Chief, Regional Audit Centre for North, West and Central Africa (RAC-NWCA)
Practice Area - Job Family Management - AUDIT
Vacancy End Date
(Midnight New York, USA)
Duty Station Dakar, Senegal
Education & Work Experience
G-Bachelor's Level Degree - 10 year(s) experience, I-Master's Level Degree - 10 year(s) experience
Bureau Audit & Investigation
2 Year with possibility for extension
This is a readvertisement of previous vacancy announcement for the same position and the applicants who have already applied do not need to apply again, as the recruitment is still ongoing
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination.
All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
OAI reports to the Administrator and 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.
OAI has five Regional Audit Centres (RAC) located in the regions covered by UNDP, one of them is the Regional Audit Centre for North, West and Central Africa (RAC-NWCA) which is located in Dakar, Senegal. At the Headquarters level OAI has the Investigations Section, the Headquarters Audit Section, the Special Advisory Services Section, ICT Audit Section, and the Directorate.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Deputy Director (Audit), OAI, the Chief, RAC-NWCA manages the internal audit function with a portfolio of 26 country offices.
He/she develops working relationships with management and stakeholders in order to improve risk management and controls and promote effectiveness and efficiency of operations.
He/she supervises four audit professionals (P-4 and P-3), and one Audit/Administrative Associate (G-6 level).
The location of the offices covered by the RAC-NWCA may include areas with hardship or hazardous working conditions.
Duties and Responsibilities
1) Specific client service responsibilities include:
• Comprehensive compliance and performance audits of country offices
• Limited scope audits
• Project audits, including programmes funded by the Global Fund
• Special audits
• Review of audit reports covering projects implemented by NGOs or national institutions (HACT financial audit)
• Advisory services
• Support to investigations
2) General Management:
As member of the OAI management team, contributes to new strategic initiatives, and to the continuous improvement of processes and methodologies.
As Chief of the Regional Audit Centre, effectively manages human resources assigned, Including providing support to staff in the achievement of their career goals ensuring appropriate learning, training and development and actively participating in planning and assessing staff performance.
General accountabilities include:
• Achieving the results and outputs for the Centre, as documented in OAI Annual Work Plan.
• Establishing and maintaining effective quality control over the activities and outputs of the Centre, to ensure that they conform to professional standards and UNDP and OAI policies.
• Managing within delegated authority, the human, financial and other resources of the Centre.
3) Client Services:
• Manages internal audit services for the region, ensuring proper planning, high quality and timely reporting.
• Oversees and guides audit teams in conducting audits of UNDP country offices and projects (includes projects directly implemented by UNDP), occasionally directly participating in the audits.
• Manages and supervises the services provided by audit firms (or audit consultants) that may be hired to undertake audits either with or on behalf of OAI.
• Manages the review of incoming HACT financial audit reports from the region, identifies recurring and systemic issues in such reports and submits draft HACT financial audit review letters to the Deputy Director.
• Builds and maintains effective client relationships in order to facilitate the impact and acceptance of OAI audits.
• Communicates audit results, best practices, and lessons learned to country offices, and other key stakeholders.
• Provides advisory services on a broad range of issues related to audit, risk management and internal controls.
• Provides guidance and advice to country offices in the region on the HACT financial audit exercise.
• Ensures data uploaded into the Comprehensive Audit and Recommendation Database System (CARDS) is accurate, monitors the implementation of audit recommendations and validates follow up information provided by management.
• Undertakes frequent missions to UNDP offices in the region, including to areas with hardship or hazardous working conditions. ·
• Advises and guides UNDP offices in the region about accountability, risks and internal controls in light of UNDP's increasing adoption of global shared services.
• Contributes to the ongoing development of professional practices within OAI.
• Participates in the implementation of his/her personal learning and training development plan.
• Leads and/or participates in special projects, supports and cooperates with other OAI and UNDP units, in order to facilitate matrix management, build organizational synergy, and productivity.
• Provides timely and accurate input for OAI corporate reporting to the Audit Advisory Committee, Oversight Group and Executive Board.
• Performs any other tasks requested by the Director or Deputy Director.
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Ability to persuade others to follow
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Ability to get things done
Builds strong client relationships.
Builds strong external relationships.
Communicates clearly and convincingly.
Manages conflict and stress.
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.
Leads development of clear strategies.
Manages projects effectively.
Develops innovative solutions.
Handles multiple tasks.
Learning and People Development:
Provides constructive coaching and feedback.
Acts as long-term mentor for others.
Promotes a learning environment.
Acts on personal learning plan.
Demonstrated ability to manage and/or perform the following services, in accordance with relevant professional standards, as applicable:
• Comprehensive audits of country offices
• Limited scope audits
• Project audits
• Special 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 (master or PhD) in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Statistics, Law, 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 ten years of progressively responsible professional experience, including at least four years of experience as team leader or manager. The experience should primarily be in audit or another directly relevant area, such as evaluation.
• Working experience in an International Organization is desirable.
• Field experience is an advantage.
• Fluency in English and French is required (excellent drafting skills in both are necessary).
• Knowledge of additional United Nations official languages is an advantage.
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