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In response to the growing number of requests from our many not-for-profit partners AfID is now supporting charities and social enterprises with their salaried recruitment needs. After placing over 1000 accountants with more than 500 NGOs across 53 countries, developing a great deal of expertise, we are keen to share this with you and our many partners.

Finance Capacity Building Support #887

Africa
Competitive

Our partner is a key player within the international development sector, working on programme delivery through partners in Africa. They are seeking to recruitment experienced finance capacity building leads to lead on improvements in the financial management of key delivery partners in West Africa. The roles are fixed-term contracts for 12-18 months.
 

Responsibilities

  • Review and strengthen the control environment, implementing recommendations, and working with and coaching staff to ensure that these are understood and adhered to consistently.
  • Support in the development of and adherence to processes around cash management, recording and allocation of income and expenditure, and procurement.
  • Lead in the development of and adherence to proper financial management tools and processes; month-end processes; and full grants cycle management covering due diligence, proposal development, compliance, management and reporting.
  • Support the local staff in their confidence in using finance systems.
  • Lead in aspects of the financial management and reporting – including annual budget preparation, monthly management accounts, BVA analysis and reporting; and monthly accounts close.
  • Coach the finance team and other staff members as required.

Requirements

  • Qualified accountant with experience in developing and implementing controls, procedures and financial management systems in an international charity.
  • Strong demonstrable experience and knowledge of institutional donors, including the UK, European and US governments, and UN agencies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; experienced in leading change, and working with a range of staff and characters.
  • Strong systems skills.
  • Patient and adaptable, a self-starter, capable of working independently and prioritising a varied workload.

Salary commensurate to experience, and allowances for the individual.

This is a 12-18 month FTC, with the individual based in West Africa locations.

 

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CONSULTANT - International Aid Assurance #694

Development Audit, Assurance & Capacity Building practice
UK
Competitive

An exciting consulting role within a team focused on assignments in developing nations and emerging markets, working principally for multi-lateral agencies. Projects include public financial management and public sector governance, internal and external audit.
 

At the heart of the team's work is Aid Oversight: improving the ways in which developing country government’s mange aid spending, track, and monitor use of donor funds to ensure that projects are properly delivered. Other areas include anti-corruption, fiduciary risk, and capacity building. 

This role suits someone looking for: progressive responsibility in international development project management; experience in writing high-quality, innovative proposals for agencies such as DFID, the Foreign Office, and the World Bank; and exposure to financial management and internal control reviews

The Consultant will perform a key role in supporting the management of existing projects, including projects in Asia and Africa, and significant travel to these and other locations.

You will also work with us in the identification and development of relevant prospects and technical and financial proposals. Our intention is that you will progress to fully managing several of our projects in terms of budgetary control and financial reporting, recruitment and staffing, client management, strategic oversight, and technical quality assurance, as well as continuing to play an important role in business development and bidding.

Over time, we will support you to develop expertise on the following:
• Project management and oversight;
• Managing complex delivery tasks and project risks;
• Leading technical and financial proposals;
• Understanding local delivery contexts and political economies;

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, innovative, energetic, committed to excellence in all their work, and wants to develop or kick-start a career in international development consulting. You may be a newly qualified accountant or with a number of years’ experience post qualification.

We are looking for someone who is keen to take ownership of projects and will seek to maximise their projects’ impact in every way.

• A degree in a relevant field from an internationally recognised university or alternatively a professional accountancy qualification;
• Outstanding English communication skills, both written and oral (essential) 
• Excellent writing skills and the ability to produce persuasive, succinct inputs to proposals
• Excellent inter-personal skills and team-work;
• Good numerical ability with a focus on financial awareness and ability;
• Ability to research and put together information needed for proposals.

Required Experience
• Experience in either external audit or internal audit/controls;
• Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in the world of international development or consultancy sector;
• Demonstrated experience of using initiative, client-orientation, delivery to timelines, and working in complex and pressured contexts 
• Experience of working in developing countries.

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Part-time CFO #886

Kenya
c. $50,000 - $55,000 FTE

Our partner is a nonprofit organization providing accessible & effective mental health interventions for youths. They are seeking a part-time CFO to add expertise and oversight of their finance function to ensure financial sustainability. This role is a really interesting opportunity for an experienced finance professional to shape the finance function of a young, but growing organisation.
 

