UN chief appoints Filipino as head of UN body

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made known to UN General Assembly, October 5, his plan to appoint Philippines Commission of Audit Commissioner Heidi Mendoza as the new head of UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) for a five-year non-renewable term. The UN chief’s recommendation came after he consulted Chairs of Regional Groups.

The head of UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has a rank of UN Under-Secretary-General (USG). All USGs report to the UN General Assembly through the UN Secretary-General. The only exception to this is the Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services who reports directly to the General Assembly.

The mandate of the said UN internal body is to assist the Secretary-General in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities in respect of the resources and staff of UN through internal audit, monitoring, inspection, evaluation and investigation services.

Aside from being a COA commissioner, Mendoza also serves as the External Auditor for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO). She is a certified public accountant with over 20 years of service in government specializing in audit, investigation, fraud examination, anti-corruption and integrity advocacy.

Outgoing head of OIOS is Under-Secretary-General Carman Lapointe. She was appointed September 14, 2010 for a five-year term.