Do you have the dedication, skills, knowledge and experience to help us improve the life of Palestine refugees? The United Nations Relief and Works Agency offers challenging opportunities for professionals interested working in a results-driven and diverse environment.If you are then we would like to hear from you.
UNRWA is the United Nations agency responsible for the protection, care and human development of a population of some 4.6 million Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Syrian Arab Republic. The Agency is committed to assisting Palestine refugees in maintaining a decent standard of living, acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills, enjoying the fullest possible extent of human rights, and leading a long and healthy life. UNRWA is by far the largest UN operation in the Middle East with over 29,000 staff. Most of the staff members are refugees themselves, working directly to benefit their communities – as teachers, doctors, nurses or social workers.
Field Investigations Officer
Location Gaza Field
Type of Appointment Limited Duration Contract
Deadline for Application 18 August 2016
Vacancy Announcement Number 03-08-2016
Grade Band “F”
Department/Division DUO’s Office/Legal
PLACE IN THE ORGANISATION
The incumbent of this post reports to the Director of UNRWA Operations, Gaza (DUO). The incumbent shall refer to Head, Field Legal Office for administrative and logistics support in the conduct of his duties and to DIOS for technical support.
In accordance with Agency policy and procedures, the ideal candidate:
Independently or with the assistance of a Senior Field Investigations Officer, undertakes or coordinates as appropriate, investigations of misconduct throughout the Field, applying and ensuring objectivity, impartiality and fairness throughout the investigative processes in accordance with generally recognized international investigative standards and Agency guidelines:
o Reviews and assesses complaints and allegations, formulates investigation plans, reviews and analyses all information to determine its relevance and reliability, conducts interviews with staff and other involved parties, obtains and analyses potential documentary and electronic evidence, conducts investigative research, and determines the appropriate presentation of investigative results;
o Prepares plans, records, interviews, reports and ad hoc briefings pertaining to investigations;
o Prepares recommendations for corrective action and improved controls, effectiveness, and/or efficiency of Field operations based on the findings of investigations;
o Assesses the potential for fraud and corruption in operational activities and makes recommendations; and
o Regularly appraises progress of investigations and assesses probable impact of investigation outcomes relative to strategies and advises accordingly.
In consultation with the Department of Internal Oversight Services (DIOS), offers guidance to the DUO concerning investigations. Provides technical support and advice to UNRWA staff engaged in investigations carried out at the Field Office in accordance with generally recognized international investigative standards and Agency guidelines; conducts review of investigations procedures to ensure due process requirements are met; and reviews investigation reports for quality control purposes.
Performs such other duties as may be assigned.
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES
Bachelor degree in law, social sciences, investigations, audit, inspection, finance, accounting, or other relevant fields, from an accredited educational institute, as a minimum requirement. An advanced university degree in any of the aforementioned areas will be considered a strong advantage.
Training or professional courses in Forensic Audit, law enforcement methodologies and/or inspection of fraudulent violations, or related fields such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or national equivalent is considered a strong asset.
At least four years of relevant experience in applying investigation techniques in criminal or administrative inquiries, with a strong preference for candidates with five or more years of relevant experience.
Excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic.
Knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts and
Experience or training in the use of personal computers and in operating standard software applications such as MS-Word, Excel, and Access
approaches relevant to administrative investigations;
Proven ability to gather evidence and interview subjects and witnesses;
Takes responsibility for delegated assignments and operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
Excellent written and spoken communication skills;
Proven ability in establishing effective work relationships;
Ability and willingness to take initiative;
Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills; proven ability to analyse large amounts of information and provide reports that are factually correct, impartial and objective, concise, complete and logically organized;
Strong judgment and decision making skills;
Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
Ability to work under pressure;
Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
Its desirable to have working knowledge of UN financial rules, regulations, procedures and experience with UN Organizations
The incumbent may be required to travel, as needed, in the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle East.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
Basic Salary: Monthly basic salary $1,554.90; and monthly dependency allowance $18.65 and Group Medical Insurance GMI $12.00.
Contract Duration: Six months (Extension is subject to continued need, availability of funds and satisfactory service.
Leave: 30 days annual leave.
Other conditions of service and benefits may apply.
A regular staff member can apply to this LDC post but will not be allowed to assume such post through Secondment as he/she needs to leave his/her current post to accept LDC appointment.
When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Director of Human Resources; in consultation with the Director of UNRWA Operations, Gaza may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualifications, additional professional training and progressive relevant work experience.
NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.
UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.
UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women. It is Agency policy to give full consideration to disabled candidates whose disability does not militate against the effective performance of the duties of the post. Where there are two or more equally qualified candidates, selection preference will normally be given to internal candidates, Palestine Refugees and candidates of the under-represented gender. With their prior agreement, candidates who are approved as suitable for appointment but are not the selected candidate for this vacancy, will be placed on the Agency’s roster of pre-approved candidates for a period of up to one year, and may be considered for future vacancies in the same position. The Agency maintains the discretion to fill future vacancies for this position from the roster without re-advertising the vacancy.
The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
On appointment, all individuals will be asked to sign a self-attestation, confirming that they have not committed, been convicted of, or prosecuted for, any criminal offence and that they have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law
HOW TO APPLY
If you have got the skills and experience required above, and want to make an active and lasting contribution to improving the lives of Palestine refugees, then register on http://jobs.unrwa.ps by creating a personal profile and completing the UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through this website will be considered. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Candidates may also be invited to take a technical exam in order further evaluate their qualifications for the post. Due to a high volume of applications received, only short-listed applicants will be contacted. The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information on bank accounts.
Please ensure that the e-mail address that you will indicate in your Personal History Profile is accurate, candidates shortlisted for test or interview will only be contacted by e-mail. No follow up phone calls will be made.
This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. As an Area post, preference will be given to local candidates already based in the duty station of the post.
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