Investigations Quality Assurance Analyst - IPSA 9 - Office-based

Application Deadline :16-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-9
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months with possibility for renewable, subject to performance and budget availability

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


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 procurement fraud, corruption and bribery, theft and embezzlement, retaliation on whistleblowers, workplace harassment, abuse of authority, reckless or grossly negligent 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 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 a suitably skilled and experienced International Personnel under the International Personnel Services Agreement (IPSA) to support OAI/Policy, Quality Assurance and Special Investigations Unit.


Institutional Arrangement

The IPSA holder will be tasked by or on behalf of the Investigations Advisor, Head of the Policy, Quality Assurance, and Special Investigations Unit. The work performed by the IPSA holder will be submitted to the Investigations Advisor, Head of the Policy, Quality Assurance and Special Investigations Unit.



As and when travel for business purposes is required, OAI will notify the consultant and agree upon the reimbursable travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses as per UNDP Policy on IPSA.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The IPSA holder is required to provide assistance to the Policy, Quality Assurance and Special Investigations (PQSI) Unit with the review of draft investigation reports, management letters and other documents produced by the Investigations Section to ensure high quality and legal sufficiency of the work-products. Additionally the IPSA holder will assist investigation activities and provide legal advice to Investigations Section personnel.

The specific tasks that will be required are:

1. Review citations to evidence in footnotes of investigation reports and other documents, and ensure they are accurate and complete;

2. Provide proofreading and editorial services, including ensuring compliance with the editing standards of the United Nations and relevant templates.

3. Conduct legal research and analysis, providing legal advisory to colleagues on matters related to investigations, allegations of misconduct and the applicable legal frameworks.

4. Assist with assessments, interviews and evidence gathering for investigations, including Special Investigations conducted by PQSI.

5. Assist in preparing investigtations Section tasks as required, including the reports for the UN Board of Auidtors, the OAI Annual Report regarding investigation activities and other ad-hoc products.


Review draft reports or other investigations products in MS Word document format with review comments and edits tracked. The reviewed reports and investigations work products are to be submitted to the Investigations Advisor, Head of the Policy, Quality Assurance and Special Investigations Unit.



Required  skills and competencies

  • Core Values and Ethics: Demonstrates integrity, fairness and ability to remain objective, neutral and independent vis-a-vis all parties involved .
  • Relationship Building: Builds strong client relationship; focuses on client results and impacts ; and anticipates evolving client needs
  • Communications: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Deliverable: Ability to to get things done

 Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to use the following tools: Microsoft office suite; Presentation software applications; Electronic working paper software; and Database application.
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of information security and confidentiality issues relevant to investigations

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Experience working with UNDP or the UN System is desirable.  Familiarity with investigative procedures applicable to UNDP is an advantage.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic is desirable

Professional Certificates

  • None

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Advanced university degree (Masters) in law is required.
  • First level degree in combination with passed Bar examinations may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • At least two years of experience with an advanced degree, or four years experience if holding a first level degree in:
  1. The drafting, reviewing, editing and quality control of documents of an investigative or legal nature is required.
  2. Providing advisories of a legal/investigative nature.

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