COA's Heidi Mendoza to be appointed head of UN oversight unit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is appointing Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Heidi Mendoza to be the new undersecretary general of UN Office of Internal Oversight Services.

“United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following consultations with Chairs of Regional Groups, informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Heidi Mendoza of the Philippines as the new Undersecretary-General for Internal Oversight Services for a five-year nonrenewable term,” the UN said in a statement on Tuesday (October 6).

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Mendoza has been the COA commissioner since 2011. She has served notably as chairperson of Audit Committee on Public Sector Auditing Standards Board. She is also the external auditor for the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization, and International Labour Organization.

“As a certified public accountant, Ms. Mendoza has over 20 years of service in government particularly in the field of audit, investigation, fraud examination, anti-corruption and integrity advocacy,” the UN added.

The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) assists the UN secretary-general “through the provision of audit, investigation, inspection and evaluation services.”

The OIOS is organized into three functional units: internal audit division, inspection and evaluation division, and the investigations division.

The OIOS, currently headed by Carman Lapointe, covers all UN activities under the Secretary-General's authority, including: the UN Secretariat in New York, Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna, five regional commissions, peacekeeping missions and humanitarian operations; assistance to funds and programs administered separately under the authority of the Secretary-General (including UNHCR, UNEP, UN HABITAT, and OHCHR), and other entities that have requested OIOS services such as UNCCD and UNFCCC.

Mendoza is expected to replace Lapointe, who served as auditor general of the World Bank group from 2004 to 2009.

A graduate of the Financial Management Program in Internal Auditing from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Lapointe is also a certified internal auditor and a certified fraud examiner and holds a Business Ethics Certificate from Colorado State University.