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  • Investigations Officer at United Nations World Food Programme

  • Posted on: 30 July, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • The United Nations World Food Programme saves lives in emergencies and changes the lives of millions of people around the world. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. Every day, WFP works to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need to thrive.

    Investigations Officer, P4, Nairobi


    Job description

    WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

    Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


    The selected candidate will report to the Senior Investigations Officer P-5, Nairobi Office of Inspections and Investigations (OIGI-NBO). The goal and mission of the OIGI is to conduct independent investigations into allegations of misconduct involving WFP staff, contractors and other applicable persons.


    The selected candidate will take part in internal reviews and assessments of complaints and allegations, efficiently plan and undertake complex investigations and prepare comprehensive reports. A large emphasis is placed on coordination of the work of investigative teams, development of policies and procedures, provision of advice on best practices with respect to investigations and guidance/training to other staff.

    KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)  

    • Efficiently coordinate and undertake office and field-based complex investigations into allegations of violations of policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and applicable
      rules and regulations.
    • Coordinate preparation of and/or prepare comprehensive reports and ad hoc briefs pertaining to complex investigations and, based on analysis and findings, make
      recommendations for corrective actions, improved controls and efficiency of WFP operations.
    • Monitor, support and coordinate the work of investigative teams to ensure outputs meet quality standards and are delivered according to established schedules.
    • Effectively manage the work-flow of individual cases assigned to Investigations Officers.
    • Take part in internal review and assessment of received complaints and allegations and formulate comprehensive investigation plans for complex investigations.
    • Assess the potential for fraud and corruption in operational activities and formulate recommendations for senior management decisions.
    • Provide guidance and advice to WFP staff on matters pertaining to the investigation of wrongdoing, and direct staff appointed by field offices to assist in investigations.
    • Regularly appraise management of the progress of investigations and assess and advise management on probable impact of investigation outcomes.
    • Coordinate with local officials, governments, and external organizations to facilitate investigative work.
    • Effectively work, collaborate and coordinate with other control and monitoring functions as appropriate.
    • Provide advice on and promote best practices with respect to investigations.
    • Provide support in the preparation of work plans and the establishment of priorities in the investigation function.
    • Assist in the development and implementation of investigators’ trainings.
    • Develop policies and procedures and share best practices/lessons learnt from investigative work.
    • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal partici 



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


    • Eight years or more (of which three international) of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in planning, leading and executing complex criminal or administrative investigations in managerial or supervisory position.
    • Previous experience of investigating of internal fraud, sexual harassment, harassment, abuse of authority, and/or sexual exploitation and abuse cases is a strong asset.
    • Previous experience in conducting investigations with a UN organization, an international organization (ie NGO) or an international financing institution, and
    • working in developing countries, is an advantage.

    Knowledge & Skills:

    • Demonstrated expertise in theories, concepts and approaches relevant to investigations and practical use of investigation and interviewing techniques.
    • Strong report writing skills.
    • 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.
    • Knowledge of accounting principles and practices, and of UN rules and procedures, is an asset.
    • •Ability to coach staff in collection and handling facts and evidence.
    • Ability to apply good judgment and strategic thinking in the context of internal investigations.
    • Strong coordination, planning and leadership skills including ability to influence Senior
    • Managers by consistent and clear communication.
    • Strong communication skills and setting priorities.


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


    Non-Rotational Nature

    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.

    Terms and Conditions

    The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. He/she will be required to travel abroad sometime to remote and difficult locations.

    WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details please visit http://icsc.un.org.


    1st September, 2019

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to World Food Programme (WFP) career website on career5.successfactors.eu to apply

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