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Senior Auditor

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
  • Closing Date: 2021-12-13

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Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/3/2021/IAO/01
Publication date: 12 November 2021
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 13 December 2021


Job ID: 7005 
Department: IAO 
Organization Unit: IAO 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply.


Applications from officials who have reached their age of retirement as defined in Article 11.3 of the Staff Regulations on or before 31 December 2017, or who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.


The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to [email protected].


The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).


Applicants from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here:


In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category.


Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.


The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.


The post is located in the Office of Internal Audit and Oversight (IAO).  IAO is an independent oversight function, which is responsible for internal audit, investigation and inspection activities.  Audit assignments may be undertaken, but not be limited to, areas of governance, risk management, and systems of internal control.  IAO provides advisory services as and when requested by the Director-General or his/her designates, which may include undertaking performance and/or management audits.  

The position will be responsible for planning and delivering high quality internal audits, or other audit services, as directed by the Chief Internal Auditor.  

The position will report to the Chief Internal Auditor.

Specific Duties

  1. Lead and conduct audits/special reviews with respect to complex programmes and operations. Using a risk-based approach, determine the approach, scope and procedures of the work assignment, in accordance with relevant international standards, and prepare a work programme and a risk based plan.
  2. Draft terms of reference to engage consultants under IAO’s long-term agreement as required.  Liaise and oversee the work of the consultant to ensure effective execution, delivery and quality of the assigned task.
  3. Conduct interviews with heads of operations and/or other staff as to complete the assignment and hold exit meetings to discuss findings and conclusions with the responsible manager.
  4. Prepare clear, well documented, and referenced working papers in support of findings for review by the Chief Internal Auditor or his/her designates.
  5. Draft audit or assignment reports aimed at facilitating organization change for consumption by responsible managers, including senior management, for review by the Chief Internal Auditor or his/her designates.
  6. Prepare and make presentations as required of assignment findings, conclusions, and recommendations to senior management or the Independent Oversight Advisory Committee as required.
  7. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

Generic Duties

  1. Supervise and report on the work of subordinate auditors or other professionals and assistants as assigned on a permanent or project basis to the team.
  2. Obtain information directly through examination of records (paper and automated) in pursuing audit objectives and in conducting inspection or investigation work and supplement as necessary with interview of staff and other appropriate investigation techniques.
  3. Appraise the efficiency and effectiveness of the Organization’s administrative procedure including managerial aspects of programmes/projects and activities; and ascertain the achievement of planned objectives, recommending improvements where appropriate.
  4. Hold discussions with heads of operations on completion of the audit/inspection/investigation assignment and discuss findings and recommendations.
  5. Prepare audit reports and recommendations for the correction of control weaknesses and ensure that working papers and records are maintained to substantiate significant audit findings and recommendations.
  6. Appraise adequacy of follow-up action taken in respect of audit findings and recommendations.

Required qualifications


An advanced university degree in a relevant field (plus Associate or Fellow of a recognized Association or Institute of professional auditors and/or accountants (such as Chartered Accountant, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor).


Professional audit experience at national or international level of at least eight years, preferably including at least four years spent in a practising firm of Chartered Accountants, Certified Public Accountants or  public sector audit organizations with experience in financial, operational and management audit.


Excellent command of one official language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization. Working knowledge of a second official language. Working knowledge of a third official language would be an asset for audit in different regions.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:


Sound knowledge of the Organization’s mandate, financial rules, procedures, regulations, policies, plans and priorities of the Organization’s activities or sound knowledge of best practices in other UN organizations or in the private or public sector in rules, regulations, plans, procedures and laws.  Knowledge of good management practices, and international audit standards, including those relating to value for money and performance audits.  Knowledge of internationally accepted IT business practices and standards.  Sound knowledge of risk-based principles is essential. Excellent drafting skills to prepare reports of audit findings and recommendations effectively and adequately.  Demonstrates an ability to design, perform and manage audit assignments in an effective, efficient and professional manner, and effectively communicate findings both orally and in writing to staff and senior management, and ILO governance organs.  Ability to provide advice on draft policies and procedures and guidelines for constructive improvements in ILO practices. Ability to provide advice to senior management with objective analyses, appraisals, and pertinent comments on the implementation of audit recommendations. Skills in recommending effective changes.  Ability to work with the minimum of supervision and guidance. Ability to handle confidential matters.  Ability to conduct performance and/or value for money audits would be an asset.  Knowledge of IT audit applications such as TeamMate or applications used to interrogate data such as ACL.  Knowledge of enterprise resource planning systems, such as Oracle.


Ability to work with tact and discretion.  Ability to work within a small team context, and collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.  The incumbent should act with integrity, and be objective and impartial at all times when conducting audit assignments or other audit services. Team player. Actively solicits input from team members and other colleagues, supports learning and knowledge sharing amongst colleagues.  Ability to build constructive relationships with audit clients.  Ability to communicate in a clear and effective manner.  Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.



Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • The first contract will be issued for a twenty-four month period.
  • A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
  • Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit:


Important Information

Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at [email protected]


Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.


Fraud warning

The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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