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Description
Agency
UNDP
Title
Audit Specialist
Job ID
23532
Practice Area - Job Family
Management - AUDIT
Vacancy End Date
(Midnight New York, USA)
31/05/2019
Time Left
15d 6h 32m
Duty Station
Panama City, Panama
Education & Work Experience
G-Bachelor's Level Degree - 5 year(s) experience, I-Master's Level Degree - 5 year(s) experience
Languages
Required:
Desired:
English, Spanish
Grade
P3
Vacancy Type
FTA International
Posting Type
External
Bureau
Audit & Investigation
Contract Duration
2 Years with possibility for extension
Background
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 supports 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 a Headquarters Audit Section based in New York and Regional Audit Center’s (RAC) located in five locations: 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), one Programme Specialist/Audit (P-4 level), three Audit Specialists (P-4 or P-3 level), and one Audit/Administrative Associate (G-6 level).
The Audit Specialist at P3 level reports to the Chief of the Regional Audit Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean (RAC-LAC) that covers a portfolio of 25 UNDP country offices in the region. The primary role of the Audit Specialist is to perform internal audits of UNDP country offices in the region and to review the annual HACT/NIM audit exercise under the direct supervision of the RAC Chief. The location of the offices covered by the RAC-LAC may induce areas with hardship or hazardous working conditions
Duties and Responsibilities
Management
• As member of an audit team and under the supervision of the team leader, prepare/participate in the preparation of risk-based audit plans/programmes.
• Prepare working papers for review by the audit team leader.
• Draft specific parts of audit reports for review by the team leader.
• Monitor 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:
a) Review of annual HACT/NIM audit plans submitted by country offices;
b) Qualitatively assess the HACT/NIM audit reports received;
c) Assess country office follow-up action plans;
d) 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:
a) Review of annual DIM plan and support the preparation of RFP to external audit firms;
b) Assess qualitatively and quantitatively proposals for audit services received from audit firms;
c) Oversee the work by audit firms and provides clarifications to external audit firms;
d) Assess draft and final reports produced by external audit firms;
e) Assess the performance of the work performed by the audit firms.
Client Services
• As member of an audit team, conduct specific elements of the assignment in accordance with the International Standards for Internal Auditing and OAI policy guidelines.
• Assess the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and risk management practices.
• Document findings and communicate orally and/or in writing to the country offices on their compliance, performance and potential for improvement
• Recommend 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, conduct special assignments including management reviews, advisory services or consulting assignments, special audits, and training workshops.
• Undertake frequent, and at times extended, missions to UNDP offices in the region, including to areas with hazardous working conditions.
Other Tasks
• Contribute to the ongoing development of professional practices within OAI.
• Participate in the implementation of his/her personal learning and training development plan.
• Perform other assignments or tasks as determined by the RAC Chief or OAI Director.
Competencies

Core

Innovation

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations.
  • Adapts deliverables to meet client needs.
  • Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully.

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow.

  • Actively builds deep knowledge in one or more areas.
  • Makes valuable practice contributions.
  • Applies existing knowledge to work.
  • Provides advice and support to others.
  • Acts on personal development plan.

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

  • Embraces extra responsibility.
  • Builds team morale & consensus.
  • Provides constructive feedback

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

  • Writes clearly and convincingly.
  • Speaks clearly and convincingly.
  • Has good presentation skills.
  • Listens actively and responds effectively.

Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

  • Produces timely, quality outputs.
  • Exercises sound judgment/analysis.
  • Develops creative solutions.
  • Is able to handle multiple tasks.
  • Ensure compliance with UNDP regulations, rules, and code of conduct.

Technical/Functional

Teamwork:

Embraces extra responsibility.

Build team morale & consensus

Task Management Skills:

Produces timely, quality outputs.

Exercises sound judgment/analysis.

Develops creative solutions.

Ability to handle multiple tasks.


Building & Sharing Knowledge:

Actively builds deep knowledge in one or more areas,

Makes valuable practice contributions.

Applies existing knowledge to work.

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
  • Performance audits
  • Advisory services

Technical:

Demonstrates ability to use the following tools:

  • Microsoft office suite.
  • Electronic working paper preparation software.
  • Enterprise Resource Planning systems.
  • Power Business Intelligence (Microsoft).
Required Skills and Experience
Education
• Advanced university degree (Masters) 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.
Language Requirements
• Fluency in English required.
• Good working knowledge of Spanish required.
• Working knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.
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Job Information
  • Location:
    Panama City, Panama
  • Job ID:
    48464512
  • Posted:
    May 16, 2019
  • Position Title:
    Audit Specialist
  • Company Name:
    United Nations Development Programme
  • Job Function:
    Audit Specialist
  • Entry Level:
    No
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