Fixed Term
Europe, Italy, Nairobi, Rome, Western
Posted 2 years ago

Having good investigative skills can take you all around the world! Here’s an example of one of the many investigative jobs with the United Nations.

About the job

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


As an Investigation Officer, you will take part in internal reviews and assessments of received complains and allegations, efficiently plan and undertake complex investigations and prepare comprehensive reports. A large emphasis is placed on coordination of the work of investigative teams, development of policies and procedures, provision of advice on best practices with respect to investigations and guidance/training to other staff.

Investigations matters include Fraud and Corruption, Abusive Conduct, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and other policy violation of WFP staff and contracted partners and vendors.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is well known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need. In recent years, WFP has experienced a paradigm shift in response to an evolving operating environment that requires the UN agency’s technical expertise not only in the delivery of food assistance, but also in the development of sustainable hunger-smart and nutrition-sensitive solutions that will support progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Two: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”.

The Office of Inspections and Investigations is a part of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The mission of OIGI is to conduct inspections and investigations into allegations of wrongdoing and misconduct. The purpose of an investigation is to establish facts and provide sufficient evidence and analysis to determine whether a reported allegation of wrongdoing or misconduct has occurred and, if so, to allow WFP management to take action against the persons or entities responsible. OIGI investigations involve WFP personnel, cooperating partners, vendors and other parties.

OIGI currently has two investigation teams in Rome and Nairobi for which we are recruiting. Investigation support (Forensics, Policy and Quality Assurance, and an Intake Team) is provided from the Rome office.

We are seeking to fill 2 Investigations Officer positions in Rome, Italy at the Office of Inspections and Investigations in Headquarters (HQ) and 3 positions in Nairobi, Kenya. The positions will be reporting to the Chief Investigation Officer Rome or Nairobi. Frequent and often at short notice travel to WFP field operations, in over 80 countries, is required.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Efficiently plan and undertake office and field-based investigations into allegations of violations of policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and applicable rules and regulations.

2. Manage the workflow of individual investigation cases within the set timeframes.

3. Take part in internal reviews and assessments of received complains and allegations and draw recommendations.

4. Prepare reports and ad hoc briefs pertaining to investigations and, based on analysis and findings, make recommendations for corrective actions, improved controls and efficiency of WFP operations.

5. Assess the potential for fraud and corruption in operational activities and contribute to formulation of recommendations to senior management.

6. Provide guidance and advice to WFP employees on matters pertaining to the investigation of wrongdoing and direct staff appointed by field offices to assist in investigations.

7. Regularly appraise progress of investigations and assess probable impact of investigation outcomes relative to strategies and advice colleagues.

8. Coordinate with local officials, governments, and external organizations, and obtain their support such as interpreters or facts providers to facilitate investigative work.

9. Effectively work and coordinate with other control and monitoring functions as appropriate.

10. Contribute to the development or develop policies and procedures, and share best practices/lessons learnt from investigative work.

11. Other as required.



University degree in Criminology, Investigations, Law, Audit, Accounting or other related fields. Formal training and/or certification in various law enforcement methodologies/fraud examination or investigation.


Five years or more of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in conducting criminal or administrative investigations.

Knowledge & Skills:

• In depth understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to investigations and practical use of investigation techniques.

• Demonstrated skills in investigations planning and implementation.

• Familiarity with the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources and databases.

• Expertise in handling facts/evidence related to investigations.

• Business acumen.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

• Time management skills.


Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or, Portuguese (WFP’s working language).


• The positions are open to all nationalities.

• While WFP does support flexible working arrangements, the positions are based in Rome and Nairobi and would require the selected candidate to relocate.

• The selected candidate will be employed on a renewable fixed-term contract (up to 8 years) with a probationary period of one year.

• WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details, please visit

• Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. These positions are however classified as “non-rotational” which means the incumbent shall not be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as rotational.



January 31st, 2022.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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Complaints, Fraud Investigator, Government Investigators, Investigator

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