Chief (Investigations Services Field Operations Section), Budapest

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest, Hungary

Office: UNICEF GSSC Budapest

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Thursday, 15 October 2020

Chief (Investigations Services Field Operations Section), P5 (Outpost in Budapest) Office of Internal Audit & Investigations #111344

Job no: 534218

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Hungary Division/Equivalent: Operations

School/Unit: Office of Internal Audit & Investigation

Department/Office: Internal Audit & Investigation

Categories: P-5, Internal Audit Management

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential to the benefit of a better world. For every child, a future

The Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) is an independent office reporting to UNICEF’s Executive Director and the Executive Board. The Investigations Service investigates reports of possible violations of rules or regulations, mismanagement, misconduct, waste of resources or abuse of authority. The position is located in Budapest.

How can you make a difference? Within delegated authority and under the supervision of the Head of Investigations, the incumbent will serve as the Chief of Field Operations Section of OIAI’s Investigations Service and be responsible for leading, supervising and managing his/her Section comprised of investigators and other professionals and supervises the work of all team members, including developing, monitoring and evaluating all work assignments. Overall, providing support to the day to day operational and specialized activities to enhance the smooth running of their supervisor’s day-to day actions, as well as his/her Service.

The incumbent:

Leads, supervises and manages the Field Operations Section of OIAI’s Investigations Service comprised of investigators and other professionals and supervises the work of all team members, including developing, monitoring and evaluating all work assignments;
Plan, organize, conduct, supervise and manage investigations of the most serious and complex cases in the fields of corruption and fraud, as well as of alleged misconduct, malfeasance, mismanagement, waste of resources, or alleged violations of United Nations Regulations and Rules and pertinent administrative issuance’s, including cases of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and Sexual Harassment. This includes adducing evidence, obtaining and reviewing pertinent documentation, conducting interviews and taking statements, analysing facts and determining findings and ensuring that all investigations are conducted professionally and efficiently;
Ensure that investigations are carried out in a timely fashion, pursuant to internationally accepted best practices and coordinated within the work of OIAI’s Investigations Service and with other organizations of the United Nations system, as appropriate, and develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned investigations;
Ensure the preparation of investigation reports of the highest quality, together with findings and recommendations for related disciplinary and jurisdictional actions, as well as evidence, materials and analysis to support such actions;
Assign tasks to investigation team members to assist in carrying out the assignments;
Create and maintain an up to date and complete case activity list of the active and open investigations for priority setting and overall case management by the Head of Investigations;
Respond to requests for information, assistance and advice from offices and departments outside the Service;
Has responsibility for the management and handling of evidentiary material, including locating and liaising with investigative authorities of other international organizations, national authorities and forensic institutions;
Tags administrative law audit management criminal investigation internal audit

Liaise and coordinate between the Service and the relevant UNICEF and United Nations legal offices â‘ the Policy, Administrative Law Section and the Office of Legal Advisor, as necessary and under the direction of the Head of Investigations Section;
Carry out responsibilities for ensuring the legal sufficiency of the planning and reporting documents of the Service, including matters concerning peer reviews;
Liaise with other Offices and Departments staff and management, both at Headquarters in New York and at field locations worldwide, in discussing the work of the Office;
Supports efforts to develop data analytical tools and other mechanisms to both improve investigative and audit activities as well as develop strategies and mechanisms to identify and mitigate risk across UNICEF’s operations

Provide advice and expertise on investigatory matters;
Oversee administrative tasks as appropriate in the duty station;
Qualification of Successful Candidate

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminal investigation, or related field. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of ten years of relevant experience in legal activities and/or investigation related functions. Experience with an international or multilateral public institution in desirable. Experience with international investigation activities is an asset.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Solid organizational skills.

Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN language is considered as an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core values: Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability

Core competencies: Communication, Drive for Results and Working with People.

Functional Competencies: Leading & Supervising, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Formulating Strategies and Concepts

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

NOTE: This post is based in Budapest with travel to UNICEF locations, often in difficult duty stations.

Advertised: Sep 15 2020 Central Europe Daylight Time Application close: Oct 15 2020 Central Europe Daylight Time