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Associate Director - Internal Audit

Job Description

Purpose of the Position:

This is a senior management position that provides strategic leadership to the Audit Function of World Vision Kenya (WVK) in the provision of independent objective assurance and consulting activity of the organization’s operations.

In particular, the incumbent plays an advisory and consulting role to the WVK Board Audit and Risk Committee, WVK Senior Leadership and Senior Management Team. 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.

The incumbent will be expected to exhibit and effectively communicate World Vision's Christian ethos and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Major Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Provide technical guidance and direction in the Annual Audit Planning Process and compile draft audit plans for discussion, review and approval by the RAD, WVK Leadership and the WVK Board.

  • Advice WVK Management on the formulation of risk management strategies and policies and all operations areas of the organization with a view of ensuring all management policies adequately mitigate the risks identified – this role will not include the development of the actual policies and systems. This involves:

  • Provide summaries of audit findings trends to Senior Leadership and the Board Audit & Risk Committee

  • Implement a system to track the implementation of audit recommendations by WVK Management.

  • Foster effective engagement with the WVK Board Audit and Risk Committee on the performance of the Audit Function.

People Management and Capacity Building

  • Ensure effective performance management for direct reports, and provide input in the performance management of indirect reports (Internal Auditors; Assistant Internal Auditor) as necessary.

  • Participate in recruitment of audit staff as required.

  • Provide capacity building to WVK Leadership and Management regarding the role of Internal Audit in Risk management and in the WV Risk-based integrated audit approach from time to time.

  • Ensure continuous professional development for the Audit Team either as individuals or as a team by facilitating their attendance at professional seminars and trainings.

  • Ensure adequate capacity building of the audit team on operational and financial innovations and new initiatives for effective audit assurance

Quality Assurance

  • Perform quality reviews of audit 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

  • Develop and periodically review audit tools to enable audit staff perform their roles efficiently and effectively.

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

  • Develop a system to ensure the quality of work done by the Audit Team is regularly reviewed and appraised and corrective action taken when necessary.

  • Ensure timely issue of audit reports, audit performance and trends of the National Office to WVK Senior Management and Leadership.

  • Provide quarterly reports to the RAD regarding the execution and accomplishment of the Annual Audit Plan, and other reporting requirements as may be requested from time to time.

Technical Support

  • Guide and supervise the Audit Team in executing risk-based integrated audits of the National Office (NO) in accordance with stipulated auditing standards (IIA, WV GIA) as will be planned at the start of each FY.

  • Lead the Audit Team in participating in the audits of the National Office as may be planned by WV GIA.

  • Provide technical support to WVK Senior Leadership and Management in preparing for National Office audits, as well as ensuring timely follow up of audit implementation.


  • Senior Internal Auditor: Direct report.

  • WVK National Director: Leadership, Consultation and Administrative support

  • WVK Senior Leadership and Senior Management Teams: Coordination and consultation

  • East Africa Regional Audit Director: Leadership, Technical support and coordination.

  • WVK Board Audit & Risk Committee: Governance Strategic Leadership, Function Performance reporting.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

  1. Must have a university degree in Commerce, Accounting/Business Management/Finance. A post-graduate degree is preferred.

  2. Must be a qualified CPA or ACCA with an up-to-date membership status. Professional memberships in CIA/CISA/CFE are also required.

  3. Must have prior working experience of ten years. At least six years must be in Audit (Public or private institutions), two of which should be at a senior supervisory level. Experience in accredited audit firms and/or in a Non-Governmental organization is preferred.

  4. Must have experience with personal computing, email and general office productivity software (Microsoft Office Suite). A working knowledge of computerized accounting systems (e.g. Sun System) would be an added advantage.