UN Women: Audit Coordinator

Application Deadline :25-Sep-12 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The Division of Management and Administration is responsible for the planning, allocation and management of financial, human and administrative resources including information communications and technology, the effective and efficient delivery of essential operations services in UN Women, continuous development and improvement in operations, policies, and methods to align with UN Women and stakeholders' evolving business needs and advisory support to the Executive Director in the formulation and implementation of the UN Women overall mission, strategy and plans of actions.

Under the direction and guidance of the Director, Division of Management and Administration, the Audit Coordinator serves as the focal point for UN Women external and internal audits. S/he advises UN Women management and offices on attainment of resolution to audit findings and recommendations. S/He develops and maintains relationships with stakeholders in various entities including the UN Board of Audit, UNDP Office of Audit and Investigation, UN Office of internal Oversight Services (OIOS) and UN Women offices.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction and guidance of the Director, Division of Management and Administration, the principal responsibilities of the Audit Coordinator are to:

  • Serve as a focal point for communication between UN-Women’s management, directors, and the UN Board of Auditors;
  • Discuss with the UN Board of Auditors the nature and scope of the audit and reporting obligations before the audit commence;
  • Satisfy the senior management of UN-Women that all key areas of risk to the business are properly addressed prior to the commencement of audit exercise by the UN Board of Auditors. This may involve reviewing the current year’s audit plan, together with following up on the resolution of prior year issues;
  • Monitor the UN Board of Auditors’ reports and management letter and ensure action is taken by management where applicable;
  • Prepare and support the organization for the UN Board Auditors’ exercise;
  • Follow up on AAC recommendations and develop action plan to support their implementation;
  • Coordinate and draft management responses to audit observations;
  • Support and prepare the field offices to be audited by the UN Board of Auditors for the audit mission;
  • Act as the Secretary of the Audit Advisory Committee (AAC) and supports the AAC to deliver its mandate;
  • Perform any other tasks as requested by the Director or the Deputy Director.


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Ethics and Values:
  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity
Organizational Awareness:
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Development and Innovation:
  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative
Work in teams:
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Communicating and Information Sharing:
  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others
Conflict Management:
  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
  • An in-depth grasp of audit principles and practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise on and coordinate audits of headquarters and Country Office business units, internal audits, and performance (value for money) audits. 
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans.
  • Proven conceptual analytical and evaluative skills and ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identifying issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with counterparts and other staff/offices.
  • Ability to communicate technical audit matters in a simple and clear manner.
  • Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback. 
  • Shows strong conflict-resolution skills.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Masters degree (or equivalent) 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 is desirable.
  • Additional professional certifications (CISA, CFE) are an advantage.
  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in audit or a directly relevant area, several of which in internal audit.
  • Working experience in International Organizations is desirable.
  • Field experience is an advantage.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in oral and written English required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

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