Regional Audit Manager (RAM), Swaziland

*Only local candidates from Swaziland will be considered.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Provide Strategic leadership to the Regional Audit Team within the portfolio of National Offices to be assigned, in the provision of independent objective assurance and consulting activity of the portfolio’s operations. This advisory role includes but is not limited to providing advice on risk management, internal controls systems and their impact on the operations of the organization.

Supervise a team of Regional professional auditors and provide reasonable assurance to regional and national senior management that controls are adequate to mitigate high and medium risk to the Partnership.

Provide audit quality assurance by reviewing the audit work of the Regional audit team in his/her portfolio, including issue of audit reports to the respective National Office (NO) portfolio Senior Leadership and to the Audit committees (as applicable).

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Leadership of Audit Engagements:

  • Provide technical guidance and direction in the Annual Audit Planning Process using risk analysis techniques and tools, and develop annual audit plans for discussion, review and approval by the Regional Audit Director (RAD), NO portfolio.

  • Leadership and with the Board Audit Committees (BACs) within the portfolio (as applicable).

  • Provide leadership and supervise the performance of audit engagements’ planning, field work, and audit reporting; ensuring that the audit process is aligned and supports strategy delivery in the assigned NO portfolio within the region.

  • Foster effective engagement with the National Directors, Senior Leadership Teams (SLTs) and BACs (Intermediate, Advisory Council meetings, as applicable) in the NO portfolio (as applicable) on the performance of the Audit Team in the assigned NO portfolio. This is to be done through quarterly participation at BACs for the NO portfolio assigned.

Quality Assurance:

  • Perform quality reviews of risk-based integrated audit (RBIA) assignments and provide guidance to the Senior Internal Auditor (SIA) regarding:

  • Quality audit standards to be observed and maintained by all auditors in the course of their work.

  • Provide on-the-job technical support during field work with the team members and on site review as necessary.

  • Maintain an audit presence and history of audits per project/grant as needed based on available resources and use of Governance Risk and Compliance Software (GRC).

  • Lead the audit team in following up evidence of implementation of audit findings as per auditee “audit implementation plan’’ to ensure audit matters arising are fully resolved.

People Management and Professional Development:

  • Responsible for the daily supervision of audit staff and responsible for the development of audit staff and the completion of performance evaluations.

  • Maintain Continuing Education (CPE) by attending online courses or professional seminars and trainings. The incumbent should maintain a minimum of 40 units per year.

Other:

  • Participate as an advisor of the NO Integrity and Protection Hotline (IPH) and Enterprise Risk Management committees in assigned country portfolio.

  • Support and implement the Global Internal Audit (GIA) initiatives deemed to increase the internal audit team effectiveness and efficiency.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Bachelor degree in Audit, Accounting, Finance or related field.

  • Professional audit certifications (ACCA/CPA/CIA/CISA/ACFE) finalized or in advanced stage of certification process.

  • Must be able to effectively work with new and changing situations including new regulations; where there may not always be a readily apparent solution.

  • Excellent presentation, analytical, interpersonal, time management, research, and communications skills.

  • Maintain a current knowledge base of audit industry practices and to ensure best practices as always considered.

  • Perform all assigned audit duties in a manner that reflects the highest professional standards and complies with the guidelines of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

  • Considerable knowledge of the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

  • Must have prior working experience in audit (Public or private) of not less than six years in a recognized organization, two of which should be at a senior supervisory level. Experience in accredited audit firms and/or in a Non-Governmental organization will be an added advantage.

  • Personnel management skills, with a track record of leading teams to meet outcomes.

  • Proven experience in Risk Based Auditing.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence others and establish credibility with business partners.

  • Cross cultural and multi faith experience.

  • Exposure to various accounting systems.

  • University degree in Commerce, Accounting/Business Management/Finance.

  • Be a qualified CPA or ACCA with an up-to-date membership status. Professional memberships in CIA/CISA/CFE are an added advantage.

  • Good command of the English Language, written and communication skills in particular. Knowledge of French/Spanish would be an added advantage.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strategic thinker with advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Computer skills (office application, accounting systems is a plus).

  • Working knowledge in Audit software packages.

  • Must be honest and hardworking, with proven experience in dealing with management at a senior level and be disciplined leader. Experience in a multicultural setting is highly desirable.

  • Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.

