OIAI conducts investigations to examine and determine the veracity of all allegations received concerning corrupt and fraudulent practices and allegations of misconduct.
The Investigations Section aims to foster greater transparency and accountability within UNICEF and to protect the organization's human and financial resources by investigating, among other things, misconduct in the workplace, including prohibited sexual conduct, fraud and corruption.
The Investigations Section investigates reports of violations of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) policies, procedures and administrative issuances. It is also empowered to initiate proactive investigations to assess the risk of potential fraud in high-risk areas.
OIAI conducts investigations that involve UNICEF staff, consultants, non-staff personnel and institutional contractors. OIAI’s investigations cover all forms of misconduct including, but not limited to: fraud; corruption; workplace harassment; sexual harassment; abuse of authority; or failure to observe prescribed regulations, rules, relevant administrative issuances and standards of conduct.
An OIAI 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.
You may report suspected misconduct, fraud or other wrongdoing using a method below:
By email: email@example.com
By webform: Click here
By mail: All addressed mail should be marked "Private and Confidential" to:
Director - Office of Internal Audit and Investigation (OIAI) - Investigation Section
United Nations Children's Fund
Three United Nations Plaza
New York, New York - 10017 USA
In order to provide the best opportunity for investigators to make a speedy assessment, kindly provide a detailed account of the allegation, including details (to the extent available) of:
- Nature of the alleged misconduct being reported and how it was committed;
- Persons and/or organizations involved in the alleged wrongdoing;
- Timing and location of the alleged actions;
- Basis of the allegation - whether based on suspicion or available evidence; and if evidence (documents, etc.) exists, please forward such evidence to our office.
The information will be reviewed by the investigators, who will make a determination of the most suitable course of action.
You can remain anonymous; however, in assessing the allegations, the investigators may need to contact you for additional information or clarifications on the reported allegation(s). As far as anonymous information is concerned, investigators would need to identify corroborative information before a formal investigation commences.
All investigations are confidential, and the identities of victims, subjects and witnesses will be protected. However, confidentiality can never be absolute based on the progression of the investigation.
Investigations Hotline - Report Fraud or Abuse
Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement
The Office maintains a quality assurance and improvement programme that covers all aspects of investigation activities and lifecycles. This includes internal quality assessments that involve ongoing performance monitoring and periodic reviews, and external quality assessments that are usually conducted every five years by a qualified external independent reviewer or review team.
An External Quality Assessment (EQA) review for our investigation function was done in 2013 which concluded that the “Investigations function generally conforms to Uniform Guidelines for Investigations, 2nd Edition, as endorsed by the 10th Conference of International Investigators (Uniform Guidelines) and the generally acknowledged standards of good practice in administrative investigations. It is well placed to continue to serve UNICEF in its assigned role."