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement financial strategies, and lead the development of financial projections and scenario planning to inform decision making.
  • Lead the finance function, overseeing the day-to-day operations (cash, accounts payable, accounts receivables and payroll) and ensure compliance with accounting and financial reporting standards, as well as legal and regulatory requirements for Kenya and the USA
  • Evaluate and implement financial systems and processes to improve efficiency, accuracy, and transparency
  • Oversee the preparation of budgets, financial statements, and other financial reports
  • Develop and manage the organization's risk management
  • Lead, develop, and mentor a team of young professionals

Requirements

  • Qualified accountant with at least 5 years of relevant experience, and willing to be hands on.
  • Strong technical accounting experience covering financial accounting, management accounting, budget creation and monitoring, financial analysis, and reporting, preferably within a not for profit.
  • Experience of working in a start-up or of establishing a finance function is strongly desirable.
  • Experience of leading a finance function, including providing financial analysis & insight and strategic advice to aid decision making.
  • Experience of grants management, compliance and reporting
  • Exceptional communication skills, with the ability to work with both finance and non-finance staff.
  • Strong strategic and problem solving skills.

This is a remote role, although they would be open to someone working from their office.

They anticipate the role will require 2 days/week, perhaps with more time required initially to set up the finance function and then at important times in the year, including year-end.

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Regional Finance & Operations Lead #888

Africa
c. £65,000 - £70,000 plus allowances

Our partner is a fast growing, impactful charity. As a result of an expansion of their programmes, they are seeking a senior finance executive to drive the financial and operational set up of their new regional programme in Africa.
 

Responsibilities

  • Lead on establishing a sound control environment, financial processes and systems, ensuring that these align with the organisational as well local regulations.
  • Provide financial leadership and strategic advisory support to the country offices and regional team.
  • Lead of preparing the individual country budgets, budget monitoring tools, analysis and reports.
  • Lead on the full grants cycle management – from due diligence and budget proposal development, to compliance & reporting.
  • Lead on capacity building of the finance staff, on all aspects of finance and grants financial management.
  • Lead on operations covering procurement, HR & logistics.

Requirements

  • Qualified accountant with experience in leading country finance functions of an international charity, and working in a regional capacity.
  • Experience in building the controls, processes and systems of young, growing country offices with different budgets, resources and staff capacity.
  • Experience in operations within international organisations working in complex, fragile states – covering procurement and logistics.
  • Strong demonstrable experience and knowledge of institutional donors, including the UK, European and US governments, and UN agencies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, managerial and influential skills.
  • Strong communication skills – written (report writing) and oral.
  • Bilingual – English and French speaker.

This post will be based in the DRC, travelling to other countries in the region as required.

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Finance Director, Papua New Guinea #884

Asia
Competitive

Our partner is a leading environmental organisation with impactful programmes in PNG. They are seeking a Finance Director to oversee the finance function; provide strategic analysis and advisory support; and financial & donor reporting.
 

Responsibilities

  • Financial oversight of the programme – this includes ensuring that there is a strong control environment across the HQ and regional offices, that policies and guidelines are properly understood and implemented, properly manage and account for income, and monitor banking, cash and cash advances and expenditure.
  • Prepare and submit the annual accounts & statutory returns, ensuring that these are compliant with local laws and requirements.
  • Financial management – creation and review of the organisational budget, oversee the monthly close and reconciliations, and prepare financial & KPI reports, and cashflow management.
  • Grants compliance, management and reporting – supporting in budget creation for new grants proposals, monitoring expenditure versus grants income, ensuring that all project finance activities are compliant with grants requirements, providing financial oversight to sub-grantees, and preparing donor/grants reports.
  • Undertaking due diligence on, and overseeing compliance and reporting from sub-grantees, supporting them with capacity building as required..
  • Lead in the preparation of donor and other local audits, ensuring that the organisation is tax & legally compliant to the regulations in PNG.
  • Assess and mitigate financial risks, safeguard the organisational asset.
  • Coaching and building confidence and capacity of the local finance team.

Requirements

  • A bachelors degree in accounting or finance; additionally an MBA or an accounting qualification is strongly preferred.
  • Senior finance professional with at least five years of experience of leading the country finance function of a charity that is complex, both in terms of projects, but also portfolio of funding. Previous experience of working in a complex environment such as PNG is desirable.
  • Willing to be hands on, alongside offering strategic advisory support.
  • Strong technical accounting, financial management, reporting and grants compliance, management and reporting experience.
  • Significant experience in the compliance and management of grants from institutional donors, including the US and European governments.
  • Experience of developing a team, and building capacity of finance staff and staff in partner/sub-grantee organisations.
  • Effective communicator.

