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Director of Global Investigations


*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.


The Director of Global Investigations will develop and implement a Global investigation strategy, fraud risk assessment policy, and fraud risk assessment dashboard, as they lead and direct the investigation teams. This will be done through the identification of fraud red flags, as the group plans, organizes and manages all investigations of alleged and actual fraud (i.e. misappropriation, embezzlement, corruption, severe misconduct, mismanagement, misuse of resources, or abuse of authority.) These activities will be done through careful collaboration with key stakeholders such as Global Centre (GC) and Regional Legal Counsels, People & Culture (P&C/HR), Support Offices (SOs), Regional Leaders (RLs), National Directors (NDs) on a need to know and do basis.

This position works to mitigate risks to the successful implementation of World Vision International's (WVI) 2030 Strategy through careful analysis of ongoing trends in fraud and corruption, and proactive assessment of WVI’s policies and procedures that combat these issues.

The incumbent will provide technical support, oversight and direction of investigations of fraud against the Partnership while sharing results with key stakeholders, including Senior Management Teams and Audit/Risk Committees, and will ensure the growth and development of staff under his or her direction.


Audit Investigations and Communication:

  • Oversee and/or conduct fraud investigations in accordance with Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and internal policy standards as leader of the Global Fraud Investigation Team to promote Global Internal Audit (GIA) vision, mission and strategy.

  • 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 Certified Audit Examiner (CAE), Partnership Leaders, and the audit and risk committee of the WVI Board.

  • 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 communicated to the necessary support offices, donors, and local authorities, when required, in accordance with WVI’s Anti-corruption Policy and GIA Investigations Protocol.

  • 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 the Partnership.

  • 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 ACFE Standards, WVI’s Ant-corruption Policy and GIA protocols.

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.

  • Leads and continues to build the capacity of GIA Investigations by establishing a credible system for ensuring independent and objective investigations of fraud allegations across the Partnership.

  • 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 WV 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 GIA’s Investigation staff 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 GIA staff having a good productivity analysis.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, criminal justice, or related field or law degree

  • 10-15 years relevant experience.

  • At least 5 years leading an internal or external investigation function for a global organization.

  • 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.

  • Certified Fraud Examiner or JD and have either Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Internal Auditor certification (CIA).

  • 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.

  • Experience managing staff on multiple projects and providing direction to team members.

  • Demonstrated ability to teach and train in both formal and informal processes.


  • 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.

  • Fluency in English is required, but fluency in languages such as Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese is a plus.

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills, verbal and written.

  • Ability to interact with individuals at all levels within the organization, from the top down and bottom up to the board level.

  • Ability to interact well with third parties, including donors and local authorities.

  • Proven record of leading and advising around fraud investigations in a corporate or fortune 500 companies.

  • Proven experience in developing and advising on policies focused on risk.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 40% of the time.