Compliance Analyst

$90,930 - $123,612 / YEAR Expired 3 weeks ago
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP:  we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) reports to the Administrator and is responsible for internal audit and investigations services to UNDP and its affiliated entities.

The Social and Environmental Compliance Unit (SECU) is located in OAI and is UNDP’s social and environmental compliance review mechanism, conducting independent investigations to ensure UNDP adheres to its own social and environmental standards and procedures, in particular the Social and Environmental Standards (SES).

SECU responds to complaints that UNDP may not be meeting its social and environmental commitments. UNDP established the Social and Environmental Compliance Unit (SECU) to ensure accountability to individuals and communities.

SECU ensures compliance with the following commitments:

Position Purpose

The purpose of the Compliance Analyst position will be to support SECU in its case and special project activities, including research and analysis for its cases (intake/analysis/drafting/editing/field activity/monitoring), and internal (UNDP) knowledge building, assisting in longer term projects such as SECU’s proactive model and advisory function, assisting in the streamlining and formalization of certain SECU functions, administrative support such as coordinating logistics/translations/editing, legal or policy analysis, outreach initiatives, and any other tasks that come to the SECU team in furtherance of its mandate.

UNDP adopts a portfolio approach to accommodate changing business needs and leverage linkages across  interventions to achieve its strategic goals. Therefore, UNDP personnel are expected to work across units, functions,  teams, and projects in multidisciplinary teams in order to enhance and enable horizontal collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Effective management of Casework
    • Conducts research and writing related to SECU’s cases.
    • Handles intake, processing, evidence gathering/analysis, and other tasks connected to potential and eligible SECU cases.
    • Works with the monitoring of SECU’s cases.
    • Plans and conducts research and analysis of information pertaining to SECU Compliance Review cases to contribute to their completion in the form of memos and contributions to reports, guidelines, and papers.
    • Generate records for knowledge sharing and institutional memory, contribute to the organizational tasks of SECU.
    • Participate in field missions, either outreach events and/or evidence-gathering missions, depending on case load, linguistic skills, and needs.
  2. Compliance review of Special Projects
    • Responsible in updating and running SECU’s proactive investigations model, a risk-based model that identifies relevant country and project-level risks to identify projects suitable for SECU to proactively investigate for social and environmental non-compliance.
    • Facilitates in coordination, research, analysis, drafting and evidence-gathering for SECU’s advisory function.
    • Responsible in tracking and coordinating SECU cases in monitoring, including intake, organization, review, and analysis of new evidence.
    • Facilitates and participates in communications/outreach efforts, including creating newsletters, web designs, event planning/execution, and other communications outputs in the form of web pages, outreach campaigns, regular newsletters to stakeholders, etc;
    • Facilitates communications among SECU, OAI and individuals, including through coordinating weekly update conference calls and liaising with case stakeholders.
    • Contributes to the SECU reporting requirements, such as annual reports, statistics, and analysis.
    • Contributes to the development of the SECU website and other electronic/printed resources.
    • Execute or coordinate translation of documents/interpret meetings as needed, based on language skills, into and from English.
  3. Perform Other Tasks
    • Contributes to the ongoing development of professional practices within OAI.
    • Participates in the implementation of his/her personal learning and training development plan.
    • The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.
Core Competencies – UNDP Core Competencies can be found here.
  • Achieve Results: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

  • Business Direction & Strategy
    • System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
    • Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates win-win situations
  • Business Management
    • Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience. Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.
  • Audit & Investigation – Audit
    • Internal auditing standards, practices, and techniques: Knowledge of key notions and concepts, practices, and methodologies of internal auditing (IPPF and Other IIA Standards, COSO). Undertake audit assignments in accordance with international professional standards in respect of operational audits, financial audits, performance audits, project audits and provision of advisory services.
    • Critical creative and foresight applied to audit and investigations: Possess essential critical thinking and foresight capacity to analyse facts to form a judgment.
    • Performance key concepts and techniques: Ability to understand and use various concepts such as efficiency, effectiveness and economy
    • Fraud awareness and investigation techniques: Basic knowledge to understand the foundations of fraud, how to detect red flags and conduct initial fact findings
    • Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATs): Proficiency in the use of CAATs (Computer Assisted Audit Tools) such as Electronic working paper software and ACL or IDEA. Ability to extract and analyse all relevant types of evidence and be able to draw reasonable inferences and conclusions.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Law, Human Rights, Anthropology, Economics, International Development, or related field is required.


  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in the areas mentioned above, in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of two (2) years (with master’s degree) or 4 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant working experience in human rights, environmental sustainability, safeguards, independent oversight functions at international organizations, anthropology, or related field, is required.
  • Experience in evaluation, corporate social responsibility, social & environmental compliance/investigations, social & environmental safeguards, or similar is required.
  • Working experience with an independent social and environmental accountability mechanism or similar, is highly desirable.
  • Working experience with independent investigations, is highly desirable.
  • Working experience with human rights, environmental protection, gender equality, indigenous people’s rights, labor law/policy, pollution prevention, and/or FPIC (free prior informed consent), is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated research, writing, coordinating, communications, and organizational skills is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
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