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Financial Crimes Task Force Advisor (FCTF): Operations, Investigation, and Trainin

CARSI

BACKGROUND

 

The CARSI Initiative, one of the largest and most sophisticated multi-lateral security efforts in the world, provides funding for the

USG to assist the governments of the CARSI countries with police professionalization, justice sector reform, counter narcotics efforts,

border security management, crime and violence prevention, and anti-corruption efforts. In support of CARSI, INL its tasks include

but are not limited to:

• Assist in developing more effective and transparent security and rule of law institutions, which work together effectively

and cooperate with international partners to reduce threats from transnational and domestic crime, including terrorism,

and improve border security and protect human rights.

• Support CARSI state and society efforts to establish efficient, transparent, and accountable prosecutorial, correctional,

and alternative justice systems institutions that respect human rights.

• Assist CARSI countries in improving federal, state, and local governments’ operational ability to prevent and mitigate

crime and terrorism, impact transnational criminal organization (TCO) cash flow, contribute to criminal cases against

TCO leaders and members, disrupt TCO trust and corruptive relationships, and safely apprehend TCO and other high

target offenders.

• Improve border security, including building support to the new government’s efforts to secure CARSI borders.

• To meet the Congressional mandates of the CARSI Initiative, INL programs in the region include the following objectives:

• Continue to support CARSI state and federal entities with efforts to institutionalize the rule of law among law enforcement

and judicial sector operators, including through police professionalization, justice sector reform, anti-corruption,

and border security initiatives.

• Help CARSI countries achieve its transitions to the new criminal justice system.

• Create a 21st century border structure, by further developing CARSI countries’ capacity to detect and prevent smuggling

of illicit goods and trafficking in persons.

• Support networked technology systems and professionalization to strengthen CARSI countries control of their respective

northern and southern borders and ports of entry.

• Bolster CARSI countries efforts to prevent crime and violence by supporting the establishment of resilient communities

better able to withstand the pressures of organized crime through drug demand reduction, citizen oversight of security

forces, and culture of lawfulness programs.

• Continue to build CARSI countries capacity to disrupt and dismantle organized criminal networks, including capacity

building to counter illicit finance and combat the production of, and trafficking in, illegal narcotics.

• Support the U.S. Government’s goal to support CARSI state and society efforts to establish highly efficient, transparent,

and accountable prosecutorial, correctional, and alternative justice institutions that respect human rights; to assist

CARSI countries in improving federal, state, and local governments’ operational ability to prevent and mitigate

crime and terrorism, impact transnational criminal organization (TCO) cash flow, contribute to criminal cases against

TCO leaders and members, disrupt TCO trust and corruptive relationship, and safely apprehend TCO and other high

target offenders; and to improve border security.

  

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Posted On: 04/09/2018
Category: Professional Services
Department: CARSI
Shift: Unknown
Location: Central America
Job Type: Law Enforcment Subject Matter Expert
Education: Experience may override Education
Pay Rate: To be determined
Duration: 1 - 5 years
Travel: Yes
Job Description:

Supports, assists, and provides technical assistance to the Financial Crimes Task Force (FCTF), the GOH Tax Authority, the Public Ministry, and the National Tax Evasion Task Force with respect to improving the capacity of the GOH to effectively and efficiently investigate and prosecute financial crimes, including transnational and domestic organized crime, corruption, extortion, tax offenses, and money laundering, as well as asset forfeiture cases.

• Advise relevant agencies with respect to the drafting or revising of any manuals, protocols, best practices, or standard forms being developed to ensure that their content complies with GOH Law.

• Assists INL to support, assist and advise the Financial Crimes Task Force, the GOH Tax Authority’s Criminal Investigation Division, Public Ministry prosecutors and Investigators, National Police, and the National Anti-Evasion Task Force on the development and coordination of investigations of complex crimes of major impact, especially crimes involving corruption and transnational organized crime.

• Works directly with investigators on the FCTF, tax authorities, police and other investigators, public prosecutors, the judicial sector, and any other relevant interlocutors, within the bounds of the GOH Constitution and legal code.

