Job Openings at IACA

Interested in a career in anti-corruption and compliance in a dynamic, international working environment? IACA is, over the next months, seeking highly qualified professionals with a strong commitment to the core values of the organization to fill a number of job openings.

Being a young intergovernmental organization, we are in a phase of building up our services and seek to establish, strengthen, and safeguard academic and expert in-house capacities. Our operational framework is constantly evolving to suit our growing needs and responsibilities.

We offer vacancies in the two pillars of our staff structure - the Academic Branch and the Administrative Branch for professors, research assistants, advisors, project coordinators, officers, designers, and administrative assistants. The scope of hiring areas is wide, from communications and external relations to programme development, research, and legal affairs.

We are committed to the principles of equal opportunities, non-discrimination, gender balance, and geographical distribution, and uphold our Guiding Principles. We seek to attract the best qualified and most dedicated workforce meeting the highest standards of professional ability, personal integrity, and social competence, and offer fair and competitive international terms and conditions.

For details, application procedures, and deadlines, regularly visit the Vacancies section of the website. Offers for secondment positions are also listed there.

Mexican Students Visiting IACA

Ten students from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, one of the top-ranked universities in Latin America, visited Laxenburg and the IACA campus today.

The Mexican students are currently participating in a summer school programme organized by the Institute for Intercultural and Comparative Research (IDEAZ) based in Vienna, Austria. They were accompanied by the Institute’s Director, Johannes Maerk, who had worked and lived in Mexico for many years. In the course of their visit, they were introduced to the Academy’s mandate as an international organization, its diverse programmes and activities. The students showed particular interest in IACA’s Summer Academy and the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies. When the meeting ended, they continued their trip to the historic Franzensburg castle, nested on a patchwork of islands in the town park.

Head of CEI Visits IACA

On 12 June, Katalin Pallai, Head of the Budapest-based Centre for Excellence in Integrity (CEI) at the National University for Public Service met with IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Martin Kreutner.

The mission of the recently established CEI is to gather and disseminate knowledge and to implement innovative methods aimed at corruption prevention and the promotion of integrity in public sector institutions in Hungary. During the meeting, Ms. Pallai showed great interest in IACA’s programmes, particularly the unique Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS). Discussions centered on possibilities of future cooperation and capacity building initiatives. In the course of the visit, Mr. Kreutner also took the opportunity to warmly thank the accompanying representative of the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the international Organizations in Vienna for a recent financial contribution of Hungary to the general budget of IACA.

IACA on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in New York

The United Nations General Assembly held a high-level event on the Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 9 and 10 June.

Upon invitation by the President of the General Assembly, IACA’s Dean, Martin Kreutner, took part as a panelist in the first multi-stakeholder discussion on exploring the contributions of human rights and the rule of law in supporting national and international efforts towards poverty eradication and sustainable development.

In his presentation, Mr. Kreutner, emphasized the necessity to make good governance, including strong and stable anti-corruption regimes, an explicit component of the post-2015 responsive framework.

“It is impossible to look at corruption through any lens and miss the intrinsic link to human rights and development. All Sustainable Development Goals at stake run the risk of being severely undermined by corruption. On the other hand, good governance including a strong anti-corruption commitment can be a most essential anchor and lighthouse of national and international efforts towards poverty eradication and sustainable development”, he stated.

In response to financial constraints in times of a global financial crisis, he called for alternative ways of funding strategies, e.g., by promoting the let crime pay principle: “Member States may give special consideration to contributing a percentage of the money or a corresponding value of proceeds of crime or property confiscated to this cause. We are aware of the limitations, but if only a single-digit percentage of these criminal proceeds could eventually be dedicated and facilitated accordingly, anti-corruption and development programmes would be well-funded for decades and poverty eradication soon a worry of the past.”

