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Internship: Investigations Section in the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) - Paid/Remote

New York City

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Remote | New York City
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: Closed

The Investigations Section aims to foster greater transparency and accountability within the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Section strives to protect the human and financial resources of UNICEF by investigating, among other things, misconduct in the workplace, including prohibited sexual conduct, fraud and corruption. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Investigations you will have the opportunity to become part of this dynamic and multicultural team in New York and Budapest by providing support in reinforcing and upholding the UN standards of conduct and the UNICEF administrative issuances and contractual provisions to contribute to increased efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of result for children.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. 

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 

And we never give up. 

For every child, a fair chance 

The Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for internal audit and investigation services to UNICEF.  OIAI provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls.

The Investigations Section of OIAI is responsible for conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct, such as gross mismanagement, fraud, corruption, retaliation against whistle-blowers, workplace harassment, abuse of authority, violation or willful disregard of UNICEF regulations, rules and administrative instructions that involve UNICEF staff, and relevant non–staff personnel.  The investigation service is also tasked with investigating allegations of financial wrongdoing, such as fraud and corruption, committed to the detriment of UNICEF.  In addition, OIAI undertakes proactive investigations in high-risk areas that are susceptible to wrongdoings, fraud and corruption.

OIAI conducts investigations in accordance with the International Uniform Principles and Guidelines for Investigations adopted at the 10th Conference of International Investigators and the OIAI Investigations Manual.

The OIAI Investigations Section is comprised of two teams, the Strategy, Intake and Analysis Team (SIA) and the Investigations Team. The SIA Team handles intake and initial assessments of new matters; policy and strategic initiatives; and quality assurance of investigation and other reports, among other tasks; while the Investigations Team handles cases predicated for investigation and certain complex assessments. This role may support either or both Teams.

How can you make a difference? 

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Investigations, you will undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist with the collection and assembly of evidence, including participating in interviews, drafting interview synopses and reviewing interview transcripts.
  • Assist with the analysis of information and data related to initial assessments and/or investigations, including conducting open-source searches and analyzing contractual/transactional information.
  • Research a range of issues related to initial assessments and/or investigations, including legal research and analysis of United Nations Administrative Tribunal jurisprudence.
  • Carrying out other task as may be assigned by OIAI management, including assisting in the drafting and preparation of analytical reports and memoranda and related outputs.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • Graduated within the past two years or currently enrolled in a University or an Advanced Degree Program (preferably law school) 
  • 0-2 years of relevant experience in legal activities and/or investigation-related functions.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office and relevant computer systems and applications.
  • Excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple assignments simultaneously and adapt to the changing requirements

    Language requirements:
    • Fluent in English (both written and verbal)
    • Proficiency in French, Spanish and/or Arabic is highly desirable
    • Knowledge of other United Nations official languages (Chinese or Russian) is an advantage

Modality: Remote

Tentative start date: May 2023

Duration: 4 months with possibility of an extension.


As per UNICEF guidelines, an intern will be paid a stipend of US $1,700 per month if based in New York or​​​​​ 70% of the monthly salary of the GS level 3 step 1 in other duty station if teleworking from outside. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.


UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern’s service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start the internship with the Health Section.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are...
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships
(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
(3)Drive to achieve results for impact
(4)Innovates and embraces change
(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity
(6)Thinks and acts strategically
(7)Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.



OIAI is seeking to populate its Roster of Interns.  While placement in the roster does not guarantee an internship with OIAI, candidates placed in the roster may be offered placement through a desk review/direct selection process. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, all eligible and suitable. 

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

This vacancy is now closed.
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