Application Deadline :21-Feb-13
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 Year
Expected Duration of Assignment :Renewable


The Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) 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.
Based on an agreement with UN Women, OAI also assumes the internal audit function for UN Women. As a dedicated unit, the UN Women Audit Unit (UNWAU) manages the internal audit services for UN Women covering its Headquarters and field offices.
The Audit Specialist reports to the Chief, UN Women Audit Unit. The primary role of the Audit Specialist is to perform comprehensive audits of the UN Women Headquarters business units at Headquarters and in the field and of corporate functions and systems as well as programmes and projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

Principal functions:

As a team leader, assumes responsibility and accountability for achieving the audit objectives. This involves:

  • preparation of risk-based audit plans/programmesconduct of audit field work
  • preparation and review of working papers
  • preparation of Exit Conference notes
  • preparation of draft audit reports, incorporating input from other team members

Assesses the team members’ performance in a participatory manner and documents lessons learned.

Provides direction and guidance to, and coaches team members ensuring effective team functioning.

Presents audit results to management.

Monitors the status of audit recommendations and appraises adequacy of action taken on audit recommendations.

Acts as OIC for the UN Women Audit Unit when necessary.

Client Services
  • As a team leader or as a member of an audit team, conducts audit assignments in accordance with the International Standards for Internal Auditing and OAI policy guidelines.
  • Assesses the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and risk management.
  • Documents findings and communicates orally and/or in writing to the audited offices on their compliance, performance and potential for improvement
  • Recommends actions to address shortcomings identified, strengthen internal controls and improve business processes.
  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief, conducts special assignments including management reviews, consulting assignments, special audits, and training workshops.
  • Undertakes missions to UN Women offices in Headquarters,and away from Headquarters, at the regional, sub-regional and country level, including to areas with hazardous working conditions.
  • Provides guidance and advice to business units on audit-related matters.
Other Tasks
  • Contributes to the ongoing development of professional practices within OAI.
  • Participates in the implementation of his/her personal learning and training development plan.
  • Performs other assignments or tasks as determined by the Chief or the Director or Deputy Director (Audit).
Impact of Results
Significant decisions are made in assessing organizational risk and providing guidance to business units, functions and projects.
Significant decisions are made in assessing and providing audit ratings of business units, functions, and projects.
Promotes the due regard for effectiveness and efficiency in the use of resources and the safeguarding of assets throughout the organization.
Proposes changes in policies and procedures to the Chief.
Failure to detect and correct weaknesses in management and internal controls could result in loss of resources or reputation of UN Women. This would cause loss of confidence by donors and partners.
Failure to conduct audits professionally and competently could result in unwarranted damage to the reputation of units, functions or individual staff members.


Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness.
  • Display cultural sensitivity.
  • Shows strong corporate commitment.
  • Complies with UN Women regulations, rules, and code of conduct.
Functional Competencies:

  • Motivates and coaches team members.
  • Embraces extra responsibility.
  • Build team morale & consensus.
Task Management Skills:
  • Produces timely, quality outputs.
  • Exercises sound judgment/analysis.
  • Develops creative solutions.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Writes clearly and convincingly.
  • Speaks clearly and convincingly.
  • Has good presentation skills.
  • Listens actively and responds effectively.
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.
  • Provides constructive coaching and feedback.
  • Acts as long-term mentor for others.
  • Acts on personal development plan.
Demonstrated ability to perform and/or manage the following services, in accordance with professional standards:
  • Operational audits
  • Special audits
  • Financial audits
  • Project audits
  • Advisory services
  • Demonstrated ability to use the following tools:
  • Microsoft office suite
  • Electronic working paper software
  • Computer assisted audit techniques (ACL or IDEA)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning systems

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree 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.
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in audit or another directly relevant area, several of which in internal audit.
  • Working experience in an International Organization is desirable.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English.
  • Good working knowledge of French is desirable.
  • Knowledge of additional United Nations official languages is an advantage.

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