Integrity Officer


Integrity Officer


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 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 Integrity Officer will be expected to support the five regional integrity positions that will be created as part of a UNHCR's global integrity network to ensure the implementation and on-going compliance with the new anti-fraud policy. The Integrity Officer would be a P3-level position which will report to the Senior Resettlement (Anti-fraud Coordinator in HQ).  

The Integrity Officer position will increase UNHCR's capacity to have a systematic and consistent approach to fraud committed by persons of concern. The Integrity Officer will work with the global integrity network to address fraud though fraud risk identification, mitigation, 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.


- 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.

- Assist in the development of anti-fraud policy, operational guidelines and associated training materials and resources.
- Assist in the implementation of the new comprehensive anti-fraud policy and operational guidelines by providing support to Senior Resettlement Officer (Anti-fraud Coordinator), Senior Regional Integrity Officers and specific operations as needed, through trainings and guidance. 
- Identify any areas of systemic weakness, vulnerability and risk of potential external fraud committed by persons of concern.
- In close cooperation with Senior Regional Integrity Officers assist in developing strong oversight and accountability mechanisms.
- Provide support and guidance to investigations of complex fraud cases as needed. 
- Establish systems for receiving regional fraud reporting, provide global reports and updates on fraud committed by persons of concern.
- Coordinate directly with fraud focal points/relevant colleagues in HQ, Regional Officers or Operations as appropriate.
- Work with the Senior Resettlement Anti-fraud Coordinator to establish a liaison role with   counterparts involved in anti-fraud matters and investigations, such as governmental and diplomatic officials, other UN agencies and NGOs.

- Enforce compliance with global anti-fraud policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of registration, RSD and resettlement.

- University degree in law, international relations, political science, social sciences or related field.  
- At least 8 years (6 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.
- Excellent knowledge of English.

- 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.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2016-08-09

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