Regional Senior Investigator

at International Federation of Red Cross
Published August 16, 2022
Location Budapest, Hungary
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  


Job Purpose

Based in the Europe Regional Office, in Budapest (Hungary), but with travel to the field (as needed), the Senior Investigator will assist the Head of Investigations and the Regional Lead Investigator, undertaking the full cycle of investigations work for cases in-region acting with the support, direction and supervision of the Head of Investigations. Support and develop National Societies, in Europe, as strong and effective local actors, to ensure the development of robust integrity systems, implementation of whistle-blower systems, financial transparency and accountability, and timely action when integrity incidents or transgressions are identified.


The position is based in Budapest, Hungary and provides support to Ukraine and the impacted surrounding countries. As the operation evolves and security assessments are completed, the incumbent may be asked to travel to any area covered by the operation or to permanently relocate to another location for the duration of the contract.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

Delivering investigations


Conduct high-quality investigations of misappropriation of funds, misuse of power and fraud cases involving IFRC funds, including individuals and parties external to the IFRC but connected to its programs such as National Societies and suppliers.

Conduct high-quality investigations of serious misconduct (sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment) involving IFRC staff, including individuals external to the IFRC but connected to its programs.

Carry out investigative field missions, sometimes for an extended period of time.

Conduct investigations in accordance with generally recognized international investigation standards (CII, CHS) ensuring that the integrity of all evidence obtained is maintained through the course of investigations, and with due respect and consideration to a diverse employee population, taking into account cultural and language differences.

Care for and support the people affected, including survivors, whistle-blowers, witnesses and subjects.

Collect evidence, interview survivors, witnesses and subjects, review documents and perform analysis.

Provide oversight and guidance to investigations managed or undertaken by external resources such as consultants or surge investigators.

For each investigation, maintain and update records, protocols and case management system.

Prepare thorough and well-written investigation reports that are of consistently high quality with soundly based findings and appropriate recommendations and present them to the Head of Investigations and relevant managers, as appropriate.

Prepare fit-for-purpose briefings and presentations to functional Senior Management and Audit and Risk Commission on findings including root causes and control and/or process gaps.

Initiate and maintain a liaison with Legal and Human Resources Departments, law enforcement and donors.

Working effectively as a distributed team


Function effectively with high integrity and ethics as a member of a multi-national and multi-disciplinary team.

Manage incidents that are time-sensitive, highly confidential, and pose significant risks to the IFRC.

Maintain a professional approach when conducting challenging or difficult conversations at all levels of the IFRC.

Use initiative, sound judgement and experience to reach appropriate decisions.

Handle multiple cases simultaneously, prioritizing workloads.

Manage a regional team of investigation professionals or interns.

Inspire people to act with integrity


Lead ethics and integrity by example, living and displaying ethical values.

Conduct integrity awareness training including formal presentations, workshops and written materials.

Contribute to integrity-related policies, documents, guidance, tools, procedures and directives.

Communicate investigation outcomes to deter and prevent misconduct.

Support and develop National Societies (NS), members of the Federation.


Map and develop the NS capacities to prevent, respond and investigate allegations of misconduct.

Ensure development of robust integrity systems, and whistleblowing mechanisms (e.g. Integrity Line).

Work and support the NS corruption awareness and capability.

Provide technical and thought leadership on investigation matters to the NS.

Lead a professional community of practice on integrity and investigations in the Region.

Develop regional investigation capacities and a regional investigation surge roster.

Job Duties and Responsibilities (continued)

Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals

Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles

Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager


University degree or equivalent

Internal investigation qualification (CFE, PCI)


Five years and above on recent professional experience in Internal Investigations.

Experience in working for humanitarian, charitable or not-for-profit organisations.

International Experience

Knowledge, Skills and Language

Good understanding of the principles and application of good corporate governance, business and operational risk management, and effective internal controls.

Good working knowledge of prevention and investigation of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH)

Good working knowledge of fraud and corruption prevention, detection and investigation.

Good working knowledge of computers and mobile forensics: device imaging, processing and analysis (e.g. FTK*, Tableau Imager*, Cellebrite*, Oxygen, NUIX*, EnCase, Relativity)

(*Current OIAI investigation team tools)

IT literate with skills in systems and data analysis using Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAAT).

Good knowledge of information systems auditing and security.

Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and techniques of financial and management accounting.

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing with different audiences, adapting style to fit situation.

Ability to gather, analyse, and evaluate facts, and prepare and present concise oral and written reports.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships throughout the organization.

Fluently spoken and written English

Fluent Spoken and Written of any Eastern European languages

Good command  another IFRC official language



Competencies and Values

Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust


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