• Receives technical guidance INL and from OPDAT Honduras Resident Legal Advisors.

• Assists INL to assist the GOH to improve investigative and prosecutorial capacity for high-profile, high-impact financial crimes, including tax crimes.

• Works closely with the members of the FCTF to ensure the smooth operation of the task force.

• Assists the Financial Crimes Task Force, the tax authority’s new investigative division, Public Ministry prosecutors and investigators, and the National Anti-Tax Evasion Task Force with the intent to further the investigation and prosecution of high-profile cases and to build the capacity of the host-nation to conduct independent investigations and prosecutions of financial crime.

• Assists INL to work with the GOH and OPDAT to evaluate the current capacity for Honduras to operate the FCTF and to investigate and prosecute financial crimes, including corruption, money laundering, extortion, and tax crimes.

• Works closely with the members of the FCTF in producing a process map of how financial investigations should be conducted according to GOH law.

• Works closely with the members of the FCTF in developing all manuals, procedures, and protocols necessary for the efficient and effective operation of the task force according to GOH law.

• Supports the FCTF by reviewing all pending criminal cases currently under investigation by the FCTF.

• Makes recommendations to INL for additional areas of investigation, if necessary, to develop the cases for prosecution.

• Participates as an assistant to INL in any committees formed to review legislative reforms relevant to financial investigations, regulation

• of money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT), and other relevant areas.

• Works with investigators and public prosecutors selected by their respective agencies to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of key high-profile cases in the short term.

• Meets frequently with investigators and prosecutors to monitor progress of criminal cases being investigated or prosecuted by the FCTF and prosecutors working with the FCTF, focusing on the progress of the financial investigation, trial preparation, and the presentation of evidence in a courtroom setting, based on the GOH legal system.

• Identifies areas where outside technical assistance could support the investigation and prosecution of high profile cases.

• Provides technical assistance – through direct mentoring and identification of other basic, low-tech training, equipment, or support to build the capacity of GOH justice institutions to improve their investigation and prosecution of high-profile financial cases, and work with other U.S.-funded advisors to leverage provision of technical assistance.

• Works closely with agents, prosecutors, and other relevant government officials through all stages of the investigation and prosecution of financial crimes and asset forfeiture cases being investigated by the FCTF.

• Provides case specific advice and technical assistance to agents and officers investigating financial crimes, including corruption, money laundering, extortion, tax crimes, and asset forfeiture cases.

• Meets frequently with investigators and prosecutors to monitor progress of financial crimes, asset forfeiture investigations and prosecutions.

• Provides training on topics including, but not limited to, financial investigation techniques, public corruption, extortion, government ethics, money laundering, working as a team, and running a task force.

• Provides weekly written reports to INL Legal Advisors on efforts made to ensure the smooth operation of the FCTF and to improve the GOH capacity to investigate and prosecute financial crimes and asset forfeiture cases.

• Keeps the INL informed and briefed on all matters relating to the Financial Crimes Task Force Advisor -- Operations, Investigation, and Training’s activities.

• Hours for this full-time position will be the core hours of the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.

• The position will be stationed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

• National and international travel may be required.

• Create a work plan per the instructions.

• Provide weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports of relevant program activity, progress toward desired impacts, recommendations for advancing program and U.S. objectives, project highlights, and other relevant significant information including metrics, milestones achieved, and other relevant statistical data. Report on scheduled upcoming meetings, trainings, and other activities, outlining dates and participants.

Qualifications:

• US or Honduras Citizen

• MRPT or RSO security clearance

• FSL level 3/3 Spanish, FSI level 4/4 EnglishTen (10) years’ professional experience working on task forces investigating complex crimes.

• Five (5) years professional work experience investigating criminal activities.

• Five (5) years’ experience working with prosecutors to bring criminal cases to trial.

• Experience working with law enforcement officers in other countries.

• Demonstrated ability to apply best practices, lessons learned, and international norms to an overseas environment.

• Demonstrated interpersonal skills working with all levels.

• Demonstrated communications skills, oral and written, in English and Spanish.

Preferred Skills: