Job Vacancies The World Bank
Job Title Investigator
Job Family Corporate Governance/Ethics
Job # 102146
Location Washington, DC
Appointment International Hire
Closing Date: Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Language Requirements English [Essential]
Background / General description
As part of the World Bank Group, the Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) shares in the Group’s overall mission of poverty reduction. INT’s role within the Bank Group is to help detect, investigate and prevent fraud and corruption in the use of the Group’s financial resources, so that those resources are used effectively for their intended purposes in supporting development outcomes. In contributing to the Bank Group’s overall mission, INT works closely with other stakeholders across the Bank Group to:
1) Help detect, investigate and prevent fraud and corruption in Bank-supported operations by:
a) Investigating allegations of fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion, or obstruction (the five Bank-sanctionable practices) in Bank Group activities;
b) Seeking Bank sanction against firms and individuals that have engaged in any sanctionable practice;
c) Undertaking detailed implementation reviews (DIRs) of Bank-supported projects to identify indicators of fraud or corruption; and d) Using information available to INT (including from the Voluntary Disclosure Program) to help operational staff design and implement projects in ways that minimize fraud and corruption risks.
2) Help client countries to fight fraud and corruption by:
a) Referring investigative findings to the investigative and enforcement authorities in those countries and working with authorities, as requested, to follow-up and take action;
b) Collaborating in multilateral efforts to mitigate the risks of fraud or corruption in development activities; and
c) Providing capacity-building to country counterparts to better prevent, identify and mitigate integrity risks.
3) Enforce the highest standards of professional integrity, and ethical behavior among Bank staff by:
a) Investigating allegations of staff misconduct involving significant fraud or corruption; and
b) Mining the lessons learned from those investigations to undertake outreach programs and help improve the Bank’s enabling environment. INT’s work contributes directly to achieving the poverty reduction mission of the Bank Group and to meeting the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. Reducing fraud and corruption in Bank Group projects helps to ensure that Bank Group funds are used for their intended purposes: to alleviate poverty and to increase prosperity and stability in our borrowing countries. Working with others in international development institutions, INT’s principal goal is measurably to minimize development assistance funds lost to fraud, corruption and abuse and increase the quality and results of development efforts. Results are reported in an annual integrity report that contains aggregated data, outcomes and generic descriptions of significant cases. To ensure its independence, INT’s Vice President reports directly to the President of the Bank Group. INT is seeking to recruit a highly seasoned professional analyst and Due Diligence expert who has a proven track record for being meticulously thorough, fair, and objective, and can adapt easily to working in a diverse and multi-cultural work environment. The position is based at Headquarters in Washington, D.C., but with a requirement to travel to countries, principally those which are Bank Group Borrowers, outside of the United States.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year renewable term appointment.
Duties and Accountabilities
# The Investigator will be assigned to INT’s Research and Analysis Unit, where the Investigator’s duties and accountabilities will include, but are not limited to, research and analysis tasks, conducting preliminary inquiries and full investigations, in relation to allegations of fraud and corruption in World Bank-financed Projects, specifically related to the five sanctionable practices of: Fraud;
# Collusion; or
# Obstruction. The Investigator will:
(i) develop and implement pro-active investigations, identifying targets and developing additional leads.
(ii) conduct investigative research, to include financial records, procurement documents and database searches;
(iii) formulate detailed investigation plans and strategies; conduct complainant, witness, and subject interviews;
(iv) collect and organize relevant documentary and electronic information;
(v) analyze and assess all relevant information;
(vi) prepare reports of investigative findings with full supporting documentation; (vii) carry out background research on companies and individuals of concern; (viii) lead and develop RAU’s open source investigation capabilities and
(ix) mentor other RAU staff in open source investigation techniques. In addition the Investigator will review and assess complaints and allegations when appropriate. These tasks will be done to the highest standards of quality, thoroughness, accuracy, timeliness, and objectivity. The Investigator will also be expected to prepare and deliver high quality and timely briefing material for senior management as required, and participate in special initiatives/projects and undertake other ad hoc assignments as designated by the RAU heads.
Advanced university degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field. Substantial, relevant and progressively responsible investigative, Due Diligence or research experience of at least 8 years, preferably but not limited to the research and analysis into companies and individuals of concern involving preparation of high-quality reports on these, investigation of fraud, corruption and/or collusion in public and/or private sector environments. Examples of such experience includes private sector (commercial) due diligence and/or fraud investigations. Comprehensive knowledge, skills and abilities involving investigative and research strategies, methodologies and techniques. Proven conceptual, analytical and evaluation skills, with quantitative and qualitative data and the ability to provide technical and team leadership. Demonstrated research skills. Fluency in oral and written English; proficiency in one of the following languages is desirable but not essential: Spanish, Russian, French, Arabic, Indonesian, Chinese, or Portuguese. Excellent communications and presentation skills, both oral and written; proven ability to clearly and concisely prepare, present, discuss and defend issues, findings and recommendations at senior levels and to produce complex and compelling briefs, reports, papers, etc. In-depth knowledge of standard World Bank Group applications (MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). Working familiarity with investigative or forensic software, e.g., i2 Analyst Notebook or EnCase, is desirable. Demonstrated ability to communicate well on sensitive issues with staff and managers at senior levels, with particular emphasis on developing trust and demonstrating fairness. Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team/task force as a participant or team leader, and with senior officials internally and externally. Sensitivity to Bank Group’s diverse demographics and cross cultural context and influences, and ability to build effective working relations with clients and colleagues. Established reputation for unimpeachable integrity, sound judgment, fairness and discretion in dealing internally and externally. Short listed candidates will be asked to supply references and be required to authorize background checks. The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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