SADC: Call for Expression of Interest for Internal Auditor

SADC: Call for Expression of Interest for Internal Auditor

Date: June 29, 2022
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Gender Links is seeking an Internal Auditor who can review the organisation’s processes, procedures and controls to ensure effective and efficient management of risk and achievement of the company’s strategic goals.

The role provides the Board and Senior Management team with an independent assessment of the adequacy of Gender Links’ internal systems and controls, including the systems for identification and evaluation of risk. This role is critical in supporting the organisation in the successful accomplishment of its strategic objectives, especially in the area of compliance and further improvement of internal controls.

The Internal Auditor will report to the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (FARCO) on matters related to audit and to the Executive Management of Gender Links on administrative issues. The Internal Auditor will have key interactions with the Senior Management Team, country finance staff and other programme staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Creating and executing an audit strategy (Internal Audit Charter) approved by the Audit & Finance Committee.
  • Developing an annual audit plan and reporting annually to the Audit & Finance Committee on the activities of the Internal Audit and the recommendations for corrective actions and follow-up.
  • Evaluating and evaluating the systems of internal controls and compliance with the corporate policies and procedures of the company.
  • Evaluating the soundness, adequacy, and application of financial and operational controls, providing actionable recommendations to the management team.
  • Determining and reporting on the extent of compliance with policies and procedures, governmental laws and regulations, contractual agreements, and business practices (as and when applicable).
  • Determining and reporting on the extent to which assets are adequately accounted for and ensuring that safeguards are in place to protect them from loss.
  • Assessing the reliability and adequacy of financial and operational information available within the organisation.
  • Reviewing the performance of the external auditors and the degree of coordination with the internal auditor.
  • Develop and maintain a monitoring system for regular follow-up of external and internal audit recommendation implementation for company’s management action and audit committee’s information.
  • Providing effective and enabling leadership and people management to the Internal Audit team (if applicable i.e., more than one person responsible for the Internal Audit function).

Key Competencies, Skills and Expertise

The Internal Auditor must:

  • Have a relevant degree in Finance, Accounting or a related business field, a certified internal auditor qualification (will be an advantage).
  • and at least 8 years of experience in an NGO performing internal audits.
  • Have considerable knowledge and skill in applying internal auditing, accounting and management principles and practices.
  • Have extensive knowledge of contemporary risk management and internal control practices as well as advanced investigative abilities.
  • Have proven understanding of quality assurance standards and lean processes and experience in translating these into different standards, processes, and protocols.
  • Have an ability to present, discuss and report on compliance issues with general and financial management.
  • Be winsome and persuasive in articulating the value of Internal Audit and the benefits it can bring in improving ways of working.
  • Have tact, diplomacy, political astuteness, and the ability to build trusting relationships cross-culturally.
  • Can be flexible yet focused on a work environment with frequently changing demands and circumstances.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage uncertainty and ambiguity when engaging with colleagues operating in different environments.
  • Be capable of working independently and at the same time being collaborative and consultative with other senior colleagues.
  • Have excellent communication skills – written, verbal, and able to deliver insights concisely with data, effective with a range of audiences from local staff to Board level.
  • Have excellent listening skills that make people feel understood and valued.
  • Can develop and maintain effective documentation and files for accountability and audit purposes.
  • Ability to lead through influence and build consensus amongst divergent senior stakeholders; inspire trust; and take a highly relational, emotionally intelligent and capacity building approach with their colleagues.
  • Be willing to travel internationally on a regular basis as and when needed.
  • Be fluent in English.

To apply

Candidates that are interested in the position are requested to please send their CV and qualifications. Applications should be submitted to not later than the 10th of September 2022. In addition, please ensure you register on the GL supplier database via this link.


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