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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-22

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all for applications - UN Women Senior Audit Specialist onsultant - Roster

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.


To complement the IAS team in the completion of IAS 2019 risk-based audit plan, IAS aims to develop a comprehensive roster of qualified audit specialists with extensive UN experience and subject matter experts who may be hired on a temporary consultancy basis.  


This call for applications is for the purpose of identifying a pool of qualified candidates who may be invited to undertake short-term assignments for IAS, ranging in length from a few weeks to a maximum of 11 months. This call is aimed at candidates with various levels of experience, in particular, Audit Consultant (two categories, depending on level of experience), and Audit Support Consultant, to contribute to IAS work as described below. The Audit Consultant and Audit Support Consultant will be located at UN Women’s headquarters in New York (USA) or working remotely. Depending on the specific requirements of IAS, the consultant may be required to undertake field missions. The assignments may cover a number of activities, or be dedicated to a specific project or other activity.


Notwithstanding this call for applications, individual Terms of Reference may be issued for specific assignments where deemed appropriate.


Reporting Lines


The consultant reports to Chief, IAS and Director, IEAS.


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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.


To complement the IAS team in the completion of IAS 2019 risk-based audit plan, IAS aims to develop a comprehensive roster of qualified audit specialists with extensive UN experience and subject matter experts who may be hired on a temporary consultancy basis.  


This call for applications is for the purpose of identifying a pool of qualified candidates who may be invited to undertake short-term assignments for IAS, ranging in length from a few weeks to a maximum of 11 months. This call is aimed at candidates with various levels of experience, in particular, Audit Consultant (two categories, depending on level of experience), and Audit Support Consultant, to contribute to IAS work as described below. The Audit Consultant and Audit Support Consultant will be located at UN Women’s headquarters in New York (USA) or working remotely. Depending on the specific requirements of IAS, the consultant may be required to undertake field missions. The assignments may cover a number of activities, or be dedicated to a specific project or other activity.


Notwithstanding this call for applications, individual Terms of Reference may be issued for specific assignments where deemed appropriate.


Reporting Lines


The consultant reports to Chief, IAS and Director, IEAS.


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Under the overall guidance of the Director, IEAS, and the supervision of the Chief, IAS, the incumbent contributes to the improvement of risk management, control, and governance processes in UN Women using a systematic and disciplined approach to ensure that internal audit activities, comply with the provisions of the IAS Charter and with all relevant professional standards.  In particular, the incumbent will\:


As a team leader, or team member\: under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief, IAS, the Senior Audit Consultant is expected to undertake specific audit and advisory activities with technical competence and independence, according to the standards of the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), applicable UN Women policies, and the deadlines and deliverables set out in the TORs for specific engagement. The assigned tasks and responsibilities will normally include several of the following elements\:

  • Conduct the specific assignment in accordance with the IPPF of the IIA;
  • Contribute to the preparation of annual work plans (including risk analysis), and to the preparation of comprehensive and quality audit programmes;
  • Lead or contribute as a team member in specific assignments to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of the Organization’s internal controls, risk management and governance, (e.g. project/programme/function/office) by performing value for money and compliance audit, advisory, inspection, or special reviews in country offices and/or at headquarters;
  • Discuss audit findings with senior management, prepare/contribute to preparation of clear concise draft reports that summarize the results of related assignments;
  • Develop specific, measurable and feasible audit recommendations, and validate the management plan of actions to address the recommendations;
  • Provide on-the-job supervision and training to team members;
  • Prepare adequate and comprehensive working papers to support the work done and conclusions reached in the area of work assigned. Address any questions from the Quality Assurance Review conducted by supervisor or peer;
  • Undertake special studies and reviews;
  • Provide advice to Headquarters, regional, and country management as appropriate;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

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Under the overall guidance of the Director, IEAS, and the supervision of the Chief, IAS, the incumbent contributes to the improvement of risk management, control, and governance processes in UN Women using a systematic and disciplined approach to ensure that internal audit activities, comply with the provisions of the IAS Charter and with all relevant professional standards.  In particular, the incumbent will\:


As a team leader, or team member\: under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief, IAS, the Senior Audit Consultant is expected to undertake specific audit and advisory activities with technical competence and independence, according to the standards of the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), applicable UN Women policies, and the deadlines and deliverables set out in the TORs for specific engagement. The assigned tasks and responsibilities will normally include several of the following elements\:

