Investigator - United Nations, Côte d'Ivoire, Deadline: April-18-2011

Department/ Office: OIOS ID- PK UNIT, COTE D'IVOIRE
Duty Station: ABIDJAN
Posting Period: 17 February 2011-18 April 2011
Job Opening number: 11-LEG-OIOS ID- PK UNIT, COTE D'IVOIR-18598-R-ABIDJAN

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) is an independent office reporting to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly. The Investigations Division (ID) follows up on reports of possible violations of rules or regulations, mismanagement, misconduct, waste of resources or abuse of authority.
The position is located in the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) Abidjan unit of the OIOS/ID. The incumbent will be stationed in Abidjan, but report to the Chief of Section at the Nairobi Regional Office of OIOS/ID.


The incumbent will: plan, organize, conduct and manage investigations of cases of alleged misconduct, malfeasance, mismanagement, waste of resources, abuse of authority, or violations of the Organization's rules and regulations and administrative instructions; lead teams of investigators and coordinate investigative activities of team members; define the parameters and timetable of the investigation; decide on the investigative tools to be employed, gather evidence; prepare testimony for tribunals, obtain and review pertinent documentation; conduct interviews and take statements; analyze facts, determine findings and formulate recommended corrective measure and related disciplinary and jurisdictional actions, draft reports and communications; work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals in accordance with ID/OIOS standard operating procedures and in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; manage the financial resources and logistics of the unit. The successful candidate will be primarily working on matters involving peacekeeping operations from the OIOS/ID UNOCI unit.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to administrative and criminal investigations; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; good management skills. Strong English drafting skills required, especially with respect to the preparation of complex reports of investigation. Comprehensive knowledge of United Nations policies, procedures and operations is desirable including good knowledge of the conditions prevailing in areas where the United Nations conducts peacekeeping missions. An understanding of public sector procedures and practices, knowledge and appreciation of public sector fraud and corruption issues is an advantage. Proven ability to gather evidence and interview suspects and witnesses; proficiency in software applications used in administrative investigations is desirable. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery in the area of investigations; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

-Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
-Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
-Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
-Places team agenda before personal agenda
-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
-Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Managing Performance:
-Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority
-Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member
-Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills
-Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines
-Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff
-Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative
-Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff
-Appraises performance fairly.

-Serves as a role model that other people want to follow
-Empowers others to translate vision into results
-Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives
-Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support
-Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions
-Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo
-Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
-Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in investigatory work. Experience with an international public organization is required. Experience in investigation management and administration together with supervisory functions is required. Experience with the United Nations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is required. Knowledge of other official United Nations language is an advantage.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

The appointment of external candidates will be limited to service in OIOS.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

No Fee

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