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

from Management Systems International
Closing date: 17 Nov 2019

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

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 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.

The basis of the training is that 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 or no any experience of accounting, much less forensic accounting. Nor do they have access to forensic accountants or any other kind of accountant to assist them with their investigations.

The course should cover the following topics; elements of accounting principles and fraud; financial crimes of 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; 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. The number of participants is about 25 people in each course. 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 early 2020 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.

  • Masters 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 November 5, 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.


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