Batch Recruitment - Investigation Specialist, P-4, TA (364 days), New York, #109044 and #109111
New York City (United States of America)
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief of Investigations, the Investigation Specialist carries out investigations into allegations of fraud, abuse of authority, mismanagement, harassment, sexual harassment and/or retaliatory actions in or affecting UNICEF, and makes recommendations for corrective action and improved controls.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, a future
The purpose of this batch recruitment is to fill two temporary positions at P-4 level. These positions are based in UNICEF New York, reporting to the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI), with occasional travel to UNICEF offices in the field and other headquarters locations.
OIAI conducts independent investigations into allegations of corrupt and fraudulent practices and other misconduct involving UNICEF staff, consultants, non-staff personnel, and institutional contractors and partners. The Office's investigations cover all forms of misconduct including fraud, corruption, harassment, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, mismanagement and retaliation.
How can you make a difference?
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief of Investigations, the Investigation Specialist carries out investigations into allegations of fraud, abuse of authority, mismanagement, harassment, sexual harassment and/or retaliatory actions in or affecting UNICEF, and makes recommendations for corrective action and improved controls. Specific duties include:
1. Undertaking preliminary assessments: As a lead member of the investigations team, formulate investigation plans to ensure that all appropriate lines of inquiry are identified and investigation resources are used effectively and efficiently to factually determine the issues relevant to an investigation;
Identifies, collects and analyses information, using software internal data and open source information relevant to investigations (forensic accounting/ investigation) demonstrating an understanding of information security and confidentiality issues relevant to investigation; Collects, records and handles evidence appropriately, ensuring chain of custody and demonstrating knowledge of handling considerations for different types of evidence;
2. Managing investigations: Plan and direct investigations in UNICEF in accordance with established standards, policies and procedures. Direct and supervise UNICEF staff and/or consultants to carry out investigative tasks as required. When necessary, personally conduct complex or sensitive investigations in field locations or headquarters. Maintain a quality assurance function to ensure that investigations are timely and of required quality in compliance with established procedures.
3. Reporting Investigation Findings: Identify the results of the investigations prepare reports on investigation findings that are submitted to the Chief of Investigations for final review before submission to the Director of OIAI for approval. Prepare closure memos for cases that did not need to be investigated, or where misconduct could not be proven, for approval by the Director, OIAI.
4. Management of Data on Reported Allegations: Management and Input into the Investigation database for all cases assigned by the Chief of Investigations, maintain and provide input into a restricted access database that tracks all complaints, allegations that had been received, including those where an active investigation has been initiated, provide status reports of all complaints of suspected fraud, abuse of authority mismanagement, harassment (including sexual harassment) and/or retaliatory actions in or affecting UNICEF.
5. Training/Awareness/Client Services: Prepare information and training materials for investigators, auditors and UNICEF staff on the prevention and detection of fraud and misconduct that will be disseminated to UNICEF staff at Headquarters, and the Regional and Country Offices. Liaises with the Legal Officer, the Ethics Office, and other relevant offices in UNICEFF, the investigation sections of other international organizations and with national anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
6. Other Tasks: Undertake any research or other tasks as assigned by the Chief of Investigations, in support of policy development or advice to other UNICEF offices. Provide input in the development of investigation' related policies and procedures in OIAI and in UNICEF. Participate in development activities within OIAI including the development of investigation methodologies and materials.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one or more of the following disciplines: Economics, Social Sciences, Law, Accounting, Auditing, Business Administration/Management, or other relevant technical field.
- At least 8 years (at least three of which are at the international level) of progressively responsible professional work experience in planning, leading and undertaking complex and sensitive investigations in government, non-profit organizations, and/or private sector.
- Experience in modern investigation techniques, including use of automated tools is highly desirable.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or Arabic will be considered an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are Analyzing, Deciding and Initiating Action, Applying Technical Expertise, Following Instructions and Procedures.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: New York City (United States of America)
- Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
- Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
- Closing Date: 2019-01-19