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Counter Fraud Unit Specialist – West and Central Africa

Date: 02-Aug-2022

Location: West or Central Africa (Flexib, Senegal

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.


The Opportunity 


Global Assurance is part of Plan International’s governance framework and was established to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve Plan International’s operations. It helps Plan International accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating and enhancing the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.


The Counter Fraud Unit is part of the overall Global Assurance department, in charge of managing fraud investigations and providing advisory services to improve Plan’s internal controls about fraud risk management. This role will support the Head of Counter Fraud in establishing frameworks to reduce the risk of loss of funds and resources from fraud, corruption, mismanagement and criminal activity. Although the role is based in the Plan International West and Central Africa Region, it is global in nature, and the postholder can expect to be deployed on assignments to any of the countries in which Plan International operates.


Knowledge, skills and behaviours required;

  • Significant demonstrable knowledge in the field of counter fraud
  • Awareness of current best practices in investigation techniques
  • Awareness of global standards and legislation around fraud and corruption
  • Understanding of the role and approaches of the international development sector
  • Ability to navigate systems and platforms



  • Excellent investigative ability with a proven track record
  • Experience in crime/loss prevention
  • Analytical skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • Good oral and written communication skills, including report writing
  • Can manage investigators
  • Able to offer practical solutions to management to help resolve incidents, including in crises
  • Perseverance, resilience and tenacity
  • Ability to multi-task to handle multiple investigations and other counter-fraud-related work
  • A high standard of both written and spoken English. French and Spanish languages an additional advantage.



  • High-level of integrity and strong-willed
  • Preserves confidentiality
  • Ability to work in partnership with others both internally and externally
  • Flexibility of approach, ensuring application of skills is relevant to situation and context
  • Adapts well to different environments and situations
  • Cross-culturally agile and gender-sensitive
  • Aware of impact on others and uses impact to create a positive working environment
  • Commitment to development and humanitarian values and standards, and child safeguarding


Please follow this link for a full role profile; Counter Fraud Specialist WACA Role Profile.docx



Location: The location of this role can be flexible where Plan International has an office* in the West and Central Africa region that can employ on behalf of the Global Hub and you have the pre-existing right to work and live. 

Type of Role: Fixed term contract

Reports to: Head of Counter Fraud

Closing Date: Monday 22nd August


*Applicable locations include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo,


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates. 

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