Wednesday, April 17, 2013

World Agroforestry Centre Internal Auditor Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Internal Auditor

Nairobi, Kenya

Employer: World Agroforestry Centre

About the organization

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. 
As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are eveloping new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health. 
The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 34 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

Main purpose of the job

The Internal Auditor, under the leadership of the Head of Internal Audit will carry out a comprehensive programme of 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 ICRAF.


1. Internal Audit Policy Implementation
  • Ensure internal audit activity is in accordance with set policies and procedures.
  • Execute audits of internal controls and Centre activities in accordance with audit programmes.
  • Uphold the highest professional standards and compliance with the guidelines of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
2. Conducting Audits
  • Review activities and programmes 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 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.
  • Ensure adequate and secure filing of the Internal Audit Working Papers.
  • Carry out special audits, investigations or other related audit tasks as directed by the Head of Internal Audit.
3. Reporting
  • Manage auditee/client needs and expectations. Assist in the preparation of a risk-based annual audit plan to be presented to the Director General and the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees for their review and approval.
  • Prepare formal, coherent, concise and timely written audit reports on the audit findings, observations and practical recommendations for areas requiring improvements.
  • Manage the Internal Audit web page and upload useful and relevant content that would be beneficial to general users and the unit as well. Ensure this remains relevant and up-to-date.
4. Unit Administration
  • Manage the audit timesheets and advise on time overruns/savings to ensure effective time management, forming the basis of subsequent internal audit work plans.
  • Select, coach, supervise and appraise temporary staff/interns as and when the unit requires their services.
  • Monitor and report on the unit budget to the Head of Internal Unit.
  • Manage the resources of the unit.
  • Perform any other administrative duties as assigned by the Head of Internal Audit.
Qualifications and experience
  • University level academic qualification in Accounting, Finance or related fields.
  • Professional qualifications in Internal Auditing, Accounting and Financial Management (CIA, CPA or ACCA or equivalent).
  • Information Systems Auditing qualifications (CISA, CISM, or equivalent) are highly desirable.
  • Experience in auditing is a perquisite with at least 5 years total experience in planning, conducting and reporting on audits and investigations.
  • Sound knowledge of internal control and risk management frameworks and concepts.
  • Good understanding of the ethical framework for internal auditors in relation to workplaces.
  • Highly developed analytical skills.
  • Very good skills in written and verbal communication in English. Should have proven ability to prepare and present clear, logical and succinct written reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to work well in a team.
  • Very good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work harmoniously in a multicultural environment.
Terms of offer
We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. 
This is a National position and is remunerated on local terms. 
The appointment will be for an initial period of three (3) years, subject to a six (6) months’ probation period.

How to apply
  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position, and your salary expectations.
  • Detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • Names and addresses of three referees, including telephone numbers and email addresses, and fax details, if available.
All correspondence will be via email only addressed to the  Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF): 
Applicants should indicate “Internal Auditor” on their email submissions. 
Applications will be considered until Friday, 26 April 2013. 
Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted. 
To learn more about us, visit our website:
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