Economic Crimes Prosecutions Trainer, Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption (LPAC) project, Liberia
The USAID Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption Program (LPAC) is five-year project implemented by Checchi and Company Consulting and consists of two components. The first component directs capacity building to the four key Liberian justice sector institutions that educate, regulate and inform legal professionals. The second component, under a sub-contract with MSI, supports the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and associated Government of Liberia entities in their efforts to investigate and prosecute corruption cases, supports enhancing organizational structures and systems of the LACC, promoting education, outreach and prevention activities, and assists the LACC in its anti-corruption leadership and coordination roles.
MSI seeks an international consultant to conduct practical, scenario-based training about the prosecution of financial and economic crimes for prosecutors of the LACC, the Liberian Revenue Authority (LRA) and specialist prosecutors of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).
The capacity of Liberian law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute financial and economic crimes such as corruption is rapidly developing, involving the collection of new forms of evidence such as digital evidence and new procedures such as asset forfeiture applications. The objective of the training is to assist the LACC, LRA and MOJ prosecutors develop the skills necessary to prosecute evermore complex and sophisticated economic and financial crimes that are beginning to make their way through the court system.
The training is expected to cover most, if not all, of the following topics:
- charging and indictment drafting;
- preliminary applications (making applications for searches and subpoenas in sensitive cases, asset forfeitures and freezing orders);
- dealing with motions during fraud trials;
- the use of digital evidence and explaining it to judges and juries;
- common defenses in fraud cases and how to prepare for them;
- organizing and explaining forensic accounting evidence to judges and juries;
- multiple defendants issues;
- expert evidence issues;
- international issues (mutual legal assistance, international issues); and
- prosecuting specific offences: money laundering, economic sabotage, and bribery.
The training course should take about 5 days and be delivered twice to two different groups of prosecutors in the course of two weeks. The number of participants is about 20-25 people in each group. The consultant is required to use a variety of different teaching methods, including scenarios, group work, and practical exercises.
The international consultant will work alongside a local lawyer with substantial experience of Liberian criminal litigation and prosecutions. The local consultant will advise the international consultant about the application of best prosecution practice in other jurisdictions to the Liberian context and assist in the training generally.
LPAC personnel will provide the consultant with background documents and information, advise and assist on the training content, and provide technical and logistical support during the assignment.
The consultant is expected to travel to Liberia in July 2019 for two weeks. The first five-day training course must commence on July 8, 2019 and the second on July 15, 2019.
Responsibilities and Deliverables:
- Develop a detailed syllabus for 36-40-hour training on Financial Crimes Prosecutions.
- Assemble handout materials for the training including training slides, reading materials, exercises, reference materials and links for on-line resources, etc.
- Deliver training to about 40-50 participants (in two groups over a two-week period).
- Collect, compile, and prepare course notes and materials for future training use in Liberia. Provide teaching outlines or brief written materials as appropriate.
- Report on the results of the training and recommendations for further capacity and skill building.
- At least 10 years of experience in prosecutions, particularly financial crimes including corruption and fraud, money laundering and proceeds of crime proceedings.
- Master’s degree or higher in law or relevant field.
- Experience in developing and delivering training of the kind of topics set out above.
- Experience working internationally in similar to Liberia countries is preferred.
- Experience working with USAID or another donor program is preferred.
- Fluent English language is required with strong oral and written communication skills.
Deadline for submitting applications is May 15, 2019.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.
About the Organization
MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.