He was joined on the panel by the Honourable Asha-Rose Migiro (Tanzanian Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs), Christoph Strässer (German Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Development Aid), Nicholas Lusiani (Director of Human Right in Development at the Center for Economic and Social Affairs), and Irene Khan (Director-General of the International Development Law Organization), the moderator.

The room also had a chance to hear from Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, on some of the challenges encountered in setting policy and the normative framework for development.

IACA has been an observer to the United Nations General Assembly since 16 December 2013, by virtue of UNGA Resolution 68/122.

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Malawi Accedes to the IACA Agreement

We are proud to announce that Malawi acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization on 3 June.
With the accession of Malawi, IACA’s constituency now comprises 68 UN Member States and three intergovernmental organizations, 55 of which are Parties.

Meetings of the Members of the Board of Governors and Advisory Boards

From 2 to 4 June, members of four of IACA’s organs - the Board of Governors, the International Senior Advisory Board (ISAB), the International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB), and the Dean – came together at IACA’s Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein.

This was the first collective meeting of the three boards and the Dean. Together, they discussed the implementation of the Work Programme 2014 – 2016, possible strategies for ensuring the financial resources of the Academy, and preparations for the third session of IACA's Assembly of Parties.

The Boards also met individually to further work on issues under their spheres of competence by virtue of the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization. As this was the first official meeting of the Advisory Boards, procedural issues were also on the agenda. Michael Hershman was elected Chairperson of the ISAB and Hugette Labelle Vice Chairperson, while Hans-Heiner Kühne was elected Chairperson of the IAAB and Daniel Li Ming-chak Vice Chairperson.

The meetings of the Advisory Boards were made possible owing to a generous contribution by the Republic of Austria.

Meeting of the Assembly Bureau in Bangkok

On 21 May, the Bureau of IACA’s second session of the Assembly of Parties came together for a meeting with the organization’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Martin Kreutner, in Bangkok.

Talks centred on preparations for the third Assembly session, scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014. The Dean also provided an update on recent developments at IACA, including membership status, trainings and academic programmes, budgetary issues, as well as the implementation of relevant resolutions. He reiterated his gratitude to the Kingdom of Thailand for generously hosting the second session of the Assembly and for its unwavering commitment to IACA over the years.

The second session of the Assembly of Parties took place in Bangkok from 9 to 11 December 2013, culminating in the unanimous adoption of six resolutions. The officers elected at this session include H.E. Panthep Klanarongran (President, Kingdom of Thailand), Rafael Paulino (Vice-President, Brazil), Antonio Casado Rigalt (Vice-President, Spain), Olaolu Adegbite (Rapporteur, Nigeria), and H.E. Sahib N. Alakbarov (Rapporteur, Azerbaijan).

Power of the Pen: Africa Speaks

IACA’s second edition of the Power of the Pen: Ethics, Roles, and Responsibilities of Today’s Journalists started in Accra, Ghana yesterday morning.

Over three days, 18 print and broadcast journalists from Sub-Saharan Africa  will sit-down together with fellow professionals such as Paul Radu, the Executive Director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Ghanaian undercover journalist acclaimed for his investigative works on human rights and corruption. Suzanne Hayden, the roundtable’s moderator, will guide the discussions, and work with the participants to extract lessons learned from the entire continent and beyond.

On the agenda are undercover investigations, the crime network between Eastern Europe and Africa, as well as ethics and responsible reporting. In addition, UNODC’s Samuel de Jaegere will present UNODC’s latest publication, Reporting on Corruption, A Resource Tool for Governments and Journalists, while journalist/scholar Kadija Sharife and Paul Radu will introduce the Investigative Dashboard Tool, which assists investigators to expose transnational illicit ties.

The Power of the Pen roundtable, catering to Sub-Saharan Africa this time around, is co-sponsored by the US Department of State. The first roundtable took place in October 2012, having brought together a group of journalists from the MENA region.

Afghan Delegation Visits IACA

Earlier today, IACA received the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission of Afghanistan (ACSI) and members from national public administration faculties.

