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UN Women: Audit Specialist

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 Internal Audit Service (IAS) of the Independent Evaluation and Audit Services (IEAS) is responsible for internal audit services to UN Women. IAS provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls. It manages the internal audit services for UN Women covering its Headquarters and offices away from headquarters.

Under the supervision of the Chief, Internal Audit Service (IAS), the Audit Specialist is responsible for performing comprehensive audits of all business processes at the UN Women Headquarters and in the offices away from headquarters, of corporate functions, systems and internal controls, implementation of policies and procedures, as well as of programmes and projects. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Act as team leader in the formulation and achievement of audit objectives:

  • Conduct audit assignments in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the UN Women Charter of the Independent Evaluation and Audit Services as well as the IEAS audit guidelines;
  • Undertake audit missions to UN Women offices in Headquarters, and away from Headquarters, at the regional, sub-regional and country level, including to areas with hazardous working conditions;
  • Prepare and implement  risk-based audit plans/programmes;
  • Prepare and review of working papers;
  • Prepare Exit Conference notes;
  • Prepare draft and finalize audit reports, incorporating input from other team members and responses from management; 
  • Present audit results to management including suggested improvements  in policies, procedures and practices;
  • Monitor the status of audit recommendations and appraises adequacy of action taken on audit recommendations.

Provide technical inputs to internal controls and risk management:

  • Assess the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and risk management;
  • Document findings and communicates orally and/or in writing to the audited offices on their compliance, performance and potential for improvement;
  • Recommend actions to address shortcomings identified, strengthen internal controls and improve business processes;
  • Conduct special assignments including management reviews, advisory services, special audits.

Oversee the work of team members:

  • Assesses the team members’ performance in a participatory manner and documents lessons learned;
  • Provides direction and guidance to, and coaches team members ensuring effective team functioning;
  • Acts as OIC for the Internal Audit Service (IAS) when necessary.

Provide technical contributions to knowledge management and sharing:

  • Develop and implement training workshops as required;
  • Provide guidance and advice to business units on audit-related matters;
  • Contributes to the ongoing development of professional practices within the team including the development of audit guidelines and standard operating procedures for the effective and efficient conduct of audits;
  • Participates in the implementation of his/her personal learning and training development plan.

Performs other assignments or tasks as determined by the Chief.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Activities assigned as part of Annual Work plan are implemented on time, on scope and on budget;
  • Audits reports and recommendations are delivered on time and on scope;
  • High level issues are escalated in an appropriate manner;
  • Contributions to knowledge management;
  • Properly assessing and providing audit ratings of business units, functions, programmes and projects;
  • Changes in policies and procedures proposed to the Chief, IAS and Director, IEAS.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity; 
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

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

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to perform and/or manage comprehensive audit, operational audits, special audits, financial audits, project audits, and advisory services;
  • Ability to motivate and coach team members;
  • Ability to produce timely and quality outputs;
  • Ability to develop creative solutions;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to listen actively and respond effectively;
  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft office suite, audit management software, computer assisted audit techniques (ACL or IDEA or TeamMate), Enterprise Resource Planning systems. 

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Auditing or related field;
  • A first level degree in combination with a certification as Chartered Accountant or Certified Public Accountant may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree;
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation desirable;
  • Additional professional certifications (CISA, CFE) are an advantage.


  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in audit or another directly relevant area, several of which in internal audit;
  • At least 4 years working experience in an international organization.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Good working knowledge of French or Spanish desirable;
  • Knowledge of additional UN official working 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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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-10

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