Research and Programme Officer – Green Corruption Programme

Basel Institute on Governance
Location La Paz, Bolivia
Application deadline 15 February 2022
Contract type Consultancy
Hours Full-time
Salary Commensurate with experience
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The Basel Institute on Governance is an international and independent not-for-profit organisation working worldwide with the public and private sector to counter corruption and other financial crimes and to improve the quality of governance. Registered as a Swiss foundation with headquarters in Basel, the Institute operates globally and maintains field operations around the world.

The Basel Institute’s Green Corruption programme focuses on applying our in-house expertise and experience in relation to the prevention of corruption and the enforcement of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering standards to the environmental sector. The programme covers corruption and financial crime related to the illegal trade in wildlife, forestry and timber products, fish and mining. The “Disrupting the financing of Andean IWT networks through asset recovery” project aims to disrupt IWT networks in Bolivia and Peru by embedding financial investigation and asset recovery into IWT enforcement practice. The project builds on the successful application of asset recovery techniques to combat organised crime and corruption in Latin America.

The role

The Green Corruption programme is looking for a Research and Programme Officer based in Bolivia to support the UK-government funded IWT Challenge Fund programme that runs until mid-2023. The work will include both active research on training and casework in support of our two law enforcement advisors, as well as overall administrative support to the programme. We are looking for an exceptionally motivated, knowledgeable, reliable, flexible and driven individual who is able to work independently.

Under the supervision of the Switzerland-based Intelligence Analyst and in close coordination with the Bolivia-based Financial Investigations Specialist and Peru-based Senior Asset Recovery Specialist, the Officer will provide research support on both training and case development and provide administrative support in compliance with donor regulations.

This position will be based in La Paz, Bolivia. Only Bolivian nationals are eligible to apply. The Officer will be contracted until mid-2023, the projected project end date.

Key roles and responsibilities


  • Prepare research on environmental casework, legal frameworks and regulations related to environmental crime.
  • Support the development of training materials on financial investigations and asset recovery.
  • Liaise with experts at relevant government ministries on up-to-date developments related to environmental and financial crime, anti-corruption, and other political developments.
  • Provide legal research support on asset recovery and related international cooperation applicable to Bolivian and Peruvian law.

Program administration and management

  • Support team in preparation of donor and beneficiary-focused reports.
  • Translate reports and analysis between English and Spanish.
  • Support the preparation of financial reporting.
  • Support the logistical preparation and implementation of training programmes.
  • Coordinate the collection of information for substantive programme reports, including interim and/or annual update reports.
  • Contribute to the design and monitoring of work plans and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) tools in consultation with the programme’s technical experts to ensure programmes deliver against objectives, meet donor requirements and align with the Institute’s Green Corruption programme strategy.
  • In coordination with the programme’s technical experts, ensure deliverables are delivered on time, meet objectives and are in compliance with donor requirements.
  • Collate documentation/other administrative requirements to comply with due diligence and grant requirements.

Experience and skills

  • University degree in law, knowledge of criminal procedures in Bolivia.
  • Native Spanish, excellent spoken and written English.
  • Familiarity with conservation efforts and financial crime.
  • Strong knowledge of the Bolivian context, especially related to law enforcement.
  • Previous experience working with the government related to environmental or law enforcement issues is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of MS Office products, especially MS Excel.
  • Experience working with online meeting platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and across time zones while maintaining close contact with the team, communicating transparently and proactively, and reliably adhering to timelines.