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Internal Auditor (Information Technology)


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: Closed

IMPORTANT NOTICE\: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device
The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.


• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
• All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting
In accordance with its Charter, the Office of the Inspector-General (OIG) provides oversight of FAO’s programmes and operations through internal audit and investigation. The Internal Audit Branch (OIGA) carries out assurance and advisory activities designed to add value and improve the organization's operations by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. The Branch conducts its work in accordance with the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF), including the Code of Ethics and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and adopted by the Internal Audit Services of the United Nations agencies.

The post is located in the Internal Audit Branch (OIGA) of the Office of the Inspector-General (OIG) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The Internal Auditor (Information Technology) reports to a Senior Auditor (Head of Unit), OIG.

Technical Focus
Internal auditing, with focus on information technology.

Key Results
The planning and execution of audit engagements at headquarters and/or field operations with the aim to provide independent and objective assurance and advice to the Director-General, the Oversight Advisory Committee and the FAO Governing Bodies that the programmes and operations of the Organization are carried out with due regard to economy, efficiency, effectiveness and ethics.

Key Functions
• Participates in and/or provides specialist expertise to multidisciplinary audit teams and/or project, programme and operational reviews.
• Plans and conducts audit assignments, from the initial planning, information gathering and interview stages to the final analysis and report writing stages, in accordance with internal procedures and auditing standards.
• Prepares using TeamMate, electronic working papers that support audit observations and recommendations.
• Prepares clear and concise draft reports and presents audit results and recommendations orally to the Inspector General and to management.
• Participates in capacity development activities and provides on-the-job training to other audit staff.
• Contributes to maintaining and updating the FAO Internal Audit Manual.
• Performs other duties as required.

Specific Functions
• Contributes to the assessment of information technology risks in FAO.
• Plans and conducts information technology audit assignments in accordance with internal procedures and auditing standards.
• Provides advice on information technology governance, risks and controls.
• Provides support in meeting OIG's requirements for audit-related informatics and digital transformation.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in audit, information systems, computer science, data science, business or public administration, finance, accounting, economics, law or a related field (candidates holding a first level university degree in the above-mentioned fields may also be considered if possessing two additional years of relevant work experience in information technology audit or information technology process improvement and a certification from an internationally recognized auditing and accountancy body such as CIA, CPA, ACCA or equivalent).
• Five years of relevant experience in information technology audit or information technology process improvement in an organization using modern auditing techniques, tools and information systems (e.g. internal audit department in the public or private sector, or an auditing or consulting firm).
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.
• Work experience in an international setting is desirable.
• Professional certification such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), ISO 27001, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) or IT Project Management is desirable.
• Extent and relevance of experience in performing information technology audits, providing advice on information technology governance, risks, delivery and/or control aspects (e.g. information technology security, data protection, information technology service management, information technology projects, information technology systems, technological innovation, etc.).
• Knowledge of information technology governance, risk and control concepts.
• Demonstrated ability to identify issues, collect and analyse information and develop recommendations and/or solutions
• Knowledge in data analysis techniques and tools.
• Demonstrated experience and ability in report-writing in English.
• Professional certification from an internationally recognized auditing and accountancy body such as CIA, CPA, ACCA or equivalent is an advantage for candidates possessing an advanced university degree.
• Professional certification in data management, data analytics or data science would be an advantage.
• Experience in using programming languages such as Python, JavaScript or Structured Query Language (SQL) would be an advantage.
• Familiarity with specialized audit software is considered an asset.


FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link\: http\://
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include\:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes\:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct.

• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help or have queries, please create a one-time registration with FAO’s client support team for further assistance\: https\://


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