Contractual Investigator - Asia and the Pacific- IPSA 11 (Home Based)

  • Added Date: Saturday, 15 July 2023
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 29 July 2023
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Office/Unit/Project Description

The Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) reports to the Administrator and is responsible for internal audit and investigation services to UNDP and its affiliated entities. OAI provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls. OAI also responds to allegations of misconduct by conducting and reporting on investigations.

The Investigations Section of OAI is responsible for conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct, such as mismanagement, fraud, corruption, retaliation on whistle-blowers, workplace harassment, abuse of authority, violation or wilful disregard of UNDP regulations, rules, and administrative instructions, that involve UNDP staff, contractors, and other applicable persons. The Investigations Section is also tasked with investigating allegations against parties external to the UNDP of financial irregularities committed to the detriment of UNDP. In addition, OAI undertakes proactive investigations in high-risk areas that are susceptible to wrongdoings, fraud, and corruption. 

OAI conducts investigations in accordance with the Uniform Principles and Guidelines for Investigations, the UNDP Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct, and the OAI Investigation Guidelines.

OAI needs to engage experienced investigators under the International Personnel Services Agreement (IPSA) to support OAI in conducting cases assessment and investigations.

  Duties and Responsibilities

The IPSA holder is required to assist the Investigations Section with case assessments and investigations in the Asia and Pacific regions. Tasks include the writing of investigation-related documents such as assessment reports, closure notes, investigation plans, mission plans, vendor sanctions memos, and investigation reports.

The specific tasks that will be required of the IPSA holder are listed below. The IPSA holder:

Plans and conducts investigations in the Asia and Pacific region to ensure that all appropriate lines of inquiry are identified, and investigation resources are used effectively and efficiently to factually determine the issues relevant to an investigation. Manages and controls investigations as the lead investigator on high-level, serious and complex cases which may involve UNDP senior managers and/or significant loss and/or reputational risk to the organization. Works independently on high-priority investigation cases. Manages a significant caseload, decides on priorities, and advises OAI management on issues arising and lessons learned in the course of investigations. Identifies, collects and analyses information, using software, internal data, and open source information relevant to investigations, demonstrating an understanding of information security and confidentiality issues relevant to investigation. Collects, records, and handles evidence appropriately, ensuring chain of custody and demonstrating knowledge of handling considerations for different types of evidence. Uses specialist investigation services as and when appropriate (for example, handwriting analysis, document examination, and computer forensics). Interviews witnesses showing appropriate communications skills, accurate recording, and verification of testimony through the use of interpreters as required. Interviews subjects/suspects in accordance with generally accepted best practice procedures (in order to obtain reliable information, while affording due process). Undertakes frequent, and at times extended, missions to UNDP offices in Asia and the Pacific region, including areas with hazardous working conditions. Keeps the Investigation Section’s database and case files up to date on cases under investigation. Proposes action to close matters where appropriate. Liaises with the legal Office (LO), the Ethics Office, the Procurement Support Office, the Social and Environmental Compliance Unit, and other relevant offices in UNDP. Liaises with the investigation sections of other international organizations and with national anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies as appropriate.


Drafts investigation-related documents, such as investigation reports that incorporate all relevant evidence and which are consistent with all facts obtained in the course of an investigation. Drafts notes and memoranda as required, including written witness interview statements and investigator’s notes to the file. Drafts summaries of analysis of documentation and evidence in English.

Institutional Arrangement

The Investigations Manager or the Investigations Specialist in charge of case assessments will facilitate access to all records and to all persons as necessary for the consultant to objectively review the case folders and related documents.

The consultant will be tasked by the Investigations Specialist-Team Leader Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific(RBAP). All work product produced by the consultant as a result of this engagement is owned by UNDP and shall be submitted to the Investigations Specialist – Team Leader RBAP.

Competencies Core

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting


Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop newideas to solve complex problems Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Createand act on opportunities to

expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt withAgility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, managemultiple competing demands Act withDetermination: LEVEL 3: Think beyondimmediate task/barriers and take actionto achieve greater results Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex

landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found on the dedicated site - People Management Competencies.pdf (

Show Managerial Courage Demonstrate Empathy and Emotional Intelligence Motivate and Direct Build an Enabling Workplace Build Capacity Manage Performance and Ensure Accountability Lead with Humility

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies   Thematic Area Name Definition     Business Management Communication

Ability to communicate in a clear,concise and unambiguous manner both through writtenand verbal communication; to tailor messages

and choose communication methods depending on the audience

    Business Direction & Strategy Business Acumen Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner thatis likely to lead to a good outcome. Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the Organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks.     Business Direction & Strategy Effective Decision Making Ability to takedecisions in a timely andefficient manner in line withone’s authority, area of expertise and resources.               Investigation Investigation management and investigative techniques The ability to manage an investigation, choose avenues of inquiry and apply different techniques during an investigation, including investigative interviewing; seizure of documentary and electronic evidence; identification, collection, review and analysis of all types of evidence, including project, procurement and commercial business documentation and electronic communications; forensic analysis; verification site visits; open-source research.     Investigation Collection  and analysis of evidence Ability to extractand analyze all relevant types of evidence and be ableto draw reasonable inferences and conclusions.     Investigation Investigative Interviewing

Ability to conduct investigative interviews with all types of investigation participants, including witnesses and subjects, using

an approach tailored to the interviewee and the investigation.

    Investigation Technology tools and applications for investigations Ability to understand key application andsystem software, ITinfrastructure, IT Control frameworks and the use of forensic investigation software.   Required Skills and Experience Min. Education requirements Advanced university degree (Masters) in investigations, law, business administration, finance or another directly relevant field, or significant relevant training and experience in the field of investigations in lieu of an advanced university degree A combination of formal professional training from a national law enforcement or investigations academy or equivalent, and at least 3 years’ additional experience in conducting administrative investigations as an investigator (in addition to the5 years of investigation experience

required above)may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Min. years of relevant workexperience At least 7 years’ experience in the fieldof administrative or criminal investigations is essential. Required skills

Technical Skills:

o Demonstrated ability to use the following tools: Microsoft office suite; Presentation software applications; Electronic workingpaper software; and Database application.

Demonstrates a strongunderstanding of information security and confidentiality issues relevant to investigations.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section Experience in the editingand quality controlof documents of an investigative or legal natureis an advantage. Working experience in an international organization in the area of administrative or criminal investigations with International Organizations is desirable. Investigations fieldexperience is desirable Possesses the psychological ability to discern andhandle the intricacies of workplace and sexual harassment issues Required Language(s) Fluency in oraland written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Duty Station

This position is home-based. Candidates located in Asia and the Pacificregion

are highly desirable.

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