Investigations Officer (Senior Consultant)

Job Type

Full Time Temporary



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Europe, Western
Europe, Western


Company Description:

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide.In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. To learn more about WFP's operations, please visit our website at:

Job Description:



The Consultant will report to the Director, Office of Inspections and Investigations (OIGI) via the Team Leader and Chief Investigation Officer and deliver his/her work individually or within a multidisciplinary team. The goal and mission of OIGI is to conduct independent investigations into allegations of misconduct involving WFP staff, contractors and other applicable persons.



Under the supervision and direction of the OIGI Director or his delegate, the Consultant will generally be responsible for the following duties:


Carry out office and field based investigations into allegations of violations of policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and applicable rules and regulations;

Review and assess complaints and allegations, formulate investigation plans, review and analyse all information to determine its relevance and reliability, prepare, plan and conduct interviews of staff and other involved parties, obtain and analyse potential documentary and electronic evidence, conduct investigative research, and determine the appropriate presentation of investigative results;

Offer guidance and advice to WFP employees on matters pertaining to the investigation of wrongdoing and direct staff appointed by field offices to conduct investigations into allegations of such acts;

Prepare, plan, and write reports and ad hoc briefs pertaining to investigations;

Prepare recommendations for corrective action and improved controls, effectiveness, or efficiency of WFP operations based on the findings of investigations;

Regularly appraise progress of investigations and assess probable impact of investigation outcome relative to strategies and advise colleagues;

Coordinate with local officials, governments, and outside organizations and obtain internal support (transport, interpreters, etc.) to resolve problems and to facilitate work of the team;

Perform other related duties as required.









An advanced university degree in finance, criminology, law or related relevant field. Training from a police academy, law enforcement or similar government agency, with extensive experience in investigations, can be considered in lieu of a university degree.


Formal training and/or certification in law enforcement methodologies, fraud examination or investigation is an asset.




At least twelve years of progressively responsible professional experience in investigations, with a proven track record in planning, leading and executing investigations, and with a focus on fraud and/or sexual harassment and abuse.

Previous experience in the conduct of investigations with a UN organization or international financing institution and working in developing countries is an asset.

Thorough knowledge of UN staff rules and procedures is an asset.


Technical Knowledge and Skills:


Full and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of investigations work, especially in an International environment.

Good understanding of linkages between policy and operational practices.

General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures.




Mature judgment, strong interpersonal and communications skills.

Demonstrated skills in investigations planning and implementation; ability to identify key investigative issues and provide in-depth analysis with well formulated recommendations.

Resourcefulness, initiative and the ability to work independently.

Strong report writing skills and interviewing skills.

Excellent planning and organizational skills; ability to meet case deadlines.

Proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relations with officials at all levels.

Works collaboratively with others, maintains a professional approach even in challenging conditions.




Written and oral proficiency (native or fluent) in English and Spanish and/or French is essential for this position. Knowledge of another UN official language (Arabic, Russian or Chinese) or Portuguese is an advantage.




This position requires frequent travel to our Field Operations, located in over 70 countries in the world, mainly in developing countries. Travel requirements are often on an ad hoc basis, are of irregular frequency and may involve travel to hazardous duty stations. On average, each trip lasts two to three weeks.





WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.


Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.


WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.







REF: VA 75622

Level of Language Proficiency

Written and oral proficiency (native or fluent) in English and Spanish and/or French is essential for this position. Knowledge of another UN official language (Arabic, Russian or Chinese) or Portuguese is an advantage.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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