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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-03

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UN Women: Chief, Internal Audit Service

New York City (United States of America)


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The service will be responsible for provision of internal audits to UN Women and its affiliated funds.  The internal audit service provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls. The internal audit service is a key component of the independent internal oversight system of UN Women which together with the office providing independent evaluations will be under the overall supervision of the Director of independent assurance service of UN Women.

The Chief of internal audit service will support the Director of the independent assurance service for UN Women in the management of the internal audit services. The Chief of internal audit service interacts with the Executive Board on internal audit matters, maintains a close working relationship with the United Nations Board of Auditors (external auditors of UN Women), ensures interface, complemental coordination with the investigation service provider of UN Women and fosters coordination and cooperation with the internal audit and investigation offices of other organizations of the United Nations system.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage the formulation, communication and implementation of the internal audit strategy aligned with the risk appetite and risk profile of UN Women:

  • Manage the development of an internal audit strategy;
  • Manage new strategic initiatives, and continuous improvement of audit processes and methodologies;
  • Establish and maintain an effective quality control over the activities and outputs of the Unit, to ensure that they conform with professional standards as well as Internal Audit policies;
  • Develop and implement an audit risk assessment model for UN Women and prepares a risk-based annual and medium-term audit plan for UN Women;
  • Keep abreast of relevant developments in UN Women and informs the Director of independent assurance service accordingly;
  • Manage and/or participate in special projects, supports and cooperates with other UN Women units, in order to facilitate matrix management, build organizational synergy, and productivity.

Plan, manage, and directly participate in the audits, ensuring their proper execution particularly quality assurance procedures in accordance with the Institute of Internal Audit standards and the internal audit guidelines:

  • Develop and implement the Annual Work Plan for UN-Women internal audit service;
  • Oversee and manage comprehensive audits of Headquarters business units, corporate functions and of field offices at regional, sub-regional and country level;
  • Undertake audit missions to UN Women offices away from Headquarters, including to areas with hazardous working conditions;
  • Assume lead role in preparing summaries of audit results, best practices and lessons for presentation or dissemination to field offices, Headquarters and other key stakeholders;
  • Assume responsibility for providing internal audit assurance on the integrity of financial systems and consistent application of the internal control framework and/or UN Women / UN rules and regulations;
  • Provide advisory services on issues related to audit, risk management and internal controls;
  • Prepare an annual report on the internal audit activities for submission to the UN Women Executive Board;
  • Manage the monitoring of the implementation of audit recommendations, validate follow up information provided by management and ensure the accuracy of data uploaded into the Comprehensive Audit and Recommendation Database System (CARDS) or whatever system may eventually be used.

Represent UN Women in meetings to build and maintain partnerships:

  • Represent the internal audit function in various UN Women meetings and working groups on corporate issues;
  • Build and maintain close working relations with UN Women managers, including at the senior level;
  • Cooperate with UN-Women designated investigation service provider on cases involving allegations of fraud, corruption or other misconduct;
  • Represent the internal audit function of UN Women, together with the Director of independent assurance service, in various meetings with the similar internal audit service providers of other UN Agencies and other organizations as well as a participating member of United Nations Representatives of Internal Audit Services (UN RIAS).

Manage the internal audit service:

  • Manage human resources assigned, including; providing support to staff in the achievement of their career goals, ensuring appropriate learning, training and development, and actively participating in timely planning and assessment of staff performance;
  • Manage the financial resources allocated to the office for internal audit services ensuring they are properly invested in the short and long term;
  • Plan efficient and effective deployment of the internal audit human and financial resources including as necessary recruitment and procurement of additional resources (e.g., individual consultants, firms);
  • Identify and integrate efficiency gains and cost reductions in all operations;
  • Oversee security requirements for the team.

Lead Knowledge management and sharing initiatives:

  • Contribute to workshops and training on, internal controls and audit;
  • Disseminate lessons learned from UN Women audits;
  • Participates in the implementation of his/her personal learning and training development plan.

Perform any other tasks as requested by the Director of independent assurance service for UN Women.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Annual Work plan is implemented on time, on scope and on budget;
  • Implementation of Audit Strategy on time and on scope;
  • Audits reports and recommendations are delivered on time and on scope;
  • High level issues are escalated in an appropriate manner;
  • Working relationship with other units;
  • Performance of staff;
  • Contributions to knowledge management.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to manage and/or perform Comprehensive audits of Headquarters business units and corporate functions;
  • Ability to manage and /or perform Performance (value-for-money) audits;
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office suite, Presentation software applications, Electronic working paper software, Computer assisted audit techniques, Enterprise Resource Planning systems;
  • Ability to Lead team effectively;
  • Ability to Lead development of clear strategies;
  • Ability to Manage projects effectively;
  • Ability to Develop innovative solution.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Statistics, Law, or related field;
  • Chartered Accountant or Certified Public Accountant;
  • A recognized professional auditing certification such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation is a requirement;
  • Additional professional certifications (CISA, CFE) are an advantage.


  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in audit or another directly relevant area, several of which in internal audit;
  • At least 5 years working experience in an International Organization;
  • Experience in effective management of outsourced audit activities;
  • Experience in risk management is desirable;
  • Field experience is an advantage.


  • Fluency in English;
  • Proficiency in French or Spanish is desirable;
  • Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an advantage.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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