels, including potentially high/critical threat posts, as determined by the U.S. Government.

Successful applicants must be able to obtain State Department medical clearance for worldwide travel. If selected, the applicant will be required to complete OGE financial disclosure forms.


Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to: or by mail to:

Office of Technical Assistance
ATTN: Recruitment Coordinator
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

If applying by email, submit documents to ONLY.
For consideration, emailed applications must not be sent, or contain a Cc, to any OTA, IRS, or other government personnel or email address.

Please reference Solicitation 2032K819R00026 on your cover letter and resume. When e-mailing, the subject line must contain the following: Solicitation 2032K819R00026 -ECT TFS Advisor - Applicant's Last Name, First Name. Emails received not containing this subject line will be deemed non-responsive and will not be forwarded to the program office/selection official(s) for consideration.

Please be advised that all contractors, if hired, must obtain a Data Universal Number (D-U-N-S). Only applicants to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls please and no hand carries. This announcement is open and continuous until December 31, 2019 although selections may be made in advance of that date.

The U.S. Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer

OTA Recruitment Coordinator, Email

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