Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd October, 2021

Job Description


  • The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provides oversight of FAO's programmes and operations, through internal audit and investigation.
  • OIG investigates allegations of misconduct involving FAO personnel and/or third parties. OIG's investigation mandate covers misconduct such as fraud, corruption, abuse of privileges and immunities; sexual exploitation and abuse; sexual harassment; workplace harassment and abuse of authority; retaliation against whistle blowers; or any other conduct not in conformity with the Standards of Conduct of the International Civil Service  OIG also prepares reports to the Director-General and Senior Management on lessons learned, and promotes policies and activities that enhance the integrity of FAO's operations.

Reporting Lines

  • The Investigator reports to the Senior Investigator (Head of Unit) or an Investigator (Team Leader).

Technical Focus

  • Investigations into allegations of serious misconduct and wrongdoing by FAO personnel and third parties.

Key Results

  • The planning and conduct of investigations into allegations of fraud, corruption and other type of wrongdoing  and the development of recommendations to support management decisions, and improve internal controls to prevent and timely detect such activity.

Key Functions

  • Conducts  investigations and participates with more senior investigators in complex investigations;
  • Plans, organizes and conducts investigations in Headquarters or the Decentralized Offices, in accordance with the applicable rules involving a preliminary assessment of the complaint/allegation, interviews of staff and third parties, review of documentary and electronic information, analysis of the facts, organization of the evidence, and determines the appropriate presentation of investigative results including ;the preparation of reports;
  • Prepares and edits required written outputs with logical and clear presentations of investigative findings, facts; circumstances, conclusions and recommendations to support management decisions regarding any disciplinary or corrective action. Written outputs include investigative plans, records of interviews, and investigative reports;
  • Maintains effective liaison with relevant FAO divisions  departments and offices  regarding specific cases and with external and UN investigators on cases/issues of mutual concern;
  • Contributes to the updating of policies, procedures, systems and best practices to support the planning, conduct, evidence collection, report writing and follow-up of preliminary and full investigations in Headquarters and the Decentralized Offices;
  • Participates in awareness and training activities on the prevention, detection and reporting of fraud and corruption in FAO; and
  • Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Law or in a subject associated with criminal and/or administrative investigations
  • Five years of relevant experience in fact-finding/investigatory work preferably, but not limited to, misconduct and wrongdoing by employees, suppliers and partners organizations, including fraud and other forms of  corruption, using investigation techniques and procedures
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of experience in investigations including employee misconduct, procurement fraud and corruption
  • Experience gained in an international setting is considered a strong asset
  • Ability to analyse relevant legal and procedural issues, and documentary and financial evidence
  • Extent and relevance of academic qualifications
  • Working knowledge of Spanish would be considered an asset.


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