Norwegian appointed Director in UNDP

10/16/2012 // Mr. Helge Strand Østtveiten has been appointed Director of UNDP's Office of Audit and Investigations.

Helge Strand Østtveiten will join the Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) at UNs Development Program’s headquarters in New York, in January 2013. He currently works as Director General at the Office of the Auditor General in Norway.

Good internal auditing and transparency in UN’s internal audit reports are important to fight corruption and ensure proper use of public funds. This is a priority in Norway’s present work with the UN.

Østtveiten has a degree in political science from the University of Oslo. He has additional education from Harvard. He has professional experience from the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research and Asplan Viak before joining the Office of the Auditor General in 2002. In recent years he has been Director General and Head of the Auditing Department II in the Office of the Auditor General.

The Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) reports to the UNDP Administrator and is responsible for internal audit and investigations. OAI also submits to the Audit Advisory Committee (AAC), for review and advice, its strategy, workplans, budget situations and periodic progress reports. In addition, every year OAI prepares a report on internal audit and investigations, which summarises significant observations from audits and investigations undertaken during the year. This report is presented to the UNDP Executive Board at its annual session in June.

Read more about UNDPs auditing here.

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