Investigation Consultant, Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Sunday, 23 May 2021


Investigation Consultant

Job Posting: 23/Apr/2021

Closure Date: 23/May/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : OIGDD

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : To Be Determined

Post Number : N/A

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

The Office of the Inspector General provides oversight of the programmes and operations of the Organization, through internal audit, investigation and inspection. The Office reports to the Director-General and Senior Management on lessons learned, and promotes policies and activities that enhance the integrity of FAO’s operations.

The investigations unit of the Office of the Inspector General investigates allegations of fraud and misconduct in the programmes and operations of the Organization.

It is anticipated that OIG’s investigations unit will need to retain consultants to assist in conducting and supporting investigative activities.

The purpose of this call for expressions of interest is to identify suitably qualified candidates who may be invited to undertake short-term assignments for OIG’s investigations unit, ranging in length from a few weeks to a maximum of 11 months. This call is aimed at candidates with various levels of experience, in particular, Investigations consultant (two categories, depending on level of experience), and Intake and Investigations support consultant, to support the unit’s work as described below. The Investigations consultants and Intake and Investigations support consultant will be located at the Organization’s headquarters in Rome (Italy), with possible missions to the field. The assignments may cover a number of activities, or be dedicated to a specific project or other activity.

Notwithstanding this call for expressions of interest, individual Vacancy Announcements may be issued for specific assignments where this is deemed appropriate.

Reporting Lines

The consultants and PSAs report to the Senior Investigator OIG.

Technical Focus

Investigation support to OIG staff in relation to review and analysis of complaints falling within OIG’s mandate.

Tasks and responsibilities

The tasks and responsibilities of each selected consultant will be defined in the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the specific assignment.

(a) Investigations consultant (mid-level): under the supervision and guidance of senior investigative staff, the consultant is expected to undertake investigative tasks with technical competence, according to generally accepted investigative practice, applicable policies and the deadlines and deliverables set out in their TOR. Their assigned tasks and responsibilities will normally include several of the following elements:

Assist in the conduct of preliminary reviews and investigations as set out in the Revised Guidelines for Internal Administrative Investigations by the Office of the Inspector General (AC 2017/03), identifying any sensitive issues and proposing course of action.

Collaborate with senior investigative staff in more complex investigations.

Conduct field missions, as necessary, to carry out investigative activities.

Analyse information, prepare investigative reports presenting facts, circumstances, conclusions and recommendations to support management decisions.

Provide input into policy initiatives.

Maintain internal OIG records relating to matters under review.

Other assigned tasks, as necessary.

(b) Intake and Investigations support consultant: under the supervision and guidance of senior investigative staff and overall supervision of the Senior Investigator, the consultant will be required to conduct the intake process into complaints lodged with OIG, related to allegations of fraud and unsatisfactory conduct at FAO headquarters and field offices, in a manner consistent with applicable policies as well as deadlines and deliverables set out in their TOR. Their assigned tasks and responsibilities will normally include several of the following elements:

Collect initial information relevant to preliminary review, when necessary in consultation with Senior Investigator and/or assigned investigator.

Contribute to other assigned tasks, as appropriate, including with regard to:

Conducting preliminary review of simple complaints;
Contributing to other investigative activities;
Contributing to the unit’s other activities, including with regard to policies and reporting; and

Drafting and editing required written outputs of the highest quality with logical and clear presentations. Written outputs include, but are not limited to, draft investigative plans, records of interview, draft investigative reports.

Other assigned tasks, as necessary.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in (for Consultants) / University degree (only for PSA) in law or in a subject associated with criminal and/or administrative investigations

Investigations consultant (mid-level): At least five years of relevant work experience Intake and investigations support consultant: At least two years of relevant work experience Relevant experience includes professional work in fact-finding/investigations preferably, but not limited to, in the area of misconduct and wrongdoing by employees, suppliers and partners organizations, including fraud and other forms of corruption, using generally accepted investigation techniques and procedures.

Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish. Working or limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian may be required depending upon the assignment and contract type.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

OIG is looking for consultants who are able to cover the following technical activities:

conducting (or contributing to the conduct of) investigations in compliance with generally accepted investigative practice and the Revised Guidelines for Internal Administrative Investigations by the Office of the Inspector General (AC 2017/03); ensuring an impartial, fair, prompt and thorough review of the facts and circumstances surrounding complaints falling within OIG’s mandate (fraud, unsatisfactory conduct, and other wrongdoing, including any form of harassment, retaliation and sexual exploitation and abuse).

carrying out (or contributing to the conduct of) inspections as independent assessments targeting specific aspects of FAO projects, programmes and/or administrative activities, with the aim of assisting management in making more effective and efficient use of physical, financial and human resources.

providing policy input as well as advisory services and assistance following requests for information concerning matters that do not require a review or investigation; and proposing and contributing to the implementation of mechanisms, practices, regulations and policies that encourage an ethical working environment, enhance the integrity of FAO’s operations and prevent the recurrence of misconduct and fraudulent activity.

All applicants should clearly indicate their specific technical expertise in their application.

Selection Criteria

Extent of knowledge and experience on investigative process;
Ability to carry out investigative activities, research and analysis;
Ability to write clear and concise reports and other relevant documents; and

Work experience with international or regional organizations or other entities in a relevant field.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

Candidates should upload language certificate/s when submitting their application.

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