Audit Specialist - Project Management
Background Information - Job-specific
UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
We employ more than 7,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
Internal Audit and Investigations Group
The purpose of the Internal Audit and Investigations Group is to provide independent and impartial assurance and advice to improve UNOPS operations. The IAIG reports on the use of resources administered by UNOPS and the effectiveness of internal control systems; and enhances the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. Furthermore, the IAIG leads the Executive Director’s investigations into alleged fraud, corruption, waste of resources, abuse of authority or other misconduct and violations of UNOPS regulations, rules and administrative instructions.
Under the over-all guidance and supervision of the Director, IAIG, the Internal Auditor shall report to the Manager of the Internal Audit Section of IAIG and is required to support all audit staff within IAIG as deemed appropriate. He/She shall contribute to the implementation of the annual internal audit work plan and the Group’s initiatives as well as provide administrative assistance ensuring high quality, efficient and effective execution of internal audit and advisory services. The Internal Auditor promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS financial rules and regulations. Travel requirements are estimated at approximately 30% of the time with field missions lasting from 2-3 weeks;
Under the general supervision of the Manager of the Internal Audit section, and the general guidance of the Director, IAIG, the individual will conduct internal audits to evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls in accordance with IIA Standards and UNOPS policies and procedures. This involves financial, operational, performance and compliance audits, as well as the following related activities:
Internal Audit work on organizational units/or processes:
Contributing to the annual risk assessment for the audit of UNOPS business units.
Developing risk based audit work plans, conducting audit field work and preparing reports for issue to management which are clear, concise and as per IIA Standards.
Preparing working papers, documenting adequately work performed and, where appropriate, review those of other team members to ensure that the work performed supports the conclusions reached.
Communicating orally and in writing audit results to management and making presentations to management.
Undertaking frequent, and at times extended, missions to UNOPS offices, including to areas with hazardous working conditions. Performing advisory engagement across UNOPS.
Project Audit work:
Reviewing project agreements with regards to the consistency of the wording of audit clauses contained therein.
Reviewing the terms of reference as well as reports received from outsourced auditors for quality assurance.
Perform duties as appropriate for managing the long term agreements with audit firms for outsourced project audits.
Undertaking quality assurance of IAIG audit reports to ensure that the final audit reports adhere to editorial requirements.
General contributions and responsibilities:
Monitoring the status of agreed actions plan and assess the adequacy of the actions taken by management prior to closure of audit observations.
Identifying recurring and systemic issues in audit reports, as well as lessons learned for inclusion in corporate reports.
Contributing to the professional development of other personnel within the unit.
Performing other related duties as required, such as forensic and special audits etc.
Contributing to the ongoing development of professional practices and knowledge management within IAIG and for oneself, including internal and external quality assessments of the internal audit function.
Support preparation of reports to audit committees and other bodies.
|Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
|Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
|Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
|Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
|Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
|Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
|Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
|Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
An advanced / Master's degree in combination with 5 additional years of qualifying experience is required.
A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in combination with 7 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in project or programme management. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree should have two more years of relevant experience. Experience in procurement is desirable.
Languages: Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.
Demonstrated ability to use the following tools is desirable;
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Staff
Contract level: P3
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
For more details about United Nations staff contracts, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/UN-Staff-Contracts.aspx
- Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time.
- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- UNOPS embraces diversity and it is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or disability.
- UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
- Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
- For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
- All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
- It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
Background Information - UNOPS
UNOPS – an operational arm of the United Nations – supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management, and human resources.
Working with us
We are proud of our people. With a wealth of knowledge and skills in various disciplines – engineering, finance, human resources, ICT, leadership, project management, procurement, and more – they help tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time. Their work around the world supports progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At UNOPS, we offer a range of short- and long-term opportunities in various environments and duty stations – from Denmark and Kenya to Mexico, Switzerland, Myanmar, Senegal, Uganda, and many more.
With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labor force — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs. We continually strive to maintain our gender-balanced workplace. We encourage qualified underrepresented groups as per UNOPS Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy to apply for our vacancies.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
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