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Washington, DC, USA | The World Bank

  • Industry:
    Financial Services
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    15-20 years
Job Description:
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Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. 

As part of the World Bank Group (WBG), the Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) shares in the WBG’s overall mission in alleviating poverty and achieving a shared and sustainable prosperity in client countries. INT’s fundamental role within the WBG is to help detect, prevent, and deter fraud and corruption in the use of the WBG’s financial resources, so that those resources are used effectively to benefit the poor people that they are intended to reach. In contributing to the WBG’s overall mission, INT works closely with other stakeholders across the WBG to:

• Help detect, prevent, and deter fraud and corruption in WBG-supported projects and activities by: 

- professionally investigating allegations of fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion, or obstruction (the five Bank-sanctionable practices) in WBG activities; 

- seeking Bank sanctions against firms and individuals that have engaged in sanctionable practices; 

- using information available to INT (including from the Voluntary Disclosure Program) to help operational staff design and implement projects in ways that minimize fraud and corruption risks.

- working with the WBG’s operational departments and other oversight and control units to innovatively prevent fraud and corruption in operations by distilling lessons learned from investigative findings, developing effective risk identification and management tools, preparing remedial recommendations at the project and broader level, as appropriate, to address risks and issues identified through investigations, and ensuring timely disclosure to the Board of risks identified through ongoing or recently completed investigations that are of relevance to new operations presented to the Board for approval 

- conducting detailed fiduciary reviews of Bank-supported projects with operations using forensic methodology to detect indicators of fraud or corruption and proactively address them as early as possible for better project outcomes; and

- working with sanctioned entities through its integrity compliance office in supporting and monitoring their efforts to put in place appropriate integrity compliance programs to raise their integrity standards and reduce risks associated with their operations following their release from sanction.

• Help client countries to fight fraud and corruption by:

- referring investigative findings to the investigative and enforcement authorities in those countries and working with authorities, as requested, to follow-up and take action; 

- supporting client country counterparts with their preventive and integrity risk mitigation efforts at a project and policy levels, 

- helping build client country capacity in preventive and forensic techniques, and

- collaborating in multilateral efforts to mitigate the risks of fraud or corruption in development activities.

• Enforce the highest standards of professional integrity, and ethical behavior among WBG staff and corporate vendors by:

- investigating allegations of staff misconduct involving fraud and corruption; 

- investigating corporate vendors alleged to have engaged in sanctionable practices; and 

- mining the lessons learned from those investigations to undertake training and outreach programs and also to strengthen the WBG’s internal controls environment.

Duties & Responsibilities 

The Director of Investigations, Strategy and Operations will provide operational, strategic and managerial support to the INT Vice President. The Director will be expected to provide thought leadership, vision, and an enabling environment for staff to fulfill the INT mission with passion and professionalism. The Director’s responsibilities will include:

• Advising the Vice President on setting the strategic direction and work program across INT and provide input into the overall VPU’s strategy.

• Prioritizing and coordinating INT’s investigative and litigation activities at the portfolio level to maximize impact of INT’s work program and the efficient allocation of resources.

• Formulating INT’s litigation and/or settlement strategy, with due consideration to the WBG’s operational, financial, reputational, and legal risk exposure.  

• Ensuring alignment of INT activities with leading industry practices regarding investigative strategies and standards; the collection and analysis of documentary and electronic evidence; the execution of forensic audits; the conduct of effective subject and witness interviews; and other matters pertaining to investigative methodologies. 

• Overseeing production, review, and clearance of high-quality investigative reports and litigation deliverables for use in the WBG’s Sanctions System, as well as ensuring effective preparation and representation of INT in sanctions proceedings and at hearings before the Sanctions Board. 

• Working closely with other Sanctions System and Internal Justice Service (IJS) leadership (with due regard to independence considerations) to ensure INT’s strategic outlook and activities are fully informed by, and effectively contribute to, the broader WBG Sanctions System and IJS agenda and institutional mandates.

• Providing input to INT VP on workforce planning, budgeting, organizing, and prioritization to ensure an efficient and effective use of INT resources, including through the periodic review and optimization of INT’s organizational structure.

• Acting for and representing the Vice President, when requested, in dealings with WBG and external stakeholders. Represent INT in WBG forums, including high-level corporate committees such as the Audit Committee, Sanctions Advisory Committee and WBG Corporate Procurement Committee. Maintaining a leading role and participation in global anti-corruption forums.

• Strengthening and maintaining working relationships with senior WBG counterparts, including in the Bank Operations, IFC, MIGA, and ensuring that INT’s strategic direction appropriately reflects broader institutional considerations and priorities. 

• Facilitating effective cooperation with external partners, including investigative units within bi-lateral and multi-lateral development partners and national law enforcement authorities, regarding the sharing of investigative information and evidence, with due regard to protecting and preserving the WBG’s privileges and immunities. 

• Ensuring consistent application and observance of WBG and INT policies and procedures, as well as overseeing the periodic review, assessment, and revision of relevant policies and procedures in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

Selection Criteria

• Passion for the WBG mission.

• Demonstrated leadership values and exemplification of WBG managerial and core competencies, as referenced below.

• Masters, PhD, JD or equivalent degree in a field relevant to Investigation and a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience in positions of increasing complexity and responsibility. Excellent understanding of economic and policy issues.

• Deep technical knowledge and experience in the investigative field and in delivering solutions, including track record of leading successful teams.

• Personal leadership in shaping and leading new agendas, bringing thought leadership and analysis together with delivery capacity for maximum client impact.

• Demonstrated in-depth experience working across practice and disciplinary boundaries, and with multiple stakeholders – both public and private – in building collaborative alliances for results.

• Track record of managing complex and large work programs, budgets, portfolio monitoring and supervision, with proven results.

• Proven ability to effectively implement complex change management initiatives.

• Substantive operational experience in client countries, including ability to influence dialogue and Integrity policy matters.


WBG Leadership Values & Managerial Behavior

• Leadership of Self: Role model the change and values for WBG; Demonstrate courage of convictions, ownership and self-mastery within the organization in accordance to our values.

• People Leadership: Lead and inspire staff to perform and deliver for better results; Help others achieve their fullest potential through coaching and mentorship.

• Collaborative Leadership: Be mutually accountable for entire WBG's corporate targets and success; Work across WBG and with clients and partners to achieve better results.

• Client Solutions Leadership: Be the leading provider of development solutions for country clients; Provide leadership in both knowledge generation and knowledge sharing.

• Decisive Leadership: Take informed risks and make decisions in a transparent manner resulting in transformative impact for clients; Commit to decisions once they have been made.

• WBG 5 Managerial Competencies: Courage of your convictions; Leading Teams for impact; Influencing across boundaries; Fostering openness to new ideas; and Building talent for the future.

• WBG Core Competencies for all staff: Client orientation; Drive for results; Teamwork of collaboration and inclusion; Knowledge, learning and communication; and Business judgment and analytical decision-making.

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