Investigation Specialist, P-3, Office of Internal Audit & Investigations, Budapest, USA, #63319Aleppo, Syria 190 views

Closing Date : 2019-12-03
Duty Station : Aleppo, Syria
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Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 03 Dec 2019

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 future

The Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) is an independent office reporting to UNICEF’s Executive Director and the Executive Board. The Investigations Service investigates reports of possible violations of rules or regulations, mismanagement, misconduct, waste of resources, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, sexual exploitation and abuse and other forms of violations. The position is located in Budapest. Under the supervision of the Investigations Manager, the incumbent will report to the Chief Field Operations Section of OIAI’s Investigations Service.

How can you make a difference?

Positions at the P3 level are considered as experienced professionals that are responsible for supporting the section Chief and Investigations Manager on assigned investigations cases. Such responsibility is expected to be carried out with substantial independence, with the primary focus of the managerial oversight on the position being to ensure that results are delivered in accordance with the vision set forward by the leadership of the Section and Investigations Service.

Under the general guidance of the Investigations Manager, the incumbent assists and supports the supervisor in planning and conducting investigations of allegations of fraud, abuse of authority, mismanagement, harassment, and/or retaliatory actions in or affecting UNICEF. The Investigations Officer will also be responsible for providing support to the day to day operational and specialized activities related to the investigation function, to enhance the smooth running of the supervisor’s day-to day actions, as well as his/her section.

NOTE: This post is based in Budapest with travel to UNICEF locations, often in difficult duty stations.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Plan, organize and conduct investigations of cases of alleged misconduct, malfeasance, mismanagement, fraud, corruption, waste of resources, or alleged violations of United Nations Regulations and Rules and pertinent administrative issuances, including cases of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and Sexual HarassmentConduct interviews, obtain statements and analyze information;Search for, gather, record and preserve all potential or relevant pieces of evidence, including in electronic format, ensuring that all necessary evidence chains are established and maintainedDetermine whether matters involve potential fraud, corruption, or other illegal or criminal conduct warranting referral to national authoritiesConduct research on assigned issues using investigation files and alternative sources to verify facts, identify citations, precedents and draft statements of findings and respondent replies;Plan and participate in filed missions for the purpose of conducting investigations;Participate in briefing and planning conferences with investigation staff;Implement and maintain established procedures to ensure professional competency and completeness throughout the investigation process;Develop or contribute to the development of processes to meet the investigation needs;Prepare complete and concise investigation reports, together with findings and recommendations for related disciplinary and/or jurisdictional actions, and conduct post-investigation tasks;Processes, draft, edit, proofread and finalizes for signature/approval a variety of correspondence and other communications;Perform other duties as required.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminal investigation, or related field. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:A minimum of five years of relevant experience in undertaking investigations or related legal activities and/or investigation related functions. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.Solid organizational skills.Experience with international organizations in an advantage.

Language Requirements:Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN language is considered as an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core values: Commitment, Diversity and Integrity

Core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results

Functional Competencies are Analyzing , Applying Technical Expertise and Following Instructions and Procedures.

View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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