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Kids are a-go-go at Kidogo, Kenya

International Grant Audit Manager (German speaking) #890

International Development Assurance
UK
Highly competitive

Leading international development grant assurance specialists seek experienced German speaking audit professional for exciting management opportunities. 

Responsibilities

  • Travelling internationally to a wide range of locations, on a regular basis, conducting audits or special assignments; working with, and supporting NGOs, public sector organisations & institutional donors such as the United Nations.
  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of public sector audit issues and techniques and provide guidance to other team members based on previous experience;
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of public sector structures and the legal and contractual frameworks in which the assignments are performed and provide guidance to other team members based on previous experience;
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and provide guidance to other team members based on previous experience;
  • Be involved in the assignment process from planning to finalisation;
  • Prepare a tailored plan for large or complex assignments based on an understanding of the terms of reference;
  • Lead assignment fieldwork teams including locally based staff for large or complex assignments;
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the findings on an assignment and write them up in a detailed, precise and clear way in the assignment report;
  • Lead opening meetings and present the audit findings at closing meetings;
  • Conduct assignments in a sceptical but constructive manner;
  • Draft a report for each assignment on a timely basis;
  • Be responsible for completing the audit programme and audit file;
  • Be aware of assignment deadlines and work with the team to ensure deadlines are met;
  • Monitor the time spent on assignments against budget and discuss with the Manager if budget overruns are anticipated;
  • Prepare proposals for specific assignments within a framework contract
  • Contribute to drafting tenders;
  • Identify potential opportunities for obtaining new work. Take action to follow up such opportunities with a manager/partner;
  • Develop internal contacts and demonstrate an awareness of the services offered by other departments in the firm;

Internal development 

  • Provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process;
  • Contribute to office-based training sessions including development of training material;
  • Conduct induction training for new staff members;
  • Do job appraisals for more junior team members;
  • Check that the staff planner is kept up to date for each assignment;

Please note, if you are not a fluent Spanishspeaker similar opportunities may be available - so please apply. 

For more details on the role and organisation please apply. 

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International Grant Audit Manager (Spanish speaking) #890

International Development Assurance
UK
Highly competitive

Leading international development grant assurance specialists seek experienced Spanish speaking audit professional for exciting management opportunities. 

Responsibilities

  • Travelling internationally to a wide range of locations, on a regular basis, conducting audits or special assignments; working with, and supporting NGOs, public sector organisations & institutional donors such as the United Nations.
  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of public sector audit issues and techniques and provide guidance to other team members based on previous experience;
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of public sector structures and the legal and contractual frameworks in which the assignments are performed and provide guidance to other team members based on previous experience;
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and provide guidance to other team members based on previous experience;
  • Be involved in the assignment process from planning to finalisation;
  • Prepare a tailored plan for large or complex assignments based on an understanding of the terms of reference;
  • Lead assignment fieldwork teams including locally based staff for large or complex assignments;
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the findings on an assignment and write them up in a detailed, precise and clear way in the assignment report;
  • Lead opening meetings and present the audit findings at closing meetings;
  • Conduct assignments in a sceptical but constructive manner;
  • Draft a report for each assignment on a timely basis;
  • Be responsible for completing the audit programme and audit file;
  • Be aware of assignment deadlines and work with the team to ensure deadlines are met;
  • Monitor the time spent on assignments against budget and discuss with the Manager if budget overruns are anticipated;
  • Prepare proposals for specific assignments within a framework contract
  • Contribute to drafting tenders;
  • Identify potential opportunities for obtaining new work. Take action to follow up such opportunities with a manager/partner;
  • Develop internal contacts and demonstrate an awareness of the services offered by other departments in the firm;

Internal development 

  • Provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process;
  • Contribute to office-based training sessions including development of training material;
  • Conduct induction training for new staff members;
  • Do job appraisals for more junior team members;
  • Check that the staff planner is kept up to date for each assignment;

Please note, if you are not a fluent Spanishspeaker similar opportunities may be available - so please apply. 

For more details on the role and organisation please apply. 

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Finance Capacity Building Consultant #885

Spanish Speaking
Americas
Commesurate depending on expereince

Our partner is looking to rebuild itself following a period where it encountered serious administrative difficulties due to the maladministration and misappropriation of funds. They have conducted an internal review and put measures in place to restructure itself, and are seeking the support of an experienced charity finance professional to strengthen their controls, processes and financial management, and to support in filling the financial gaps.
 

