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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Supply Chain
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2018-12-03

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Investigations Quality Assurance Specialist Consultant LTA

New York City (United States of America)

Background

The Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) reports to the Administrator and is responsible for internal audit and investigation services to UNDP and its affiliated entities.  OAI provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls. OAI also responds to allegations of misconduct by conducting and reporting on investigations. 

The Investigations Section of OAI is responsible for conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct, such as procurement fraud, corruption and bribery, theft and embezzlement, retaliation on whistleblowers, workplace harassment, abuse of authority, reckless or grossly negligent disregard of UNDP regulations, rules, and administrative instructions, that involve UNDP staff, contractors and other applicable persons.  The Investigations Section is also tasked with investigating allegations against parties external to UNDP of financial irregularities committed to the detriment of UNDP.  In addition, OAI undertakes proactive investigations in high risk areas that are susceptible to wrongdoings, fraud and corruption. 

OAI conducts investigations in accordance with the Uniform Principles and Guidelines for Investigations, the UNDP Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct, and the OAI Investigation Guidelines.

OAI needs to engage and award long-term agreement (LTA) to  a maximum of two skilled and experienced consultants to support OAI/Policy, Quality Assurance and Special Investigations Unit, to call upon as required.  Other technically qualified candidates will be placed in OAI’s Roster of consultants for investigations quality assurance work.

Duties and Responsibilities

Nature of services and scope of work:

The consultant is to provide support to the Policy, Quality Assurance and Special Investigations Unit with the review of draft investigation reports, management letters and other documents produced by the Investigations Section to ensure high quality and legal sufficiency of the work-products.

The specific tasks that will be required of the consultant are:

  1. Review draft reports and other work products prepared by the Investigations Section for sufficiency of evidence, accuracy, legal conformity, coherence and appropriateness of recommendations and compliance with OAI’s report templates and report writing style;
  2. Based on the above reviews, identify areas for improvement in the quality of reports and other work products;
  3. Review evidence gathered during an investigation and ensure that citations to evidence in footnotes of investigation reports and other documents are accurate and complete;
  4. Provide proofreading and editorial services, including ensuring compliance with the editing standards of the United Nations and relevant templates.

Deliverables:

Draft reports and other investigation products in MS Word document format with review comments and edits tracked.

Inputs and recommendations for improvement in the quality of reports and other work products.

Institutional arrangement:

The consultant will be tasked by or on behalf of the Investigations Advisor, Head of the Policy, Quality Assurance, and Special Investigations Unit. The work performed by the consultant will be submitted to the Investigations Advisor, Head of the Policy, Quality Assurance and Special Investigations Unit. 

Competencies

Core Values and Ethics:

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness
  • Demonstrates the ability to remain objective, neutral and independent vis-a-vis all parties involved
  • Possesses the psychological ability to discern and handle the intricacies of workplace and sexual harassment issues
  • Displays cultural sensitivity
  • Supports corporate goals
  • Complies with UNDP rules, regulations and code of conduct

Relationship Building:

  • Builds strong client relationship
  • Focuses on client results and impacts
  • Anticipates evolving client needs

Task Management Skills:

  • Produces timely, quality outputs
  • Exercises sound judgment/analysis

Communications:

  • Writes clearly and effectively
  • Speaks clearly and convincingly
  • Listens actively and responds effectively

Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to use the following tools:
  • Microsoft office suite;
  • Presentation software applications;
  • Electronic working paper software;
  • Database application.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of information security and confidentiality issues relevant to investigations.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Advanced university degree in investigations, law, business administration, finance or another directly relevant field is required.
  • First level degree in combination with passed Bar examinations, or a combination of formal professional training from a national law enforcement or investigations academy or equivalent and at least two years of additional experience (in addition to the 7 years of experience required below), may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Experience

  • At least seven (7) years of experience in the drafting, editing and quality control of documents of an investigative or legal nature is required.
  • Experience working with UNDP or the UN System is desirable.
  • Familiarity with investigative procedures applicable to UNDP is a strong advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic is an advantage.

How to apply

Interested candidates must apply through UNDP Job site:

  • Upload to UNDP job- site;

  • Use the section for the cover letter provided in the UNDP job website;

  • Upload your P11 or CV to UNDP job-site. Please note that UNDP job-site accepts only one uploaded document.

  • Submit financial proposal to the following email address: oai.bids@undp.org .

    Applicants who meet the minimum job requirements will be asked to submit their financial proposal to the designated email address (oai.bids@undp.org) within the given deadline prior to the long-listing.

  • TOR, P11 template, financial proposal template and Procurement Notice with details on evaluation criteria are posted in the UNDP Procurement Website with the link: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=51416

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