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Asset Tracer - Ukraine Program (Main Project)

Location: Remote 

Contract type: Consultancy contract 

Compensation: Commensurate with experience 

Term: 2 years 

Deadline for applying: We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible and will review applications on a rolling basis. 

I. About Project Expedite Justice 

PEJ, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in 2016 by Cynthia Tai, a former prosecutor in the U.S. and at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. With an increase in mass atrocities worldwide, PEJ believes now more than ever that there is an overwhelming need to empower local populations seeking justice. By partnering with local organizations, we train lawyers, investigators, and human rights defenders to have the skills necessary to collect and preserve evidence in a manner that meets international legal standards.

Together, PEJ’s staff and Board have decades of experience in international legal matters. Working in partnership with local organizations, we bring evidence of atrocities to the forefront in legal arenas, including international, regional, or national systems.

II. Project Description

Since the beginning of the second phase of the war in Ukraine that started with the full-scale invasion of Ukraine territory on 24 February 2022, there have been indicators that war crimes,  crimes against humanity, and acts that may amount to the commission of the crime of genocide may have been committed.

PEJ’s project “Assessing Accountability Avenues for Ukraine” started in May 2022 by conducting a preliminary assessment to determine the best accountability avenues to pursue and the need for peer-to-peer mentoring and training.

Phase I then pivoted from an assessment to an action plan addressing the overwhelming need to address the pillage of grain and similar food commodities and related damage to the agrarian community and the simultaneous request for accountability in answer to the needs of the agrarian sector and of the prosecution and judicial stakeholders in Ukraine.

Based on evidence harvested during Phase I, PEJ began supporting the agrarian communities by providing technical advice, mentoring, facilitating fixation of losses, processing, preliminarily analyzing and transmitting evidence and prepared the ground to combine its evidence collection with data analysis, with the view of dismantling criminal networks pillaging Ukrainian grain by hoppers and bulk carriers (land-sea-land routes), plundering Ukrainian agricultural resources, and in general victimising a wide range of Ukrainian local communities (farmers, traders, elevator and port operators, etc.

Phase II centers on three overarching activities: (1) evidence collection (investigation) starting from harvesting evidence to data analysis, specifically from agrarian stakeholders from production to transportation; (2) data analysis (OSINT and primary sources - human and documentary); and (3) access to accountability avenues, in both national or international forums.

III. Duties and deliverables

Under the overall supervision and strategic guidance of the Program Director (Ukraine) and the daily coordination of the Program Coordinator, the Asset Tracer will work with the investigation and analysis teams to help identify the financing actors, networks and enablers that make the war in Ukraine and the commission of human rights violations possible and facilitate assets evasion. The asset tracer will work in close coordination with  the lead investigators.

The Asset Tracer will be responsible for:

  • Identifying assets related to the commission of human rights violations and war crimes.

  • Identify economic and financial networks associated with individual and moral entities involved in crime activities.

  • Tracking, identification and verification of asset ownership.

  • Mapping related owners

  • Mapping types of assets.

The Asset Tracer will also participate as relevant in the following general PEJ activities:

  • PEJ organizational meetings.

  • Contribute to concept development, proposal writing and other fundraising activities.

  • Assist with and prepare analytical/factual input for regular reporting needs.

  • Report and document all activities related to the project or the organization.

IV. Qualifications

  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience working with law enforcement or legal professionals to locate and identify stolen assets or assets used in illicit activities.

  • Experience specifically in tracing assets back to their origin, carrying out high value asset tracing investigations across multiple jurisdictions.

  • Preferably based in Ukraine.

  • A vast knowledge and experience working in international conflict or related contexts such as international financial or organized crimes, terrorism or trafficking.

  • Ability to work independently and in high-pressure or complicated situations and with diverse and multinational teams.

  • Availability to travel on mission as required.

  • Technological experience, willingness and ability to learn new technology and work with technology relevant to the job.

  • Must be fluent in English, Ukrainian and/or Russian.

V. How to apply for this position:

Please send your

  • CV (max two pages)

  • Cover letter

  • Writing sample

Email with “Application: Asset Tracer - Ukraine” in the subject line.

PEJ is looking to fill this position as soon as possible and will review applications on a rolling basis.

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