United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services
|Office of Internal Oversight Services|
United Nations Headquarters, New York City
|Type||Office of the Secretariat|
|Parent organization||United Nations Secretariat|
The United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) is a United Nations organ whose primary purpose is to perform world-wide audit, investigation, inspection, programme monitoring, evaluation and consulting services to the United Nations Secretariat and the rest of the United Nations System.
Its intended and mandated function is similar to many national government audit organisations, like the Government Accountability Office in the United States. It reports not only to the General Assembly, but also to the Secretary-General.
The current head of the OIOS, Under-Secretary-General Carman Lapointe-Young of Canada, was appointed as Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services for a five-year term starting on 14 September 2010, succeeding Inga-Britt Ahlenius of Sweden.
Role and function
According to its website:
The Office submits reports to the Secretary-General that provide insight into the effective utilization of the resources of the Organization and the protection of its assets and also makes these reports available to the General Assembly. OIOS adds value by providing world-wide audit, investigation, inspection, programme monitoring, evaluation and consulting services to the United Nations Secretariat and a wide range of United Nations operational funds, programmes and tribunals. OIOS sees itself as an agent of change, committed to help client departments and offices bring about responsible administration of resources and a culture of accountability, transparency, results-orientation and risk awareness.
|#||Portrait||Under-Secretary-General||Dates in office||Nationality|
|1||Karl Theodor Paschke||1 January 1994 –
31 December 1999
|2||Dileep Nair||24 April 2000 –
23 April 2005
|3||Inga-Britt Ahlenius||15 July 2005–
14 July 2010
|Prior to joining the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), Ahlenius was Auditor General of Kosovo from 2003 to 2005. Previously she served as the Auditor General of Sweden from 1993 to 2003. Before her appointment as Auditor General of the Swedish National Audit Office, Ahlenius worked for the Ministry of Finance of Sweden as Head of the Budget Department from 1987 to 1993. During her tenure as Auditor General of Sweden, Ahlenius chaired the INTOSAI Auditing Standards Committee for eight years. She was chairman of the Governing Board of the European Organization for Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) during 1993 to 1996. Mrs. Ahlenius was a member of the Committee of Independent Experts that was called for by the European Parliament with a mandate to examine the way in which the European Commission detects and deals with fraud, mismanagement and nepotism. [Their report led to the resignation of the Commission.]|
|4||Carman Lapointe-Young||14 September 2010–
|Carman L. Lapointe of Canada was appointed as Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services for a five-year term starting on 14 September 2010.
Prior to her appointment she was the director of the Office of Audit and Oversight at the International Fund for Agricultural Development during 2009-2010. From 2004 to 2009, she was the Auditor General of the World Bank Group.
Lapointe has also held chief oversight positions in a number of Canadian crown corporations. Among them: Corporate Auditor with Canada Post Corporation; Auditor of the Bank of Canada; Vice President, Internal Audit and Evaluation with Export Development Canada. She has served as Chairperson and member of the Audit Committee of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and as Audit Committee Member for UNRWA. In 1994-95, Lapointe was Chairperson of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the profession's global organization. She has also served on the Criteria of Control Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and currently serves on a standards task force for the International Federation of Accountants.
- Albright, Madeleine: The United States and the United Nations, 11 May 1995.
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