Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Forensic Analyst will work under the guidance of the Senior Forensic Accountant, who reports to the Director of Strategy & Core Services (INTSC). The duties and accountabilities of the Forensic Analyst will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Assist other FSU colleagues with the analysis of information and documentation gathered during INT audits and inspections in order to substantiate or refute allegations of sanctionable practices;
• Assisting INT in investigations of fraud and corruption by collecting and analyzing documents, accessing Bank and other electronic databases and participate/conduct interviews (where appropriate);
• Draft working memos and records of interviews based on notes or recordings;
• Assist in planning and undertaking “special audits” in areas in which fraud, waste or abuse is alleged or suspected, including, but not limited to, the auditing of contractors’, consultants’ or Bank financed projects’ accounts as they relate to Bank financed projects;
• Review (and provide comments on) accounting and financial information, as well as audit reports issued by external or internal auditors on Bank funded projects, contractors or consultants as part of INT’s investigations;
• Perform queries, data mining and data analysis on data collections and/or databases to support INT investigations or other FSU activities;
• Contribute to the development of recommendations in relation to:
o Improving financial management controls to reduce fraud, waste and abuse, including automated and other “proactive” fraud detection and prevention systems.
o Improving Bank programs to improve integrity and efficiency and reduce fraud, waste and abuse.
• Assist in the preparation and presentation of training and educational material on combating fraud, waste and abuse;
• Assist in the writing of clear and concise reports of audit and investigative findings, drawing conclusions from (financial) data and making recommendations for action;
• Lead special initiatives/projects and undertake other ad hoc assignments as required.
• Provide forensic accounting expertise to the Bank Group’s operations and control units (including Controllers and Internal Audit); and
• Build effective working relations with clients and colleagues across INT, the Bank Group and within client countries.
• An advanced university degree in accounting, audit, business administration/management, finance or other relevant field.
• Professional certification: Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or equivalent. Advanced degree/diploma/certification in forensic accounting (e.g., Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or equivalent) is a plus.
• A minimum of 8 years of professional accounting experience that should include at least 2 years of forensic accounting/auditing experience in the private and/or public sector as a forensic auditor or accountant and /or performing forensic reviews or audits within a development aid or project finance context.
• Reliable, broad and current understanding of the modus operandi of corrupt entities (e.g., large and small companies, consultants, NGOs, administrative entities) in the context of private or public sector projects.
• Experience in working with various information management software packages used in major organizations (i.e., SAP, etc.) and experience with the use of recognized computer programs and analytical software tools (MSExcel, MSWord, MSPowerPoint etc.), including advanced user and/or programming capability of database applications (e.g., MSAccess).
• Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written.
• Knowledge of World Bank Group systems, policies and procedures is an asset.
• Demonstrated sensitivity to the Bank Group’s distinct demographics and cross-cultural context and influences; ability to build effective work relationships with clients, colleagues, and senior officials internally and externally.
• Established reputation for integrity, sound judgment, fairness and discretion in dealing with colleagues and clients.
• Experience of working and living in developing countries and on-the-ground knowledge of at least one Bank Group Region is desirable.
• Ability to balance pragmatism with rigor an important personal attribute.
• Willingness and ability to travel extensively.
• Fluent written and spoken English a requirement. Proficiency in one of the following languages is preferred: Spanish, Russian, Arabic, or Hindi.