AUDIT SPECIALIST


Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :21-Feb-13
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-May-2013
Duration of Initial Contract :1 Year
Expected Duration of Assignment :Renewable

Background

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 (UWAS) 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:
 
Management:
  • As member of an audit team and under the supervision of the Chief, prepares/participates in the preparation of risk-based audit plans/programmes. 
  • Prepares working papers for review by the Chief.
  • Drafts specific parts of audit reports for review by the Chief.
  • Monitors the implementation of agreed recommendations and advises on problem areas.
Client Services:
  • As member of an audit team, conducts specific elements of the assignment in accordance with the International Standards for Internal Auditing and OAI policies.
  • Assesses the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and risk management.
  • Documents findings and communicates orally and/or in writing to the business units 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 audit 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.
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
Decisions:
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.
 
Recommendations:
Promotes the due regard for effectiveness and efficiency in the acquisition and use of resources and the safeguarding of assets throughout the organization.
 
Proposes changes in policies and procedures to the Chief.
 
Error:
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.


Competencies

Core Values & Ethics:
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness.
  • Display cultural sensitivity.
  • Shows strong corporate commitment.
  • Complies with UN Women regulations, rules, and code of conduct.
Teamwork:
  • Embraces extra responsibility.
  • Builds team morale & consensus.
  • Adapts to different behavioral styles
Task Management Skills:
  • Produces timely, quality outputs.
  • Exercises sound judgment/analysis.
  • Develops creative solutions.
  • Handles multiple tasks.
Communications:
  • 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.
Learning:
  • Provides constructive coaching and feedback.
  • Acts as long-term mentor for others.
  • Acts on personal development plan.
Professional:
  • Demonstrates ability to perform the following services, in accordance with professional standards:
  • Operational audits
  • Financial audits
  • Project audits
  • Advisory services
Technical:
  • Demonstrates ability to use the following tools:
  • Microsoft office suite
  • Presentation software applications
  • Electronic working paper software
  • Computer assisted audit techniques (ACL or IDEA)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning systems


Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • 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.
Experience:
  • A minimum of 5 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.
  • Experience in IT auditing is an advantage.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English.
  • Proficiency in French or Spanish is desirable.
  • Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


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