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Chief Investigation Officer, P5 - Rome, Italy (2 vacant positions)


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-17


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

Are you a Senior Investigation Officer interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organization investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.



Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, August 16, 2022 (11:59 PM CET)



The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.


At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.  


To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP) and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTubeLinkedInInstagramFacebookTwitter.



  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment 
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities 
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across the various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)




We are currently seeking qualified individuals for the non-rotational position of Senior Investigations Officer at P5 level, the job is located in the Office of Inspections and Investigations in Headquarters (HQ) and report to the Director, Office of Inspections and Investigations.

The Senior Investigations Officer will be required to frequently and often at short-notice, travel to WFP Field Operations, mainly to developing countries.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


Within delegated authority, the Senior Investigations Officer will generally be responsible for the following duties: 


  • Support the development and implementation of the office strategies, policies and plans aligned with OIG, WFP and wider UN strategies, policies and processes to support HQ and field operations to meet the mandate of WFP.
  • Contribute to the development of standards operating procedures and technical guidance notes within the office. 
  • Take responsibility of the quality control work of investigation outcomes before management’s final review and sign-off, and ensure through appropriate work monitoring that all professional staff adhere to the operating procedures and quality standards of the office.
  • Maintain adequate working relationships and collaborate cross-functionally as appropriate. 
  • Regularly monitor the operational work of professional staff on investigations and ensure proper technical guidance is provided on ongoing investigation projects and ensure that the expected investigation outcomes are issued within the agreed timelines and at the required quality.
  • Regularly prepare statistics and periodic reports on investigation work as well as any analytical assessments on investigation or misconduct trends. 
  • Represent the office in the joint discussions of investigation cases’ risk analysis with HR and Legal Office during the standing meetings of the internal justice system stakeholders.
  • Manage the office case management system and ensure all investigation inputs/outputs are timely and exhaustively recorded in the system as appropriate. 
  • Effectively monitor the work-flow of individual cases assigned to the Investigations Officers in close consultation with team leaders and lead investigators.
  • Take part in internal review and assessment of received complaints and allegations, and formulate comprehensive investigation plans for complex investigations. 
  • Efficiently coordinate and undertake office and field-based complex investigations into allegations of violations of policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and applicable rules and regulations.
  • Offer guidance and advice to WFP employees on matters pertaining to investigations and applicable policy framework.
  • Work and coordinate closely with the other control and monitoring functions as appropriate.
  • Prepare recommendations for corrective action and improved controls, effectiveness, or efficiency of WFP operations based on the findings of investigations.
  • Assess the potential for fraud and corruption in operational activities through proactive integrity work as assigned, and make recommendations.
  • Ensure that appropriate actions and initiatives are adopted to promote and enhance the integrity of WFP’s operations.
  • Regularly appraise progress of investigations and assess probable impact of investigation outcome relative to strategies and advise colleagues.
  • Coordinate with local officials, governments, and outside organizations and obtain internal support (transport, interpreters, etc) to resolve problems and to facilitate work of the team.
  • Support the Director of the Office of Inspections and Investigations in the day to day management of the Office, as delegated.
  • Perform other related duties as required.






You have:


  • Masters degree in Criminology, Investigations, Law, Audit, Accounting or other related fields or a Bachelor degree with additional relevant years of experience and/or relevant certificate.
  • Formal training and/or certification in various law enforcement methodologies/fraud examination or investigation.




You have:


  • At least 11 years (4 of which are international) of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in planning, leading, and executing complex criminal or administrative investigations in a managerial or supervisory position.
  • Previous experience in the conduct of investigations with a UN organization or international financing institution is an asset.
  • Extensive managerial experience and providing constructive periodic performance reports and feedback.
  • Experience in the design or assessment of policies, plans, and strategies in an oversight office is an asset.
  • Experience in designing and conducting outreach/ training for the prevention of misconduct is an asset.




You have:


  • Fluency (level C) in English language is required.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.




You have:


  • Demonstrated expertise in theories, concepts and approaches relevant to investigations and practical use of investigation techniques.
  • Skills in coordination of multiple investigations and delivery of planned outputs.
  • Familiarity with the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources and databases.
  • Ability to coach staff in collection and handling facts and evidence.
  • Strong business acumen and strategic thinking.
  • Strong coordination, planning and leadership skills including ability to influence Senior Managers by consistent and clear communication.
  • Solid communication skills and setting priorities. 




These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.


Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures  external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives


Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.



Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is however classified as “non- rotational” which means the incumbent shall not be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as rotational.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, 30 days’ annual vacation, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Where we work” and “Our work” to learn more about WFP’s operations. Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date Learn more about countries where the UN operates.




  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete, and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable).
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application.
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
  • Please contact us at [email protected] in case you face any challenges with submitting your application
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified


All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.