Save the Children Internal Auditor NGO Vacancy in Nairobi Kenya

Jul 16, 2017

Save the Children

Job Vacancy: Internal Auditor
 
Team / Programme: Internal Audit

Location: Nairobi (with at least 50% travel to field locations)
 
Grade: 4

Post Type: National
 
 
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 -  The post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently or intensively because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing .

Role Purpose: S/He will work closely with the finance and programme teams to ensure efficient support is given to external audit teams with the aim of minimising any issues arising from external audits. 

In addition he/she will promote and instil a culture of compliance throughout SC Kenya programme and its partners. 

Under the direction of the Internal Auditor Manager he/she will oversee adherence to internal policies and procedures and donor compliance regulations, ensuring that any non-conformities are documented, investigated and resolved.

Scope of Role:

Reports to:
Internal Audit Manager

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 

In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 

In February 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. 

Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Nairobi, Turkana and Wajir. 

We work through partners in many other parts of the country. We have a staff complement of around 360 staff and an operating annual budget of approximately US$20 million in 2015.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

Summary of the Position:
Examine and evaluate the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency of the organization’s internal control systems and procedures and recommend corrective actions to improve operations, enhance internal controls and reduce costs where possible by evaluating, in a systematic and disciplined way the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance.

Internal Audit Services
  • Promote internal audit as a value add to the organization and deliver audit services that consistently improve the control environment and achieve operational excellence, taking into consideration the specific circumstances and environment of the audit.
  • Support the Country Auditor Manager in developing annual audit plan that addresses significant risks in the organization.
  • Documents, evaluates and tests systems and controls to determine their adequacy and effectiveness to ensure (i) compliance with policies and procedures, (ii) accomplishment of management’s objectives, (iii) reliability and integrity of information, (iv) economic use of resources, and (v) safeguarding of assets from loss and misuse.
  • Participates in the preparation of up-to-date audit recommendation control database; tracking and reporting of status of audit recommendations.
  • Examine and test-check financial and/or personnel, and/or administrative documents with a view to ensuring compliance with policies and procedures and adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and suggesting improvements.
  • Provide training and ongoing support to Save the Children staff in understanding donor financial compliance, identifying financial risks, and other best practices related to project financial management.
  • Perform audit tests and prepares working papers in accordance with IIA standards
  • Develops and discusses findings; comes to agreement on recommendations and timelines for corrective actions with responsible officers of operations audited and monitors the implementation status of agreed recommendations.
  • Follow up or/and assist in implementation of the Internal and External auditors recommendations implementation;
  • Ensure compliance with local laws and regulations and generally accepted auditing standards.
Vision and strategy
  • Support internal audit in implementing its vision and strategy for Country Programs by partnering with key partners in promoting a culture of good stewardship, ethics and integrity overfunding received to ensure alignment with donor requirement.
  • Supporting good organizational governance and risk management including but not limited to Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC), Code of Conduct and Conflicts of interest.
Building Sustainable Compliance and Ethics
  • Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout Save the Children. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of Save the Children’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity.
  • Identifying potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk, developing and implementing corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues and providing general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future.
Donor and partnership Compliance
  • Take part in new award start-up meetings to ensure that budget holders understand donor compliance regulations.
  • Ensure Save the Children Kenya programme is complying with all applicable donor reporting requirements and regulations.
  • Visit partners to review source documents and processes according to donor guidelines.
  • Document findings and report to the Country Audit Manager.
Fraud and Investigations
  • Participate in fraud investigation cases that may arise under the supervision of the Audit Manager.
External Audit Services
  • Participate on project audits in liaison with Awards, Finance staff and the relevant project managers ensuring donor compliance.
  • Participate in opening and closing meetings with partners, donors at the end of field work, providing clear explanations for identified issues.
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)

Accountability:
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
Ambition:
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same.
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others.
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
Collaboration:
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters.
  • Values diversity sees it as a source of competitive strength.
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
Creativity:
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.
Integrity:
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.
Required Professional Experience and Academic Qualification
  • Bachelors of Commerce degree in Finance or equivalent.
  • Professional qualifications in Accounting (CPA part III or ACCA II).
  • Recommended a minimum of 2 years’ experience in Auditing, Awards (Grants) management or donor compliance.
  • Proven knowledge of compliance regulations for all major donors; USAID, EC, ECHO, DFID, UN bodies.
  • Strong working computer skills especially in accounting packages.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required. 
  • Have strong report writing skills.
  • Willingness to undertake high amount of travel to field locations (up to 50%).
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.
Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agent.

How to Apply

To  apply for this position send your CV and cover letter to kenya.jobapplications@savethechildren.org indicating the Position Title on the subject line, deadline is on 25th July 2017 COB.

The system allows CV & Cover letter as One(1) document. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.





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