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Geneva (United States of America)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-28

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Grade: P3  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/1/2021/IAO/01
Publication date: 26 May 2021
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 28 June 2021


Job ID: 5899 
Department: IAO 
Organization Unit: IAO 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply.


Applications from officials who have reached their age of retirement as defined in Article 11.3 of the Staff Regulations on or before 31 December 2017, or who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.


The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).


Applicants from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here:


In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category.


Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.


The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.


The position is located in the Investigation and Inspection Unit within the Office of Internal Audit and Oversight (IAO) of the ILO.   IAO fulfils an internal independent oversight function.  Its mandate is underpinned by its Governing Body approved Audit and Investigation Charters. The IAO’s mission is to enhance and protect the ILO’s value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight.    IAO aims to assist the Office in accomplishing its strategic objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, internal control and governance processes. The IAO’s mandate also includes responsibility to conduct fact-finding investigations into allegations of financial or administrative misconduct, investigations into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, cases of allegations of retaliation against whistle-blowers referred by the Ethics Officer and other irregular activities. 


IAO conducts its activities in conformity with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing of the Institute of Internal Auditors (the IIA Standards), the Uniform Principles and Guidelines for Investigations as adopted by the Conference of International Investigators of the United Nations Organizations and Multilateral Financial Institutions, and IAO Investigation Standard Operating Procedures.


The position reports to the Chief of the Investigation and Inspection Unit under the general supervision of the Chief Internal Auditor.

Specific Duties

1.    Plan, conduct, and report on low and medium risk investigations according to IAO’s Standard Operating Procedures, ILO Administrative Tribunal jurisprudence and the Uniform Principles and Guidelines for Investigations as adopted by the Conference of International Investigators of the United Nations Organizations and Multilateral Financial Institutions.


2.    Analyse evidence and prepare investigation files.


3.    Interview witnesses and subjects in the furtherance of investigations.


4.    Draft complete and concise investigation reports containing findings.


5.    Identify recommendations for remedial action arising from investigations for reporting to management.


6.    Participate within a team of investigators/auditors working on more complex investigation cases as and when required.


7.    Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications


A first-level university degree in law, international law, criminal investigations, police studies, or a related field.


At least five years of progressively responsible experience in investigation and/or fraud examination, of which at least three years at the international level. Prior experience in the UN system would be an asset.


Excellent command of one of the official languages (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization. A working knowledge of English would be a great advantage 


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:


Excellent drafting skills to prepare reports of inspection/investigation findings effectively and adequately. Sound knowledge of the Organization’s mandate, financial rules, procedures, regulations, policies, plans and priorities of the Organization’s activities.  Ability to plan own work.  Ability to gather and analyse evidence.  Ability to draft written reports.   Computer skills, with a good knowledge of computer programs and software packages.  Ability to communicate effectively.  

Ability to work well in a small team and adapt to changing priorities in work at short notice. Ability to work with the minimum of supervision and guidance on simple investigations and work as part of a team and take instruction on more complex cases.  Ability to handle confidential matters.  Ability to work with tact and total discretion. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.



Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • The first contract will be issued for a twenty-four month period.
  • A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
  • Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit:


Important Information

Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at


Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.


Fraud warning

The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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