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Posting Title: CHIEF OF SERVICE, AUDIT, D1
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF SERVICE, AUDIT
Department/Office: Office of Internal Oversight Services
Duty Station: ENTEBBE
Posting Period: 05 July 2017 - 18 August 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Audit-OIOS-80840-R-Entebbe (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Internal Audit Division (IAD) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), and is under the supervision of the Director of IAD, based in New York. The position is based in Entebbe, and the incumbent 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.

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. • Takes part 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. • Reviews draft and final audit reports, and other audit-related documents, and provides sufficient guidance and supervision to the audit staff. • Assists with establishing operating guidelines, internal audit manuals, lines of authority and communicating work objectives and priorities of reporting. • Represents the Service within the United Nations and other organizations as necessary. • Carries out other tasks as may be assigned by the IAD Director to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of IAD work programmes.

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.

Education

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.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in auditing of which at least 5 years must be at the management level. Experience in auditing of large, field-based operations is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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