PURPOSE OF POSITION:
As the microfinance subsidiary of World Vision, VisionFund shares the mission to reduce poverty and enable children to live life in all its fullness. This position, as a senior leadership role within VisionFund, contributes to the development of an organisational culture centred on our Christian identity and our commitment to good stewardship.
This role is vital for the achievement of VisionFund’s strategy. Our double bottom line of social and financial performance requires a strong audit function. As our network of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) undergoes constant changes in registration type, products and operating model, and respond to changes in external regulation, the global internal audit function must look outward, strive for excellence, and be responsive and agile.
The Global Director of Internal Audit is the key audit role in managing VisionFund International’s Global Internal Audit (GIA); develops processes to mitigate risk to the achievement of VFI’s organizational goals; and serves as a “business partner” to the Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) and the President and CEO of VisionFund International (VFI) on all major audit issues and accountabilities.
This role has a dual reporting relationship with functional reporting to the chair of the VFI Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) for strategic direction, reinforcement, and accountability; and administrative reporting to the VFI President & CEO, for assistance establishing direction, support, development and administrative matters.
The role will oversee financial, operational, programme, technology and strategic audits, fraud investigations, and advisory reviews of all VisionFund entities to enhance governance, risk management, and compliance processes and practices, strengthen processes and controls, and optimize efficiency.
The role will provide strategic and technical leadership for the delivery of audit, advisory, and investigation services that support the ARC and senior leadership in carrying out their respective oversight and risk management responsibilities. The role will also provide leadership and direction to build on and enhance VisionFund’s audit system and leverage technology to enhance the operational effectiveness of the department.
The role will collaborate and engage with senior leadership and key stakeholders on strategic priorities, including transformation and operational change, global initiatives, emerging risks, and mitigation plans prior to execution to prevent major risk to the organization.
The key outcomes expected from this role are:
Continuous improvement in the capability of the MFIs’ Internal Audit functions to ensure compliance with IIA and local regulatory standards.
Development and implementation of a risk based audit program.
Timely delivery on the annual risk based audit plan.
Developing and maintaining a solid professional working relationship with stakeholders.
Continuous improvement in the capability and level of staff engagement of the VFI Global Internal Audit function.
Strategic leadership of the audit function in VisionFund:
Serves as principal staff member for VFI Board’s Audit and Risk Committee (ARC).
Develops a clear framework for VFI internal audit and annual plans for ARC approval.
Evaluates the effectiveness of the organization’s governance, risk and compliance systems and processes designed to mitigate risk to the achievement of the organization’s goals, and issues periodic reports to the Audit and Risk Committee (ARC).
Assists VFI leaders with preparation for ARC meetings. Proactively challenges the organization to a faithful stewardship of resources, striking a God-honoring balance between the constituents we serve, including our investors and donors; our clients; and our employees and other partners who deliver impact.
Develops risk based audit plans that are aligned with the organization’s key strategies, risk profile and priorities, and adjust plans as necessary in response to major changes in the internal and external landscape. For VFI: gets appropriate input from VFI Board ARC, VFI senior executive team and World Vision’s internal audit leader.
For MFIs: supports and coaches the Regional Audit Managers so they can develop an annual risk-based audit plan for each MFI, with appropriate input from MFI Board Audit Committee, MFI management and VFI Operations.
Collaborates and engages with a wide range of Partnership stakeholders from differing cultures and perspectives, using effective communication and influencing skills to gain support for positive change initiatives.
Leads and approves all significant changes to the department’s audit standards, systems, processes, audit programs, and standard audit work papers designed to consistently produce quality and value add audit responses and reports.
Represents VisionFund’s perspective to World Vision’s GIA leader and influences/negotiates on VisionFund GIA’s behalf when necessary. Works with WV GIA department to enhance audit methodologies and frameworks appropriate to microfinance.
Leads the investigations team of VisionFund International. Is a member of the VFI whistleblower committee.
Develops appropriate audit programmes (GC departments and MFIs) based on the VFI operating model and standards and the underlying risks including: Lending/portfolio reviews, operational controls, banking systems security, financial reporting, fraud prevention, etc.
Working collaboratively with others in VFI, identifies potential risks in the MFIs, taking into account operational and other changes being implemented in the MFI network
Provides strategic guidance around risk assessment, data analytics, trend analysis and support to Regional Audit Managers to enable them to ensure that in the MFIs in their regions the current and emerging financial, programme, operational, strategic, and technology risks are identified, shared with key stakeholders, and addressed in a timely manner.
Proactively engages with the ARC and the senior leadership as needed regarding significant matters, including, but not limited to identifying and highlighting major risk exposure areas and on the status of the implementation of outstanding audit recommendations.
Overseeing the breaches of policy being turned into audit items, and identified risks being passed on to VFI Management and the Risk & Compliance Director.
