UNHCR Job Vacancy : Senior Integrity Officer


Job Description

All UNHCR’s protection functions, including resettlement processing, must be implemented with efficiency, integrity, and transparency. Preventing and addressing fraud and corruption are integral to the management of UNHCR’s operations. The benefits associated with UNHCR’s programs worldwide make them vulnerable to fraud, and preventing and addressing fraud enhances UNHCR’s ability to execute its mandated responsibilities. Increasing the scale of UNHCR’s resettlement processing as well as simplifying resettlement procedures has the potential, if not properly addressed at an early stage, to lead to more fraud, highlighting the need for increased oversight.

UNCHR’s 2008 Policy and Procedural Guidelines: Addressing Resettlement Fraud Perpetrated by Refugees introduced detailed guidance to enhance the effectiveness of the response to fraud committed by refugees in the context of resettlement; however, experience has shown that fraud often enters the process at a much earlier stage. The quality and efficiency of registration and documentation are not only prerequisites for effective legal and physical protection of refugees but early and effective registration, documentation and status determination procedures are fundamental components of anti-fraud plans.

UNHCR is now in the process of expanding the guidance on preventing and responding to fraud perpetrated by and involving refugees, which currently exist only for resettlement processes, to all stages of refugee processing. A new comprehensive external anti-fraud policy is currently under development and is expected to be rolled out in 2016.

The Senior Integrity Officer will play a key support role in working on the external anti-fraud policy on fraud committed by persons of concern, developing supporting materials, providing advice, guidance and training on the implementation of and compliance with the new policy and on UNHCR’s anti-fraud work more generally.

The Senior Integrity Officer position will increase UNHCR’s capacity to have a systematic and consistent approach to fraud committed by persons of concern. The Senior Integrity Officer will work with the global integrity network to address fraud though fraud risk identification, mitigation and deterrence and systematic review of procedures and areas of potential system weaknesses and vulnerability that may give rise to fraud in registration, RSD and resettlement processes.


Accountability (key results that will be achieved)

    • Protection and assistance programme integrity is strengthened through the prevention, identification and deterrence of external fraud committed by persons of concern.
    • Guidance and training materials are developed on anti-fraud and case processing integrity topics.
    • UNHCR’s anti-fraud policies and standards are correctly and coherently implemented.
    • Internal staff and external partners are properly trained on anti-fraud policy, procedures and guidelines.


Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)

    • Assist in the implementation of the new comprehensive anti-fraud policy and operational guidelines.
    • Identify any areas of systemic weakness, vulnerability and risk of potential external fraud. In close cooperation with country teams, the incumbent will develop strong oversight and accountability mechanisms, assist operations with the development of targeted SOPs and training.
    • Conduct investigations of complex cases in the region; Establish a regional fraud reporting mechanism on external fraud in line with HQ reporting requirements.
    • Develop and implement a regional anti-fraud communication strategy targeting refugee communities and partners.
    • Establish a liaison role with local counterparts involved in anti-fraud matters and investigations, such as governmental and diplomatic officials, other UN agencies and NGOs.


Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)

    • Ensure staff and partner compliance with global anti-fraud policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of registration, RSD and resettlement.
    • Ensure compliance with, and integrity of, resettlement standard operating procedures.
    • Coordinate directly with fraud focal points/relevant colleagues in HQ, Regional Officers or Operations as appropriate.


Required Competencies

Managerial Competencies

    • M001 Empowering and Building Trust
    • M003 Judgement and Decision Making
    • M004 Strategic Planning and Vision
    • M005 Leadership
    • M006 Managing Resources


Cross-Functional Competencies

    • X001 Analytical Thinking
    • X002 Innovation and Creativity
    • X003 Technological Awareness
    • X005 Planning and Organizing
    • X006 Policy Development and Research
    • X007 Political Awareness
    • X008 Stakeholder Management
    • X009 Change Capability and Adaptability


Essential Minimum Qualifications And Professional Experience Required.

    • Education:
      University degree in law, international relations, political science, social sciences or related field.
    • Job experience:
      At least 12 years (10 years with an Advanced University degree) of professional work experience relevant to refugee protection, integrity or compliance work.
    • Demonstrated superior knowledge of international refugee protection principles related to refugee status determination and/or resettlement.
    • Demonstrated superior knowledge of UNHCR procedures and guidance related to fraud committed by refugees.
    • Demonstrated superior interviewing skills, preferably in a refugee or investigative context.
    • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Proven interpersonal and analytical skills.
    • Fluent English, working knowledge of French desirable.


Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

  • Experience working in a field location and/or multi-cultural environment.
  • Experience conducting trainings.
  • Experience development training materials.
  • Experience working in UNHCR resettlement, refugee status determination or refugee registration.
  • Experience in casework or case management, preferably in a refugee or immigration context.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced environment with multiple competing deadlines.
  • Excellent IT Skills.

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