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Internal Auditor Lead


  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Senior Executive
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

Specificity of this position


Please note that, this position is only open for application for ICRC and ex-ICRC employees.


Reports to (role)


Deputy Head of Internal Audit


What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.




The ICRC's Internal Audit Unit is one of the organization's statutory bodies charged with exercising general oversight. It is independent of the Administration and reports directly to the Assembly. Its scope covers the entire ICRC.




Support the Head of the Internal Audit unit in the discharge of they duties as set out in Article 50 of the ICRC Internal Regulations. Evaluate the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of ICRC’s governance, risk-management and control processes at headquarters and in delegations. 


General duties


  • Understands and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Understands and adheres to the ICRC Code of Conduct
  • Understands and adheres to the IIA code of ethics and other elements of the IPPF
  • Understands the roles of the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • Respects and observes staff regulations and security rules at all times
  • Represents the ICRC in a professional manner at all times
  • Develops and maintains a pleasant and conducive working environment with colleagues and line managers
  • Performs all duties with the highest level of confidentiality in the interest of the employees and the ICRC
  • May be asked to perform tasks not covered in this job description 


Main duties and responsibilities


Internal Audit (100 %)

As a member of the team, you will be called upon to perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct audits at headquarters and in delegations.



  • The ICRC’s governance, risk management and internal control system;
  • The ICRC’s compliance with laws, regulations, strategies, policies and procedures in place;
  • Whether the ICRC’s resources are used in an effective and efficient manner and are protected adequately;
  • The ICRC’s strategies and operations.


  • Write audit reports and communicate results and recommendations;
  • Contribute to the thinking and strategies of the Internal Audit;
  • Maintain high quality work standards and remain up to date with the evolution of standards and practices;
  • May coordinate a small team (up to three persons) in the conduct of audit assignments in complex environments.

Additional duties


  • Is aware of the Institution’s objectives and has a good knowledge of the Movement and other contacts relevant to the position
  • Collects and shares information so as to improve Internal Audit’s understanding of the environment and humanitarian trends and responses
  • Represents the ICRC in an appropriate way during activities, in meetings at HQ and in the field, and avoids any activity that may reflect negatively on the ICRC’s and the Internal Audit’s image
  • Takes responsibility for their own professional learning and development, specifically in internal audit related matters




  • Internally, interacts with all ICRC structures and departments, the Directorate, Assembly, Assembly Council, Audit Commission and President;
  • Externally, interacts with external auditors, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, government authorities, external suppliers, consultants and non-governmental organizations.


Education, skills and experience required


  • Advanced university degree
  • 12-15 years ICRC field/HQ experience: Programs (Assistance, Protection, Prevention) and/or redline management. 
  • Professional certification (CIA, CRMA, CISA, ISO 27001, COBIT 2019, CISSP, etc) is an asset.
  • Excellent command of English, other languages are an asset (French, Spanish,…)
  • Proficiency in some of the following areas is an asset: Internal/external audit, risk management, digital transformation, project management,…


Additional information


Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Type of contract: Open-ended contract
Grade: C2 - Evolution to “audit manager” (C3) is possible after 2 years, under conditions
Activity rate: 100%
Estimated start date: mid-September/early-October
Hiring manager: Guilhem Ravier - Deputy Head of Internal Audit
Recruiter: Diara Niang 
Application deadline: 22nd of August 2022

Are you ready to explore the next chapter of your career? Apply now!


The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

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