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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

How You Can Make a Difference


UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  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 International Conference on Population and Development goals and Sustainable Development Goals (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.


Role purpose

The Director, Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS), reports to the Executive Director of UNFPA. S/he leads the internal audit and the investigation functions at UNFPA in an independent, objective and ethical manner, and serves as the Chief Audit and Investigation Executive of UNFPA. The Director directs OAIS, which is operationally independent from management. OAIS is comprised of around 30 staff members, further to a cadre of up to 15 consultants.


Duties and Responsibilities


In accordance with the Charter of the Office of Audit and Investigation Services (available at https://www.unfpa.org/admin-resource/charter-office-audit-and-investigation-services), the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of the Director include the following:


  • Provide strategic vision and leadership in establishing and meeting the objectives and priorities of the internal audit and investigation functions assigned to OAIS.
  • 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.
  • Report to the UNFPA Executive Board through the OAIS annual report, and to the Executive Director and the Oversight Advisory Committee on: (a) on the status of organizational independence of OAIS activities; (b) on the performance of OAIS against the approved workplan; (c) on significant and systemic findings from internal audit and investigation, making recommendations to the appropriate stakeholders to improve the management of the organization; (d) on the status of implementation of recommendations by management through periodic summaries, including any significant recommendations that are not implemented.
  • Direct the development and submission of a risk-based annual audit plan for review by the Oversight Advisory Committee and approval by the Executive Director; oversee the implementation thereof, and timely report to the Executive Director and the Oversight Advisory Committee on its status, including any modifications, scope restrictions, or limitations.
  • 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.
  • Ensure the quality of internal audit and investigation deliverables; the application of professional standards in internal audit and in investigation, including the maintenance of quality and improvement programmes; the allocation and the efficient and effective use of financial and human resources; the implementation and improvement of tools and processes.
  • Keep the Executive Board, the Executive Director, the Oversight Advisory Committee, and management abreast of emerging trends and practices affecting internal and investigation activities.
  • Coordinate, as appropriate, with internal and external oversight entities of UNFPA to provide maximum oversight coverage. Represent, collaborate, and share best practices as appropriate, with other United Nations oversight services, United Nations inter-agency bodies, and other organizations or entities as appropriate;
  • Collaborate, as appropriate, with external auditing bodies (such as UNFPA Board of Auditors) and with the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU);
  • Manage the OAIS human and financial resources available to the Office effectively and efficiently, maintaining a cadre of professionally qualified personnel.


Education, Qualifications & Experience



  • Advanced university degree in business or public administration, accounting, finance, law or other relevant field or bachelor’s degree in combination with additional work experience.
  • The incumbent must hold a professional certification from an internationally recognized auditing or accountancy body.
  • Holding a professional certification in fraud examination or being admitted to the bar is desirable.


Knowledge, Experience and mandate-related competencies:

  • Proven track record (over 15 years) of progressively responsible experience for a combination of auditing, investigation, risk management, internal controls, and governance structures and mechanisms, with at least 10 years of experience at senior management and policy-making level, leading a large complement of multi-disciplinary personnel in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of international auditing and accounting standards, governance, risk management and internal control practices, techniques and principles, including evolving best practices including in information technology. Advanced knowledge and application of the International Professional Practice Framework for internal auditing.
  • Advanced knowledge of investigative processes and their application, ideally in an administrative context, including involving best practices and jurisprudence. Advance knowledge and application of the Uniform Guidelines for Investigations  
  • 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 to develop solutions that address root causes of issues.
  • 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.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Relevant experience from multilateral organizations, including in the United Nations system, and/or from the private sector.



  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of other UN official languages, preferably French and/or Spanish, highly desirable.



  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing cultural diversity
  • Embracing change


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 and investigation); Business acumen
  • Impact and influence
  • Organizational awareness
  • Promoting organizational learning and knowledge sharing


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.


Role Location

New York, USA


How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 31 January 2023. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.


All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.


If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at UNFPA-OAIS@sri-executive.com.


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


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