african development bank afdb

Deadline: 26 September, 2020

Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has opened applications for the position of Principal Investigation and Forensic Accountant.

AfDB’s mission is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs).


  • Conduct and lead investigation teams or assist other investigators to conduct investigations into allegations of staff misconduct, fraud and corruption by identifying and providing detailed responses to internal control weaknesses and red flags in financial records and statements
  • Utilise forensic accounting techniques to reconstruct corporate books, records and electronic information with suspect organisations/entities and/or analyse them and participate in fact-finding interviews
  • Operate procedures and mechanisms for ensuring confidentiality of the hotline facility, protection of the whistle-blowers and anonymous reporting of fraud and corruption within the bank and in activities financed by the bank in RMCs
  • Receive, screen and investigate allegations or whistle-blowing on staff misconduct, fraud, corruption and malpractices or suspicions
  • Employ surveillance measures deemed necessary and reasonable for the furtherance of investigations
  • Report regularly to the division manager PIAC2 on the allegations received, screened and their investigation status
  • Perform analytical work on accountability issues
  • Profile project activities and identify potential risks to project funds
  • Prepare and edit required written reports, briefs and presentations of the highest quality for the bank’s sanctions process and disciplinary process
  • Conduct pro-active reviews and analysis aimed at detecting and preventing fraud and corruption in bank operations in collaboration with relevant units within the bank and member countries
  • Monitor the implementation of investigation recommendations to prevent re-occurrence of such irregularities to safeguard the assets and image of the bank


  • Master’s degree or its equivalent in Accounting, Finance, Audit, Banking, Economics, or any related fields
  • Professional accounting certification (highly desirable)
  • Six years, minimum, of experience gained within an international organisation, covering investigations of fraud, corruption and/or collusion, with three years in the field of forensics and investigative accounting
  • Experience of a multi-cultural environment and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience with internal control systems, with the ability to assess such systems and recommend remedial action
  • Familiarity with investigative and forensic software
  • Knowledge of forensic accounting, investigation and computer-based fraud detection techniques, specifically related to fraud and corruption in development projects
  • Knowledge of digital forensic software
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (both oral and written)
  • 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
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

To apply and for more information, click here.

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