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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dakar
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-19

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Audit Specialist (RAC-NWCA)

Dakar (Senegal)

Background

The Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) reports to the Administrator and is responsible for internal audit and investigations services to UNDP and its affiliated entities. OAI provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls.

OAI has a decentralized organizational structure with Directorate and other headquarter units, based in New York, and Regional Audit Centres (RAC) located in the five regions: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Pretoria (South Africa), Dakar (Senegal), Panama City (Panama) and Istanbul (Turkey). The RAC is normally staffed with a Chief (P-5 level), three or four Audit Specialists (P-4 or P-3 level), and one Administrative Associate (G-6 level). The RAC for North, West, and Central Africa (RAC-NWCA) is based in Dakar, Senegal.

The Audit Specialist reports to the Chief, RAC-NWCA that covers 27 UNDP country offices in the regions. The primary role of the Audit Specialist is to perform internal audits of activities carried out by UNDP country offices in the region with a special focus on activities that are funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund). At times, this may include undertaking audit assignments in areas with hardship or hazardous working conditions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Principal functions:

Management

  • As a team leader, assumes responsibility and accountability for achieving the audit objectives.  This involves:
    • prepare of risk-based audit plans/programmes
    • conduct of audit field work
    • prepare and review of working papers
    • prepare exit conference notes
    • prepare draft audit reports, incorporating input from other team members
  • Assess the team members’ performance in a participatory manner and documents lessons learned.
  • Provide direction and guidance to, and coaches team members ensuring effective team functioning.
  • Present audit results to management.
  • Monitor the status of audit recommendations and appraises adequacy of action taken on audit recommendations.
  • Contribute to the annual audit risk assessment for UNDP's portfolio of Global fund projects.

Client Services

  • Conduct audits of projects funded by the Global Fund and managed by UNDP.
  • As a team leader or as a member of an audit team, conduct audit assignments in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing as published by the Institute of Internal Audit and OAI policy guidelines.
  • Assess the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls, governance and risk management.
  • Document findings and communicates orally and/or in writing to the country offices on their compliance, performance and potential for improvement.
  • Recommend actions to address shortcomings identified, strengthen internal controls and improve business processes.
  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief, conduct special assignments including management reviews, consulting assignments, special audits, and training workshops.
  • Undertake frequent, and at times extended missions to UNDP offices including to areas with hazardous working conditions.
  • Assist country offices in the arrangements for audits of Global Fund Sub-Recipients.

Other activities:

  • Keep abreast of the development of UNDP’s portfolio of Global Fund projects in the region.
  • Act as OAI audit focal point for matters pertaining to Global Fund in the region.
  • Coordinate and consults other OAI staff on Global Fund related matters.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of professional practices within OAI with a focus on Global Fund matters.
  • Participate in the implementation of his/her personal learning and training development plan.
  • If necessary, Assist the OAI Investigations Section on investigations concerning Global Fund projects.
  • Perform other assignments or tasks as determined by the RAC Chief or OAI Director.

Competencies

Core

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 3: Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 3: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery

Ability to get things done

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional

Teamwork:

  • Motivates and coaches team members.
  • Embraces extra responsibility.
  • Build team morale & consensus.

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Task Management Skills:

  • Produces timely, quality outputs.
  • Exercises sound judgment/analysis.
  • Develops creative solutions.
  • Ability to handle multiple task

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Building & Sharing Knowledge:

  • Actively builds deep knowledge in one or more areas.
  • Makes valuable practice contributions.
  • Applies existing knowledge to work.
  • Provides advice & support to others

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Learning:

  • Provides constructive coaching and feedback.
  • Acts as long-term mentor for others.
  • Acts on personal development plan

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Professional:

Demonstrated ability to manage and/or perform the following services, in accordance with relevant professional standards:

  • Operational audits
  • Performance audits
  • Financial audit
  • Project audits
  • Advisory services

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Technical:

Demonstrated ability to use the following tools:

  • Microsoft Office suite
  • Electronic working paper software
  • Computer assisted audit techniques
  • Enterprise Resource Planning systems

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced university degree (Masters) in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, 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.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in audit or another directly relevant area, several of which in internal audit (planning, leading and undertaking internal audit assignments).
  • Experience in the health sector is an advantage.
  • Working experience in an International Organization and field experience is highly desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and in French is required.
  • Knowledge of additional United Nations official languages is an advantage.

Disclaimer

Important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. For more information please click here and here.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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