  • Attend and participate in devotions and Chapel services.

  • A working knowledge of WVI business and systems, including computerized accounting systems such as Sun System.

  • Good understanding of non-profit industry.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30 % of the time. This travel includes fragile context operational areas within the Region.

  • This role involves working in a virtual /geographically dispersed / multi-culturally team.

VisionFund Regional Audit Manager - MEER

*Preferred position location: United Kingdom. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate within the Middle East & Eastern European Region where WVI is registered to operate.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To lead and direct Global Internal Audit's strategy and vision around risk in the region by partnering with key internal and external stakeholders in fulfilling the requirements of the IIA standards and the Global Internal Audit (GIA) charter, including taking a key participatory and advisory role at Micro Finance Institution (MFI) Audit Committee Meetings.

To act as a strategic partner to regional leadership, and MFI Audit Committees around risk management, governance and internal controls. Serve as a consultant to key business leaders to manage risk effectively in order to achieve Vision Fund Internationals (VFI's) objectives.

Lead and manage a team of professional auditors in the region and provide assurance to MFI and VFI management and the VFI Board Audit Committee that controls are adequate to mitigate risks to the VFI network.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead and manage the internal audit function within the region including directly leading the activities of the country auditors by ensuring that risk based audit plans are developed and implemented, reviewing the work of local audit teams and providing feedback and managing performance.

  • Engage in the hiring and management of MFI audit staff.

  • Assess the level of capacity and provide necessary coaching and training where required for MFI audit staff.

  • Provide a consulting and support role to Regional VFI and MFI management.

  • Oversee and manage monthly and quarterly reporting to MFI Board Audit Committees and VFI by ensuring audit team provides timely reports that are reviewed and delivered within the audit scheduled timeframes established.

  • Act as a strategic partner by championing innovation, implementing an agile audit approach throughout the region including leading and directing the strategic direction of GIA at the regional audit level, and joining the MFI leadership in identifying potential risk areas through appropriate reporting and quality controls (e.g. financial, operational, reputational) that can impact VFI's ability to reach the needs of the children and communities it serves and work together on controls around risk areas.

  • Represent VFI Internal Audit as a member of the local MFI Audit Committee.

  • Lead GC Audit reviews of MFIs around the network and of GC Audit functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Must have a university diploma or degree in accounting, auditing or similar financial qualification. A graduate degree in Accounting or Management is preferred.

  • Must have at least 7 years experience in auditing (external and/or internal auditing) with audit experience of banking institution preferred.

  • Strong accounting and financial management skills required.

  • Experience in managing teams.

  • Current certification (Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor or Chartered Accountant) required.

  • Must be able to travel extensively within the region and internationally, approximately 25-50%.

  • Must be able to work in a cross-cultural environment.

  • Must be fluent in English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Knowledge of Serbian/Montenegrin language, or of French or Spanish, would be useful.

  • Must have good working knowledge of accounting systems.

  • Experience with non-profit organizations preferred.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 50% of the time.

Global Investigator, Global Internal Audit

*Preferred Location: Africa. Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within a jurisdiction (country or US State) where WVI is registered to operate.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The purpose of this position is to work independently, with little or no supervision to analyze allegations, initiate, plan, lead and conduct investigations. Write reports documenting investigative plans and investigative results, and follow-up on specific investigation assignments.

The successful candidate will work under the guidance of the Global Internal Audit (GIA) Director of Global Investigations to perform the following tasks:

  • Analyze, oversee and conduct preliminary assessment of misconduct allegations to determine the veracity of possible violations of World Vision (WV) policy or law.

  • Initiate, plan, conduct, support and oversee investigations related to complex fraud, corruption, bribery, kickbacks, extortion, conflict-of-interest, product substitution, embezzlement, theft, ethical misconduct, mismanagement, waste and abuse.

  • Prepare and evaluate detailed reports, such as investigative plans, engagement memos, reports of investigation and quarterly investigative reports. Provide oral and written briefings to senior leadership.

  • Conduct a full range of investigative activities to include, but not limited to, analyzing documents, such as financial records, conducting research, conducting surveillance, conducting witness and subject interviews.

  • Coordinate and conduct investigative activities in conjunction with other WV investigators, WV Global Centers (GC), National Offices (NO), Regional Offices (RO), WV legal offices, law enforcement agencies, donors, NGOs, banks and other entities.

