World Food Programme (WFP)

Digital Forensics Investigations Officer

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

  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.


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.


This role will be responsible for leading an expert team of digital forensics officers, ensuring that all work is conducted in line international best practices.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Manage, supervise and mentor the digital forensics team and any externally contracted service providers.
  • Develop and propose new procedures and policies for the digital forensics team, based on the critical assessment of existing policies and leveraging relevant best practices from peer networks across the UN system and beyond.
  • Provide training and guidance to investigators on technical and legal aspects of forensic work.
  • Ensure the work conducted by the digital forensics’ unit is in line ILO Administrative Tribunal’s jurisprudence.
  • Provide the specialized digital forensic services including recovery and acquisition of evidence from IT equipment, preservation and management of evidence using best industry practice during the investigation and archiving.
  • Both coordinate and conduct complex Analysis of evidence including device data extraction, recovery of corrupt data, electronic mail extraction and database examination.
  • Oversee and conduct the process of regular data mining and Data Analysis procedures using appropriate tools (e.g. Intella) to assist in investigations, including regular data mining to highlight potentially fraudulent activity.
  • Provide the interpretation of the results of such procedure to be used in investigations and used as the legal basis for decisions made by WFP management that is overseen by the International Labor Organization’s Administrative Tribunal.
  • Perform comprehensive Technical Analysis and interpret computer-related evidence such as e-mail, various databases, and information stored on electronic devices using forensic tools and methods.
  • Document the chain of custody process for forensic evidence, as well as evidence acquisition and analysis methods.
  • Carry on the implementation of electronic discovery, computer forensic investigations, and related services for large data sets.
  • Collect pertinent information related to OIGI cases utilizing WFP corporate database, including SAP, and available public databases.
  • Review the collected data along with OIGI case materials, analyse the data and produce comprehensive analytical reports.
  • Oversees the maintenance of OIGI forensic systems and equipment by ensuring that regular tasks, such as backing up data, monitoring network and systems, and peripherals, running systems diagnostics, systems updates, patch management and system optimization, replenishment of consumables, etc. are conducted for the effective and efficient running of the Forensics Team.
  • Develop a network of peer experts in the UN common system to stay up-to-date on new techniques and approaches relevant to WFP.
  • Carry out any other duty as instructed by the OIGI management team.



  • Advanced university degree in Computer Science / Computer Information Systems or related relevant field.  Relevant professional certification in the field of computer forensics

  • At least eight years of professional experience (of which three international) in computer forensics, investigations and evidence handling, e-discovery processes and data analysis with an international organization, a law enforcement agency, law firm, multinational company, professional services firm or similar environment;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the latest digital forensic techniques (acquisition and analysis) applied to hard drives, electronic devices such as mobile phones, networking and encryption, principles and techniques of computer security investigations, etc.);
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital forensics tools, methodologies and protocols
Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of all aspects of investigations work, especially in an international environment.
  • Understanding linkages between policy and operational practices.
  • Strong Coordination, planning and leadership skills including the ability to influence Senior Managers by consistent and clear communication.
  • Solid communication and organisational skills.
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures.
  • 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


Non-Rotational Nature: 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.

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.

APPLICATIONS CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, March 3rd, 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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