Responsibilities

  • Review and undertake an assessment of their controls, processes and financial management tools, making recommendations on strengthening and streamlining these.
  • Identifying targeted capacity building needs for their finance and admin team, developing and implementing a capacity building programme aimed at building a robust finance function.
  • Develop a business plan to evaluate all the different opportunities and instruments to bring additional income, assessing which one is the most feasible for the partner, and advising on how this is implemented.

Requirements

  • Qualified, experienced charity finance professional, specifically with a background in audit and in developing and strengthening controls and processes, and strengthening financial mangement after a period of significant change and restructure.
  • Understanding of charity income sources and fund accounting, and experience of developing and implementing a business plan.
  • Strong business partnering, negotiating and influencing skills, able to build trust with local staff and external stakeholders, including donors, alike.
  • Experience of working in Latin America, and bilingual (fluent Spanish and English speaker)

They anticipate an in-person placement of 8-12 weeks in Asuncion, with the consultant offering ad hoc remote support to continue with the advisory and capacity strengthening work.

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International Controls & Audit Manager - Development Projects #881

International Development Assurance
UK
Highly competitive

World leader in International Assurance for globally operating donor institutions seeks experienced audit manager for new and challenging role with primary responsibility to support the Quality & Risk function in the provision of risk management, helping client teams to understand and adhere to the firm’s policies and procedures in carrying out their roles to provide quality audit and assurance services to the donor sector.

 

You’ll be someone who is both comfortable working proactively and managing your own tasks, as well as confident collaborating with others and communicating regularly with senior managers, directors, and business partners to help businesses effectively. You’ll be encouraged to identify and draw attention to opportunities for enhancing delivery and providing additional services to stakeholder organisations. This team within the Advisory group work closely with global institutions such as UN agencies, the European Commission, Foundations and other Development Agencies, particularly those involved in international development. This team of sector experts provide assurance services, including financial and systems audits, certifications, internal control assessments, technical assistance, and consultancy services to international institutions.

You’ll support the Quality & Risk function ensure operational effectiveness embedding and monitoring of Quality & Risk principles and procedures within contract teams across the department. You’ll work closely with Partners and leadership on quality reviews of client assignments, analysing root causes of quality weaknesses and support continuous improvement. You’ll help to review policies and procedures to make sure they are compliant and fit for purpose.

Experience

  • Experience in the audit / assurance sector
  • A professional accountancy qualification (ACA/ACCA/DEC/CIMA or equivalent);
  • Knowledge of professional standards applicable to our work (e.g. ISQM 1, ISRS 4400, ISAs, ISAE 3000)
  • No formal risk management knowledge is required, although awareness, understanding or an interest in this area and the impact from the regulatory environment will be beneficial.
  • Ability to research, analyse, interpret, apply good judgement and communicate effectively to provide the support of the Quality & Risk processes of the firm
  • Ability to think innovatively and creatively to identify ways to improve quality
  • Professional level of communication – both verbal and written

Overview

This is a new role with primary responsibility to support IIDA’s Quality & Risk function in the provision of risk management, helping client teams to understand and adhere to the firm’s policies and procedures in carrying out their roles to provide quality audit and assurance services to the donor sector.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting the IIDA Quality & Risk function ensure operational effectiveness will involve:
  • Supporting the embedding and monitoring of Quality & Risk principles and procedures within contract teams across IIDA
  • Providing support in responding to IIDA risk management, quality and compliance queries from IIDA partners and staff
  • Supporting on quality reviews of client assignments, analysing root causes of quality weaknesses and support implementation of improvements
  • Participating in the review of IIDA’s policies and procedures and assisting in drafting policies and guidance
  • Coordinating and contributing to the risk communications for IIDA, including email updates, seminars, webinars and intranet pages
  • Participating in bi-monthly IIDA Technical Support Group meetings
  • Liaising with the wider Quality and Risk (‘Q&R’) community, the central Q&R team and the Advisory Stream Q&R Working Group
  • Assisting with ad hoc Q&R projects where required.

