Investigations Specialist - Due Diligence (Retainer)

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Job Description

Location: home-based Application deadline: 31st March 2020 Background Information - IAIG
Internal Audit and Investigations GroupThe purpose of the Internal Audit and Investigations Group is to provide independent and impartial assurance and advice to improve UNOPS operations. The group reports on the use of resources administered by UNOPS and the effectiveness of internal control systems; and enhances the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. Furthermore, the Internal Audit and Investigations Group leads the Executive Director’s investigations into alleged fraud, corruption, waste of resources, abuse of authority or other misconduct and violations of UNOPS regulations, rules and administrative instructions.

Functional responbilities

Under the overall supervision of the Manager of Investigations Section, the Consultant is required to assist with various due diligence, research and analysis in support of IAIG’s audit and investigations. For cases assigned to him or her, the Consultant will:

  • Conduct in-depth due diligence research into companies and individuals.
  • Gather information from public record, media sources, the internet, and commercial databases.
  • Use Lexis-Nexis, Accurint, Dun & Bradstreet and Factiva in complex investigative due diligence research.
  • Retrieve and organize information from social media, chats, forums, news feeds, and other sources of data openly available on the internet.
  • Evaluate and analyse large volumes of information from a wide range of sources to identify patterns, facts, useful information or evidence.
  • Decide and draw conclusions based on the evaluation of the research.
  • Create reports which represent the steps taken, the data sources reviewed and the conclusions drawn from the research.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in law, accounting or a related area.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in combination with qualifying relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A Diploma in Criminal Investigation from a national law enforcement agency or police academy and significant relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the above academic qualifications.

  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in professional due diligence, investigatory work, law enforcement/criminal investigations or related fields.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting in-depth due diligence, open source and social media research and investigations is strongly desired.
  • Experience at the international level and knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations is desirable.
  • Experience in use of related digital tools


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required;
  • Knowledge of second UN working language is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contract
Contract level: IICA 2 (Retainer)
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

***Please note that this a not a full time position but it is part-time (retainer)

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About the Organization

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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