WFP - World Food Programme

Investigations Officer, Policy & Quality Assurance, Rome, Italy

Job Overview


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


This role is the Office of Inspections and Investigations (OIGI) located in Headquarters, Rome, Italy, and will report to the Director of Inspections and Investigations (D1).


Act as OIGI’s senior advisor and focal point for policy and quality assurance matters with internal and external stakeholders. The position will serve as the steward for the development and management of OIGI policies and standard operating procedures as well as capacity-building for the team.


Education: Master’s degree in Law / Criminology or other related fields or a Bachelor’s degree in same disciplines with additional relevant years of experience and/or relevant certificate.


  • Typically, eight years or more (of which three international) of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in planning, leading and executing complex criminal or administrative investigations.
  • Previous experience in the conduct of investigations with a UN organization or international financing institution is an asset.
  • Experience in the design or assessment of policies and procedures in an oversight office is an asset.
  • Experience in designing and conducting outreach/ training for the prevention of fraud and misconduct is an asset.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Demonstrated expertise in theories, concepts, and approaches relevant to investigations and practical use of investigation techniques.
  • Familiarity with the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources and databases.
  • Ability to coach staff in the collection and handling of facts and evidence.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyze and interpret large amounts of information, drawing out the key messages.
  • Strong coordination, planning, and leadership skills including the ability to influence Senior Managers by consistent and clear communication.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to clearly articulate insights to senior stakeholders in and outside of WFP.

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

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


  • Manage the development and update of all OIGI Policy and Procedures documentation (policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), guidelines, and templates) and serve as an advisor and instructor/advocate of these policies.
  • Keep abreast of relevant policies, Executive Director Directives, and decisions of the International Labour Organization’s Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT) and inform OIGI employees when these have a direct impact on the work of the group (including, but not limited to: Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption, Abusive Conduct, Protection of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Protection from Retaliation, Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Staff Rules, Human Resources (HR) Manual, Code of Conduct, IT Asset Use and IT Security Policies and Standards).
  • Serve as senior advisor and advocate for the development of programme objectives and achievement of goals.
  • Be accountable in ensuring that all OIGI Policy and Procedures documentation is updated (policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), guidelines, and templates).
  • Provide advice and support to the Inspector General and OIG management regarding policy and policy developments within WFP and the broader UN system.


  • Review and advise on OIGI reports and other OIGI work products to ensure professional standards, effective use of language, and conformity with OIGI SOPs.
  • Analyse and provide substantive and constructive advice on the evidence cited within OIGI reports, ensuring OIGI reports are relying on relevant regulations, rules and policy and that these are aligned with UN system-wide policy developments.
  • Conduct effective liaison with Human Resources Staff Relations (HRSR) and coordinate feedback from HRSR to OIGI on a regular basis regarding HRSR reviews of OIGI work products.
  • Support and mentor OIGI team members to improve OIGI written products.
  • Develop and provide training on effective written communication and report writing.
  • Where needed provide advice and guidance to OIGI investigation teams on best practices in regard to the preparation of OIGI reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is 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.
  • The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract 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


Sunday, 26th September 2021


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

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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