Investigations Specialist - P3


Human Resources

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2 months ago

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Positions at the P3 level are considered as experienced professionals responsible for supporting the section Chief and Investigations Manager on assigned investigations cases. Such responsibility is expected to be carried out with substantial independence, with the primary focus of the managerial oversight on the position being to ensure that results are delivered in accordance with the vision set forward by the leadership of the Section and Investigations Service.

Under the general guidance of the Investigations Manager, the incumbent assists and supports the supervisor in planning and conducting investigations of allegations of fraud, abuse of authority, mismanagement, harassment, and/or retaliatory actions in or affecting UNICEF. The Investigations Specialist will also be responsible for providing support to the day to day operational and specialized activities related to the investigation function, to enhance the smooth running of the supervisor's day-to day actions, as well as his/her section.

NOTE:  This post is based in Nairobi with travel to UNICEF locations, often in difficult duty stations.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:    Plan, organize and conduct office and field-based investigations into allegations including fraud, corruption, conflict of interest, sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment and sexual harassment;  Conduct interviews, obtain testimony, and prepare written statements; Obtain, record and preserve evidence, including in electronic format, ensuring that all necessary evidence chains are established and maintained; Critically analyze evidence obtained and determine relevance to an investigation; Conduct research on assigned issues to verify facts, identify citations and precedents, and draft statements of findings and respondent replies; Draft clear, complete and concise investigation reports for related disciplinary and/or jurisdictional actions; Conduct preliminary assessments of allegations received and make recommendations as to the appropriate course of action. Contemporaneously manage the workflow of numerous investigation cases within the set timeframes. Plan and participate in field missions, including hardship locations, for the purpose of conducting investigations. Participate in briefing and planning conferences with investigation staff; Implement and maintain established procedures to ensure professional competency and best practice throughout the investigation process; Contribute to the development and improvement of processes to meet investigation needs, including sharing lessons learnt from investigative work. Perform other duties as required.  To qualify as an advocate for every child,  you will have ...


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, criminal investigation, or related field is required. **A first-level degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in the specified fields with seven years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of five years of relevant experience in undertaking investigations or related legal activities and/or investigation related functions is required. Demonstrated skills in drafting complex reports and other written outputs. Demonstrated skills in critically analyzing information and drawing supported conclusions Demonstrated experience in conducting interviews and other evidence-gathering techniques Familiarity with the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic tools and databases. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Solid organizational skills.  Experience with international organizations is an advantage.

Language Requirements

Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic is a strong advantage. Knowledge of another UN language is considered 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?

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (Level 2) Works Collaboratively with others (Level 2) Builds and Maintains Partnerships (Level 2) Innovates and Embraces Change (Level 2) Thinks and Acts Strategically (Level 2) Drive to achieve impactful results (Level 2) Manages ambiguity and complexity (Level 2)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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

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

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 may also be 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.

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

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