Qualifications and skills

Essential:

  • Experience in the audit / assurance sector
  • An appreciation of the challenges and complexity of the donor sector
  • Ability to research, analyse, interpret, apply good judgement and communicate effectively to provide the support of the Quality & Risk processes of the firm
  • Ability to think innovatively and creatively to identify ways to improve quality
  • Attention to detail
  • IT skills (good knowledge of MS Office and Internet)
  • Professional level of communication – both verbal and written
  • Good time management, organisation skills and the ability to prioritise
  • Proven track record of working in professional services
  • A professional accountancy qualification (ACA/ACCA/DEC/CIMA or equivalent);
  • Knowledge of professional standards applicable to our work (e.g. ISQM 1, ISRS 4400, ISAs, ISAE 3000)

Desirable:

  • No formal risk management knowledge is required, although awareness, understanding or an interest in this area and the impact from the regulatory environment will be beneficial.
  • Experience in the international development sector
  • Experience of interaction with internal and external quality management reviews

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Senior Manager - Foundations & Trusts

International Development Assurance
UK
Negotiable

More details to follow shortly. Email jobs@afid.org.uk

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Laos Rugby Federation

Senior Manager - Forensics & Counter Fraud

International Development Consultancy
UK
Negotiable

More details to follow shortly. Email jobs@afid.org.uk

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Associate Director - Foundations & Trusts

International Development Consultancy
UK
Negotiable

More details to follow shortly. Email jobs@afid.org.uk

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Internal Audit Manager - Public Sector & Development Assurance Services #750

Public Sector Assurance Specialists
UK
V Competitive

An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic flexible individual with a keen interest to work with central and international governmental bodies to join our partners International Public Sector Assurance Services team providing a wide range of assurance services to our clients. Our partner work across a range of specialist sectors and would in particular welcome candidates with experience in Central Government, United Nations, NGO and similar bodies.
 

The Internal Audit team sits within the Risk Assurance service line and delivers outsourced and co-sourced internal audit services to over 500 internal audit clients. With over 200 specialist internal auditors the team is one of the largest internal audit teams in a UK professional accountancy firm and offers excellent opportunities for progression. The team also works with one of our organisation’s largest clients and it is working with this client where the appointee will initially spend most of their time.

The role will be attached to our International Development Assurance Services team providing a wide range of assurance services including internal audit, grant audit and investigation services to our clients in the UK and internationally. This position is UK based with the opportunity for international travel.

You should be able to demonstrate understanding of either central government or international development though working in the UK government or UN systems. We are seeking IIA/CIA or ACCA, ACA, qualified people. Experience in working with unique organisations or organisations with unique operations, and in government policy areas is an advantage but not essential. We don’t expect you to know everything, but you should be enthusiastic, have the adaptability to grasp concepts quickly, evidence your work, project confidence and professionalism to the client and work closely with all grades and cultures in an open supportive team environment.

About the job

You will support the partners and senior managers in the day to day management and delivery of various assurance assignments to our clients.

a) Staff Management

  • You will have responsibility for developing more junior members of the team, dealing with team welfare and aiding in development plans;

  • You will undertake resource and utilisation planning to ensure all client engagements are adequately resourced in a timely manner; and

  • You will participate in the firm’s appraisal and development processes

b) Client Delivery

You will oversee delivery of client work as part of the engagement delivery team, being a recognised Manager for client engagements:

  • Managing agreed client portfolio delivering assurance programmes, ensuring work is delivered to time, on budget and in line with the Internal Audit Manual;

  • Agreeing engagement scopes with clients;

  • Overseeing client delivery by team members;

  • Undertaking more specialist/bespoke areas of auditing due to experience;
    Completing quality assurance reviews of internal audit files and reports;

  • Overseeing the production of Progress Reports, Annual Reports and Audit Strategies prior to Senior Management sign-off;

  • Providing effective stakeholder engagement and relationship management; and

  • Representing org as required at networking events and industry group meetings, client management and audit committee meetings.

c) Financial

  • You will work towards achievement of a client revenue target commensurate with the nature of the role and;

  • Take responsibility for managing assurance contracts in line with agreed budgets

d) Business Development

  • You will assist senior management and partners in business development initiatives, including writing tender proposals, being involved in tender presentations and visits to target clients

  • A strong ambassador for the org brand, you will promote brand awareness and uphold high ethical standards of business that protect the brand, the UK firm, its staff and clients.

Requirements

Tasks may include

  • Undertaking financial and document analysis work;

  • Systems review and testing compliance with funders requirements

  • Compile, analyse facts and circumstances to formulate, substantiate and critique various theories, evidence and conclusions

  • Organise and present complex information in a clear and concise manner

  • Research and analysis of complex information to provide a structured, logical and intelligible picture of situations and allegations

  • Use data analytical tools such as IDEA would be useful

You must be prepared to work for extended periods on secondment to client offices. You will be required to undertake security related training.

