*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI/VF is registered to operate.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The VisionFund International (VFI) Investigations Director (ID) will implement a Global investigation strategy, an annual fraud risk assessment, and lead and direct investigations across the VFI network.
The ID will plan, organize, and manage, as required, all investigations of alleged and actual fraud (i.e. misappropriation, embezzlement, corruption, severe misconduct, mismanagement, misuse of resources, or abuse of authority) through careful collaboration with key stakeholders such as GC and Regional Legal Counsels, People & Culture (HR), Regional Management and the VFI Senior Leadership Team (SLT), on a need to know and do basis.
This position works to mitigate risks to the successful implementation of VFI’s 2030 Strategy through careful analysis of ongoing trends in fraud and corruption, and proactive assessment of VFI policies and procedures that combat these issues.
The incumbent will provide technical support, oversight and direction of investigations of fraud against VFI while sharing results with key stakeholders, including Senior Management Teams, and will ensure the growth and development of staff under his or her direction.
Investigations and Communication:
Oversee and/or conduct fraud investigations in accordance with ACFE and internal policy standards.
Prepare and present timely, factual, and complete reports on fraud allegations and trends as well as pending and completed investigations and follow up actions to the Global Director Internal Audit.
Ensure that all reported fraud allegations are shared with GC Legal, entered into the Integrity Protection Hotline (IPH) or Integrated Incident Management (IIM) system, and investigated according to the VFI Operations Policy.
Provide in-depth analysis on key fraud statistics, recurring trends, emerging risks, and other elements that will allow proactive mitigation of future fraud risks to VFI.
Where appropriate and necessary, this position will identify, engage and manage internal and external experts and ensure that investigation services are rendered in accordance with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Standards, WVI’s Ant-corruption Policy and WV Investigation protocols.
Maintain regular liaison with the WV Director of Global Investigations to provide updates on VFI investigations status.
Policy Development and Strategic Vision:
Develops global investigation strategy and fraud risk assessment dashboard to assist in the timely deterrence, detection, prevention, investigation and reporting of fraud, aligned to the WV GIU approach.
Leads and continues to build the capacity of VFI Investigations by establishing a credible system for ensuring independent and objective investigations of fraud allegations across the VFI Network.
Enforces investigations protocols and procedures, including policies, timelines, roles and responsibilities for initiating and conducting investigations of alleged fraud while forwarding allegations of misconduct, mismanagement, waste of resources and abuse of authority to business owners with respect to the principles of confidentiality, objectivity, and impartiality.
Responsible for providing and supporting ongoing fraud detection and awareness training to VFI entities to combat fraud and capitalize on lessons learned.
Staff Development and Training:
Establish succession and career advancement plans, including Christian commitment and spiritual development for direct reports and ensure that the same is done for their direct reports; guarantee that all staff in the reporting line obtains at least the annual minimum amount of continuing professional education (CPE) credits to maintain their professional certification(s).
Ensure that an effective training and capacity development strategy exists for all VFI Investigation staff (including Internal Audit staff in MFIs, who will be conducting the majority of investigations) through effective capacity building and training programs that address soft and leadership skills and technical competencies.
Ensure work-life balance is achieved through appropriate allocation of workload for investigations staff and having a sound analysis of productivity.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, criminal justice, or related field or law degree.
Must be a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and ideally also have either a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Internal Auditor certification.
Willing and able to travel up to 50% of the time.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Efficient in computer skills and data mining tools and digital technology.
Critical thinking and analytical skills.
Ability to work under a high level of stress and pressure.
10-15 years relevant experience.
At least 5 years working in an internal or external investigation function for a global organization.
Experience managing staff on multiple projects and providing direction to team members.
Cross cultural experience working in sensitive and challenging environments and ones that may not embrace the need for change, and leading a virtual and cross cultural team.
Demonstrated ability to teach and train in both formal and informal processes.
CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner).
Fluency in English is essential. French or Spanish would also be advantageous.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Solid interpersonal skills, including listening and relationship building.
Data mining and analytics, including financial analysis.
Proficient Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access skills.
Proven record of leading and advising around fraud investigations in a corporate environment.
Proven experience in developing and advising on policies focused on risk.