Investigative Analyst - Tenders Global

Investigative Analyst

World Bank Group




Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges.

As part of the World Bank Group (WBG), the Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) shares in the WBG’s overall mission in alleviating poverty and achieving a shared and sustainable prosperity in our client countries.
INT helps detect, prevent, and deter fraud and corruption in the use of the WBG’s financial resources, so that those resources are used effectively to benefit the poor people that they are intended to reach. Reducing fraud and corruption in WBG projects helps to ensure that WBG funds are used for their intended purposes: to alleviate poverty and boost our clients’ shared prosperity and stability, on a livable planet. Working with others in international development institutions, INT aims to measurably minimize development assistance funds lost to fraud, corruption, and abuse, and increase the quality and results of development efforts. To ensure its independence, INT’s Vice President (VP) reports directly to the President of the WBG.
To achieve this, INT works closely with other stakeholders across the WBG to:

Help detect, prevent, and deter fraud and corruption in WBG-supported projects and activities by: 

  • professionally investigating allegations of fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion, or obstruction (the five Bank-sanctionable practices) in WBG activities; 
  • seeking Bank sanctions against firms and individuals that have engaged in any sanctionable practice; 
  • using information available to INT to help operational staff design and implement projects in ways that minimize fraud and corruption risks;
  • working with the WBG’s operational departments and other oversight and control units to help prevent fraud and corruption in operations by distilling lessons from investigative findings, developing effective risk identification and management tools, making recommendations to address risks and issues identified through investigations, and ensuring timely disclosure to the Board of risks identified through ongoing or recently completed investigations that are of relevance to new operations presented for Board approval;
  • conducting detailed fiduciary reviews of Bank-supported projects with operations, using forensic methodology to detect indicators of fraud or corruption, so that they can be addressed early as possible for better project outcomes; and
  • through INT’s Integrity Compliance Office, supporting and monitoring sanctioned entities’ efforts to put in place appropriate integrity compliance programs, in order to raise their integrity standards and reduce risks associated with their operations following their release from sanction.

Help client countries to fight fraud and corruption by:

  • referring investigative findings to investigative and enforcement authorities in impacted countries, and working with authorities, as requested and appropriate, to follow-up and act; 
  • supporting client country counterparts with their preventive and integrity risk mitigation efforts at the project and policy levels; 
  • helping build client country capacity in preventive and forensic techniques; and
  • collaborating in multilateral efforts to mitigate the risks of fraud or corruption in development activities.

Enforce the highest standards of professional integrity and ethical behavior among WBG staff and corporate vendors by:

  • investigating allegations of staff misconduct involving significant fraud and corruption; 
  • investigating corporate vendors alleged to have engaged in sanctionable practices; and mining the lessons from those investigations to undertake training and outreach programs, and strengthen the WBG’s internal controls environment.
  • INT is seeking a highly-qualified candidate who has a demonstrated track record of being meticulously thorough and objective in conducting litigation tasks – including the high-profile and sometimes urgent demands of WBG sanctions litigation – and who can adapt easily to performing in a diverse and multicultural environment to support INT’s core functions. 

Duties and Accountability:

The Investigative Analyst will be assigned to the Internal Investigation Unit, (INTII) where Investigative Analyst’s duties and accountabilities will include but not be limited to undertaking complaint intake and assessment and supporting and co-leading preliminary inquiries and full investigations into allegations of misconduct by WB staff or vendors, involving: (i) misuse of WB funds or other public funds (e.g. donor trust funds) for personal gain of oneself or another in connection with WB operations, corporate procurement, or WBG administrative budgets; (ii) abuse of position in the WB for personal gain of oneself or another in connection with WB operation, corporate procurement, or WB administrative budgets or (iii) fraud, corruption, coercion, collusions, or offering, receiving or soliciting bribes, kickbacks or other (e.g., in-kind personal benefits involving WB financed/supported operations or corporate procurement); and/or (iv) embezzlement from WBG administrative budgets, loans, credits, grants or donor trust funds as well as attendant acts of misconduct.

Investigative Analyst will: 

  • Review and assess complaints and allegations including supporting and conducting appropriate debriefing interviews and communicating with complainants and counterpart operational colleagues.
  • Support and/or co-lead preliminary inquiries and full investigations.
  • Conduct investigative research, to include personnel records, financial records, procurement documents, WB database searches and open-source research. 
  • Draft detailed investigation and preliminary inquiry plans and strategies with list of allegations, summary of case facts and findings to date, chronology of events, witness lists, sequence of investigative activities and operational logistics. 
  • Participate in investigative missions to collect and organize relevant documentary and electronic information including recording complainant, witness, and subject interviews, and obtaining and securing documentary evidence.
  • Analyze and assess all relevant information and prepare draft reports of investigative findings with full supporting documentation.  
  • Cite and quality check INTII work products.
  • Prepare INTII data and work closely with the INT data team and support corporate reporting requirements. 
  • Support the continued development and troubleshooting of the INTII CMS, liaising closely with the INT data team, other INT units, and WB Information Technology Services (ITS).
  • Participate in the fostering of understanding INT’s work among WB staff and with relevant external partners (e.g., government officials, NGO officials, private sector representatives, other development banks, etc.).
  • Participate in the development and implementation of proactive strategies for the prevention of fraud and corruption in the WB based on investigative findings and best practices.
  • Participate in special initiatives/projects and undertake other ad hoc assignments.
  • Conduct all tasks to the highest standards of quality, thoroughness, accuracy, timeliness, and objectivity.
  • Observant of strict confidentiality requirements during the performance of duties.

