• 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 nations and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
• All selected candidates will 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.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) supports the transformation to More efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, for Better production, Better nutrition, a Better environment and a Better life, leaving no one behind.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provides oversight of FAO's programmes and operations, through internal audit and investigation.
Within OIG, the Investigations Unit (OIGI) investigates allegations of misconduct involving FAO personnel and/or 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.
The Investigator reports to the Senior Investigator (Head of Unit) or an Investigator (Team Leader).
Intake of and investigations into, allegations of serious misconduct and wrongdoing by FAO personnel and third parties in line with internal standard operating procedures and relevant rules.
The intake and assessment 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.
• Undertakes the intake and assessment of incoming complaints/allegations. This includes reviewing the information received, and when necessary, obtaining additional information from the complainant to determine whether the complaint/allegation falls within the mandate of OIG or whether the matter would be more appropriately handled by another FAO office.
• Participates in conducting investigations including planning, organizing, and undertaking investigations in Headquarters or the Decentralized Offices, in accordance with the applicable rules involving a preliminary assessment of the complaint/allegation, interviews of staff and third parties, review of documentary and electronic information, analysis of the facts, organization of the evidence, and determines the appropriate presentation of investigative results including ;the preparation of reports;
• Prepares and edits required written outputs with logical and clear presentations of, intake and assessments of complaints, investigative findings, facts; circumstances, conclusions and recommendations to support management decisions regarding any disciplinary or corrective action. Written outputs include referral documents upon finalization of the assessment process, investigative plans, records of interviews, and investigative reports;
• Maintains effective liaison with relevant FAO divisions departments and offices in the context of the intake and assessment process, regarding specific cases and with external and UN investigators on cases/issues of mutual concern;
• Contributes to the updating of policies, procedures, systems and best practices to support the planning, conduct, evidence collection, report writing and follow-up of preliminary and full investigations in Headquarters and the Decentralized Offices;
• Participates in awareness and training activities on the prevention, detection and reporting of fraud and corruption in FAO; and
• Performs other duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• Advanced university degree in Law or in a subject associated with criminal and/or administrative investigations
• Five 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 other forms of 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
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is desirable
• Extent and relevance of experience in intake of complaints/allegations, and investigations including employee misconduct, procurement fraud and corruption
• Experience gained in an international setting is considered a strong asset
• Ability to analyse relevant legal and procedural issues, and documentary and financial evidence
• Extent and relevance of academic qualifications