Deputy Unit Chief – LEG at International Monetary Fund

Deputy Unit Chief – LEG

USA, Washington DC

Full Time



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The Legal Department (LEG) of the International Monetary Fund (the Fund) is seeking to fill a Deputy Unit Chief position in its Financial Integrity Group. This position is based at the Fund’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Travel to Fund member countries is expected.

The Fund is an international organization with a membership of 190 countries. The Fund’s Legal Department aims at promoting and preserving the rule of law and financial integrity which is essential to the Fund in carrying out its mandate.

In fulfilling its mission, LEG provides top-quality, professional advice to the Fund’s Board of Governors, Executive Board, management and staff, and to the authorities of member countries on Fund law and policy, financial integrity issues, Fund-related administrative issues, and domestic legal and operational policy issues relevant to the Fund’s mandate.

LEG’s financial integrity work is conducted through two units under the direct oversight of the General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department. The Deputy Unit Chief is a member of the Financial Integrity Group (FIG)’s management team, and under the direct supervision of the Head of the Unit to which the successful candidate will be assigned, is directly responsible for supporting the Head of the Unit in leading and overseeing that unit’s work in the financial integrity area, including anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT).

LEG offers a unique opportunity to contribute to strengthening and fostering global, regional and country efforts in financial integrity, including AML/CFT, with a view to promoting the integrity of the international financial system.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Deputy Unit Chief will support the Head of his/her Unit in providing strategic, intellectual and operational leadership in the management of that unit and FIG more broadly and in carrying out a broad range of substantive work in the area of financial integrity. More specifically, the incumbent will be required to carry out the following duties and responsibilities under the direction of the Head of his/her Unit:

  • Contribute to the effective management of the unit and FIG more broadly, including by working collaboratively with the Head of that Unit and other members of FIG’s management team, participating in FIG management team meetings, and contributing to FIG management initiatives;

  • Assist the Head of the Unit in the formulation and implementation of that unit’s work program and activities, and setting priorities for the unit in line with the overall financial integrity strategy of the Legal Department/Fund, as well as objectives and deliverables of the Department (as established in the Accountability Framework);

  • Assist the Head of the Unit in managing and assessing the performance of the unit members (staff and contractuals), implementing professional development strategies, recruiting and selecting new employees, and managing the unit’s financial resources, including with regard to resources related to the Thematic Fund that assists in financing most of the Fund’s AML/CFT capacity development and bilateral donor accounts, in a manner consistent with the Department’s overall budget strategy;

  • Assist the Head of the Unit in the supervision of the unit’s activities, including in the context of surveillance, Fund-supported programs, Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP), AML/CFT assessments, capacity development, and research, both at a policy level and in a country-specific context;

  • Coordinate timely and effectively between the unit, the other financial integrity unit and other units of the Legal Department so as to provide consistent, integrated advice; and lead effective collaboration with other departments and relevant external stakeholders so as to advance the Fund’s financial integrity issues agenda;

  • Provide financial integrity advice and related services to the Fund’s departments and member countries; contribute to the inclusion of financial integrity issues into surveillance; Fund-supported programs, and FSAP; assess countries’ implementation of international AML/CFT standards; contribute to capacity development activities; contribute to fostering a global dialogue on financial integrity issues in coordination with relevant regional and global partners; draft policy papers and review briefing papers and reports; conduct research and analysis on complex issues in the financial integrity area; and provide input on policy and operational papers and decisions;

  • Represent the unit at meetings with senior staff from other departments and high-level officials from member countries, as well as in relevant Fund-wide taskforces and outreach activities such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and FATF-style regional bodies (FSRBs); and

  • Carry out other assignments as determined by the Head of the Unit.


The selected candidate will have a relevant academic background, including an advanced degree in law, economics, finance, or a related field and at a minimum 12 years of professional experience at increasingly senior levels of responsibility, including at least 8 years of direct professional experience with financial integrity issues, including experience at the national or international level, preferably within a national government or an international organization, a specialized domestic entity such as a financial intelligence unit or an AML/CFT supervisor or regulator, with the FATF or a FSRB, or with a private sector entity, such as a bank.

Demonstrated experience with AML/CFT topics such as correspondent banking pressures, FinTech and virtual assets, transparency of beneficial ownership, illicit financial flows, and assessing risks (including gathering, using, and interpreting data) would be distinct advantages. The successful candidate will also possess a deep understanding and practice of financial integrity issues and architecture at an international level, and a solid knowledge of Fund policies related to surveillance and conditionality.

The successful candidate will have strong skills in supervising and mentoring staff. The successful candidate will have excellent analytical skills, written and oral communication skills, sound judgment and a strong drive for results. He/she will have a proven track record as an intellectual leader on financial integrity issues, as well as a collegial disposition, strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to build effective working relations within and outside the Fund. Knowledge of languages other than English (the official language of the Fund) with professional-level fluency would be an asset.


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