This is the third round of the case we reported under UN Broken Justice and UN Internal Injustice. This round shows the management corruption inside the UN and how the organization covers it up. Before we get into the case, these definitions are useful in understanding the legal terms: Appellant is the UN staff member, SLWFP is Special Leave With Full Pay, PAD is Performance Appraisal and Development, is the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, UNFPA ED is the UNFPA Executive Director, and Panel is the United Nations Joint Appeals Board ( ) Panel.
The following are serious accusations of corruption against the UNFPA Executive Director, Ms. Thoraya Obaid, and the UNFPA Human Resources Director, Mr. Sean Hand, therefore, the accused have the right to respond and challenge these accusations. It should also be mentioned that Appellant confirms submitting dozens of documents, concrete incidences and evidence supporting these accusations.
“Date: 24 October 2007
To: United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) Investigations Division
Subject: Abuse of Authority, Harassment, Mismanagement, and Waste of Resources by UNFPA Executive Director, Ms. Thoraya Obaid, and UNFPA Human Resources Director, Mr. Sean Hand.
Considering the statement of activities of the OIOS Investigations Division: “The Investigations Division operates the Hotline on a 24-hour, confidential basis. The Division protects the confidentiality of all who exercise their right to make reports to the Division, whether the investigation substantiates the report or not.” “The Investigations Division follows up on reports of possible violations of rules or regulations, mismanagement, misconduct, waste of resources or abuse of authority.”
Considering the recommendations of the United Nations Joint Appeals Board (JAB) in its Report Number [… dated …] May 2007:
- The Panel voiced its deep concern about the manner in which Appellant had been treated.
- The investigation process that Ms. Obaid referred to was nothing other than a formality to be launched to justify a foregone conclusion.
- The Panel was thus of the firm view that UNFPA administration had disregarded its own rules and policies and violated Appellant’s right to due process when it decided to terminate his appointment in February 2007, and that it represented arbitrary and unreasonable exercise of discretionary authority.
- In light of the above considerations, the Panel concluded that the present request met the two conditions of staff rule 111.2. It thus unanimously recommends that the contested decision be suspended until a full-fledged investigation by OIOS or another appropriate investigative body is completed and decision thereon is taken.
I kindly request the OIOS Investigations Division to investigate this case as soon as possible.
The following acts constitute abuse of authority by the UNFPA Executive Director and the UNFPA Human Resources Director:
- Removing my authority as […] without any justification
- Assigning my work to my Deputy without my knowledge
- Placing me and keeping me on SLWP without any justification
- Rewarding the staff that helped fabricate reports against me, by contract extensions and desirable assignments
- Not renewing contracts of staff who were fair and did not blindly appease the UNFPA ED and UNFPA Human Resources Director
- Assigning the newly appointed UNFPA Deputy Executive Director to supervise my 2007 PAD although she has never supervised my work. In fact she joined UNFPA more than one month after I was placed on SLWFP
- Trying to restructure the Division to abolish certain posts including [ my ] post
The following acts constitute harassment by the UNFPA Executive Director and the UNFPA Human Resources Director:
- The ultimatums given to me by the UNFPA ED and Human Resources Director threatening me that if I do not resign I will be investigated and that investigation will lead to the termination of my contract
- Isolating me by assigning my work to my Deputy and encouraging the Division staff not to attend Division staff meetings and not to interact with me
- Denying my missions for no reason
- Creating fear and confusion in my Division so that staff would be afraid to speak and deal with me
- Investigating Division staff about my being in the premises and making it clear to them that I am not allowed to be there after I was placed on SLWP
- Deliberately tarnishing my reputation by sending emails to staff informing them of the removal of my authority to “safeguard the interests of UNFPA”.
- Carrying out a campaign designed to destroy my career with the United Nations, after requesting me to transfer from [ … ], where I had a very accomplished track record and where I had every expectation for the renewal of my contract, then within one year from transferring from [ … ] to UNFPA, the UNFPA ED and the UNFPA Human Resources Director removed me from my job duties, placed me on unjustified SLWFP, and informed me of not renewing my contract without any justification.
The following acts constitute mismanagement and waste of funds by the UNFPA Executive Director and the UNFPA Human Resources Director:
- Placing me on SLWFP for over 6 months based on an unfounded report, preventing me from carrying out the duties of my job, denying my due process rights, and wasting United Nations funds
- Leaving the Division without a Director for over 6 months, while creating confusion and a negative image of chaos to external partners and donors which prompted some of the UNFPA donors to review UNFPA’s actions
- Wasting funds on conducting baseless investigations, paying external consultants fees to carry out such investigations, and paying for their international travel to conduct these investigations
- Extending contracts beyond the mandatory retirement age as favors for UNFPA’s top management inner-circle, while not renewing the contracts of at least 3 Division core staff members without known justification.”
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The Cover up
Despite the above serious accusations, submitted in October 2007, as of the date of this article, Appellant confirms never receiving any response from OIOS regarding the outcome of that investigation, or any indication about whether that investigation was ever initiated.
Was that a cover up act to protect Ms. Thoraya Obaid and Mr. Sean Hand from investigations?
M. Alaadin A. Morsy
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