UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, a fair chance
The Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for internal audit and investigation services to UNICEF. OIAI provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls.
The Investigations Section of OIAI is responsible for conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct, such as gross mismanagement, fraud, corruption, retaliation against whistle-blowers, workplace harassment, abuse of authority, violation or willful disregard of UNICEF regulations, rules and administrative instructions that involve UNICEF staff, and relevant non–staff personnel. The investigation service is also tasked with investigating allegations of financial wrongdoing, such as fraud and corruption, committed to the detriment of UNICEF. In addition, OIAI undertakes proactive investigations in high-risk areas that are susceptible to wrongdoings, fraud and corruption.
OIAI conducts investigations in accordance with the International Uniform Principles and Guidelines for Investigations adopted at the 10th Conference of International Investigators and the OIAI Investigations Manual.
The OIAI Investigations Section is comprised of two teams, the Strategy, Intake and Analysis Team (SIA) and the Investigations Team. The SIA Team handles intake and initial assessments of new matters; policy and strategic initiatives; and quality assurance of investigation and other reports, among other tasks; while the Investigations Team handles cases predicated for investigation. This role will be based in the Investigations Team.
How can you make a difference?
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Investigations, you will undertake the following tasks:
Assist with the collection and assembly of evidence, including participating in interviews, drafting interview synopses and reviewing interview transcripts.
Assist with the analysis of information and data related to initial assessments and/or investigations, including conducting open-source searches and analyzing contractual/transactional information.
Research a range of issues related to initial assessments and/or investigations, including legal research and analysis of United Nations Administrative Tribunal jurisprudence.
Assist in the preparation of analytical reports and related outputs
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
* Currently enrolled in a University or an Advanced Degree Program (preferably law school) or have graduated within the past two years
* 0-2 years of relevant experience in legal activities and/or investigation-related functions.
* Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic, French or Spanish is a strong advantage. Knowledge of another UN language is considered an asset.
* Excellent knowledge of MS Office and relevant computer systems and applications.
* Excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills.
* Good organizational skills
* Ability to work effectively on multiple assignments simultaneously and adapt to the changing requirements
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for personnel with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
OIAI is seeking to populate its Roster of Interns. While placement in the roster does not guarantee an internship with OIAI, candidates placed in the roster may be offered placement through a desk review/direct selection process.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
The selected candidate is solely responsible for ensuring that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to selected candidates who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations, or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.
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