British Council – Senior Internal Auditor Kenya.

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The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other’s strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Senior Internal Auditor – Kenya

 Role Purpose

To contribute to an efficient and effective internal audit department which supports British Council in the management of risks and achievement of objectives.  This will include performing all aspects of internal audit assignments (planning, fieldwork & reporting), in support of the annual audit opinion around the adequacy and effectiveness of governance, risk management and control processes across the organisation.

Main opportunities and challenges for this role:

The candidate is a collaborative, engaging and commercial thinking (risk & assurance) professional and has the ability to support, work with and influence colleagues across the organisation.  The candidate is a seasoned internal auditor with a solid background and experience in internal audit with the ability to lead on account management of a region. Ability to add value through identifying and communicating good quality insights to stakeholders is essential.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

  • The post-holder will be responsible for leading and conducting the preparation, planning, execution and reporting of risk-based audits (incl. country audits).
  • You will input into the development of the risk-based audit plan.
  • Providing both verbal and written recommendations for improvements to Country, Regional and Functional Management.
  • Delivery of high-quality work and the production of excellent working papers and summaries of information.
  • Analysing complex situations and issues to provide value adding insight and identify key themes to facilitate management action.
  • Preparing (draft) reports and management updates, assisting the managers and other members in the team.
  • The performance of ad hoc assignments as required (e.g. investigations, advisory engagements).
  • Liaising at all levels of the organisation including senior management.
  • all times.

Role specific knowledge and experience:

The ideal candidate should be skilled in the following areas:

  • Internal Audit practices (COSO, IIA etc.)
  • Strong report writing skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent analytical skills

Further Information

Pay band: 8

Contract type:- Indefinite

Alternative locations the role could be based: Kenya

Department: Finance

Essential Requirements–

The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:

  • A professional accountancy or internal audit qualification is required
  • Proven track record in assurance i.e. solid experience as a Senior Internal Auditor or middle management Internal Audit role with exposure to a mixed portfolio of clients
  • Strong experience of risk-based audit
  • Experience of working in international and multi-cultural organization
  • Proven skills in stakeholder relationship management at all levels of the organization
  • Reporting and engaging effectively with senior management
  • Independently minded and willing to challenge existing business practice.
  • Be an exemplar of integrity, honesty, discretion and professionalism for the organization

Desirable requirements

  • Degree
  • Other relevant professional qualification e.g. CISA, CRMA
  • Program management qualification e.g. MSP, PRINCE2
  • Knowledge of SAP applications
  • Knowledge of shared services operations
  • Program assurance
  • IT assurance
  • Knowledge of Computer Assisted Audit Techniques


Closing Date – 13 July 2021 applications will close 23:59 Nigeria Time

Additional Information: Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.




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