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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 client countries. INT’s fundamental role within the WBG is to help 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. In contributing to the WBG’s overall mission, INT works closely with other stakeholders across the WBG to:
1. 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 sanctionable practices;
• Using information available to INT (including from the Voluntary Disclosure Program) 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 learned from investigative findings, developing effective risk identification and management tools, preparing remedial recommendations at the project and broader level, as appropriate, 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 to the Board for approval
• Conducting detailed fiduciary reviews of Bank-supported projects with operations using forensic methodology to detect indicators of fraud or corruption and help address them as early as possible for better project outcomes; and
• Working with sanctioned entities through its integrity compliance office in supporting and monitoring their efforts to put in place appropriate integrity compliance programs to raise their integrity standards and reduce risks associated with their operations following their release from sanction.
2. Help client countries to fight fraud and corruption by:
• Referring investigative findings to the investigative and enforcement authorities in those countries and working with authorities, as requested, to follow-up and take action;
• Supporting client country counterparts with their preventive and integrity risk mitigation efforts at a 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.
3. Enforce the highest standards of professional integrity, and ethical behavior among WBG staff and corporate vendors by:
• Investigating allegations of staff misconduct involving fraud and corruption;
• Investigating corporate vendors alleged to have engaged in sanctionable practices; and
• Mining the lessons learned from those investigations to undertake training and outreach programs and also to strengthen the WBG’s internal controls environment.
INT’s work contributes directly to achieving the shared prosperity/poverty reduction mission of the WBG. Reducing fraud and corruption in WBG projects helps to ensure that WBG funds are used for their intended purposes: to alleviate poverty and to increase prosperity and stability in our borrowing countries. Working with others in international development institutions, INT’s principal goal is to measurably minimize development assistance funds lost to fraud, corruption and abuse and increase the quality and results of development efforts. Results are reported in an annual report that contains aggregated data, outcomes, and generic descriptions of significant cases. To ensure its independence, INT’s Vice President (VP) reports directly to the President of the World Bank Group. The Investigator will be assigned to Investigations and Forensic Audits Unit where his/her duties and accountabilities will include but are not limited to conducting preliminary inquiries and full investigations into allegations of fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion and obstruction involving Bank Group operations and Bank-financed projects and Bank-administered funds, as well as the drafting and preparation of investigative and litigation work products. The Investigator will undertake the following activities:
• Review and assess complaints and allegations including conducting appropriate debriefing interviews, communicating with complainant(s), and coordinating with operational colleagues;
• Conduct investigative research, to include financial records, procurement documents and database searches;
• Formulate detailed investigation plans and strategies with summary of case facts and findings to date, chronology of events, witness lists, sequence of investigative activities and operational logistics;
• Participate on investigative missions to collect and organize relevant documentary and electronic information including recording complainant, witness, and subject interviews; obtaining and securing signed witness attestations; and gathering hardcopy and electronic documentation through written and oral requests.
• Manage case files, including opening new files, maintaining database case chronology, updating files with relevant communication and investigative actions, and closing files with complete and accurate case documentation; and
• Analyze and assess all relevant information and prepare reports of investigative findings with full supporting documentation. These tasks will be done to the highest standards of quality, thoroughness, accuracy, timeliness, and objectivity.
Other responsibilities include:
• Participate in the fostering of an understanding of INT’s work among WBG staff and 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 Bank Group, based on investigative findings and best practices.
• Coach, mentor and supervise junior staff.
• Prepare and deliver high quality and timely briefing material for senior management as required.
• Participate in special initiatives/projects and undertake other ad hoc assignments.
• Advanced university degree, or equivalent, in law, criminology/criminal justice, or another relevant field. Professional training and/or certification by examination is desirable.
• Substantial, relevant and progressively responsible investigative and related legal experience of at least 5 years, preferably but not limited to investigations of fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion and/or obstruction in public and/or private sector environments. Examples of such experience include prosecution/defense work involving white collar criminal or administrative investigations; forensic accounting and auditing, investigative journalism, and private sector (commercial) due diligence and/or fraud investigations.
