Senior Integrity Officer, P4, at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Protection Officer (RSD) at UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

Preventing, identifying, and responding to fraud and corruption in the context of protection processes is integral to the management of UNHCR’s operations; all of UNHCR’s protection functions must be implemented with efficiency, integrity, and transparency. Effective prevention and response to fraud enhances UNHCR’s ability to execute its mandated responsibilities, ensuring confidence by persons of concern, donors, and host and resettlement states.

The incumbent of the position of Senior Integrity Officer engages in a scope of activities related to prevention, identification, and response to fraud committed by persons of concern, in line with the obligations and requirements set forth in the 2017 Policy and Operational Guidelines on Addressing Fraud Committed by Persons of Concern.

The incumbent consults and coordinates the Operation¿s activities in this area, in close contact and coordination with other protection, assistance and solutions functional units and relevant partners, the Division of International Protection and other relevant entities in Headquarters, both at the level of providing guidance on questions of fraud arising in individual cases, but also in terms of developing appropriate and context specific operational anti-fraud and integrity strategies and responses where UNHCR’s protection work gives rise to potential reputational and other risk. The incumbent builds the overall capacity of the Operation to prevent, identify, and respond to fraud committed by persons of concern through the delivery of formal training programs, and on the job coaching and advice to colleagues in the Operation, in particular the Heads of Functional Units, and through ensuring the functionality of systems and processes to support the integrity of protection procedures overall. The incumbent works closely with the senior management of the operation to identify vulnerabilities to fraud and develop associated risk mitigation and treatment measures. The incumbent ensures timely and appropriate reporting and undertaking of responses to specific situations.

The incumbent is normally supervised by Deputy/Assistant Representative, or Snr Protection Coordinator and may have alternative reporting relationships depending on the structure of the organizational entity where the position exists. S/he normally supervises other professional or support staff.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


– Support the implementation of the 2017 Policy framework (Policy) on Addressing Fraud Committed by Persons of Person in the area of responsibility (AoR). – Provide prompt and accurate advice, guidance and operational support on issues concerning risk identification, protection oversight, fraud prevention and response in the context of the Policy. – Assist the operations in the AoR with the implementation of the Policy by providing support to anti-fraud focal points and provision of trainings and guidance. – Identify any areas of systemic weakness, vulnerability and risk of potential fraud committed by persons of concern. – In close cooperation with protection and other teams in the operation, develop strong oversight and accountability mechanisms in protection, assistance and solutions delivery, and assist operations under AoR with the development and implementation of targeted SOPs and training as needed. – Provide support and guidance and in some instances undertake investigations of complex fraud cases. – Establish a liaison role with internal and external counterparts involved in anti-fraud matters and investigations, such as Resettlement States, other UN agencies and NGOs. – Provide support, guidance and advice to operations under the AoR on fraud prevention and deterrence and related matters as concerns the implementation of the 2017 Policy. – Coordinate with fraud focal points/relevant colleagues in HQ, Regional Bureaux or Operations as appropriate. – Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level For P4/NOD – 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education Law; Political Science; International Affairs; Social Sciences; or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses Specific learning programmes such as PLP or RSD-RS LP UNHCR Management Learning Programme (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

Essential Broad protection competencies developed through previous assignments are required. The candidate must have worked in a registration, RSD, resettlement, or case management function, and should preferably benefit from the experience of having held several such roles in the field. The capacity building nature of the position calls for previous protection training and facilitation experience, which are considered mandatory for the role. Demonstrated superior knowledge of and application of international protection principles and the international legal framework. Superior written and oral skills.

Desirable Previous experience in and application of UNHCR procedures and guidance related to fraud committed by refugees is highly desirable, particularly as relating to the implementation and operationalization of UNHCR¿s 2017 Policy on Addressing Fraud Committed by Persons of Concern. Knowledge of application of UNHCR¿s broader risk management framework is an asset. Experience in using and thus a strong understanding of UNHCR¿s case management systems and software (proGres v3, proGres v4, PRIMES, etc.) is highly desirable. Experience in interviewing, preferably in a refugee or investigative context.


For a full job description and to apply, interested candidates are requested to visit the UNHCR career page at – click on the Vacancies tab and enter job ID 37385.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for positions advertised in the Addendum 2 to March 2022 Compendium is Tuesday 14 June 2022 (midnight Geneva time).


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