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Associate Investigator


Post Number : IOS 028

Grade : P-1 / P-2

Parent Sector : Internal Oversight Service (IOS)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Management/Audit/Oversight

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 24-SEP-2020


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism



The Associate Investigator, under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator and the overall authority of the Director of the Internal Oversight Office, manages the work-flow of individual investigation cases within the set timeframes.


More specifically, the Associate Investigator will:


  • Perform background research.
  • Receive allegations, liaise with complainants and whistle-blowers, screen allegations received, draw recommendations and take part in the internal assessment of complaints and allegations.
  • Plan investigations and define investigative scope, methodologies and tools, under guidance from the Principal Investigator.
  • Obtain documentary and physical evidence; examine documents and records; conduct interviews; maintain case records, interview transcripts and evidence.
  • Request and examine digital files and data to be retrieved from computers and other electronic devices.
  • Draft investigative reports.
  • Monitor follow up actions related to investigations, specifically by liaising with HRM; draft memos and reports on lessons learned from investigations providing recommendations to improve internal controls, policies and procedures.
  • Perform legal research or benchmark investigative practices as requested; liaise with relevant departments within the Organization (human resources, ethics office, legal affairs).
  • Maintain an up-to-date case tracking database and provide KPI analysis or adhoc analysis as needed; Support IOS Management in preparing reports related to investigative activity when need arises.   
  • Provide support related to IOS mandates as requested by the IOS Director and/or the Principal Investigator, including activities in the areas of fraud awareness and management advisory.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Teamwork (C)


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international administrative law or criminal justice, or related subject. Advanced university degree in forensic audit may be accepted in conjunction with a relevant law degree.
  • Certified training in handling cases of sexual harassment and abuse.

 Work Experience

  • At least two (2) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in investigation. 
  • Relevant investigative experience acquired in both fields: fraud examination and sexual misconduct.


  • Ability to work independently.
  • Advanced knowledge of legal principles applicable to investigative activities.
  • Ability to identify key investigation issues and to collect, synthesise, and analyse complex information and technical materials (including data).
  • Strong coordination and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills applicable to a diverse cultural environment.
  • Proven ability to draft investigative reports on complex topics with effectively supported and well formulated conclusions, in both English and French.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct sensitive interviews in consideration of due process and duty of care, and prepare interview transcripts in both English and French.


  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.


  • Professional certification from an internationally recognized compliance or investigation body such as CFE, CCEP-I or equivalent.

Work Experience

  • Relevant experience acquired at the international level.
  • Professional experience in the conduct of investigations in a United Nations organization or similar international organization.
  • Experience in protection of sources and victims.
  • Engagement in professional investigative networks practice groups.


  • Knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Engagement in professional investigative networks practice groups.


  • Good knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website and UNESCO's career website.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts. UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.