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Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-20

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.


• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position
FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.


Organizational Setting

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provides oversight of FAO’s programmes and operations through internal audit and investigation.
The post is located in OIG’s Investigation Unit, headed by the Senior Investigator. OIG investigates allegations of misconduct involving FAO personnel and allegations of sanctionable actions involving third parties. OIG’s investigation mandate covers misconduct such as fraud, corruption, abuse of privileges and immunities; sexual exploitation and abuse; sexual harassment; workplace harassment and abuse of authority; retaliation against whistle blowers; or any other conduct not in conformity with the Standards of Conduct of the International Civil Service OIG also prepares reports to the Director-General and Senior Management on lessons learned, and promotes policies and activities that enhance the integrity of FAO's operations.
Reporting Lines
The Investigator reports to the Senior Investigator.

Technical Focus

Investigations into allegations of misconduct and wrongdoing involving FAO personnel and third parties and advice on enhancements to integrity policies of the Organization.

Key Results

The planning and operational coordination of investigations into allegations of fraud, corruption and other type of wrongdoing and the development of recommendations to support management decisions and improve internal controls to prevent and timely detect such activity.

Key Functions

• Supports the Senior Investigator in managing the investigative caseload by prioritizing cases, reviewing intake assessments and preparing casework assignments;
• Leads and coordinates investigation teams and provides guidance to investigations staff and investigation consultants;
• Prepares, revises and updates policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures governing the planning, conduct, evidence collection, report writing and follow-up of preliminary reviews and full investigations at HQ and Decentralized Offices;
• Plans, organizes and conducts investigations in accordance with the applicable rules involving preliminary assessment of complaints, interviews of personnel and third parties, review of documentary and electronic information, analysis of the facts, organization of the evidence, and presentation of investigative results including investigation reports;
• As part of OIG’s quality assurance function, reviews and edits investigation reports and other written outputs, ensuring logical and clear presentation of investigative findings, conclusions and recommendations to support management decisions;
• Maintains effective liaison with relevant FAO units regarding specific cases and with external and UN investigators on cases/issues of mutual concern;
• Leads and/or contributes to FAO’s awareness and training activities on prevention, detection and reporting of fraud and corruption or on other types of wrongdoing and promotes state-of-the-art investigative techniques and best practices;
• Participates in Organization-wide thematic working groups;
Contributes to OIG’s quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as relevant to investigations-related activities;
• Performs other duties as assigned by the Senior Investigator or the Inspector General.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in Law or in a subject associated with criminal and/or administrative investigations
• Seven years of relevant experience in fact-finding/investigatory work preferably, but not limited to, misconduct and wrongdoing by employees, suppliers and partners organizations, including fraud and corruption, using investigation techniques and procedures
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
• Extent and relevance of experience in investigations including employee misconduct, fraud and corruption, and workplace harassment/sexual harassment
• Experience gained in an international setting is considered a strong asset
• Ability to analyse relevant legal and procedural issues, and documentary and financial evidence
• Advanced knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to administrative and/or criminal investigations;
• Ability to analyze large volume of complex and conflicting evidence;
• Excellent communication and negotiation skills, e.g. to advise and/or conduct interviews, give presentations, and to network and build effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
• Strong demonstrated written skills with emphasis in complex report writing and editing;
• Fluency in Spanish and/or Arabic is considered an asset.

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