Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief Audit Response and Board of Inquiry Section, P5
Department/Office: Department of Field Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 November 2017 - 31 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Audit-DFS-86528-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Audit Response and Boards of Inquiry Section (AR&BOI), office of the Assistant Secretary- General for Field Support (ASG DFS). The incumbent reports directly to the Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support (ASG DFS).The Audit Response and Boards of Inquiry Section (AR&BOI), DFS coordinates and prepares responses on oversight reports, follows up on the status of implementation of oversight recommendations and guides field operations on measures to address internal control weaknesses and prevent repeated audit findings. In addition, AR&BOI provides guidance to field missions to facilitate inquiries into accidents and incidents resulting in the loss of life and serious injuries of mission members, or third party individuals, when mission members are involved and major loss of United Nations funds or damage to assets and equipment occurred. AR&BOI also works closely with field missions to ensure integration of the risk management process into both strategic planning and day to day operations.


Within delegated authority, the Chief Audit Response and Boards of Inquiry Section will be responsible for the following:

• Provides overall management and supervision of the activities of the Audit Response and Boards of Inquiry Section reporting to him/her.

• Plans, develops, presents and articulates responses to audit reports on behalf of the Under- Secretaries-General for Peacekeeping and Field Support.

• Provides strategic support to the senior management of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department of Field Support (DFS) and field missions on audit, risk management and Headquarters Boards of Inquiry issues, including the identification of trends, gaps in policy, procedures and guidelines, as well as emerging issues for the two Departments and field missions to address through preventive and/or corrective action, as required.

• Develops and circulates guidelines to offices of DPKO/DFS and peacekeeping missions to ensure compliance with audit recommendations.

• Interacts on a routine basis with the members of the United Nations Board of Auditors (BOA), Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and officials from the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) as well as with senior management of the two Departments and field missions.

• Undertakes systematic review of Boards of Inquiry findings and recommendations; tasking the monitoring of implementation of recommendations, and provides technical guidance to field mission on conducting Boards of Inquiry.

• Ensures that inputs to reports of the oversight bodies to the General Assembly and responses to requests from Permanent Missions to the United Nations are provided in a timely and comprehensive manner.• Identifies and collates suggested thrust areas for inclusion in OIOS and JIU annual work plans.

• Attends the entrance/exit conferences of the oversight bodies and ensures that agreed actions arising are taken.

• Implements and maintains the risk management process by aligning risk management with internal control measures as well as manages the process of identifying, analyzing, evaluating and treating risk.

• Undertakes research on existing guidance and best practices materials for risk management.

• Works closely with mission personnel (heads of components, service chiefs and section chiefs) to ensure ongoing dialogue regarding risk management and the integration of the risk management process into both strategic planning and day to day operations; and provides guidance on and introduces methodologies for collecting, collating and disseminating data relating to risk management planning.

• Oversees the maintenance of a reference library of documentation and other resources on audit, boards of inquiry and risk management and related matters on the basis of the existing stock of the relevant documents, e.g. reports of the BOA, JIU and OIOS, reports of boards of inquiry, risk management registers, financial regulations and rules, manuals and standard operating procedures.


•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the accounting, audit, risk management and oversight functions and processes. Ability to conduct research, perform in-depth analysis of key issues, write reports, present relevant and meaningful information, and perform extensive advisory and monitoring functions. Knowledge of United Nations documentation on oversight, risk management, boards of inquiry and related administrative and budgetary matters is essential. 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.

•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.

•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.

•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 improvement, 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.

•JUDGEMENT/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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in finance, accounting, business administration or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in auditing, finance, accounting, oversight or related field is required. At least three years (3) of experience managing teams in a unit/section in a large multicultural organization is required. Experience working in risk management in an international organization is desirable. At least one (1) year experience in peacekeeping or other field operation is desirable.


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


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

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.

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

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

Applicants from troop- and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations for a period of one year. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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