Integrity Specialist | Asian Development Bank

Integrity Specialist

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Close relatives1 of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB. 1 Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle

Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).

In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first performance review after staff has completed at least one full year in the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new position.

Overview

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 67 members, 48 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 67 members.

The Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) leads the integrity initiatives of ADB through the conduct of investigations, project procurement-related reviews, integrity due diligence, and knowledge-sharing with ADB's stakeholders. In addition, OAI implements ADB's tax integrity policy at country and project levels and ensures a respectful ADB workplace.

The position is assigned in the Due Diligence Unit (AIOD-DU) within the Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI). AIOD-DU is responsible for promoting due diligence activities in ADB and conducting independent and objective due diligence reviews and assessments.

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Job Purpose

To conduct both complex and non-complex: (i) integrity and tax due diligence reviews and assessments to identify and address integrity, money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF), tax-integrity, and reputational risks to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which includes independent and objectives assessments on ultimate beneficial ownerships and controls, ownership structures and the management of risks pertaining to entities that participate, or are looking to participate, in ADB-financed, supported or administered activities; (ii) investigations into allegations of fraud and corruption on ADB-financed, supported or administered activities; and/or (iii) project procurement-related reviews (PPRRs), including the planning, management and reporting of these.

The position will work within a framework of broad policies, principles and goals, applying a high degree of autonomy in the selection of work methods. As required, to represent OAI in liaising with internal and external parties. S/he reports to Head, OAI and may supervise National staff and Administrative staff.

Responsibilities

Due Diligence

  • Conduct complex and non-complex IDD, including tax IDD (under ADB's policies and procedures on anticorruption and anti-money laundering), research and reporting, which includes conducting desktop research, oversight reviews of project-level assessments, as well as reviewing approved and proposed ADB projects, structures and jurisdictions, organizing field research, collating and analyzing data, assessing integrity-related, ML/TF, tax integrity and reputational risks to ADB, and preparing conclusions and recommendations with respect to ADB's risk exposure to entities of interest.
  • Assess the extent to which intermediate jurisdictions are present in project structures, and present potential tax transparency, price transfer, related party transactions, money laundering and/or other risks.
  • Assess potential noncompliance with tax reporting and Anti-money Laundering / Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) requirements in ADB projects.
  • Recommend actions that ADB can undertake to strengthen tax integrity and transparency, and AML/CFT measures in projects.
  • Review and, as necessary, help draft appropriate disclosure language for project documents.
  • Actively liaise with other offices as one of OAI's IDD focal points.
  • Undertake rigorous analysis of results to provide relevant conclusions and recommendations.
  • Conduct complex and non-complex employment screening due diligence, including the conduct of desktop background checks on recruitment candidates.
  • Conduct pro-active monitoring of entities for profiling/data collection, analysis and advisory action, as required.
  • As required, perform complex and non-complex IDD reviews for ADB procurement and consultant recruitment activities, including institutional suppliers and contractors.
  • Perform any other related matter, including the preparation of reports, analyses and advisories, as required.

Anticorruption Support

  • Lead investigations into allegations of integrity violations (under ADB's policies and procedures on anticorruption), including: reviewing and assessing complaint findings prepared by OAI's complaints assessment team and formulating detailed investigation plans and strategies; conducting complainant, witness and subject interviews; obtaining and analyzing exculpatory and inculpatory evidence; reviewing and analyzing all reliable and relevant information; making objective and credible investigative findings; and preparing and editing investigative reports and supporting documentation to the highest standards of quality, thoroughness, accuracy, timeliness and objectivity.
  • Manage OAI's external retainers and other OAI staff when a team approach to investigations is employed.
  • Communicate the impact and outcome of investigations with concerned OAI and ADB staff; government agencies and third parties, when appropriate.

Project Procurement Related Reviews and Spot Reviews

  • Lead in the strategic planning of annual PPRRs and related/associated activities.
  • Lead logistical planning and formulating of PPRRs including: coordinating with ADB regional departments; reviewing and analyzing PPRR results; presenting credible findings to Government officials and ADB regional departments; formulating practical recommendations and preventive measures for operations, developing improvements and obtaining agreement to recommendations; managing “red flags”; preparing and editing comprehensive PPRR reports to the highest standard of quality, thoroughness, accuracy, timeliness and objectivity.
  • Managing/mentoring OAI's PPRR team members.
  • Engaging and managing retainer firms for PPRRs.
Policymaking and Advice
  • Recommend and assist in the development of policies, procedures and guidelines, as necessary to facilitate the delivery of OAI's mandate
  • Provide advisory services to other ADB departments/offices in relation to potential exposures to fraud, corruption, and other inappropriate practices.
  • Provide advice to other departments/offices in ADB, with respect to potential exposures to fraud, corruption, money laundering, financing of terrorism, tax evasion, tax transparency, and other risks and prohibited practices.

Knowledge Management

  • Conduct seminars and workshops, deliver presentations, facilitate meetings to foster an understanding of ADB's policies and procedures on anticorruption and AML/CFT, and disseminate capacity development tools and lessons learned.
  • Develop and deliver effective outreach and training programs by applying lessons learned from the performance of staff duties and responsibilities.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to the OAI team, to ensure the on-going learning and development of individuals.

Staff Supervision

  • Support OAI management in the recruitment of OAI staff and consultants.
  • Supervise the performance of reporting staff, consultants and/or contractors, provide clear direction, regularly monitor and convey feedback on performance.

Others

  • Undertake other work that may be assigned by the Unit Head, AIOD-DU, Director and/or Head, OAI.

Qualifications

Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • University degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Auditing, Economics, Law or related fields preferably with Master's Degree or equivalent.
  • Professional qualification/s such as Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) will be an advantage.
  • Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level.
  • At least 6 years' professional experience acquired in a compliance-related field.
  • Advanced understanding of domestic and international policies on compliance due diligence, tax integrity and/or AML/CFT.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework.

General Considerations

The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB's standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual's qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of ADB member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.