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  • Organization: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-04

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Investigations Specialist + ROSTER, Office of Audit and Investigations, New York, P-4

New York City (United States of America)

Position Summary:

The post of Investigations Specialist is located in the Investigations Branch which is a part of the Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS). The position may be located in the UNFPA Headquarters in New York or another duty station as required.


Job Purpose:

The Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS) is an operationally independent office at UNFPA, and reports to the Executive Director of UNFPA. The Office is responsible for supporting the achievement of the objectives of UNFPA by contributing to the improvement of its operations, risk management and results through internal audit and investigation services. 

OAIS is the sole entity at UNFPA mandated to conduct independent investigations into allegations of all types of wrongdoing, including those of sexual exploitation and abuse, and of harassment (work/sexual) and abuse of authority), involving personnel or entities in a contractual relationship with UNFPA.

OAIS performs its investigation work in accordance with the provisions of the UNFPA Policies and Procedures Manual, the Oversight Policy, the Policy for Vendor Review and Sanctions, the Charter of the Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS Charter) and the Uniform Guidelines for Investigations. 

The investigation team is comprised of a Chief, five investigators and an investigation assistant, augmented with several investigation consultants. The OAIS data analyst is shared with the Internal Audit Branch in OAIS.


Qualifications and Experience:


  • Advanced university degree in law, criminology or closely related fields. (A first level university degree with a combination of significant relevant education, professional certification(s), training and experience in the field of investigations may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree).
  • Formal training and/or certification in law enforcement methodologies, an asset. Admission to the Bar, an asset; Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), highly desirable.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible, relevant professional experience in complex criminal and/or administrative investigations, with a proven track record in planning and executing investigations, including as a case lead investigator.
  • Demonstrated advanced experience in investigating white-collar crime and coordinating investigations; demonstrated experience in investigating sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as harassment (work/sexual) and abuse of authority. 
  • Proven ability to conduct and lead complex investigations and quickly and accurately analyze, assess and summarize investigation findings, observations and recommendations. 
  • Good knowledge of UN policies, procedures and jurisprudence relevant to administrative investigations highly desirable. 
  • Experience in an International Organization (UN system or multilateral context) highly desirable. 
  • Experience in conducting investigations in developing countries highly desirable


  • Fluency in English required, with proven ability to express well verbally and in writing.
  • Good knowledge of other UN official languages (French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian) desirable.
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