Director, Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS)

UNFPA New York, United States

About the United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, works in partnership with governments, the UN system, communities, NGOs, foundations and the private sector to raise awareness and mobilize the support and resources needed to achieve its mission to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled in development and humanitarian settings.

UNFPA is a field-focused organization, operating in 155 countries and territories, and employs 4,500 personnel globally. UNFPA mobilizes more than  $1 billion a year to support programmes that protect the health and rights of women and girls.

The inter-related areas of UNFPA work are sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, adolescent and youth empowerment, and population data for development. The organization’s work is guided by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its Programme of Action and subsequent reviews, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women, and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNFPA Strategic Direction:

UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

You can find further details on their website: https://www.unfpa.org

Director of OAIS Role Profile

The Director, Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS) leads and manages the Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS) in its provision of independent and objective assurance over the design, performance quality and effectiveness of controls in place to manage the key risks impacting the UNFPA’s programs and operations. The Director, Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS) maintains strong relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders who are important collaborators in UNFPA’s efforts to maintain the highest standards of transparency and accountability.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director, Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS) has the responsibility and accountability to set the tone for the Office of the Audit and Investigations Services’ internal and external interactions by exemplifying values of high ethical standards, integrity, and fairness. S/he manages the Audit and Investigations Services in a professionally competent and responsible manner to achieve the mission set forth in the Charter of the Office of Audit and Investigation Services (available at https://www.unfpa.org/admin-resource/charter-office-audit-and-investigation-services).

S/he must act in the best interests of the UNFPA in all contexts, and is responsible for ensuring this culture prevails amongst employees and contractors that hold positions with the Office of Audit and Investigations Services.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Director is responsible and accountable for:

Strategic Leadership:
  • Provide strategic vision and leadership to the Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS);
  • Manage strategic relationships (e.g. Executive Board, Oversight Advisory Committee, external Board of Auditors);
  • Provide assurance to the UNFPA Executive Board, the Executive Director, and the Oversight Advisory Committee on the governance, risk management and control framework of UNFPA, by directing assurance and advisory services and reporting on the integrity, efficiency and effectiveness of UNFPA ;
  • Through the submission of an annual opinion on the governance, risk management and internal controls of UNFPA, and reports of internal audits, in-country reviews, investigations and other assurance engagements within the scope of the Charter of the Office of Audit and Investigation Services, Report to the UNFPA Executive Board on: (a) the status of organizational independence of OAIS activities; (b) the performance of OAIS against an approved workplan; (c) significant and systemic findings from internal audits and investigations, making recommendations to the appropriate stakeholders to improve the management of the organization; (d) the status of implementation of recommendations by management through periodic summaries, including any significant recommendations that are not implemented;
  • Keep abreast of emerging trends practices affecting internal audit and investigation services, analyze impact of those changes on the risks, controls and processes of UNFPA;
  • Provide consulting and advisory services to the Executive Director and senior management to improve UNFPA’s governance, risk management and control processes, to the extent that OAIS’s independence and objectivity are not compromised;
  • Support UNFPA in building and continuously improving strong and effective risk awareness and control consciousness, promoting the sharing of best practices. Ensure effective communications strategies to support the work of OAIS, disseminate findings and lessons learned;
  • Coordinate, as appropriate, with internal and external oversight entities of UNFPA to provide maximum oversight coverage;
  • Direct the conduct or supervision of all investigative activities within UNFPA, in respect of all relevant UNFPA policies and procedures. Interface as required with the UNFPA Legal Advisor, and external stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Collaborate, as appropriate, with external auditing bodies (such as UNFPA Board of Auditors) and with the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU).
Operations and People Management:
  • Develop comprehensive and flexible Work Plans that adequately address the UNFPA’s risk profile, and ensure that resources are effectively deployed to meet the requirement of those plans;
  • Develop and maintain a relationship of continuous dialogue with the Executive Director, or her/his delegate(s) from time to time, to monitor the risk profile of the UNFPA and ensure that the Office of Audit and Investigation Services' Work Plans reflect any major change in risk profile. Manage the inherent tension between the structural interdependence of the OAIS and that OAIS is an integral part of the UNFPA which uses the UNFPA systems and processes in its operations;
  • Implement and support best international practices for the prevention, detection, and investigation of fraud and abuse as set forth in the Charter of the Office of Audit and Investigation Services and for fostering an ethical work environment. Provide advice to the Board, its Committees, the Executive Director, senior management, staff, consultants, on policy, operational and programmatic measures that will foster institutional integrity and prevent and combat fraud and abuse;
  • Maintain the highest standard of work and ensure that all activities are performed in compliance with the International Professional Practices Framework established by the Institute of Internal Auditors and all investigations are conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the Conference of International Investigators and in line with international best practice;
  • Ensure effective management of personnel matters within the Office of Audit and Investigation Services, in line with relevant UNFPA human resources policies and procedures, and further strengthen performance management by tracking key performance indicators within the Office of Audit and Investigation Services. Provide input to the ongoing professional development of UNFPA staff assigned to the Office of Audit and Investigation Services and ensure that all staff have high quality development plans in place and that these are implemented;
  • Prepare and manage office budgets for the Office of Audit and Investigation Services and monitor expenses relative to budget projections on an ongoing basis;
  • Ensure the quality of internal audit and investigation deliverables and the application of professional standards. Implement and maintain quality assurance and improvement programs, including both internal and external assessments; and implementation and improvement of tools and processes.
  • Foster collaborative relationships with partner organizations to share best practices as appropriate, and encourage high standards of ethics and integrity and fight corruption and fraud;
  • Represent UNFPA at conferences and other forums relevant to OAIS’s mission.

Education, Qualifications, and Experience

  • Advanced university degree in business or public administration, accounting, finance, law or other relevant field;
  • The incumbent must hold a professional certification from an internationally recognized auditing or accountancy body;
  • The incumbent must be a certified internal auditor by the Institute of Internal Auditors (or equivalent) and have a good knowledge in investigation and evaluation techniques.
  • Proven track record (at least 15 years) of progressively responsible with, risk management, professional internal auditing and investigations;
  • Track record as senior manager of complex and internationally diverse teams and organizations operating in changing global contexts;
  • Demonstrated professional competence and success in advising on and implementing change management and strategic improvements in organizational governance and oversight.
  • Excellent judgement with proven ability to deal with complex interrelated issues and strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Demonstrated high level of diligence, maturity, responsibility, integrity and ethics, objectivity, impartiality and fairness;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive items in a confidential manner, as well as to establish productive contacts with multiple internal and external stakeholders;
  • Sensitivity to issues related to human resources management, cultural diversity, preventing and responding to sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment, and bullying, gender equity, and human rights internally and externally;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of other UN official languages, preferably French and/or Spanish, highly desirable
Core Competencies:
  • Achieving results; 
  • Being accountable; 
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen; 
  • Thinking analytically and strategically; 
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships; 
  • Communicating for impact.
Managerial Competencies:
  • Providing strategic focus; 
  • Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders; 
  • Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance; 
  • Making decisions and exercising judgment.
Functional Competencies:
  • Promoting accountability and results-based management;
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise (internal audit, investigation);
  • Business acumen (Audit);
  • Impact and influence;
  • Organizational awareness;
  • Promoting organizational learning and knowledge sharing;
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise.
  • Exemplifying integrity; 
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system; 
  • Embracing cultural diversity; 
  • Embracing change.

Location: New York, USA

Terms of Appointment

This is a fixed-term position at D2 level for which the successful candidate will be contracted on a five-year basis, renewable once. The overall benefits package is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to [email protected] on or before 3 January 2022. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by UNFPA to undertake this assignment.

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