As part of the World Bank Group, the Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) shares in the Group’s overall mission of poverty reduction. INT’s fundamental role within the Bank Group is to help detect and deter fraud and corruption in the use of the Group’s financial resources, so that those resources are used effectively to benefit the poor people that they are intended to reach. In contributing to the Bank Group’s overall mission, INT works closely with other stakeholders across the Group to:
o Professionally investigating allegations of fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion, or obstruction (the five Bank-sanctionable practices) in Bank Group activities;
- Help detect and deter fraud and corruption in Bank Group-supported projects and activities by:
o Seeking Bank sanction against firms and individuals that have engaged in any sanctionable practice;
o Undertaking detailed implementation reviews (DIRs) of Bank-supported projects to detect indicators of fraud or corruption; and
o Using information available to INT (including from the Voluntary Disclosure Program) to help operational staff design and implement projects in ways that minimize fraud and corruption risks.
o Referring investigative findings to the investigative and enforcement authorities in those countries and working with authorities, as requested, to follow-up and take action; and
- Help client countries to fight fraud and corruption by:
o Collaborating in multilateral efforts to mitigate the risks of fraud or corruption in development activities.
o Investigating specified allegations of staff misconduct involving significant fraud or corruption;
- Enforce the highest standards of professional integrity, and ethical behavior among Bank Group staff and corporate vendors by:
o Investigating corporate vendors alleged to have engaged in sanctionable practices; and
o Mining the lessons learned from those investigations to undertake outreach programs and also correct the Bank Group’s enabling environment.
INT’s work contributes directly to achieving the poverty reduction mission of the Bank Group and to meeting the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. Reducing fraud and corruption in Bank Group projects helps to ensure that Bank Group funds are used for their intended purposes: to alleviate poverty and to increase prosperity and stability in our borrowing countries. Working with others in international development institutions, INT’s principal goal is measurably to minimize development assistance funds lost to fraud, corruption and abuse and increase the quality and results of development efforts. Results are reported in an annual integrity report that contains aggregated data, outcomes and generic descriptions of significant cases. To ensure its independence, INT’s Vice President (VP) reports directly to the President of the Bank Group.
INT is seeking a candidate who has a track record of being meticulously thorough and objective, and can adapt easily to performing in a diverse and multi-cultural work environment to support the department's core function of investigations.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The Investigator’s duties and accountabilities will include, but are not limited to conducting preliminary inquiries and full investigations into allegations of fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion and obstruction involving Bank Group operations and Bank-financed projects and Bank-administered funds. Investigators will undertake the following activities:
(i) review and assess complaints and allegations including conducting the appropriate debriefing interviews, communicating with the complainant, and counterpart operational colleagues;
(ii) conduct investigative research, to include financial records, procurement documents and database
(iii) formulate detailed investigation plans and strategies with summary of case facts and findings to date, chronology of events, witness lists, sequence of investigative activities and operational logistics;
(iv) participate on investigative missions to collect and organize relevant documentary and electronic information including recording complainant, witness, and subject interviews; obtaining and securing signed witness attestations and other documentary evidence.
(v) analyze and assess all relevant information and prepare reports of investigative findings with full supporting documentation. These tasks will be done to the highest standards of quality, thoroughness, accuracy, timeliness, and objectivity.
Other responsibilities include:
- Participate in the fostering of an understanding of INT’s work with Bank Group staff and with relevant external partners (e.g. government officials, NGO officials, private sector representatives, other development banks, etc.).
- Participate in the development and implementation of pro-active strategies for the prevention of fraud and corruption in the Bank Group, based on investigative findings and best practices.
- Coach, mentor and supervise junior staff.
- Prepare and deliver high quality and timely briefing material for senior management as required.
- Participate in special initiatives/projects and undertake other ad hoc assignments.
Investigative Support - Ensures that all reliable and relevant information and evidence is obtained, reviewed, and analyzed in coordinating the investigation
Investigative Work-Product Management - Prepares, manages and delivers highest quality case and related investigative work products in a thorough and timely manner and meets appropriate deadlines
Investigative Knowledge - In-depth skill in developing and managing investigative strategies to include tasking of data collection and managing investigative planning alone or on a team
Investigative Prowess - In depth understanding of investigative framework and process to be followed and make recommendations when to continue or conclude the investigative process
Client Orientation - Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
Drive for Results - Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization to do so.
Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.
OTHER SELECTION CRITERIA
Advanced university degree, or equivalent, in law, criminology/criminal justice, or another relevant field. Professional training and/or certification by examination is desirable.
Substantial, relevant and progressively responsible investigative experience of at least 5 years, preferably but not limited to investigations of fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion and/or obstruction in public and/or private sector environments. Examples of such experience include prosecution/defense work involving white collar criminal or administrative investigations; forensic accounting and auditing, investigative journalism, and private sector (commercial) due diligence and/or fraud investigations. Proven track record in conducting a diverse range of complex, internal, corporate or governmental investigations of fraud, corruption or collusion.
Working experience in one of the geographic regions of the World Bank Group with a solid understanding of its political, economic and cultural environments.
Fluency in both oral and written English. Proficiency in at least one of the other working languages of the World Bank Group – Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish – as well as other major languages such as Hindi, Indonesian, Vietnamese and other dialects is desirable but not essential.
Comprehensive knowledge, skills and abilities involving investigative strategies, methodologies and techniques. Proven conceptual, analytical and evaluation skills, with quantitative and qualitative data and the ability to provide technical and team leadership. Demonstrated interviewing skills, including the ability to focus interviews, and to elicit critical information from uncooperative witnesses.
Excellent communications and presentation skills, both oral and written; proven ability to clearly and concisely prepare, present, discuss and defend issues, findings and recommendations at senior levels and to produce complex and compelling briefs, reports, papers, etc.
In-depth knowledge of Window Office Suite.
Demonstrated ability to communicate well on sensitive issues with staff and managers at senior levels, with particular emphasis on developing trust and demonstrating fairness.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team/task force as a participant or team leaderr, and with senior officials internally and externally.
Established reputation for unimpeachable integrity, sound judgment, fairness and discretion in dealing internally and externally. Short listed candidates will be asked to supply references and be required to authorize background checks.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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