Investigations

OAIS INVESTIGATIONS

OAIS’ investigation function performs investigations into allegations of fraud, misconduct and other wrongdoing in the programmes and operations of UNFPA that involve UNFPA staff, consultants, non-staff personnel and institutional contractors.  

OAIS investigations are conducted in a fair, objective and independent manner following recognized professional standards for conducting administrative investigations. OAIS investigations are primarily performed following receipt of specific allegations including but not limited to:

  • Fraud and corruption;
  • Failure to observe UNFPA Rules and Regulations, relevant administrative issuance and standard of conduct;
  • Conflict of interest and favouritism;
  • Unlawful acts ( such as violations of local laws, violation of privileges and immunities);
  • Harassment, abuse of authority, sexual abuse and exploitation;
  • Retaliation against whistleblowers. 

HOW TO CONTACT US

Anyone with information regarding wrongdoing in UNFPA’s programmes is encouraged to contact OAIS. OAIS considers all reports and takes all allegations seriously.  With the exception of allegations regarding workplace harassment and abuse of authority, reports can also be made anonymously.

Individuals wishing to contact OAIS, may do so confidentially through one of the following reporting tools:

UNFPA
Private and Confidential attention of the Director, Office of Audit and Investigation Services
605 Third Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10158
United States of America 
 

CONFIDENTIALITY

OAIS investigations are performed in confidence to safeguard the integrity of the process and protect the rights of those involved. To the extent possible, identities of complainants and witnesses are treated confidentially and only disclosed to those with a legitimate need to know.

PROTECTION AGAINST RETALIATION

All UNFPA staff members have an obligation to report suspicions of wrongdoing.  UNFPA staff members are protected from retaliation for making such reports in good faith. Retaliation is prohibited, and if established, may in itself constitute misconduct and lead to disciplinary action.

Staff members who believe that they have been the victim of retaliation, may seek informal redress or make a formal complaint to the Ethics officer at ethicsoffice@unfpa.org

THE PRACTICE OF UNFPA IN CASES OF ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT

  2013 - Mid 2014 Report 2011 - 2012 Report
  2009 - 2010 Report 2007 - 2009 Report
  2005 - 2006 Report