Job Description

  The purpose of the Internal Audit and Investigations Group is to provide independent and impartial assurance and advice to improve UNOPS operations.  The group reports on the use of resources administered by UNOPS and the effectiveness of internal control systems; and enhances the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.   Furthermore, the Internal Audit and Investigations Group leads the Director" id="link" class="link">Executive Director’s investigations into alleged fraud, corruption, waste of resources, abuse of authority or other misconduct and violations of UNOPS regulations, rules and administrative instructions. Visit the IAIG website for more information ( The Internal Audit and Investigations Group is an innovative and vital part of UNOPS and this is an exciting time to join our growing team!

Background Information - Job-specific

IAIG is seeking to establish a roster of investigative consultants, primarily, but not limited to, assist with investigative work stemming from PharmaMX.

Once a roster is established, IAIG will use consultants on an ad hoc, part-time basis depending on workload. However, it also may select a consultant from the roster for a full-time position depending on budget and need.

Duty Location: Currently, the position will be home-based.  However, if IAIG selects a consultant on a full-time basis, the duty station may eventually be located in Mexico City, Mexico or in the region *** The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Spanish Speaking Investigator IICA-2 roster. IAIG reserves the right to hire a qualified candidate from this roster on part-time- or full time basis.

Specific Project Information (PharmaMX) In line with the framework agreement signed with the Government of Mexico, UNOPS supports the different collaboration initiatives by the government that are aimed at the fight against corruption and transparency in the public management; as well as in the exercises aimed at strengthening government actions in the areas of acquisitions, infrastructure and management of high impact projects in Mexico.

UNOPS work in Mexico is aligned to the needs of partners which require strategic and operational perspectives, and effective and efficient management of resources to ensure transparency while promoting the continuous development and strengthening of internal processes in order to achieve high-quality results.

The objective of the project is to support the Government of Mexico in its effort to guarantee the right to health to the largest number of inhabitants through the planning and management of the consolidated purchase of medicines (period 2021-2024), as well as assistance in the profiling of the system and model of consolidated purchase of medicines for the Health Sector of the Government of Mexico.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks Long Term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Law, accounting, or related area, is required.
  • A first level university degree (Bachelors degree or equivalent)  and two additional years of experience may also be may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A diploma in criminal investigation from a national law enforcement agency or police academy will be considered if they have a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience.

  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in professional investigatory work, law enforcement, criminal investigations, civil litigation, or related fields.
  • Experience in pharmaceutical fraud cases, particularly collusion (bid rigging, price fixing, etc.) is desirable.
  • Experience in the Latin/Central/South America region required.
Language Requirements:

  • Fluency (reading, speaking and writing) in English and Spanish is req

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA Contract level: I-ICA 2 Contract duration: ongoing - This agreement is only for the duration of the PharmaMEX project ***the selected candidates/canditate will be expected to work on Latin/Centrail/South time zone Additional Considerations

*** The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Spanish Speaking Investigator IICA-2 roster. IAIG reserves the right to hire a qualified candidate from this roster on part-time- or full time basis.

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Security Policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/Internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
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