  • Conduct the specific assignment in accordance with the IPPF of the IIA;
  • Contribute to the preparation of annual work plans (including risk analysis), and to the preparation of comprehensive and quality audit programmes;
  • Lead or contribute as a team member in specific assignments to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of the Organization’s internal controls, risk management and governance, (e.g. project/programme/function/office) by performing value for money and compliance audit, advisory, inspection, or special reviews in country offices and/or at headquarters;
  • Discuss audit findings with senior management, prepare/contribute to preparation of clear concise draft reports that summarize the results of related assignments;
  • Develop specific, measurable and feasible audit recommendations, and validate the management plan of actions to address the recommendations;
  • Provide on-the-job supervision and training to team members;
  • Prepare adequate and comprehensive working papers to support the work done and conclusions reached in the area of work assigned. Address any questions from the Quality Assurance Review conducted by supervisor or peer;
  • Undertake special studies and reviews;
  • Provide advice to Headquarters, regional, and country management as appropriate;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

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  • Complete the assignment in accordance with the audit plan that is timely implemented, on scope and on budget;
  • Within 3 weeks after the field work completion, delivery of quality audit working papers, draft reports with key conclusions and recommendations;
  • All audit recommendations accepted by the audit client and other units involved in the audit. In case of major disagreements to the recommendations, the key reasons for and against recommendation to be discussed and documented for final decision of Chief, IAS and Director, IEAS;
  • High level issues identified during audit are timely discussed with Chief, and escalated to the responsible units; and
  • Sufficient substantiate of audit ratings provided to audited business units, functions, and projects.

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  • Complete the assignment in accordance with the audit plan that is timely implemented, on scope and on budget;
  • Within 3 weeks after the field work completion, delivery of quality audit working papers, draft reports with key conclusions and recommendations;
  • All audit recommendations accepted by the audit client and other units involved in the audit. In case of major disagreements to the recommendations, the key reasons for and against recommendation to be discussed and documented for final decision of Chief, IAS and Director, IEAS;
  • High level issues identified during audit are timely discussed with Chief, and escalated to the responsible units; and
  • Sufficient substantiate of audit ratings provided to audited business units, functions, and projects.

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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.
Functional Competencies\:
  • Demonstrated ability to perform and/or manage risk-based, performance/value-for-money, compliance and/or functional audits and advisory services;
  • Ability to identify good practices and areas for improvement, in particular root causes, in the areas of governance, risk management and internal controls in terms of adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency, and provide specific and feasible recommendations and solutions;
  • Ability to produce timely, quality outputs;
  • Ability to handle multi-tasks, resourceful and work independently with little supervision;
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation, presentation and communication skills including ability to listens actively and responds effectively;
  • Strong report writing skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft office suite, TeamMate, Computer assisted audit techniques (Excel, ACL, etc), Enterprise Resource Planning systems.

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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.
Functional Competencies\:
  • Demonstrated ability to perform and/or manage risk-based, performance/value-for-money, compliance and/or functional audits and advisory services;
  • Ability to identify good practices and areas for improvement, in particular root causes, in the areas of governance, risk management and internal controls in terms of adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency, and provide specific and feasible recommendations and solutions;
  • Ability to produce timely, quality outputs;
  • Ability to handle multi-tasks, resourceful and work independently with little supervision;
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation, presentation and communication skills including ability to listens actively and responds effectively;
  • Strong report writing skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft office suite, TeamMate, Computer assisted audit techniques (Excel, ACL, etc), Enterprise Resource Planning systems.

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Education\:
  • Advanced university degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance or related field. A first level degree in combination with a certification from an internationally recognized auditing or accounting body may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree;
  • Professional certifications (CIA, CISA, CFE) are an advantage.
Experience\:
  • At least twelve years of professional experience in audit or another directly relevant area, seven of which in internal audit. Moreover, at least seven years working experience in an International Organization or similar organizational setting
Languages\:
  • Fluency in English is required; and
  • Working level knowledge of French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic languages is required.

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Education\:
  • Advanced university degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance or related field. A first level degree in combination with a certification from an internationally recognized auditing or accounting body may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree;
  • Professional certifications (CIA, CISA, CFE) are an advantage.
Experience\:
  • At least twelve years of professional experience in audit or another directly relevant area, seven of which in internal audit. Moreover, at least seven years working experience in an International Organization or similar organizational setting
Languages\:
  • Fluency in English is required; and
  • Working level knowledge of French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic languages is required.

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