International Rescue Committee
Reporting to a Sr. Investigator, the Investigator will assist the IRC Ethics and Compliance Unit to conduct investigations of allegations involving fraud, waste, abuse and corruption, and other misconduct. The position 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. The position will work with other IRC functional areas and programs to support our partners, sub-grantees and other agencies in fostering a work environment that minimizes the potential for fraud, waste, abuse, corruption and other forms of 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. In connection with this latter function, the ECU is vested with the responsibility to detect, deter and investigate allegations of misuse of grant resources. This position will play a key role in meeting these challenges by furthering a critical mission of the Ethics and Compliance Unit – to safeguard our resources against fraud and other forms of abuse in challenging and high-risk operating environments. This position will serve these functions through investigating allegations of fraud, collusion and corruption in the use of the grant funds. As the investigations will involve transactions, individuals and entities in the field, the position requires extensive travel, coordination with investigation teams, forensic specialists and external contractors as required.
Undertake investigations of alleged fraud, waste, financial corruption, misconduct, ensuring objectivity, impartiality and fairness throughout investigative processes in accordance with generally recognized international investigative standards and IRC guidelines and ECU policies and procedures;
Formulate investigation plans, review and analyze all information to determine its relevance and reliability, conduct interviews of staff and other involved parties, record interviews, obtain 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 Sr. Director, Investigations
Support the preparation of work plans and the prioritization of investigative work in consultation with Compliance Unit management. Work with, monitor and assist the work of contracted specialists as appropriate
Fluency in French is required
Position Reports to: Sr. Investigator, Investigations
Position directly supervises: None
Other Internal and/or external contacts
Internal: Headquarters departments, international and U.S. program operations as needed
External: Vendors, service providers and external auditors and contractors as needed
Education: Bachelor’s degree required in business, accounting, criminal justice or related field.
Certificates, licenses or advanced degrees in law, accounting or computer forensics an advantage: (CFE/CFF/CPA/CA/CCEP)
5+ years of international financial fraud investigations (procurement, vendor/supply chain) experience (including substantive experience in developing countries and insecure environments)
Excellent judgment and discretion
Experience conducting fraud, collusion, bribery and corruption investigations in challenging environments, and in the locations where the IRC operates;
Experience leading investigations of complex fraud, collusion and procurement fraud in government programs, NGO programs or the equivalent;
Experience working with investigation teams in distant loca
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