Investigations Manager (Team Lead for Fraud Task Force), P-5, Fixed-Term, Office of Internal Audit & Investigation (OIAI), New York #124713

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a Chance

The Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) is an independent office reporting to UNICEF’s Executive Director and the Executive Board. The Investigations Section manages and conducts assessments and investigations of allegations of misconduct involving UNICEF staff and other personnel, including fraud, theft, corruption, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, abuse of authority, workplace harassment, whistleblower retaliation, and other failures to observe prescribed regulations, rules, relevant administrative issuances and standards of conduct.

The Strategy, Intake and Analysis Unit (SIA) is responsible for the overall management of the hotline for reporting allegations and for conducting initial assessments of reports of misconduct and wrongdoing. As part of the assessment, SIA analyzes the information received and collects additional information to determine whether to initiate a full investigation, close the matter, or refer it to another office or entity. SIA is also responsible for certain policy and strategic initiatives; quality assurance of investigation and other reports; and internal and external reporting of certain investigations-related data.

The Investigations Section receives numerous allegations of fraud and corruption, including some complex fraud schemes. The Section is creating a team dedicated to handling fraud and corruption cases. The team is comprised of three investigators with demonstrated prior experience conducting administrative investigations into allegations of fraud and a forensic accountant. All of these positions (including this one) are limited-term positions valid until December 2025 only.

How can you make a difference?

Within the limits of delegated authority and under the overall guidance of the Deputy Director of Investigations and the direct supervision of the Chief SIA, the Investigations Manager (Fraud Team Lead) will lead the Fraud Team responsible for (i) investigating complex fraud cases, including cases implicating both UNICEF personnel and external entities; (ii) liaising with relevant UNICEF offices and Divisions, including Regional and Country Offices to handle cases of suspected fraud by third parties and/or proactively initiate fraud investigations, where appropriate, (iii) contributing to fraud-related policy, training and reporting initiatives; and (iv) contributing to strengthening the Investigations Section’s at large capacity to investigate fraud schemes.

Key Accountabilities:

1. Assessments and investigations into allegations of fraud

  • Lead and manage a specialized team dedicated to handling a portfolio of fraud cases.
  • Review incoming allegations of fraud, conduct preliminary assessments and make recommendations as to the appropriate course of action.
  • Review information available in OIAI’s case management system, UNICEF’s systems, and/or other relevant sources with a view to identifying investigative leads and proposing proactive investigative work.
  • Liaise with other UNICEF offices, including Country and Regional Offices on cases of suspected fraud by third parties, provide guidance and coordinate next steps, and provide input to terms of reference for potential related assurance activities (such as spot checks or special audits).
  • Plan, organize, conduct and/or supervise office and field investigations. Identify, propose and lead field investigation missions, including to hardship locations.
  • Obtain, record and preserve evidence, including in electronic format, ensuring that all necessary evidence chains are established and maintained.
  • Plan and conduct interviews, obtain written testimony and prepare written statements.  
  • Obtain and analyze potential documentary evidence, including monitoring and assurance activities conducted by UNICEF offices and relevant procurement records, as well as electronic/digital evidence and other relevant information.
  • Analyze the evidence obtained and determine its relevance and reliability.
  • Prepare and/or review high-quality written outputs, including investigation reports for related disciplinary and/or jurisdictional actions, closure reports, advisory reports and referrals.
  • Maintain complete and well-structured case files.

2. Policy development and review

  • Contribute to the development and revision of internal policies, procedures, templates and guidance materials related to handling and investigation of allegations of fraud.

3. Data analytics

  • Contribute to OIAI’s data analytics work by proposing strategies to detect suspected fraudulent schemes using data analytics.

4. Outreach and training

  • Contribute to develop the Investigations Section’s at-large capacity to investigate fraud schemes.
  • Deliver trainings and presentations to UNICEF personnel and partners regarding the assessment and investigation of fraud allegations.

5. Other tasks

  • Coordinate and promote collaboration with other relevant departments and offices within UNICEF and the UN System in relation to reports received.
  • Perform other duties as required.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education & Experience

  • 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 three additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in legal activities and/or criminal or administrative/internal fraud investigations is required.
  • Experience with an international or multilateral public institution is an advantage.
  • Experience with international/cross-border investigation activities is an asset.


  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment to achieve common goals and provide effective support and guidance.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • High sense of confidentiality and sound judgment.
  • Shows persistence, initiative and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to apply judgment independently to identify response actions and recommendations and to provide relevant guidance and advice.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment on high-priority cases and to manage competing priorities.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language (French, Spanish or Arabic) is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. 

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Builds and maintains partnerships (2)
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (2)
  • Drive to achieve results for impact (2)
  • Innovates and embraces change (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (2)
  • Works collaboratively with others (2)
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people (2)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels. Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to including everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children.

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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

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