  • Provide investigative training and guidance to staff and Jr. investigators regarding detecting and investigating misconduct.

  • Develop and support implementation of preventive measures to mitigate fraud risk. Identify fraud trends and recommend appropriate actions to mitigate the risk to WV.

The incumbent will also be instrumental in rolling out and streamlining GIA strategic initiatives aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of its assurance and advisory services. Thus, the position is responsible and accountable for:

  • Leading investigative teams, training and building capacity of the investigator assigned on GC investigative assignments.

  • Work strategically to align investigations goals with WV 2030 goals by collaboration with internal and external stakeholder.

  • Effective engagement and collaboration with clients’.

  • Recommending changes to GIA’s investigative procedures and tools based on knowledge. gained by the conducting investigations.

  • Persuasive and timely communication of risks to WVI management.

  • Promoting a Christ-centered internal investigative environment.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Investigations:

As an ambassador of GIA and a Trusted Advisor, this role is to lead complex investigations. This involves:

  • With little or no supervision lead and or conduct extremely complex corruption, fraud, waste and abuse related investigations in WV offices, and GC departments, in response to reported violations of WV policies or law.

  • Conduct or support investigations relating to ethical misconduct and mismanagement.

  • Reviews, supervises, and provides guidance on the preparation of investigation plans; supervises and conducts preliminary investigations. Reviews, supervises and prepares reports for approval by the Director of Investigations or her/his designee.

  • Conducts entry and exit meetings following the investigations protocol.

  • Analyze and evaluate data to provide facts regarding investigations. Provide conclusions and remedies to management and key stakeholders based on investigative findings.

  • Prepare reports with sufficient evidence to support the conclusion.

  • Interpret and makes recommendations on investigation policies, procedures, practices and processes

  • Supervise and guide other investigators in execution of the assigned investigation assignments.

  • Review investigative activity and reports prepared by other members of the investigations team.

  • Conducts on-going training and provide technical guidance to other investigators and internal and external clients.

  • Maintain and regularly update investigative activity in Ethics Point, investigations tracker/ dashboard and Quarterly Audit Report.

  • Ensure travel and logistics are within WV guidelines. Ensure travel expenses including obtaining visas are within the budgeted amount for all investigations.

Professional Development & Quality Assurance:

The position will ensure that the investigation team maintains professional proficiency while assisting the GIA leadership with special tasks:

  • Performing investigations assigned by GIA leaders, including consulting engagements or specialized reviews, and providing assistance to external investigators and auditors whenever needed.

  • Providing continuous feedback to local investigator and auditors after each engagement based on review of performance, ensuring that each team member has adequate opportunity for individual and professional development.

  • Monitoring to ensure compliance with Certified Fraud Examiner and IIA standards for Continued Professional Education (CPE) hours.

  • Promoting a Christ-centered internal investigator environment by ensuring that significant team building and spiritual development activities are shared by the investigation team.

Process Improvement & Simplification:

As a change agent for improving processes and simplifying operations, this position shall:

  • Develop a keen understanding of clients’ business needs, including key goals, risks, and procedures to ensure continuous improvement of each investigation.

  • Create a culture of continuous improvement where each team member is empowered to identify areas of improvement within GIA standards.

  • Recommend to GIA leadership weaknesses in GIA procedures, tools and services to make the process simpler and effective

  • Identifying trends through analysis of recurring investigative issues to be highlighted to the partnership leaders and process owners.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Accounting, Law, Criminal Justice, Finance, Computer Science, or a related field.

  • At least 7 to 10-years professional experience in investigation, auditing, research, law and/or project management .

  • Completion of a law enforcement investigation training program, CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) or CA (Chartered Accountant) and or CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner).

  • Excellent investigation, research, analytical, and communication skills.

  • Leadership skills.

  • Ability to travel as needed to international locations.

  • Ability to work in stressful conditions and in third world countries.

  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or Investigation Certification from a law enforcement agency or member of local or international bar association.

  • CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) or CA (Chartered Accountant).

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language.

Preferred:

  • Good understanding of non-profit industry, and investigative work.

  • Fluency in a language, such as Arabic, Dari, Pashtu, French, Portuguese, English, Spanish.

  • Knowledge of the WVI business and systems is an added advantage.

  • Knowledge of law and legal process.

Work Environment:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 40 percent of the time.