Senior Illicit Finance Expert | Europe and Eurasia Washington, DC

13 May 2024 9:21 AM | Anonymous

Job Summary



Start Date

As soon as possible

Employment Term and Type

Regular, Full Time

Required Education

Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience

10+ years

Job Description

About International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES): IFES advances democracy for a better future. We collaborate with civil society, public institutions, and the private sector to build resilient democracies that deliver for all. Our technical assistance and applied research develop trusted electoral bodies capable of conducting credible elections; effective and accountable governing institutions; civic and political processes in which all people can safely and equally participate; and innovative ways in which technology and data can positively serve elections and democracy. Since 1987, IFES has worked in more than 145 countries, from developing to mature democracies.In accordance with IFES' approach: A society is able to reach its full potential in a world in which people of all genders are fully engaged as equal partners in their families, workplaces, and communities. Based on international human rights standards and best practices, IFES promotes political participation, justice, and equal rights around the world. IFES reflects these values in its programming and workplace culture.

The greatest assets of IFES are our team members. IFES offers competitive benefits and pay, as well as the opportunity to work in a dynamic and collaborative environment. Every member of the IFES team is responsible for carrying out the mission of IFES and integrating IFES values into their work every day: Commitment to Excellence, Effective Communication, High-Quality Decision-Making, Accountability, Teamwork, and Collaboration.


The Senior Illicit Finance Expert(s) will support IFES's technical interventions to bolster capacity, strategies, and mechanisms to counter IFFs in elections. This includes the development of specialized training curricula in target areas, including IFF detection and analysis, investigative techniques, forensic accounting, and digital currency tracking. Selected experts will work with investigative and oversight institutions, civil society, and investigative journalists to develop and operationalize new methods to prevent, detect, and combat IFFs in elections.


Under the supervision of the Country Director, the Senior Illicit Finance Expert(s) will be responsible to:

  • Work alongside IFES to develop and deliver relevant and engaging specialized training curricula for audiences spanning state institutions, civil society, and media.
    • Training/s are subject to identified key challenges in the country context but may include investigative techniques and strategies, forensic accounting/auditing, digital currency risk analysis, IFFs mapping, and network analysis, or similar.
  • Advise on the design of a methodology for stakeholders to map actors facilitating IFFs within their contexts and enhance efforts in detecting and combatting IFFs in elections.
  • Provide ad-hoc and targeted assistance to key investigative and oversight bodies to strengthen internal processes and procedures to detect and combat IFFs within their legal mandates.
  • Support inter-institutional dialogue to build and maintain synergies between relevant stakeholders, including institutions, media, civil society, and international community.
  • Provide advice and support development and implementation of response process for relevant stakeholders to address any emerging IFFs risks.
  • Support general monitoring and evaluation processes for target activities to prepare for future initiatives.


  • Contextualized and relevant training curricula, including participant materials, facilitators manuals, and other corresponding resources.
  • Advisory products for investigative and oversight bodies, civil society, and investigative journalists.
  • Activity reports.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree required (Master's degree or PhD in relevant field desired) in relevant fields such as public administration, legal studies, criminal justice/law enforcement, international law, or democracy and governance.

EXPERIENCE: Expert level experience (10+ years prior work experience in anti-corruption and good governance programming).


  • Extensive knowledge of international standards, bodies, and best practices addressing illicit finance and money laundering.
  • Excellent and professional written and verbal communication skills including presentation skills, public speaking, training, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience advising high-level institutions and actors on illicit financing disruption and detection.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Fluency in English is required. Working fluency in local languages is preferred.

TRAVEL: No travel required. But if mutually agreed to, may travel to the field if needed.


Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

IFES is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.


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