Job Description

  The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) comprises four main functional areas: Internal Audit, investigation, management services and programme evaluation. In accordance with its Charter, OIOS provides the Director General and IAEA managers with objective, independent and systematic assessments for the purposes of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of programme delivery, and ensuring accountability, sound governance, risk management and internal control, and good management practice.

Main Purpose

As a member of the Investigation Group, under the general direction of the Director of OIOS, the Senior Investigator carries out special inquiries and investigations when there are indications that the IAEA's regulations, rules, policies and administrative instructions may have been violated or where irregularities in activities may have come to light. The results of the preliminary inquiries and investigations are used to draw factual conclusions about the allegations and to help management to take corrective and remedial action including to recover any losses and to prevent recurrence.


The Senior Investigator is: (i) an investigator, planning, conducting and reporting on investigations; (ii) an Administrator of the case archives; (iii) a project manager for investigations conducted by external investigators; and (iv) an Adviser to the Director of OIOS and senior management in cases of detected or reported potential misconduct.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Prioritizes, plans and implements investigative work in consultation with the Head of the Investigation Group, develops terms of reference and investigative plans, and maintains records of all complaints and allegations of fraud and corruption from both internal and external sources.
  • Conducts investigations in accordance with generally recognized international investigative standards and internal procedures, utilizing Information Technology and data mining tools when appropriate.
  • On a timely basis, prepares high quality investigative work products, including preliminary inquiry reports, work plans, reports of investigation and case closing memoranda, that analyse and clearly present the information collected, are consistent with applicable policies and procedures, and require minimal revision. Keeps the Head of the Investigation Group and (as necessary) the Director of OIOS informed of the status of implementation of corrective actions by management.
  • Oversees the work of investigative teams of contracted specialists, ensuring that outputs are delivered according to time, budget and quality standards, and reviewing investigative reports and work-papers/documentation.
  • Maintains and develops policies and procedures for the intake and assessment of complaints and allegations of fraud, corruption and other misconduct emanating from within and outside the IAEA, and for the initiation and conduct of OIOS investigations.
  • Ensures that lessons learned are considered and incorporated into procedures and policies, and participates in fraud-awareness and other training programmes.
  • Participates in and conducts outreach activities to disseminate information about OIOS and the investigative process to IAEA staff and other stakeholders.
  • Contributes to the ongoing development of professional practices within OIOS, including exchange of experience with team members and external counterparts.
  • Performs other duties as required by the Head of the Investigation Group.
Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies Communication Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions.

Achieving Results Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.

Teamwork Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Planning and Organizing Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.

Functional Competencies Analytical thinking Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.

Judgement/decision making Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.

Technical/scientific credibility Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise Management and Programme Analysis Fraud, Mismanagement, Waste and Loss, Misconduct and Corruption Ability to analyze problems/issues; to gather evidence and interview subjects and witnesses of misconduct cases; and to handle difficult and stressful situation in case management.

Internal Oversight Investigation and Fraud Prevention Hands on knowledge of administrative and criminal investigation theories and concepts; hands-on knowledge of investigative techniques and tools and use of professional judgment in their application.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • An advanced university degree in law, auditing, accounting, management, business Administration or another relevant field. A first level degree with three additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • At least seven years' experience as a professional investigator, applying internationally recognized investigation techniques, in particular in the fields of financial and personnel investigations. Practical experience in administrative and/or criminal investigations is required.
  • Investigatory experience in a multicultural setting is desirable.
  • Experience working with multiple sectors, such as international organizations, governments, civil society and the private sector.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including interview and presentation techniques, with ability to effectively convey complex ideas in an engaging manner with clarity, diplomacy and precision.
  • Unquestionable ethics and integrity.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
Remuneration The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $74913 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 37157, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international Civil Servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process
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