Chief of Service, Audit UN Jobs - United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)

Job Title:   Chief of Service, Audit
Organization: United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Grade: D1
Job Opening Number: 17-Audit-OIOS-80840-R-Entebbe (X)
Report to: Director, Internal Audit Division (IAD), New York

About OIOS:
The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) was established in July 1994 as an operationally independent office that assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his internal oversight responsibilities in respect of the resources and staff of the Organization through monitoring, internal audit, inspection, evaluation and investigation. The Office has the authority to initiate, carry out and report on any action it considers necessary to fulfill its responsibilities with regard to its oversight functions.

Job Summary: The Chief of Service, Audit will be responsible for managing peacekeeping audit activities in Africa. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the audit activities of the Resident Audit Office in Entebbe and those in peacekeeping missions in Africa. The position requires periodic short travel to peacekeeping missions in Africa to oversee and coordinate the work of resident audit teams (all headed by a P-5 Chief Resident Auditor), as well as to meet with the management of the Mission.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   The Chief of Peacekeeping Audit Service is responsible for the following:
  • Coordinates and supervises the work programmes of the IAD Peacekeeping Audit Service related to peace operations in Africa.
  • Develops an annual risk-based audit plan of the audit teams under his/her supervision in consultation with OIOS senior management.
  • Ensures the timely and effective execution of the audit plan, ensuring the efficient utilization, management and development of staff under his/her supervision.
  • Maintains contact with appropriate client representatives to discuss audit plans, audit results and the client related views and concerns.
  • Participates in identifying resource requirements for the Peacekeeping Audit Service, including initiation of recruitment, assessments and assignment of staff, preparation of budgets, and monitoring budget status, etc.
  • Oversees audit work and ensures that assignments are conducted in accordance with: (i) approved audit workplans and budgets; (ii) OIOS policies and procedures; and (iii) the Internal Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal auditing followed by OIOS.
  • The incumbent reviews draft and final audit reports, and other audit-related documents, and provides sufficient guidance and supervision to the audit staff.
  • Renders support in establishing operating guidelines, internal audit manuals, lines of authority and communicating work objectives and priorities of reporting.
  • The incumbent represents the Service within the United Nations and other organizations as necessary.
  • Performs any other tasks as may be assigned by the IAD Director to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of IAD work programmes.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations OIOS Chief of Service, Audit career opportunity should hold an advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in auditing, finance, business administration, accounting or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), or equivalent is desirable.
  • At least fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in auditing of which at least 5 years must be at the management level.
  • Previous experience in auditing of large, field-based operations is desirable.
  • Languages: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Knowledge of all aspects of auditing, management and the technical field of oversight in general. Proven ability to conduct and supervise complex internal audits, to produce reports and papers on internal audit and to review and edit work of others. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Judgment/Decision Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

NB: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in the aforementioned capacity should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.

Deadline: 18th August 2017

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