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at International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted May 15, 2019
Category Protective Services
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day
Street Address Nairobi Branch


Job Title: Consultancy Assignment Investigator

Sector: Compliance

Employment Category: Consultant

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:
The International Rescue Committee is among the world’s leading humanitarian relief and development organizations. The IRC has been at the forefront of virtually every major humanitarian initiative to assist people uprooted by war, persecution, or civil conflict for the last 80 years. And, more than 80 years after Albert Einstein helped create the IRC, the number and intensity of humanitarian crises across the globe warrant a dose of Einstein-inspired innovation.

The world’s more than 50 million displaced people, the most since World War II, require more than “aid as usual.” Their growing and increasingly complex needs mandate a transformation—a creative rethinking—in the global humanitarian response.

The beneficiaries of its programs deserve evidence-based interventions that bring real change to their lives. That is what the IRC is determined to deliver. The IRC has grown because its teams have gone to the toughest places, done cutting-edge research, developed in-depth knowledge, and forged vital relationships with local governments. Today its 11,000 employees and 13,000 incentive workers work in 170 field offices in 40 crisis-torn countries are helping communities rebuild after Ebola, survive terrorist insurgencies, and recover from war. From health care to education to protection for women and girls, the IRC is there. And unlike any other humanitarian organization, it is also in 26 U.S. cities, helping newly arrived refugees adjust to life in America and make a contribution to their new country.

Major Responsibilities:
Provide support to the Ethics and Compliance Unit (“ECU”) in conducting investigations of specific cases originating from West Africa & the Great Lakes region, including field sites, and camp locations. Perform key investigative procedures for assigned cases as directed, including, but not limited to:

• 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;
• Development of investigative work plans; review and analyze 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;nvestigator, Investigations, Nairobi
Consultancy 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

Experience Requirements

• 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 locations and insecure environments;
• Experience conducting interviews of witnesses and subjects;
• Experience with international organizations and nonprofits, NGO sectors or grant-supported organizations, or the inspector general function within a large government organization.
• Experience of investigating sexual exploitation a plus.

Job Responsibilities

• Preparation of investigative report drafts.
• Preparing informational requests, overseeing document collections, and conducting review of documents;
• Research of individuals, corporations, and other topics; Prepare reports and ad hoc briefs pertaining to investigations in coordination with the Sr. Director, Investigations
• Electronic evidence review, such as email and data;
• Interviews with IRC staff, vendors, and other third parties;
• Status reporting;

Education Requirements

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)


Travel to insecure environments required
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
• Fluency in French is a requirement
• Fraud Investigation Principles and Techniques, including Procurement Fraud, Bribery, Collusion and Corruption
• Extensive Interviewing skills and the ability to interview both witnesses and subjects
• Experience with computer and accounting forensic specialists (having such expertise a plus)
• Communications – Written and Oral English
• Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work successfully with internal functional units and operations
• Ability to work well within a team environment and adhere to reporting structures
• Excellent writing and report drafting skills
• MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and VISIO
• Demonstrated experience and a successful track record working with minimal supervision and with flexibility.

Working Environment:
• Consultancy is based in Nairobi, Kenya with a standard office work environment
• Travel 50% or more to developing countries including insecure environments