Audit Specialist (Dakar RC)
Job ID
Practice Area - Job Family
Vacancy End Date
(Midnight New York, USA)
Time Left
13d 5h 58m
Duty Station
Dakar, Senegal
Education & Work Experience
G-Bachelor's Level Degree - 5 year(s) experience, I-Master's Level Degree - 5 year(s) experience
English, French
Vacancy Type
FTA International
Posting Type
Audit & Investigation
Contract Duration
2 Years with possibility for extension

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The Office of Audit and Investigations (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. As part of its assurance work, OAI also reviews the annual audit exercise of non-governmental/nationally implemented projects (HACT/NIM projects) in some 150 countries where UNDP operates and reviews and analyses the resulting audit reports submitted by audit firms and government audit institutions.

OAI has a decentralized organizational structure with Directorate and other headquarter units, based in New York, and Regional Audit Centres (RAC) located in the five regions: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Pretoria (South Africa), Dakar (Senegal), Panama City (Panama) and Istanbul (Turkey)..

The RAC is normally staffed with a Chief (P-5 level), three or four Audit Specialists (P-4 or P-3 level), and one Administrative Associate (G-6 level).

The Audit Specialist reports to the Chief of the RAC for North, West, and Central Africa (RAC-NWCA) that covers 27 UNDP country offices in the regions The primary role of the Audit Specialist is to perform internal audits of UNDP country offices in the region and to review the reports resulting from the HACT/NIM annual audit exercise The location of the offices covered by the RAC-NWCA may include undertaking audit assignments in areas with hardship or hazardous working conditions

Duties and Responsibilities


  • As member of an audit team and under the supervision of the team leader, prepares/participates in the preparation of risk-based audit plans/programmes.
  • Prepares working papers for review by the audit team leader.
  • Drafts specific parts of audit reports for review by the team leader.
  • Monitors the implementation of agreed recommendations and advises on problem areas.
  • Participate in the annual review of HACT/NIM audit reports that covers projects implemented by either national institutions or non-governmental organizations. This includes:
    1. Review of annual HACT/NIM audit plans submitted by country offices;
    2. Qualitatively assess the HACT/NIM audit reports received;
    3. Assess country office follow-up action plans;
    4. Preparation of HACT/NIM review letters and supervision to consultants engaged in the HACT/NIM exercise.
  • Participate in the annual exercise for the audit of projects directly implemented by UNDP. This includes:
    • Review of annual DIM plan and support the preparation of RFP to external audit firms;
    • Assess qualitatively and quantitatively proposals for audit services received from audit firms;

    • Oversee the work by audit firms and provides clarifications to external audit firms;

    • Assess draft and final reports produced by external audit firms;

    • Assess the performance of the work performed by the audit firms

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 policy guidelines.
  • Assesses the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and risk management practice.
  • Documents findings and communicates orally and/or in writing to the country offices on their compliance, performance and potential for improvement..
  • Recommends actions to address shortcomings identified, strengthen internal controls and improve business processes.
  • Provide guidance and advice to country offices in respect of the HACT/NIM audit process.
  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief, conducts special assignments including management reviews, consulting assignments, special audits, and training workshops.
  • Undertakes frequent, and at times extended, missions to UNDP offices in the region, 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 RAC Chief or OAI Director.



Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 3: Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations


Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 2: Proactively identifies new opportunities and challenges

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis


Ability to get things done

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services



Embraces extra responsibility.

Build team morale & consensus

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Task Management Skills:

Produces timely, quality outputs.

Exercises sound judgment/analysis.

Develops creative solutions.

Ability to handle multiple tasks.

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

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.

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work


Provides constructive coaching and feedback.

Acts as long-term mentor for others.

Acts on personal development plan.

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work


Demonstrated ability to perform the following services, in accordance with professional standards:

  • Internal audits
  • Performance audits
  • Project audits
  • Advisory services

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise


Demonstrated ability to use the following tools:

  • Microsoft office suite
  • Electronic working paper software
  • Enterprise Resource Planning systems
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Masters) in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Social Sciences, Political Sciences 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 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.
  • Field experience is an advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Good working knowledge of French is required
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

Important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders)

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UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

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Job Information
  • Location:
    Dakar, West Africa
  • Job ID:
  • Posted:
    May 15, 2019
  • Position Title:
    Audit Specialist (Dakar RC)
  • Company Name:
    United Nations Development Programme
  • Job Function:
    Audit Specialist
  • Entry Level:
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