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Senior Auditor

Company:
United Nations
Location:
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Salary:
Competitive
Posted:
February 22, 2021

Description:

Scope: This position is located in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) Audit Section of the Internal Audit Division (IAD) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). OIOS-IAD provides internal audit services to UNJSPF, which is a defined-benefit plan that provides retirement, death, disability and related benefits for the staff of the United Nations and other member organizations. UNJSPF performs the entire spectrum of financial and administrative functions covering two main areas: (i) administration of pension benefits, and (ii) investment operations. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director of IAD and is responsible for auditing the investment operations of UNJSPF. The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) is the internal oversight body of the United Nations (UN) and assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities in respect of the resources and staff of the Organization through the provision of audit, investigation, inspection and evaluation services.

United Nations Considerations:

The United Nations {UN} staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the UN Secretary General and may be assigned to any activities or offices of the Organization, in accordance with the provisions of the UN service code. Therefore, UN staff members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their status as international civil servants. In this connection, UN has incorporated the 2013 Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service into the UN Personnel Instructions. In accordance with the UN Staff Regulations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible and ensuring equal gender representation. Subject to the foregoing, selection of staff members shall be made without distinction as to race, ethnicity, sex or religion, nor shall there be any discrimination on account of any disability of a candidate who meets the qualifications required to perform the tasks. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications with their recent CV and cover letter according to the instructions provided in the application form to be considered for the current job opening.

Typical Responsibilities:

• Develop and implement the Section's medium- and long-term goals and objectives, and related annual audit and workplans

• Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the activities of multiple teams and resources of the Section

• Define the broad objectives and scope for each audit/review

• Provide direction and leadership with respect to all phases of each audit/review, with a view to ensuring that OIOS standards are complied with and that audit/review objectives are achieved within budget

• Review working papers and related audit/review communications (e.g., audit reports)

• Provide guidance to audit staff on technical and administrative matters

• Lead audits/reviews of a sensitive and complex nature

• Collect, organize, manage and disseminate information with attention to detail and accuracy

• Conduct data collection and analysis using data-analysis tools

• Analyze guidelines and standards for internal audit activities in the course of ensuring consistency of approach and adequacy of practice of subordinate auditors

• Coordinate and recommend improvements in or review proposed changes to the financial rules of the Organization

• Monitor the status of audit/review recommendations

• Liaise with other United Nations member organizations regarding their internal audit functions

• Empower/challenge staff to assume more responsibility

• Establish and maintain a positive relationship with auditees

• Carry out other tasks as may be assigned by the Deputy Director of IAD.

Key Competencies-

Professionalism:

• Demonstrates in-depth technical knowledge of all aspects of the audit function

• Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; has knowledge of auditing standards and practices.

• Has the ability to defend and explain difficult issues and positions to staff including senior officials

• Leads, coordinates and manages multiple audit teams working on concurrent projects/activities

Teamwork:

• Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve Organizational goals

• Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others

• Places team agenda before personal agenda

• Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position

• Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Communication:

• Speaks and writes clearly and effectively

• Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately

• Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication

• Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Leadership:

• Serves as a role model that other people want to follow

• Empowers others to translate vision into results and Shows the courage to take unpopular stands

• Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions

• Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo

• Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation gender balance in staffing.

Judgement/ Decision-making:

• Identifies the key issues in a complex situation and comes to the heart of the problem quickly

• Gathers relevant information before making a decision

• Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them.

Education:

• Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, economics, accounting, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or equivalent is desirable.

Work Experience:

• A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in audit, finance, accounting, administration, statistics, computer science, or related area is required.

• Experience in audit management and in auditing complex investment operations of major pension fund systems or recognized financial institutions required.

Languages:

• English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is desirable.

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