Farhad Osman Osmani, Director General of ACSI, the country’s leading agency for reform, gave an overview of recent initiatives to improve transparency and accountability in public administration, including the latest national capacity building project. Against this backdrop, administrative training is also being stepped up, with an ultimate aim to improve service delivery through a responsive, organized, and efficient civil service. Members of public administration faculties from the universities of Kabul, Balkh, Herat, Kandahar, and Nangarhar were also present to share their experience.

Possibilities for cooperation and technical assistance from IACA dominated the agenda. The delegates discussed institution building measures, the essentials of anti-corruption in curriculum development, and potential trainings for Afghan public administration officials, custom-designed by IACA.

The delegation was accompanied by its cooperating partner, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Argentinian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 16 May, H.E. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Argentine Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Argentina is a Party to the IACA Agreement since March 2014 and presided over IACA’s Provisional Commission prior to thefirst session of the Assembly of Parties.

Anti-Corruption Measures and EU Financial Interests - New Challenges

The European conference on “New Challenges for Anti-Corruption Measures and for the Protection of EU Financial Interests“ opened at IACA this morning, with widespread participation from European institutions, international organizations, national governments, and academia.

Recent developments on corruption are first on the agenda, with presentations on the perspectives of the OECD, OLAF, the Council of Europe, and IACA. The next session will address national perspectives and the associated changes and risks, focusing on case studies from Austria, Greece, and Spain, as well as the findings of the EU Anti-Corruption Report. This afternoon discussions on the challenges of substantive law in a comparative perspective are anticipated, covering the definition of the perpetrators of corruption, agreements between the briber and bribee, and jurisdiction in transnational corruption cases.

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The day will close with a session on the protection of informants vs. information, related incentives and limits, whistleblowing laws and practices, and views on information use.
The conference will continue at the Austrian Palace of Justice tomorrow, focusing on future approaches in solving tensions between individual rights and prosecution interests in transnational cases. Some of the key speakers during the two days include, among others, Susan Akers, retired Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the British Metropolitan Police Service, Wolfgang Brandstetter, Minister of Justice of Austria, Gerhard Dannecker, Professor at Heidelberg University, Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, and Anna Myers, Legal Expert at Whistleblowing Law and Policy.

This conference is organized by the Austrian Association for European Criminal Law and IACA, co-financed by the European Commission under the Hercule II Programme.

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Master in Anti-Corruption Studies Module VI - First Impressions from Kuala Lumpur

On Monday, 12 May, the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) Module VI, which is hosted by IACA´s cooperation partner, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), started in Kuala Lumpur. During this module, the participants will focus on the topic of anti-corruption and enforcement.

On the venues of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA), the MACS students, together with lecturers and practitioners from South East Asia and the Pacific, will research and discuss investigations strategies and techniques by studying cases from the region. The class will also dwell into financial forensics, ethics, media, and civil society’s role in the fight against corruption.

IACA’s Alan Doig, together with MACA’s Chris Saville, will supervise the academic framework of the module, and bring in a set of practitioners such as UNODC’s Chris Batt and Shervin Majlessi and UNDP's Elodie Beth to talk about money laundering and the current state of affairs in South East Asia.  

Elodie Beth on UNDPs corruption challenges in South East Asia

Later in the module, Peter Larmour, lecturer at Australian National University in Canberra, will share some of the lessons learned from Australia and the Pacific Islands. Furthermore, the module contains contributions from guest lecturer such as Abu Kassim Bin Mohammed, Vice Chair of IACA’s Board of Governors and Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,  and Daniel Li, former Deputy Commissioner and Head of Operations of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Module VI is scheduled to finish on Friday, 23 May with a panel discussion on “Political Will: Regional, National and International”, chaired by Abu Kassim bin Mohammed and IACA´s Dean Martin Kreutner.

We look forward to keep you up dated on this unique event in the international anti-corruption family.

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