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Inspector General

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: D-2, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Non-Proliferation of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear weapons
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-27

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Summary of Duties and Functions

Reporting directly to the Director-General, the Inspector General independently designs, organizes and directs a coordinated programme of internal oversight of the programmes and operations of the Organization, through internal audit and investigation. This includes\:

  • evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of the Organization's governance, risk management and internal controls;

  • advising the Director-General on the functions and programmes audited with independent and objective assurance through systematic assessment, with a view to adding value and improving the Organization’s accountability and overall management and operations;

  • providing the strategic direction for the management and implementation of audit and investigation;

  • developing, organizing and directing the implementation of a long-term strategy and a risk-based internal audit plan in alignment with FAO’s Strategic Objectives, Risk Profile and Programme of Work;

  • ensuring allegations of wrongdoing by FAO personnel, partners and third parties are properly assessed and investigated in a professional and timely manner;

  • Sharing initiatives through dissemination and promotion of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) findings and lesson learned for programme and policy formulation;

  • managing the financial and human resources of the Office of the Inspector General efficiently and effectively;

  • establishing and maintaining a quality assurance and improvement programme to ensure the OIG functions meet established international standards of professional practices;

  • reporting to the FAO Finance Committee on the activities of the Office of the Inspector General, including significant oversight results;

  • representing the Organization in oversight matters (audit and investigation);

  • perform other related duties as required.

In discharging his/her responsibilities, the Inspector General takes advice from the Audit Committee.

General Requirements
  • Advanced University Degree in Auditing, Accounting, Law, Business or Public Administration or Management or other relevant fields;

  • A first-level university degree may be considered for applicants with a professional certification from an internationally recognized auditing and accountancy body, such as Chartered Accountant, Certified Public Accountant;

  • Certified Internal Auditor designation is desirable and additional professional certifications (such as CISA, CFE, CMA or equivalent) are an advantage;

  • Extensive experience in a complex oversight function, preferably in an international environment, of which at least ten years at an executive level or as Chief Audit Executive (CAE);

  • High-level and progressively responsible professional experience in a large organization with the use of innovative and cutting-edge auditing and management techniques and approaches to facilitate effectiveness and efficiency of the Office;

  • Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills of a high order with maturity and the ability to apply judgment in the exercise of professional independence;

  • Ability to handle complex and/or sensitive issues with diplomacy and confidentiality and with sensitivity to the interest of staff and the Organization;

  • Familiarity with the UN system or similar international institutions;

  • Experience in working with decentralized offices is an advantage;

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background;

  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

Leadership Competencies

Results focus\: Takes accountability for the delivery of agreed results in service of FAO’s Strategic Framework - Leading, engaging and empowering others\: Strong leadership with abilities to build relations of trust with internal and external stakeholders, coordinates, directs, facilitates and recognizes team efforts; creates an enabling environment and assists others to realize and develop their potential - Communication\: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication - Partnering and Advocating\: Promotes ideas and develops partnerships to advance the Organization’s work - Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement\: Continually seeks to improve the knowledge, skills and work processes of oneself and others - Strategic thinking\: Makes informed and coherent decisions aligned with broader goals and strategies.

Appointment Conditions

The Inspector General will be appointed for a non-renewable term of seven years, without the possibility of employment within FAO at the end of the term.

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