Investigations Specialist, Investigations Branch, Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS), New York, P-3 (One Post + ROSTER)

  • Level: P-3
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 09 Nov 2021 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: New York, USA

The Position:

The post of Investigations Specialist is located in the Investigations Branch which is a part of the Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS). The position will be located in the UNFPA Headquarters in New York.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young’s person potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan 2022-2025, focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal death; to end unmet need for family planning; end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results. We need staff who are transparent and exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

The Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS) is an operationally independent office at UNFPA, and reports to the Executive Director of UNFPA. The Office is responsible for supporting the achievement of the objectives of UNFPA by contributing to the improvement of its operations, risk management and results through internal audit and investigation services. 

OAIS is the sole entity at UNFPA mandated to conduct independent investigations into allegations of all types of wrongdoing, including those of sexual exploitation and abuse, and of harassment (work/sexual) and abuse of authority), involving personnel or entities in a contractual relationship with UNFPA.

OAIS performs its investigation work in accordance with the provisions of the UNFPA Policies and Procedures Manual, the Oversight Policy, the Policy for Vendor Review and Sanctions, the Charter of the Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS Charter) and the Uniform Guidelines for Investigations. 

The investigation team is comprised of a Chief, five investigators (at present) and an investigation assistant, augmented with several investigation consultants. The OAIS data analyst is shared with the Internal Audit Branch in OAIS.

Qualifications and Experience  


• Advanced university degree in law, criminology or closely related fields. (A first level university degree with a combination of significant relevant education, professional certification(s), training and experience in the field of investigations may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree).

• Formal training and/or certification in law enforcement methodologies, an asset. Admission to the Bar, an asset; Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), highly desirable.

Knowledge and Experience: 

• A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible, relevant professional experience in criminal and/or administrative investigations, with a proven track record in planning and performing investigations (or part thereof), including experience as a case lead investigator.

• Proven ability to quickly and accurately analyze, assess and summarize investigation findings, observations and recommendations.

• Demonstrated experience in investigating white-collar crime and coordinating investigations; demonstrated experience in investigating sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as harassment (work/sexual) and abuse of authority. 

• Good knowledge of UN policies, procedures and jurisprudence relevant to administrative investigations, highly desirable.

• Experience in an International Organization (UN system or multilateral context) highly desirable. 

• Experience in conducting investigations in developing countries, highly desirable.


• Fluency in English, both written and oral, is required.

• Good knowledge of other UN official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian), highly desirable. 

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