Investigations: Integrity, Impartiality, Objectivity and Professionalism

Our Vision is to be professional investigators who are respected, trusted and strive for service excellence

How we add value
The Investigations Division is committed to fostering greater transparency and accountability within the Organization. The Division strives to protect the human and financial resources of the United Nations by investigating, among other things, fraud, corruption and misconduct in the workplace. See more
How we work
An OIOS investigation is an administrative fact-finding activity, which means collecting evidence to either support or refute the reported violations. The focus is on possible misconduct by individuals and prohibited practices by vendors/third parties; however, some systemic issues might also be analysed at the same time. See more
Investigations Manual
This Investigations Manual is intended to be used as a practical guide by United Nations staff members responsible for conducting internal preliminary fact-finding administrative investigations. See more
Investigations Division insights and issues

Investigations Division - Implementing Partner Investigations

ID/OIOS recently completed a number of investigations into the activities of several implementing partners (IPs) engaged by the UN to perform humanitarian aid projects. The key methodology employed was the execution of audit clauses drafted into agreements between the UN and the IPs. The level of fraud, or otherwise ineligible expenditure, identified on the stated completed and implemented projects amounted to US$ 5,261,000, or approximately 80% of the disbursed aid funds.

ID/OIOS identified and alerted other UN agencies, major international NGOs, and donor funded projects of potential fraud involving the same IPs.

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Ensuring efficient, timely and high quality investigations

ID/OIOS continues to ensure that investigations are carried out in an efficient, timely and high quality manner. This has been facilitated by the recently adopted Go Case management system which allows for cases to be managed more effectively and for closer supervision in the final reporting stages. A revised, accountable and more demanding intake process has also been adopted and referral matters have been shifted away from the investigator to central support functions. Separately, some investigation processes have been re-designed, resulting in the introduction of audio recorded interviewing and a simplified report writing format.

The net result has been the better management of the use of investigator time, a focus on relevant casework and improved investigation processes.

OIOS Investigations Manual

The Investigations Manual, last revised in March 2009, has undergone a recent overhaul. The Manual is intended to be used as a practical guide by UN staff members responsible for conducting internal preliminary fact-finding administrative investigations. It includes information on OIOS investigative techniques, methods and procedures. Highlights of the recent update include reference to the new system of internal justice, including the new internal legal framework, as well as explicit reference to implementing partners as potential subjects of investigation.

The Manual remains in a provisional stage, pending promulgation of the revised ST/AI/371, which will seek to clarify the rights and obligations of participants in an investigation.