Want to crack down on corruption? Apply here.

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If you think you have what it takes to crack down on corruption, there is a potential vacancy at the top of Latvia's dedicated anti-graft agency, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB).

The current Director of the Bureau is Jēkabs Straume. However, the law stipulates that the head of KNAB is appointed for a five year term. As the term of office of the current head will expire in June this year, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to announce a competition for the position.

Applicants will need a higher professional or academic education and qualification as a lawyer, previous work experience relevant to the position and experience in a senior position in public administration or law enforcement.

"The next potential head of the KNAB must be development-oriented, able to make decisions, evaluate information and take responsibility. Candidates are also expected to be able to lead and organize team work to ensure that the goals of the institution are met, while also creating a positive atmosphere within the institution," says the invitation to apply.

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae (CV), documents certifying education and required language skills, as well as a hand-filled questionnaire and an autobiography. It is also necessary to submit at least two references from previous jobs and a motivation letter. Applications close on April 6.

The selection of applicants will take place in two rounds. During the first round, the tender commission will evaluate the submitted documents and the compliance of the tenderers with the minimum requirements. Also, during this round, the commission will evaluate the opinion provided by the Constitutional Protection Bureau on the compliance of each applicant with the requirements specified by law in order to receive a special permit for access to state secrets.

In the second round of the competition, the applicants will explain their vision of the KNAB's future development and priorities to the commission during the interviews. Applicants' management competencies will also be assessed during this round.

At the end of the competition, the candidate with the highest evaluation will be nominated for approval by the Cabinet of Ministers. The head of the KNAB is appointed by the Saeima upon the recommendation of the Cabinet of Ministers. 

As for the wages, the monthly salary of the next head of KNAB will be from 4,814 euros (before taxes).

The announcement of the competition has been published in the official publication "Latvijas Vēstnesis" and on the Cabinet of Ministers' website and social networks where more information is available.

KNAB was established in October 2002 and is an independent public administration institution under the supervision of the Cabinet of Ministers. KNAB is also a pre-trial investigatory body and has traditional police powers.

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