World Food Programme (WFP)

Inspector General and Director (Oversight Office)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

  The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of Climate Change.


The mission of the Office of the Inspector General is to provide WFP’s stakeholders assurance on the adequacy and effectiveness of WFP’s governance, risk management, and control processes aimed to detect and deter fraud, waste and abuse through the conduct of independent and objective oversight activities; to conduct inspections and investigations into allegations of wrongdoing and misconduct; and to facilitate the adoption and implementation of United Nations, humanitarian agency and private-sector best practices related to assurance and oversight.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Inspector General and Director of Oversight Office reports and is accountable to the Executive Director.  S/he performs the functions of Chief Audit Executive and Inspector General.  The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) consists of the Office of Internal Audit and the Office of Inspections and Investigations.  Specific duties include: •    Provide strategic vision and leadership in establishing and meeting the objectives and priorities of the Oversight functions •    Providing assurance to the Executive Board and Executive Director on governance, policy, risk, resources, operations and accountability by directing the verification and reporting on the integrity, efficiency and effectiveness of WFP’s management, Administration and operations •    Reporting on the findings from internal audit, inspection and investigation to the Executive Board, Audit Committee, and Executive Director in line with applicable policies and making recommendations to the appropriate stakeholders in order to improve processes and strengthen management throughout the organization •    Keeping the WFP Audit Committee informed on significant oversight findings, implementation status of oversight recommendations, and changes to the work plan including modifications, scope restrictions or limitations •    Providing information to the Executive Board through an annual report of OS activities, including a summary of significant oversight findings, the implementation status of oversight recommendations, and status of the organizational independence of OS activities •    Collaborate and share best practices with internal and external oversight entities, counterparts in donor government structures, United Nations bodies, organizations and international NGOs as appropriate.



•    Advanced university degree in business administration, accounting, finance, economics, law or other relevant fields •    Professional certification from an internationally recognized auditing or accountancy body Experience: 

•    Proven track record (at least 15 years) of progressively responsible professional experience including in audit, investigation and/or oversight with at least 10 years of experience at senior management and policy-making level •    Demonstrated competence and success in implementing Change Management and strategic improvements in organizational governance and oversight •    Advanced understanding of audit and risk management within a complex, or regulated organization •    Demonstrated competence and success in technology or Financial Services organization in either management or audit and Advisory Services is highly desirable •    Relevant experience from either international organizations including in the UN common system, or from the private sector •    Sound knowledge of international auditing and accounting standards and Corporate Governance, risk management and internal control practices, techniques and principles, including evolving best practices •    Sound knowledge of investigative processes •    Strong knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures, and inter-governmental governance are desirable Language:

  • Fluency in English
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language)


•    Demonstrated high level of diligence, maturity, responsibility, integrity and ethics, objectivity, impartiality and fairness.

•    Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills and good representational skills, including public speaking.  Ability to articulate key messages and to deliver difficult messages with sensitivity and integrity.

•    Proven ability to lead and manage diverse, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams of diverse experts, with strong skills in inclusive leadership, collaboration, team building, and motivation.

•    Excellent judgment with proven ability to deal with complex interrelated issues and strong analytical and problem-solving skills to develop solutions that address root causes of issues.

•    Strategic vision to drive and influence oversight reforms within the Organization, proven ability to innovate and conceptualize complex issues, and formulate realistic and practical recommendations to address problems.


To ensure independence, the Inspector General and Director of the Oversight Office’s tenure will be of a four-year term, renewable once, without the possibility of further employment within WFP at the end of the term(s).

WFP offers an attractive compensation and expatriate benefits package. Please visit the following website for details on the United Nations common system of salaries:


Sunday, February 28, 2021
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