Investigations Officer

World Food Programme, Italy

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd May, 2021

Job Description

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


As part of the OIGI Intake team, the position’s main purpose is to contribute and support with conducting preliminary reviews of complaints and allegations, working closely with a team of subject-matter experts. The incumbent is expected to be included in all phases of the intake process, performing basic analysis, applying relevant standards and guidance principles, and collecting preliminary data, to support the recommendation to proceed or not with an allegation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Carry out office and field-based reviews of complaints and allegations (herein preliminary assessments), and where necessary assist in investigations into allegations of violations of policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and applicable rules and regulation;
Review and analyse information to propose its relevance and reliability against a clear framework of policies and guidelines (as required);
Obtain initial information from witnesses, whether by correspondence or interview;
Gather and organize potential documentary and electronic evidence for further analysis;
Conduct other necessary investigative research;
Draft case assessments in conjunction with, and to be reviewed by, the Head of Intake, which will ultimately be sent to the OIGI Case Review Committee for a decision on the action to be taken;


  • Refer WFP employees to guidance and advice on matters pertaining to the investigation of wrongdoing and direct staff appointed by field offices to conduct investigations into allegations of such acts;
  • Prepare draft reports and ad hoc briefs pertaining to preliminary assessments with the assistance of other intake members;
  • Regularly report progress to supervisor on preliminary assessments and / or investigations and draft assessment on probable impact of investigation outcomes;
  • Liaise with local officials, governments, and outside organizations, at an appropriate level to obtain internal support (transport, interpreters, etc.) and initial information;
  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • Entry level experience in investigations or analysis, ideally in conducting preliminary assessments and or planning and executing investigations, and with a focus on fraud and/or sexual harassment and abuse.
  • Previous experience in the conduct of investigations with a UN organization or international financing institution and working in developing countries is an asset.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of investigations work, especially in an International environment
  • (Basic) knowledge of different investigative methods
  • Understanding of linkages between policy and operational practices
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations, and procedures
  • Communication and effective report-writing skills




  • First University degree in criminology, law or related relevant field. Training from a police academy, law enforcement or similar government agency, with extensive experience in investigations, can be considered in lieu of a university degree


  • Written and oral proficiency (native or fluent) in English and Spanish and/or French is essential for this position. Knowledge of another UN official language (Arabic, Russian or Chinese) or Portuguese is an advantage.


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