• Proven track record in conducting a diverse range of complex, internal, corporate or governmental investigations of fraud, corruption or collusion.
• Working experience in one of the geographic regions of the World Bank Group with a solid understanding of its political, economic and cultural environments.
• Fluency in both oral and written English. Fluency in both oral and written Chinese (Mandarin) is essential and will be tested.
• Comprehensive knowledge, skills and abilities involving investigative strategies, methodologies and techniques. Proven conceptual, analytical and evaluation skills, with quantitative and qualitative data and the ability to provide technical and team leadership. Demonstrated interviewing skills, including the ability to focus interviews, and to elicit critical information from uncooperative witnesses.
• Excellent communications and presentation skills, both oral and written; proven ability to clearly and concisely prepare, present, discuss and defend issues, findings and recommendations at senior levels and to produce complex and compelling briefs, reports, papers, etc.
• In-depth knowledge of Window Office Suite.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate well on sensitive issues with staff and managers at senior levels, with particular emphasis on developing trust and demonstrating fairness.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team/task force as a participant or team leader and with senior officials internally and externally.
• Sensitivity to the WBG’s diverse demographics and cross-cultural context and influences, and ability to build effective work relations with clients and colleagues.
• Established reputation for unimpeachable integrity, sound judgment, fairness and discretion in dealing internally and externally. Short listed candidates will be asked to supply references and be required to authorize background checks.
• Investigative Support: Ensure that all reliable and relevant information and evidence is obtained, reviewed, and analyzed in coordinating an investigation. Responsible for evaluating the significance of research and analytical work products and determining subsequent approaches to investigation. Coordinate and supervise reviews undertaken by junior team members on a regular and systematic basis to ensure high quality investigations. Identify and resolve gaps in the information gathering process.
• Investigative Work-Product Management: Prepare, manage and deliver high quality cases and related investigative work products in a thorough and timely manner and meet appropriate deadlines. Prepare and deliver findings and high quality briefing materials. Maintain case files electronically, and, where necessary or appropriate, in hard copy, to keep track of case status. Ensure accurate record keeping of all relevant documents.
• Investigative Knowledge: Develop and manage investigative strategies to include data collection and investigative planning, both individually and as part of a team. In-depth experience with theoretical and practical investigative collection methodologies and objective approaches to problem-solving. Demonstrated fluency with querying, compiling, and analyzing information across multiple databases. Demonstrated ability to apply innovative approaches to unique problems or investigative circumstances. Skilled in one or more interviewing methods with extensive experience conducting witness and subject interviews, debriefings, and/or depositions. In-depth ability to advise on fraud and corruption indicators and deterrents in public forums and internal communications with WBG management. In-depth understanding of indicators of illicit business practices such as fraud and corruption and its impact on WBG-supported operations or activities. Demonstrated sensitivity to conducting investigative activities as an interational civil servant.
• Investigative Prowess: Comprehensive understanding of investigative frameworks and procedures, as well as sound judgment to make recommendations when to continue or conclude an investigation. Ability to develop stand-alone work plans and review work plans prepared by colleagues. Ability to lead work program development, and assume responsibility for output and deadlines. Ability to manage several different work programs at the same time and link numerous information feeds into a cohesive summary for action/investigation. Ability to leverage a variety of tools to quickly gather and assimilate information into a clear plan of action including identifying preventative measures. Ability to develop and obtain witness testimony as part of an investigation and conduct effective interviews, including confrontational interviews. Awareness and understanding of the cultural values and beliefs of others, and willingness to tailor own work style to complement others and enhance overall effectiveness of the team. Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Understands how to formulate recommendations based on stakeholder implications and sensitivities associated with an investigation.
• Lead and Innovate: Contributes new insights to understand situations and develops 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.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge: Leverages department's expertise and body of knowledge across the WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions. Seeks to learn from more experienced staff to deepen and strengthen professional knowledge and helps others to learn. Builds personal and professional networks inside and outside the department unit.
• Make Smart Decisions: Seeks diversity of information and inputs, researches possible solutions, and generates recommended options. Identifies and understands risks and formulates appropriate 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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