Selection Criteria:

  • A University degree or equivalent relevant experience, or a combination thereof, in law/legal studies, criminology/criminal justice, or another relevant field. Professional training and/or certification by examination is desirable.
  • At least four years of substantial, relevant, and progressively responsible investigative, and/or equivalent experience in international fraud and corruption investigations, litigation, administrative adjudicative proceedings and/or sanctions systems work, preferably, but not limited to, investigations or proceedings related to abuse of position, misuse of funds, embezzlement, fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion and/or obstruction in public and/or private sector environments. Examples of such experience include, but are not limited to, prosecution/defense work involving white collar criminal or administrative investigations; forensic accounting and auditing; investigative journalism; private sector (commercial) due diligence and/or fraud investigations; work in administrative tribunals; work in corporate sanctions systems/bodies and/or development-finance sanction systems/bodies.
  • Proven track record in conducting a diverse range of internal, corporate, or governmental investigations of fraud, corruption, or collusion.
  • Demonstrated interviewing skills, including the ability to focus interviews and elicit critical information from uncooperative witnesses and subjects. 
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written; proven ability to communicate clearly and concisely, and present, discuss, and defend issues, findings, and recommendations.
  • Experience with case management systems.
  • Full professional proficiency in both oral and written English. Proficiency in other working languages of the World Bank (Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish) is desirable, but not essential.  
  • Proficiency with Windows, MS Office Suite, Excel, and desired experience with SAP.

Core Competencies:

  • Investigative Support:  Ensures that all reliable and relevant information and evidence is obtained, reviewed, and analyzed in coordinating the investigation. Responsible for evaluating the significance of research and analytical work products and determining subsequent approaches to investigation. Identify and resolve gaps in the information gathering process.
  • Investigative Work-Product Management: Supports preparation and/or prepares and delivers high quality cases and related investigative work products in a thorough and timely manner and meets appropriate deadlines. Supports preparation and/or prepares and delivers high-quality briefing materials. Maintains case files electronically (CMS); keeps track of case status. Ensures proper record keeping of all produced documents and related evidence.
  • Investigative Knowledge: Skilled in developing and managing investigative strategies to include tasking of data collection and managing investigative planning. Experience with theoretical and practical investigative collection methodologies and objective approaches to problem-solving. Demonstrates fluency with querying, compiling, and analyzing information found over multiple databases. Demonstrate ability to apply innovative approaches to unique problems or investigative circumstances. Skilled in interviewing methods including conducting witness and subject interviews, debriefings, and/or depositions. Demonstrated sensitivity to conducting investigative activities as an international civil servant.
  • Investigative Prowess: Understanding of investigative framework, process and strategy to be followed and make recommendations when to continue or conclude the investigative process. Can work alone as well as part of a team. Is accountable for output and deadlines. Able to manage several different projects at the same time. Can link numerous information feeds into a cohesive summary for action/investigation. Uses a variety of tools to seek information and assimilates the information into a plan of action including identifying preventative measures. Tailors own style to most effectively understand the cultural values and beliefs at play in the environment. Supports and/or conducts interviews as part of an investigation. Recommends courses of actions based on stakeholder implications and sensitivities of the investigation.
  • Lead and Innovate: Contributes to developing solutions to resolve complex problems. Adapts as circumstances require and manages impact of own behavior on others in context of WBG’s values and mission. Identifies and pursues innovative approaches to resolve issues.
  • Deliver Results for Clients: Adds value by constantly looking for a better way to get more impactful results; sets challenging stretch goals for oneself. Immerses oneself in client experiences and perspective by asking probing questions to understand unmet needs. Demonstrates accountability for achieving results that have a development impact and financial, environmental and social sustainability. Identifies and proposes solutions to mitigate and manage risks.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries: Appropriately involves others in decision making and communicates with key stakeholders. Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved. Actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches displaying a sense of mutuality and respect. Integrates WBG perspective into work.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge: Supports leveraging of the VPU’s expertise and body of knowledge across WB to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions. Seeks to learn from more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and helps others to learn. Builds personal and professional networks inside and outside the VPU and unit.
  • Make Smart Decisions: Seeks diversity of information and inputs, researches possible solutions, and generates recommended options. Identifies and understands risks and proposes recommendations. Based on risk analysis makes decisions in a timely manner within own area of responsibility, considering the interests and concerns of stakeholders.





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