Senior Investigator

Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

Senior Investigator

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Application closing date: 25 September 2018

Background Information 

The 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.

***The position may be based in either Copenhagen or New York depending on the operational needs

Functional Responsibilities

For cases assigned to him or her, the IICA-2-Senior Investigator will:

  • Plan, conduct, and manage reviews, preliminary assessments and/or investigations of alleged misconduct, mismanagement, fraud, corruption, waste of resources or violation of the Organization’s policies and procedures.
  • Lead the preparation proposed work plans for review and approval by IAIG;
  • Gather, seize and analyze all relevant evidence (documentary, physical, electronic, etc.), documenting the process in accordance with IAIG’s chain of custody and other requirements. Organize complex and voluminous records and documents.
  • Lead interviews of witnesses and subjects, draft records of conversation, which shall be reviewed and signed by the interviewee. Subject and other relevant interviews shall be electronically recorded.
  • At the completion of the assignment, prepare a detailed report in accordance with IAIG’s Investigation Guidelines. The report comprises the complete administrative record and includes references in footnotes to all supporting information and evidence (documentary and testimonial). The report 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.
  • International travel to UNOPS’ offices, including field missions, may be required depending on the case. Such travel could include missions to hardship duty stations. Authorized travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with UNOPS official travel policy (OI.SSC.2018.01 Official Duty Travel).
  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • Master’s degree in Law, Accounting or related area required. Candidates with a first level university degree and two additional years of experience may be also considered.
  • Candidates with a Diploma in Criminal Investigation from a national law enforcement agency or police academy will be considered if they have a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience

  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in professional investigatory work, law enforcement, criminal investigations or related fields. Experience at the international level desirable. Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations would be an asset, though not compulsory.


  • Fluency in English required.
  • Knowledge of other UN particularly French or Spanish, is an advantage.

Contract type, level and duration 

Contract type: ICA

Contract level: I-ICA2

Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

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