Title:  Investigator/Inspector

Requisition ID: 2346 
Grade : P3 
Country: Austria 
Duty Station : Vienna 
Category: Professional and Higher 
Type of job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: Staff-Full-time
Minimum Annual salary: 95,669 USD 
Application deadline: 15-Jun-2023  



Vacancy Announcement
Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.



Organizational Context


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.


Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.


The Office of Evaluation and Internal Oversight (EIO), is responsible for providing independent and objective assurance, advice, investigation, and evaluation for the purpose of adding value to and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of UNIDO’s operations, internal control framework, risk management, results-based management and governance processes. EIO provides evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful, enabling the timely incorporation of findings, recommendations, and lessons learned into the decision-making processes at organization-wide, programme, and project level. EIO also assesses the extent to which UNIDO’s programmes and projects, as well as thematic areas, correctly address and effectively achieve the stated objectives of the Organization. EIO is governed by its Charter.


In order to discharge its mandate, EIO is composed of two units: the Independent Evaluation Unit (EIO/IEU), and the Internal Oversight Unit (EIO/IOU). This position is located within EIO/IOU.  The Investigator works under the overall guidance of the Director, EIO; the direct supervision of the Chief, EIO/IOU; and in close collaboration with the colleagues to support the mandate of the Unit to conduct investigations into allegations of misconduct.


In accordance with applicable professional standards, the Investigator is expected to deliver: (a) work that contains in-depth analyses contributing to results achieved by the Division; (b) in creating an enabling environment for team work which is catalytic to achieving results; (c) in building relationships which contributes to partnerships resulting in strategic collaborations and (d) in achieving results within a professional team.


The UNIDO Staff Performance Management System reinforces the collaboration within formal units as well as among cross-functional teams. In this context, the incumbent collaborates with his/her supervisor and colleagues, within as well as outside the unit. Within the formal teams, the incumbent may be expected to backstop other team members as required.


Staff members are subject to the authority of the Director General, and in this context all staff are expected to serve in any assignment and duty station as determined by the needs of the Organization.


  1. Main Responsibilities


As a team member, the incumbent shall carry out the following activities to achieve the results and the outcomes of the Unit:


Manage and conduct investigations, in line with the UNIDO Investigation Policy and Investigation Guidelines:


  • Conduct preliminary evaluation of allegations of irregularities, misconduct, fraud and unsatisfactory conduct, including harassment and abuse of authority;
  • Identify if the allegations are violations of organizational rules, regulations and policies and/or criminal law;
  • Document and prepare the draft reports, including recommendation(s) for consideration of the Director, EIO whether to proceed with a full investigation, refer or close a case;
  • Upon authorization of the Director, EIO, conduct full investigations and collaborate with other investigation personnel in complex ones, in accordance with professional standards and office procedural framework;
  • Prepare specific investigation work plans noting methodologies to be used and purpose for action;
  • Assist in the preparation of plans for investigation work and present it to the Chief, EIO/IOU; gather, review, and analyse information to determine its relevance and reliability;
  • Conduct interviews, as necessary with other investigation personnel; write record of interviews; conduct any other investigative research activities as required by the matter at hand; document all work undertaken for the review of the Chief, EIO/IOU; present investigative facts, circumstances and conclusions in a concise, clear and logical manner; propose recommendations as appropriate; prepare draft reports to support management decision regarding any disciplinary and/or remedial action; finalize report; follow up on implementation of recommendations.


Support in cross-cutting tasks:


  • Participate in assessing the potential for fraud and corruption in operational activities; assist in fraud awareness activities; contribute to preparing and developing the EIO work plans and risk assessments to identify vulnerable areas and malfunctions.
  • Participate in the revision of the EIO Charter, the Investigation Policy and Guidelines and procedural framework; introduce new techniques, identify best practices and lessons learned; contribute to the knowledge base of EIO; support EIO management in preparing reports and analysis related to investigative activities when need arise.
  • When assigned to and as directed by the Director EIO, supports the work of the auditors in planning and carrying out internal audit engagements, in compliance with professional standards.


Perform other related duties and assignments as and when required.


  1. Core Values and Competencies


Core Values

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.

WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.

WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.


Key Competencies

WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those, we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.

WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.



  1. Minimum Organizational Requirements




Advanced university (Master’s or equivalent) degree in Law, Criminology, Accounting, Finance, Business or Public Administration or another field relevant to UNIDO’s investigative mandate, is required. A credential of Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) is an asset




  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in the field of investigations and application of law in an international environment preferably within the UN Common System or other international organizations is required.
  • Experience in conducting a wide range of investigation activities, including investigation planning, witness and suspect interviews, evidence and intelligence collection, briefings and report writing is required.
  • Familiarity with UN justice system and knowledge of the law of the international civil service as related to investigations, and staff misconduct is desirable.
  • Experience conducting investigations into procurement and financial fraud is desirable.
  • Financial investigations or forensic accounting experience is desirable.
  • Experience working with forensic analysis tools is desirable.
  • Sound knowledge of internal auditing, professional standards and their application is desirable.
  • Good knowledge of computer assisted audit techniques and tools is desirable.


Languages:  Fluency in written and spoken English is required.  Fluency in or working knowledge of other United Nations language(s), is desirable.



NOTE: UNIDO professional level applicants are required to have served at least one year in their current position, if applying for a higher-level position. However, the seniority-in-grade requirements for applying for higher level positions, as per paragraphs 18 and 78 of the HRMF, have been waived.


UNIDO General Service applicants are required to be at least at the GS-5 level; to have served in their current position for at least two years; and to have served in UNIDO for at least five years.


Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside.


Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.


All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System. Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependents, under the procedures established by the Director General.


Visit the UNIDO web site for details on how to apply: www.unido.org

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.


Notice to applicants:
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