Investigator (Roster)

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 29 June 2018

Job Description

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.

Background Information Job Specific

*** The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Investigator IICA-3 roster. IAIG reserves the right to hire a qualified candidate from this roster on part-time- or full time basis.

Under the overall supervision of the Manager of Investigations Section, the Investigator will participate in- and lead complex investigations of alleged misconduct including procurement fraud, corruption, embezzlement, collusion, bribery schemes, harassment, conflicts of interest and sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). For cases assigned to him or her, the consultant will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Plan, organize, conduct and manage initial reviews, preliminary assessments and/or investigations of alleged misconduct, mismanagement, fraud, corruption, waste of resources, harassment (including sexual harassment), or serious violations of the Organization’s policies and procedures.
  • Lead and supervise investigators assigned for each case and coordinate the investigative activities of team members. In collaboration with the Investigations Manager, define the parameters and timetable of an investigation.
  • Decide on the investigative tools to be employed; gather, seize and analyse relevant evidence (documentary, physical, electronic, etc.).
  • Interviewing witnesses and taking statements showing appropriate communication skills, accurate recording, using interpreters as required
  • Interviewing subjects/suspects in accordance with generally accepted best practice procedures (ensuring reliable information and according due process);
  • Prepare a detailed report which sets forth the findings, supporting evidence, analysis and evaluation of the evidence, as well as recommendations for next steps.
  • Where needed, provide post-report support and conduct legal and public sources research.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve UNOPS Organizational goals in accordance with IAIG SOPs and in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.

International travel to UNOPS’ offices, including field missions, may be required.

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Investigator IICA-3 directly impacts on the development and performance of the Investigations unit at IAIG and UNOPS.

The Ideal Candidate


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, accounting or a related area.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with 2 years’ experience in conducting criminal and/or administrative investigations as an investigator (in addition to the 7 years of investigation experience required below) 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.


  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in professional investigatory work, law enforcement/criminal investigations or related fields.
  • Experience with managing investigations and with international investigations desirable. Experience with UN policies, procedures and operations also desirable.
  • Prior experience in complex investigations will be considered positively
  • Superior analytical skills
  • Advanced legal writing skills

Language requirements

  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing) is required;
  • Working knowledge of other official United Nations language, particularly French or Spanish, is an advantage.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA
Contract level: I-ICA 3
Contract duration: one year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

Additional considerations

*** The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Investigator IICA-3 roster. IAIG reserves the right to hire a qualified candidate from this roster on part-time- or full time basis.

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

About the Organization

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

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