International Rescue Committee, Belgium

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th January, 2021

Job Description

The Investigator for the East Africa, West Africa and Great Lakes regions will assist the IRC Ethics and Compliance Unit (ECU) conduct investigations of allegations involving fraud, waste, abuse, corruption, beneficiary exploitation and abuse, and other misconduct. In this role, you will support IRC programs to ensure continued vigilance with regard to the risks associated with violations of IRC’s Code of Professional Conduct and Policies the law/regulations and the further development of complaints mechanisms and investigation capacity. You will additionally collaborate with other IRC functional areas and programs to support our partners, sub-grantees and other agencies in encouraging a work environment that minimizes the potential for misconduct.

  • Two commitments lie at the foundation of the IRC’s work: 1) our unceasing quest to serve the needs of our beneficiaries; and 2) our determination to meet the requirements of our donors as trusted stewards of their resources. This position will play a key role in meeting these challenges by furthering a critical mission of the ECU - to safeguard our employees, beneficiaries, staff and resources from misconduct and abuse in complex and high-risk operating environments through investigating allegations of fraud, collusion and corruption in the use of the grant funds. Given the nature of our work, the position requires extensive travel on field missions to conduct investigations at IRC locations.
  • The position may be filled by candidates willing to work remotely or from an IRC office (when appropriate) in the following countries: Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, New York - USA, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic.

Major Responsibilities:

  •  Undertake investigations of alleged fraud, corruption, waste, safeguarding and any other type of misconduct, with objectivity, impartiality and fairness throughout the investigative process and in accordance with generally recognized international investigative standards and IRC guidelines;
  •  Formulate investigation plans, review and analyze all information to determine its relevance and reliability, conduct interviews of staff and other parties, record interviews, acquire and analyze potential documentary and electronic evidence, conduct investigative research, prepare draft investigation reports, and present investigative results in a clear written form;
  •  Prepare reports and ad hoc briefs pertaining to investigations in coordination with the Senior Investigator, Ethics and Compliance Unit management, and others as appropriate;
  •  Prepare recommendations for corrective actions and improved controls and effectiveness or efficiency of IRC operations;
  •  Aid in the prioritization of investigative work in consultation with Ethics and Compliance Unit management;
  •  Participate in developing and revising compliance-related best practices and lessons learned from investigative work;
  •  Engage regularly with Country Directors and Regional Vice Presidents on investigations;
  •  Work with Compliance Coordinators or other local staff assigned to support investigations;
  •  Deliver investigation training, remotely and in person, to Country Program staff supporting investigations.

Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Senior Investigator
  • Position directly supervises: None
  • Other Internal and/or external contacts
  • Internal: Headquarters departments, international and U.S. program operations
  • External: International representatives, partners, vendors, service providers and external auditors as needed


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required in business, accounting, law, international relations, criminal justice or related field.
  • Certificates, licenses or advanced degrees in law, accounting or computer forensics an advantage: (CFE/CFF/CPA/CA/CCEP)

Work Experience:

  •  6+ years of international investigations experience;
  •  Experience in the nonprofit, NGO sectors or grant-supported organizations, regional and international organizations, or the inspector general function within a large government organization a plus;
  •  Experience conducting fraud, collusion, corruption, vendor and supplier collusion, safeguarding and other types of investigations in challenging environments, and preferably in locations where the IRC operates;
  •  Experience working with investigation teams in remote locations and insecure environments;
  •  Experience examining forensic, financial and electronic evidence;
  •  Extensive experience conducting interviews of witnesses and subjects in multicultural environments;
  •  Travel to insecure environments required.


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