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The Office of the Inspector General

The Office of the Inspector General provides independent oversight of the programmes and operations of the Organization, through internal audit, investigation and inspection.

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The Office has both an Audit Unit (Headquarters and Decentralized Activities) and Investigative Unit.

The Audit Unit conducts audits and provides advisory and consulting services to senior management to ensure FAO's system of internal control, financial management and use of assets is adequate and effective. It also helps the Organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and internal governance processes. It conducts its work in accordance with the Code of Ethics and International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing published by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

The Investigation Unit investigates allegations of fraud and misconduct in the programmes and operations of the Organization. It conducts investigations and inspections in compliance with the Guidelines for Internal Administrative Investigations by the Office of the Inspector General adopted by FAO. These are based on the Uniform Guidelines for Investigations adopted and endorsed by the Conference of International Investigators, comprising professionals from international organizations, including UN organizations and International Financial Institutions.

Audit

Internal Auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.

Contacts: Mr. Daniel Ramirez Leon, Senior Auditor (HQ Activities)

Ms. Malika Mukhitdinova, Auditor (Decentralized Activities)

Investigation and Inspection

OIG is responsible for promoting an environment of integrity throughout the Organization’s operations through the detection and investigation of allegations or indications of fraud and other forms of misconduct by FAO personnel, partners or by contractors in relation to their business with FAO, and for the promotion of preventive measures. OIG provides advisory services on integrity-related matters and also conducts other fact finding inspections requiring legal or investigative expertise.

Contact: Mr. Pablo Fonte, Senior Investigator