Forensic Accounting for Investigators, Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption (LPAC) Project, Liberia

  • Posted on 7 May 2019

Job Description

Project Summary:

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.

Position Summary:

MSI seeks an international consultant to conduct a practical, scenario-based training about forensic accounting for investigators who are officers of agencies such as the LACC, the Liberian Revenue Authority (LRA), the Liberian National Police and others.

While investigating officers of the various Liberian law enforcement agencies with an interest in economic and financial crimes are becoming involved in increasingly more complex kinds of criminal activity, they have little to no experience in accounting, much less forensic accounting, nor do they have access to forensic or other accountants to assist them with their investigations.

The course should cover the following topics: elements of accounting principles and fraud; financial crimes in Liberia; detecting fraud and indicators of fraud in business; kinds of fraud (skimming, billing schemes, fraudulent financial statements, etc. and with particular attention to procurement fraud as a case study); principles of tracing assets; money laundering detection (cash-intensive businesses, trade-based laundering, use of shell companies and trusts, offshore activities and round-tripping); elements of data-driven fraud detection; conversion investigation methods; and reconstructing income techniques (net worth theory; expenditure theory).

The training course should take about 5 days and be delivered twice to two different groups of officers in the course of two weeks. Each course will have about 25 participants. The consultant is required to use a variety of different teaching methods, including scenarios, group work, and practical exercises.

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 August 2019 for two weeks.

Responsibilities and Deliverables:

  • Develop a detailed syllabus for 36-40-hour training on forensic crimes for investigators.
  • 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 50 to 60 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.

Required Qualifications

  • At least 10 years of experience in a state investigation agency as a forensic accountant or as a specialist financial investigator, particularly in 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 on topics similar to those set out above.
  • Experience working internationally in countries similar to Liberia is preferred.
  • Experience working with USAID or another donor project is preferred.
  • Fluent English language is required with strong oral and written communication skills.

Deadline for submitting applications is May 25, 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

Company Profile:

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.

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