World Food Programme (WFP)

Investigations Officer (Intake and Analysis)

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.


As part of the OIGI Intake team, the position’s main purpose is to conduct reviews of complaints and allegations, working closely with the Head of Intake and other subject-matter experts. You are expected to perform Analysis, apply relevant standards and guidance principles, and collect preliminary data, to recommend proceeding or not with an allegation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Review and assess complaints and allegations (herein preliminary assessments), formulate investigation plans, review and analyse all information to determine its relevance and reliability (as required), prepare, plan and conduct interviews of staff and other involved parties, obtain and analyse potential documentary and electronic evidence, conduct investigative research, and determine the appropriate presentation of preliminary assessments / investigative results;
  • Carry out office and field based preliminary assessments, and where necessary investigations, into allegations of violations of policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and applicable rules and regulation;
  • Offer guidance and advice to WFP employees on matters pertaining to the investigation of wrongdoing and direct staff appointed by field offices to conduct investigations into allegations of such acts;
  • Prepare, plan, and write reports and ad hoc briefs pertaining to preliminary assessments and / or investigations;
  • Prepare recommendations for corrective action and improved controls, effectiveness, or efficiency of WFP operations based on the findings of investigations (as required);
  • Regularly appraise progress of preliminary assessments and / or investigations and assess probable impact of investigation outcome relative to strategies and advise colleagues;
  • Coordinate with local officials, governments, and outside organizations and obtain internal support (transport, interpreters, etc.) to resolve problems and to facilitate work of the team;
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Experience: Typically, three years or more of relevant professional experience in contributing and/or conducting investigations, with a proven track record in conducting preliminary assessments and or planning, leading and executing investigations, and with a focus on fraud and/or sexual harassment and abuse.

Previous experience in the conduct of investigations with a UN organization or international financing institution and working in developing countries is an asset.

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Full and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of investigations work, especially in an International environment.
  • Good knowledge of different investigative methods.
  • Good understanding of linkages between policy and operational practices.
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures.


Education: An advanced university degree in criminology, Law or related relevant field. Training from a police academy, law enforcement or similar government agency, with extensive experience in investigations, can be considered in lieu of a university degree.

Language: Written and oral proficiency (native or fluent) in English and Spanish and/or French is essential for this position. Knowledge of another UN official language (Arabic, Russian or Chinese) or Portuguese is an advantage.


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: Monday, May 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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