Job Vacancies United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Position: Consultant: Investigations section roster
Location: United States of America ( The )
Closing Date: Tuesday, 05 June 2012
The Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) reports to the Administrator and is responsible for internal audit and investigations services to UNDP and its affiliated entities. OAI provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls. OAI also responds to allegations of misconduct by conducting and reporting on investigations.
The Investigation Section of OAI is responsible for conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct, such as mismanagement, fraud, corruption, retaliation on whistleblowers, workplace harassment, abuse of authority, violation or willful disregard of UNDP regulations, rules, and administrative instructions, that involve UNDP staff, contractors and other applicable persons. The Investigations Section is also tasked with investigating allegations against parties external to the UNDP of financial irregularities committed to the detriment of UNDP. In addition, OAI undertakes proactive investigations in high risk areas that are susceptible to wrongdoings, fraud and corruption.
OAI conducts investigations in accordance with the Uniform Principles and Guidelines for Investigations, the UNDP Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct dated January 2010, and the OAI Investigation Guidelines.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant is required to assist with investigations by the Investigations Section, OAI. The Consultant will work from his or her home country. Travel will only be undertaken, as required by individual investigation missions to the field; such missions may include travel to hardship duty stations.
For the cases assigned to him/her, the consultant will:
Prepare proposed work plans and annexes for review by the Deputy Director (Investigations), OAI;
Discuss, plan and co-ordinate investigations into allegations with the Deputy Director (Investigations);
Conduct investigation field missions in accordance with the approved investigation work plan;
Draft investigation and closure reports for review by the Deputy Director (Investigations).
Investigations will involve conducting interviews of witnesses and suspects, obtaining documentary and other evidence, and examining and analyzing documents.
The Consultant will be tasked by Deputy Director (Investigations). All work product produced by the Consultant as a result of this engagement is owned by UNDP and shall be submitted to the Deputy Director (Investigations).
Core Values and Ethics:
Demonstrates integrity and fairness;
Demonstrates the ability to remain objective, neutral and independent vis-a-vis all parties involved;
Possesses the psychological ability to discern and handle the intricacies of workplace and sexual harassment issues;
Displays cultural sensitivity;
Supports corporate goals;
Complies with UNDP rules, regulations and code of conduct.
Advances all team-based activities as required;
Embraces extra responsibility;
Contributes to building team morale and consensus.
Builds strong client relationship;
Focuses on client results and impacts;
Anticipates evolving client needs;
Manages conflict and stress.
Task Management Skills:
Produces timely, quality outputs;
Exercises sound judgement/analysis;
Develops creative solutions;
Ability to handle multiple tasks.
Writes clearly and effectively;
Has good presentation skills;
Speaks clearly and convincingly;
Listens actively and responds effectively.
Provides constructive coaching and feedback for others;
Pursues personal development.
Demonstrated ability to perform in accordance with relevant professional standards for investigation of most serious and complex cases of alleged misconduct, including criminal offences.
Demonstrated ability to use and apply the following technical process or aides:
Scanning and optical character recognition (OCR) applications;
Various computer assisted investigation and analysis techniques.
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced university degree in investigations, law, business administration, finance or another directly relevant field, or significant, relevant training and experience in the field of investigations in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Working experience in an International Organization is desirable;
Field experience is an advantage;
Proven ability to conduct complex investigations and quickly and accurately analyze, assess and summarize investigation findings, observations and recommendations;
Good writing skills.
Fluency in English;
Proficiency in French or Spanish is desirable;
Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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