Operational Management of Audit function in VisionFund:
Manages the annual audit schedule to meet annual audit objectives
Overall responsibility for the development of audit capabilities in GC and MFIs. Coaches the Regional Audit Managers to enable them to ensure a continuously improving and consistently high quality audit function within MFIs.
Provides timely verbal and written reports to VFI senior management to keep them informed of audit results and recommendations. Assists VFI senior management to identify implications of audit results and determine best resolutions.
Provides assistance to external auditors in the annual examination of the organization’s financial statements (and any government grant audits).
Leads, manages, and organizes all aspects of VFI internal audit to ensure the organization reduces auditable risk to an acceptable level.
Advises VFI management concerning risks, internal controls, fraud prevention and detection, and the efficient and effective use of resources.
Works with VFI regional and operations leaders to embed best-practice internal controls into the standardized operations processes and procedures, through raising findings on policy breaches and informing Management and the Risk &
Compliance Director where there is a gap being current practice and what is recommended as best practice internal controls.
Stays abreast of current changes in VFI organizational policies and procedures, IT and regulatory issues. Leads knowledge management throughout the audit function.
Overall responsibility (operationalised via the Regional Audit Managers) to ensure the MFI internal audit teams are conducting activities in accordance with International Internal Audit Standards as well as other standards as required by departmental membership licensure and certification.
Responsible for periodic analysis of patterns and trends in audit results.
Performs critical and complex audits himself/herself.
Conducts special reviews as required by senior executives in VFI.
Create a Department with a Culture of Excellence based on outstanding People Management and VF’s Core Values:
Create, sustain and motivate an effective, specialist global team, demonstrating the Christian values of VisionFund.
Lead by example and develop leaders within the audit function through clearly thought out programs and staff coached to success.
To show proactive care for the well-being of team members, reinforcing the Christian values of VisionFund and contributing to the spiritual nurture of staff.
Builds the Global Internal Audit team by attracting and retaining gifted people who are called to serve VisionFund. Encourages the career development of all staff through career conversations, tracking, training and mentoring.
Oversee the revision and/or development of training materials for VFI internal auditors. Facilitate/arrange audit training activities as needed.
Manage the Regional Audit Managers to ensure audits are properly planned and completed in a professional manner; establish audit priorities and monitor staff progress toward priorities.
Development of self and others and contribution to spiritual leadership of VFI:
Attends and participates in devotions. Leads devotions in VFI, on field visits and in department.
Develops self and others.
Participates in professional audit associations and keeps abreast of relevant industry standards.
Any other duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
An undergraduate degree in Internal Audit, Business, Accounting, Finance, or Economics.
CIA, CPA or international equivalent.
Knowledge of Risk Management requirements for the various types of Microfinance organizations (banking, non-banking, etc.) and for global organizations.
An open-mind, and the intellectual capability to thrive in an issue-diverse and intellectual culture.
Innovative, creative, and strategic thinking.
Excellent organizational, analytical, planning and presentation skills.
Clarity of analysis, decision-making and communication, with persuasive written and spoken English.
Managerial courage and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels and across all functions.
Enthusiasm and drive, with a track record of delivering (ideally including through matrix management).
A collaborative and coaching management style with proven ability to build a high performing team.
Must be able to operate in a highly complex and dynamic global environment and must be committed to continuous improvement.
Computer skills (MS Office suite, email and calendar, audit software and ideally banking software).
Excellent intercultural communication skills and knowledge of international development and microfinance operations.
Must be able to hike up to several kilometers in difficult terrain for project visits. Ability to work in uncomfortable settings.
Able to work comfortably with ambiguity and minimal direction in a predominantly remote-working environment.
Extensive professional experience in audit and fraud investigations - at least 15 years’ experience in internal audit with financial management experience.
Experience in Audit Committee/Board interactions.
Senior management experience in a multinational corporate environment as a Chief Audit Executive, Director of Internal Audit or a Senior Audit Manager.
Senior audit experience within global financial services companies or international non-profit organizations.Proven ability to work effectively with colleagues who operate in multiple timezones, languages and cultures.
Project Leadership experience and understanding of principles of effective project management.
Experience leveraging technology such as artificial intelligence to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Experience working in an automated and digital driven internal audit environment.
Proven ability to organize and manage multiple tasks at different levels of priority.
Fluency in English is required.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Knowledge of French and/or Spanish (in addition to the requirement for English) would be an advantage.
CFE, CISA or MBA is an advantage.
Experience auditing government grants or working in US Federal Government, EU or other national finance, policy or humanitarian agencies of non-US governments.
Experience within a “Big 6” accounting firm preferred.
Experience in a federally governed organization, which requires leadership to be collaborative and consultative.
Prior experience with change management that may include process analysis and redesign, system enhancement or new system deployment is a plus.
Knowledge of financial accounting and forensic audit expertise is useful but not required.
The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.