World Agroforestry (ICRAF) – Senior Internal Auditor.

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Job Information

Industry: Research

Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya

Job Category: Nationally Recruited Staff

Terms of offer: This is a Locally Recruited Position. CIFOR- ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in local currency, commensurate with skills and experience.

Job Summary

The Senior Internal Auditor, under the leadership of the Director of Internal Audit will carry out a comprehensive program of risk based internal auditing with the aim of bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, internal control systems and governance processes at CIFOR-ICRAF. S/he will ensure successful completion of assigned audit engagements, from start to finish, inclusive of preplanning and wrap up activities. S/he will supervise on a need basis the work of external consultants, temporary staff or interns within IAU.

Job Description

  1. Internal Audit Policy Implementation
  • Perform risk assessments of CIFOR-ICRAF’s operations and execute audits of internal controls and Centre activities in accordance with these risk assessments.
  • Uphold the highest professional standards and compliance with the guidelines of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  1. Conducting audits, investigations and supervising the work of consultants:
  • Review CIFOR-ICRAF’s processes, programs, units and country offices to ensure that they are being conducted in a manner that efficiently and effectively meets the objectives of the Centre.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the risk management function and assist in the continuous development/improvement of the same.
  • Examine the effectiveness of all levels of management in the stewardship of the Centre’s resources and their compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • Assess and advise on the adequacy of the operating and existing policies and procedures.
  • Review the effectiveness of internal control systems put in place by management and recommend improvements where necessary.
  • Review and report on the Centre’s compliance with various legal frameworks.
  • Carry out special audits, investigations or other related audit tasks as directed by the Director of Internal Audit.
  • Maintain adequate relations with all CIFOR-ICRAF units and country offices. Present audit findings and recommendations in a way that audited staff/functions/country offices see the value added on each assignment.
  • Where there is a special assignment performed by an expert consultant (e.g audit of Occupational Health and Safety, Research, Communication audit) the Internal Auditor should be able to supervise the work of the expert consultant to confirm compliance with the TOR and inform the Director of Internal Audit of any non-compliance.
  • Supervise the work of the Internal Audit Officers, temporary staff or interns within IAU.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of other consultants as directed by the Director of Internal Audit.
  1. Reporting
  • Leading audit entry and exit meetings and updating management on the areas of focus.
  • Manage auditee/client needs and expectations. Assist in the preparation of a risk-based annual audit plan.
  • Prepare formal, coherent, concise and timely written audit reports on the audit findings, observations and practical recommendations for areas requiring improvements.
  • Clearly and concisely present a summary of the audit report to management for information and clarification purposes.
  • Conduct audit follow up of recommendations.
  1. Decision Making to make includes:
  • Determining audit activities to achieve engagement objectives in liaison with the Director, Internal Audit Function.
  • Most effective approaches to analyze data and information.
  • Best ways to communicate with individual internal and external stakeholders when required to achieve maximum impact in relation to the positioning of the Internal Audit Function vis-à-vis its strategy.
  • Improvements to the internal audit processes, approaches, and tools.
  • Changes to audit plans associated with changing and/or emerging risks.
  • Unit Management and Supervision.
  • Managing administrative activities of the unit.
  • Case Manager/Administrator for the Lighthouse (Whistleblower) anonymous reporting platform.
  • Be a good steward of the resources of the Internal Audit unit.
  • Select, coach, supervise and appraise temporary staff/interns as and when the unit requires their services.
  • Monitor and report on the unit’s budget to the Director of Internal Audit.
  • Perform any other administrative duties as assigned by the Director of Internal Audit.


Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  • University degree in Accounting, Finance or related fields.
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or related field will be an added advantage.
  • A professional qualification as CPA (K), ACCA, CIA or CFE.
  • An Information Systems Auditing qualification (CISA, CISM or equivalent) is highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience as an external auditor in a recognized external audit firm or as an internal auditor in a recognized company or organization. Experience auditing INGOs is a plus.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Sound knowledge of internal control and risk management frameworks and concepts.
  • Good understanding of the ethical framework for internal auditors in relation to workplaces.
  • Experience with Pentana/MK Insight/TeamMate (audit software) is a plus.
  • Highly developed analytical skills.
  • Highly developed skills in written and verbal communication in English. Should have proven ability to prepare and present logical and succinct written reports.
  • Ability to effectively work in a team and to effectively supervise the work of others.
  • Very good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work harmoniously in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to travel internationally for assignments.
  • Uphold the highest professional standards and compliance with the guidelines of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Strong attention to detail.

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