Integrity Specialist

Job Vacancy | Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the External Investigations Team (EIT) in the Investigations Division (AIID) within the Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI). The EIT investigates integrity violations committed by external parties on ADB-related activities and proposes sanctions for these violations either to the parties involved or to the Integrity Oversight Committee for its consideration.

Underpinned by ADB's zero tolerance for corruption, the Office of Anticorruption and Integrity aligns with ADB’s commitment to strengthen governance across Asia and the Pacific as it mitigates integrity risks, investigates integrity violations, and promotes integrity among ADB’s stakeholders. OAI leads ADB’s integrity initiatives and comprises the Office of the Head, the Investigations Division and the Prevention and Compliance Division the Prevention and Compliance Division.

Job Purpose
The Integrity Specialist role is to investigate and manage the investigation of, integrity violations related to ADB-financed activities. The Integrity Specialist leverages off existing knowledge and experience to: (i) investigate and support investigations of allegations of integrity violations; (ii) mentor and guide ADB investigative personnel; (iii) make and follow through on resulting recommendations; (iv) analyze and formulate recommendations on policies, guidelines and procedures; (v) provide advisory services with regard to anticorruption and integrity, in particular to detect and prevent integrity violations; (vi) conduct due diligence and awareness-raising activities when required; and (vii) work within broad policies and objectives with supervision for unfamiliar or critical tasks.

For more information on OAI’s investigation function, see

The incumbent will report to the Director, AIID and will supervise National Staff and Administrative Staff.

a. Investigation

  • Investigate allegations of integrity violations under ADB's Anticorruption Policy and related framework, procedures, and principles, including the following activities:
    • Plans the execution of investigations;
    • Obtains all relevant information, including physical records and electronic data;
    • Conducts interviews of complainants, witnesses, and/or subjects as appropriate;
    • Assesses exculpatory and inculpatory evidence;
    • Conducts rigorous analysis of all available evidence to reach objective and credible investigative findings and conclusions; and
    • Prepares and edits investigative reports and supporting documentation to the highest standards of quality, thoroughness, accuracy, timeliness, and objectivity.
  • Mentor and guide ADB investigative personnel:
    • Monitors the conduct and progress of cases allocated to OAI investigators;
    • Provides guidance and direction to OAI investigators both generally and case specific;
    • Peer review and quality assess investigation reports and other investigative outputs; and
    • Provides feedback on investigators’ performance.
  • Manage OAI’s retainers and other OAI staff when a team approach to investigations is employed.
  • Discusses the impacts and outcomes of investigations on related ADB-financed or ADB-supported activities with concerned OAI staff; other ADB staff; outside experts, other third parties; and, when appropriate, authorities of ADB's member countries.
  • Contributes to the formulation of possible technical assistance to help prevent and detect integrity violations.
  • Assists operational staff to minimize integrity violation risks in ADB-financed or ADB-supported activities by using information available to OAI.
  • When required, assists investigations into allegations of staff misconduct.

b. Policymaking and Advice

  • Continuously reviews and updates OAI’s investigation templates to ensure that they remain ‘fit for purpose’.
  • Contributes to formulation and update of policies, processes, and procedures to improve OAI’s investigative methodologies.
  • Assists in the provision of risk advisory services to ADB departments/offices with respect to mitigation and prevention of integrity violations at all stages of ADB’s projects and other ADB activities.
  • Assists other OAI staff in the performance of their duties under the direction of the Director, OAI.
  • Undertakes other work as may be assigned, including participation or input into OAI’s integrity due diligence work through its Due Diligence Team.

c. Knowledge Management

  • Monitors and reports on OAI independent investigations, including but not limited to maintaining full and complete records on OAI’s investigative case management system.
  • Identifies training material for use as case studies within OAI and for OAI’s external awareness-raising activities.
  • Conducts seminars and workshops, make presentations, and facilitate meetings to foster an understanding of ADB's Anticorruption Policy requirements.
  • Develops and delivers effective outreach and training programs by applying lessons learned from investigations.
  • Develops and implements technical assistance related to OAI’s mandate.
  • Builds partnerships and liaises with other staff and departments to ensure maximum institutional effectiveness and impact from OAI's efforts and deliverables.

d. Staff Supervision

  • Provides leadership and support to reporting staff.
  • Supervises the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
  • Ensures the on-going learning and development of reporting staff.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field such as Legal, Finance, Accounting, or Auditing, from a nationally accredited educational institution; or University degree and at least 5 years specialized experience relevant to the position can be considered.
  • Professional qualifications such as Member of a Bar Association or equivalent, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or equivalent or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is a strong advantage.
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional work experience in the areas of international administrative investigations; corporate criminal investigations; economic crime or forensic accounting.
  • Demonstrated investigative work experience, showing progression of responsibilities in the areas of administrative, corporate, or economic investigations; forensic accounting; criminal or law enforcement.
  • High level investigation report writing skills, demonstrating the application of analytical skills and sound investigative judgment.
  • International experience working in development in several countries.
  • Previous experience of conducting administrative investigations with an international organization or a national development agency is an advantage.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required, including the ability to clearly and concisely prepare, present, discuss and defend issues, findings, and recommendations at senior levels and to produce complex and compelling briefs, reports, papers, etc.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use IT-related investigative tools is an advantage.
  • Reputation for integrity, sound judgment, fairness, and discretion.
  • Expertise in data analytics would be an advantage.
  • Proficiency in a second language used in ADB’s DMCs (such as Bengali, Chinese, Russian or Vietnamese) would be an advantage.
  • Ability to perform under pressure and interact with others with the utmost diplomatic and professional manner at all times.
  • Ability to balance multiple work priorities effectively and adapt to changing priorities in an environment.
  • Demonstrated teamwork (ability to working with others to achieve more effective results), leadership (apply interpersonal influence to inspire others to move in a meaningful direction with competence and commitment), and conceptualization (developing viable solutions based on an understanding of institutional perspective and needs) skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain the highest ethical standards of professional and personal conduct, including ability to undergo a thorough professional, personal, and financial background investigation with satisfactory results.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff level IS4.

General Considerations
The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.