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Internal Auditor P4 - Rome, Italy

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-29

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.



The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.



The mission of the Office of the Inspector General is to provide WFP’s stakeholders' assurance on the adequacy and effectiveness of WFP’s governance, risk management, and control processes aimed to detect and deter fraud, waste and abuse through the conduct of independent and objective oversight activities. (OIG Charter, November 2019).

The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing audit and advisory assignments, as per the approved Internal Audit work plan; he/she will be based at Headquarters with missions to WFP field operations worldwide. At this level, the successful candidate will work individually, mostly as a team leader. This position requires extensive travel, often to difficult duty stations.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


Under the supervision and direction of the OIGA Director, the Internal Auditor will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Perform complex/major audit (or advisory) assignments in multi-disciplinary audit teams, operational reviews, special audits in accordance with internal procedures and auditing standards.
  • Prepare risk-based audit plans and programmes, prepare and review audit working papers, develop and document audit observations and related recommendations to address shortcomings identified, strengthen internal controls and improve business processes.
  • Prepare comprehensive audit reports incorporating input from team members, answers from auditees and the Management feedback from the Office of Internal Audit.
  • Lead or participate in the Office of Internal Audit work planning, development of professional practices and ad hoc assignments as determined by senior Management.
  • Communicate timely and effectively with the Management of the Office of Internal Audit on the status of engagements, issues impacting them and steps taken.
  • Monitor the status of audit recommendations, assess the adequacy and timeliness of actions taken by the audited offices.
  • Support coordination of activities with WFP’s external auditors.
  • Make significant contribution to the development and update of Internal Audit policies and procedures.
  • Identify training needs, develop training programs and materials, and deliver workshops with respect to auditing approaches and techniques.
  • Provide direction and guidance to the team members, coach them for effective teamwork and results, and assess their performance.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.


  • Advanced University degree in Audit, Business, Public Administration, Finance and/or another related field. Alternatively, First University degree with additional years of relevant professional experience.
  • Completed internal audit certification such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or equivalent is required (or proven internal audit experience).


  • Minimum eight (8) or more years (three of which at international level) of progressively responsible relevant experience in planning, leading and executing internal audits in various organizations that use modern auditing techniques including auditing automated financial and management information systems, management and operational areas.
  • Demonstrated records of supervision of audit teams or staff.


  • Fluency (level C) in English language. I
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.


  • Demonstrated expertise in auditing standards, methodologies and practices including applicable financial rules and procedures.
  • Demonstrated practical use of auditing techniques including familiarity with electronic sources and databases.
  • Knowledge of how to collect information, systemize, analyse and put forward solid recommendations.
  • Strong business acumen, analytical and strategic thinking.
  • Strong coordination, planning and leadership skills including ability to influence Senior Managers by consistent and clear communication.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and setting priorities.
  • Ability to coach staff in undertaking audit assignments and in drawing conclusions.


Non-Rotational Nature

Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is however classified as “non-rotational” which means the incumbent shall not be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as rotational.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more information click here:



October 29, 2020


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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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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