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Senior Investigator - P.4


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: DC/IAO/P/2020/01
Publication date: 10 January 2020
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 26 January 2020


Job ID: 2360 
Department: IAO 
Organization Unit: IAO 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 

Contract duration: 1 year renewable 


Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.


In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.


Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


The position is located in the Investigation and Inspection Unit, Office of Internal Audit and Oversight (IAO) of the ILO. IAO is responsible for internal audit, inspection, monitoring and evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of the Organization's system of internal control, financial management and use of assets. IAO is also responsible for investigation of financial and administrative misconduct and other irregular activities. In addition, IAO provides advisory services on risk management, control and governance processes and other emerging issues within the UN common system as and when requested by the Director-General or his designates.  IAO is headed by the Chief Internal Auditor.


The position is for one year with the possibility of extension, and reports to the Chief of the Investigation and Inspection Unit.

Description of Duties


Under the general supervision of the Chief Internal Auditor, and reporting to the Chief of the Investigation and Inspection Unit, the incumbent is responsible to:


1. Plan, conduct, and report on ILO investigations according to IAO’s Standard Operating Procedures and ILOAT jurisprudence.


2. Prepare investigation reports containing findings and recommendations for remedial action.


3. Lead teams of investigators/auditors working on investigation cases as and when required.


4. Plan and supervise the work of any consultants hired to assist in outsourced investigations as and when required.


5. Prepare proactive fraud risk assessments and fraud profiles of the Organization.


6. Monitor best practices of internal investigations in international organizations and provide input into IAO policies and procedures accordingly, as appropriate.


7. Perform other tasks as required by the Chief of the Investigation and Inspection Unit or Chief Internal Auditor.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree in law, auditing, accounting, finance, economics, or management, or the equivalent hands-on experience in public sector investigation, which includes national police authorities, fraud examination and forensic accounting can be considered.



At least eight years of progressively responsible experience in investigation and/or fraud examination, of which at least five years at the international level. Prior experience in the UN system would be an asset.



Excellent knowledge of English, with high level of communication skills and strong drafting skills. A good working knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asset.



• Excellent drafting skills to prepare reports of inspection/investigation findings and recommendations effectively and adequately.

• Sound knowledge of Organisation’s mandate, financial rules, procedures, regulations, policies, plans and priorities of Organisation’s activities.

• Computer skills, with a good knowledge of computer programs and software packages.

• Ability to take decisions and to communicate effectively.

• Ability to work with the minimum of supervision and guidance.

• Ability to handle confidential matters.

• Ability to work with tact, total discretion and ability to deal with staff members on issues that are sensitive to cultural differences.


Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • Any extension of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

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Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for a written test and/or an interview.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including technical tests or interviews.


Fraud warning

The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.