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Internal Auditor

Geneva (Switzerland)

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\:  please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local date and time.


1.         Organizational context


The post is located in the Internal Oversight Division (IOD).  The IOD serves as an independent and objective reviewer of WIPO operations and activities, examining operations and activities based on risk and relevance to WIPO management and constituencies with a view towards promoting economy, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of the Secretariat's work.


As Internal Auditor, the incumbent is required to independently conduct complex audits for IOD as defined by the Internal Oversight Charter (rev 2016).


The incumbent works under the supervision of the Head, Internal Audit Section, in accordance with the provisions of WIPO's Internal Oversight Charter, and in cooperation and coordination with the Program Managers of the Organization as appropriate.



2.         Duties and responsibilities


Under the direction of the Director, IOD and the supervision of the Head, Internal Audit Section, the incumbent will perform the following principal duties\:


(a)  Contribute effectively to the design, preparation and implementation of the IOD's audit strategies, annual work plans and programs;


(b)  Prepare risk-based audit plans/programmes in accordance with internationally recognized professional auditing standards (e.g. IIA Standards);


(c)  Carry out risk-based audits and other operational audits of large and complex operations, identify tasks, coordinate/monitor work, control audit/assign resources, consolidate results, etc.;


(d)  Conduct discussions of preliminary nature with heads of operations audited, recommend and discuss corrective action and timelines with responsible officer, and monitor the implementation status of agreed recommendations;


(e)  Obtain required information directly or indirectly through examination of records or by interviewing staff;


(f)   Document, evaluate and test systems and controls to determine their adequacy and effectiveness, ensuring\:  (i) compliance with policies and procedures;  (ii) accomplishment of management's objectives;  (iii) reliability and integrity of information;  (iv) economical use of resources;  and (v) safeguarding of assets;


(g)  Prepares working papers for review by Head of Internal Audit Section and the Director, IOD and ensure that working papers and records are maintained to substantiate audit findings and recommendations;


(h)  Draft audit reports for Organization-wide consumption, including Senior Management and the WIPO Assembly;


(i)    Monitor the status of audit recommendations and appraise the adequacy of follow-up action taken in respect to audit findings and recommendations;


(j)    Assess the reliability and effective use of internal controls and risk management, and assist in reviewing established policies, procedures and regulations;  and


(k)    Perform other related duties as required.



3.         Requirements




First-level university degree in business administration, finance, accounting or other relevant discipline.

A professional qualification as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or other equivalent qualification from an accredited authority is required.


Advanced university degree.




At least six years of experience in professional auditing and/or accounting at national or international level.



Familiarity with the United Nations system or comparable international institutions, as well as with WIPO's management procedures and systems.




Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.


Knowledge of French or other UN official languages.


Job-related competencies


Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Demonstrate in-depth technical knowledge, hands-on experience and professional competence in the field of auditing standards and practices, risk assessment, and applicable financial rules and procedures.

Excellent drafting skills to prepare reports to present audit findings, conclusions and recommendations effectively and adequately.

Sound knowledge of good management practices, international auditing and accounting standards as well as internationally accepted IT standards.  Knowledge and experience in the audit of information systems applications and specialized IT audit applications, such as ACL and Team Mate are highly desirable.

Have the ability to defend and explain difficult issues and positions to staff including senior officials.

Ability to work with the minimum of supervision and guidance.


4.         Organizational competencies


1.  Communicating effectively.

2.  Respecting individual and cultural differences.

3.  Showing team spirit.

4.  Managing yourself.

5.  Producing results.

6.  Embracing change.

7.  Respecting ethics and values.



5.         Information


Mobility\:  Candidates appointed to an international position with WIPO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.


Annual salary\:

Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment.  The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.  The figures quoted below are based on the January 2017 rate of 76.5%




Annual salary



Post adjustment



Total Salary



Currency USD




Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.


Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.


Additional Information


Initial period of two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance.  No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.


This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule 4.9.5.


Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged.


The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.




By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.


In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO 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 through the link\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.


Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening.  Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.


Additional background checks may be required.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Internal audit and inspection
  • Closing Date: 2017-02-27

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