Adam Smith International
Delivery Associate – Illicit Finance
Posted date 22nd February, 2024 Last date to apply 8th March, 2024
Country Pakistan Locations Islamabad
Category Others
Type Contractual Position 1
Status Closed

Technical context

UK-Pakistan Serious Crime and Law Enforcement (UPSCALE) programme is an UK Government-funded programme designed to help tackle cross-border crime that undermine the security and prosperity of the UK and Pakistan. The programme is intended to address cross-border crime across four thematic areas:

  • Mutual legal assistance – both formal and informal and relating to investigation, prosecution, detention, imprisonment and extradition and deportation. Covering a full range of offenses including minor crimes, serious crime, organised crime and sexual offenses.
  • Illicit financial flows – including the illegal transfer of money, the transfer of illegally gotten finances, and the ownership of assets bought with illegally gotten finances.
  • Border management – potentially across all port and crime types, including but not exclusively related to cash smuggling, illegal migration, human trafficking, narcotics and weapons.
  • Sex Offender Management – including the protection of communities in Pakistan and the UK from dangerous persons and the protection of the rights and data of victims, witnesses and perpetrators of crime.

The aim of the project is to deliver meaningful and measurable results in the tackling of cross border crime, building systems and institutional capability that provide a sustainable foundation for the operational effectiveness of relevant UK and Pakistan agencies.

Project approach

ASI is implementing a problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA) approach to system reform. This places a priority on the delivery of results, in line with the project’s theory of change, logical framework and with the agreement of project leadership.

This methodological approach has implications for people working on the programme, offering a great deal of opportunity for creativity and innovation, in which team members are given considerable responsibility within a relatively flat organisation structure. It also reduces certainty in terms of the specific work and focus of team members across the duration of the project, requiring team members to flex and adapt to the needs of the project. This also means that reporting lines will change through the course of the project.

All associates and subcontractors working on the project are required to familiarise themselves with the PDIA approach resources available from the Building State Capability website and from ASI.

ASI way of working

All associates are required to work in accordance with ASI’s best practice of:

  • Results-focused problem solving.
  • Collaborative working to building and maintain great relationships.
  • Developing and sharing insights, technical knowledge and thought leadership within the project and across ASI.

Contractual and policy compliance

All associates are expected to read and understand the obligations detailed in their contract, including adherence to ASI policies. This includes use of ASI systems for communication and for storage of ongoing and completed project work.

Associates should note that over the course of the project they are accountable to ASI and act as ‘ambassadors’ of the company.



  • Team leadership and management: Team Leader, Project Director.
  • Technical team: UPSCALE2 Technical Advisers
  • Team management: Project Manager, Project Accountant.
  • Regional ASI leadership: Head of Pakistan, Head of Pakistan Finance, People & Talent Manager, Operations Manager, Head of Duty of Care.
  • Other ASI programmes: Pakistan programmes, international programmes working in the same sector.


  • Clients: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office representatives in the British High Commission.
  • Counterparts: Pakistan and UK agencies operating in the project’s technical space.
  • Project consortium partners and suppliers.
  • Other project stakeholders from government, bilateral agencies, multilateral agencies and non-government organisations.


Work collaboratively with counterparts and team members

  • Undertake project-related tasks, including: technical research; preparing and delivering presentations; collecting, cleaning and analysing data; writing reports and briefing notes; supporting MREL processes and reporting of results; organising workshops and events; developing communications products
  • Proactively identity and report issues and risks and seek resolutions and mitigations in partnership with other team members and counterparts. Review these regularly as part of the project’s risk management process.
  • Work positively and collaboratively with other team members with a view to making the project a shared success.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs) to collect, clean and analyse data on the data collection templates developed by the Illicit Finance Team.
  • Accountable for writing and quality assuring strategic meeting minutes for client, counterparts, and internal team meetings.
  • Coordinates administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings and arranging phone conferences, organising workshops and events, developing communication products.
  • Responsible for writing high quality training/workshop/event reports and contributing to all report writing as guided by the Illicit Finance Thematic Lead.

Deploy, develop and share technical knowledge and learning

  • Leverage available material and other team members to build your understanding of technical issues that represent gaps in your knowledge.
  • Use your knowledge of the project scope and the theme to which you are assigned to advise on value-driven and legally compliant system interventions and improvements.
  • Share your knowledge, insights and learning with other team members, counterparts and the wider set of ASI colleagues in Pakistan and globally.

Qualifications and Experience

Desirable – Masters in a relevant subject

Essential – Good undergraduate degree in a relevant subject

  • 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Additional qualifications relevant to the job
  • Problem definition and problem solving
  • Research and synthesis
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Data gathering, analysis and evaluation
  • Stakeholder management
  • Quality and attention to detail
  • Continuous improvement
  • Managing complexity
  • Innovation and change management
  • Communication and knowledge management
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Personal impact and effectiveness
  • Writing and presentation
  • Relationship building
  • Understanding of the interests, institutions and ideologies of actors and stakeholders operating within the project’s technical scope.
  • Monitoring and evaluation.
  • Political, social and cultural understanding of the context.
  • High level of emotional intelligence in the following areas:  self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship management.
  • Proactive, self-starter, resourceful.
  • Open-minded, flexible approach to problem-solving.
  • Resilient to changing circumstances and challenges.
  • Achievement oriented.
  • Determination to complete work.
  • Trustworthy, reliable, professional and accountable.