Counsel, Integrity Compliance Specialist, Washington, United States At The World Bank

Closing date: Monday, 20 November 2023

Counsel, Integrity Compliance Specialist

Job #: req24790

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Other

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 11/20/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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. Visit

As part of the World Bank, the Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) shares in the World Bank’s overall mission in alleviating poverty and achieving a shared and sustainable prosperity in client countries. INT’s fundamental role within the World Bank is to help detect, prevent, and deter fraud and corruption in the use of the World Bank’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 World Bank’s overall mission, INT works closely with other stakeholders across the World Bank to: 1. Help detect, prevent, and deter fraud and corruption in World Bank-supported projects and activities by:

  •  professionally investigating allegations of fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion, or obstruction (the World Bank-sanctionable practices) in World Bank activities;
  •  seeking World Bank sanctions against firms and individuals that have engaged in any sanctionable practice;
  •  using information available to INT to help operational staff design and implement projects in ways that minimize fraud and corruption risks.
  •  working with the operational complex and other oversight and control units to help 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 World Bank-supported projects with operations using forensic methodology in order to detect indicators of fraud or corruption and help address them as early as possible for better project outcomes; and
  •  working with sanctioned entities through the Integrity Compliance Office (INTIC) in supporting and monitoring their efforts to put in place appropriate integrity compliance programs in order to raise their integrity standards and reduce risks associated with their operations following their release from sanction.

2. 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 the 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 and corruption in development activities.
  •  promoting integrity principles and the implementation of integrity compliance programs among entities sanctioned by the World Bank, and more broadly.

3. Enforce the highest standards of professional integrity and ethical behavior among World Bank staff and corporate vendors by:

  •  investigating allegations of staff misconduct involving significant 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 strengthen the World Bank’s internal controls environment.

INT’s work contributes directly to achieving the shared prosperity/poverty reduction mission of the World Bank. Reducing fraud and corruption in World Bank projects helps to ensure that World Bank funds are used for their intended purposes: to alleviate poverty and to increase prosperity and stability in our borrowing countries. Working with others in international development institutions, INT’s principal goal is to measurably minimize development assistance funds lost to fraud, corruption and abuse and increase the quality and results of development efforts. Results are reported in an annual report that contains aggregated data, outcomes, and generic descriptions of significant cases. To ensure its independence, INT’s Vice President (VP) reports directly to the President of the World Bank.

Duties and Accountabilities INTIC is seeking to hire a Counsel, Integrity Compliance Specialist (Compliance Specialist), to support INTIC in the performance of the office’s core functions related to the review and disposition of sanctions cases. This position requires experience in the area of integrity compliance and rigorous analytical skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a team and exercise good judgment. The level and quality of these skills will be a determining factor in selection for the position. Working under the direction and guidance of, and reporting to, the Integrity Compliance Officer, the duties and accountabilities of the Compliance Specialist will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  •  Reviewing sanctioned entities’ corporate integrity compliance programs (ICPs); recommending enhancements to ICPs; assessing the effectiveness of ICP implementation; and assisting the Integrity Compliance Officer in discussions with sanctioned entities regarding their ICPs;
  •  Assisting the Integrity Compliance Officer in connection with, or in anticipation of, cases under settlement discussions with INT that include potential integrity compliance conditions;
  •  Drafting high-quality documents in connection with the review of sanctioned entities’ ICPs, and/or related policies and procedures;
  •  Contributing to INTIC outreach efforts, including assisting with the design and delivery of briefing and training materials and programs for World Bank staff and selected external audiences;
  •  Monitoring developments and researching and analyzing legislative and other developments in the integrity compliance field; and
  •  Performing any other tasks necessary for INTIC’s successful operation, as per the direction of the Integrity Compliance Officer.

Selection Criteria

  •  Post-graduate law degree (JD, LLM, or equivalent);
  •  Admission to the Bar (or equivalent) in at least one jurisdiction;
  •  A minimum of five (5) years of relevant, primarily post-graduate, experience (experience with international organization, leading international law firm or national government is highly desirable);
  •  Proven experience in the integrity compliance field, with extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art ICPs and the ability to review and comment on ICPs; multi-jurisdictional experience within multiple business sectors and business types, as well as in developing countries, would be a plus;
  •  Knowledge of sanctions procedures and processes, including those of the World Bank and/or other international financing institutions would be a plus;
  •  Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with a demonstrated ability to anticipate, identify and analyze legal and policy issues and propose sound, reliable and creative solutions;
  •  Proven ability to clearly and concisely prepare, present, discuss and defend findings and recommendations at senior levels, as well as to produce complex and compelling written work products, including during times of heavy workload, and on very short notice or tight deadlines;
  •  Proven ability to work in interdisciplinary task teams/working groups across organizational boundaries, including with senior officials, both internally and externally;
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills, including a proven ability to deal sensitively in multicultural environments and build effective working relationships with colleagues;
  •  Established reputation for integrity, sound judgment, fairness and discretion in dealings internally and externally.
  •  Highly organized, highly dependable and responsible, and highly attentive to detail;
  •  Willingness and flexibility to undertake mission travel, as required; and
  •  Fluency in oral and written English; proficiency in the following languages is highly desirable: Chinese, French, and/or Spanish. Applicants will be tested.

Core Competencies:

Lead and Innovate: Contributes new insights to understand situations and develops solutions to resolve complex problems. Adapts as circumstances require and manages impact of own behavior on others in context of World Bank’s values and mission. Identifies and pursues innovative approaches to resolve issues.

Deliver Results for Clients: Adds value by constantly looking for a better way to get more impactful results; sets challenging stretch goals for oneself. Immerses oneself in client experiences and perspective by asking probing questions to understand unmet needs. Demonstrates accountability for achieving results that have a development impact and financial, environmental and social sustainability. Identifies and proposes solutions to mitigate and manage risks.

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries: Appropriately involves others in decision making and communicates with key stakeholders. Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved. Actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches displaying a sense of mutuality and respect. Integrates World Bank perspective into work.

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge: Leverages department’s expertise and body of knowledge across World Bank to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions. Seeks to learn from more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and helps others to learn. Builds personal and professional networks inside and outside the department unit.

Make Smart Decisions: Seeks diversity of information and inputs, researches possible solutions, and generates recommended options. Identifies and understands risks and proposes recommendations. Based on risk analysis makes decisions in a timely manner within own area of responsibility, considering the interests and concerns of stakeholders.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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