Essential

  • Audit / Assurance qualification

  • Excellent interpersonal and stakeholder management skills

  • High standard of written and verbal communication

  • Self-starter and team-player

  • An adaptable problem solver

  • Experience of Central Government, United Nations or similar bodies

  • Be prepared to work on secondment to clients

  • Hold, or are prepared to undertake, UK Government security clearance

Desirable

  • Experience in health, education, procurement, supply chain, governance, anti-corruption, law enforcement or justice is a distinct advantage.

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Assistant Project Administrator (French speaking) #695

International Audit Practice
UK
Competitive

Our close partner is providing financial services guidance to a number of large institutions around the world, the International Development team works closely with global clients – such as UNICEF, The World Bank and the Gates Foundation

The Assistant Project Administrator has to assist in providing project coordination for the full life cycle of any assignment offered to our clients; from the proposal process, contract management with the client, assignment planning, through to assisting with the report writing, and ultimately billing the client.

Contract Responsibilities

·Assist with proposal and tender submission, including preparing project budgets and schedules, liaising with prospective staff and ensuring all proposals are submitted within the respective deadlines

·Ensure that contracts are as per the issued proposals, that all terms agreed are in best interests of org and support the Managers/Partners in any contract administration required

·Assist with planning the fieldwork of the project, including agreeing dates with the beneficiary, liaising with internal and external staff to ensure they can perform the required service on the agreed dates and that all parties have the necessary information to ensure the project fieldwork runs smoothly

·Assist with  the drawing of contracts

·Monitor and track project progress and on our ‘Control Schedule’ to ensure all stakeholders are kept up to date with any project developments

·Act as the point of contact for all stakeholders (including the client, the beneficiary, internal/external teams and management)

·Assist the manager in any report-writing tasks that may be required & deliver final product to client

·Monitor internal staff working hours & expenses incurred, to ensure project budgets are adhered to

·Check and process external suppliers’ invoices, making sure all days worked and expenses incurred are within the agreed budget, liaising with finance as and when issues arise

·Assist in client billing, ensuring that all bills issued are as per the contractual terms between the firm and the client, that all costs are accounted for, and that bills are paid by the client in a timely manner

·Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation for future use, ensuring that all projects are properly logged and can be used in future proposals/tenders

·General: translate documents, maintain filing system of documentation by client and by assignment, archive files when necessary

Requirements

Essential

·Fluent English in both verbal and written with excellent communication skills

·Second language, French

·Competent using MS Office

·Strong organisational and time management skills with ability to prioritise and multi-task

·Able to meet deadlines

·Good numeracy skills

·Able to work under pressure with accuracy and focus

·Good eye for detail and the ability to follow through tasks

·Able to be a self-starter and work on own initiative

·Able to demonstrate problem solving skills

·Comfortable within a changing and developing environment

·Able to apply relevant skills to new scenarios

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UNICEF, UNDP & UNHCR Grant Auditor #699

UN Grant Assurance Specialists
UK
Competitive

Are you an experienced audit professional seeking a more rewarding career, supporting truly worthwhile causes?
 

 

Our partner, sector specialists in International Grant Audit are seeking auditors for a critical role; navigating a diverse group of NGOs & donors, such as the UN & The World Bank operating globally (Malawi, Peru, Vietnam, Belgium, Oxford, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Fiji, Cameroon). You'll be London-based travelling post pandemic 25-40% per annum on assignments 1 to 2 weeks in length in small teams.

These unique and extremely rewarding opportunities would suit experienced audit professionals that love diverse travel and supporting inspiring people and worthwhile causes.

Overseas assignments post pandemic could mean travel to one of over 100 countries/ territories. It presents a fantastic opportunity to see the parts of the world you’d never otherwise get to see, work with lovely people and pick up extremely relevant institutional donor and fieldwork experience; vital for anyone seeking a career in the international development NGO sector.

Role overview

Yoiu will complete expenditure audits of a extremely diverse range of projects funded by international donor institutions ranging from emergency aid, to long term development in areas such as agriculture, health or infrastructure, to more commercial projects such as SME development or technical research. Additionally, depending on your seniority you will provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process.

The role will use all your communication, problem-solving and analytical skills and will give you experience in working with major institutions all over the world. An example assignment might see you leading an audit opening meeting with a UN country office on the Monday morning, before heading off to spend a few days with a local NGO or government partners to audit the way they have spent UN funds. You will look at a sample of supporting documents to make sure the expenditure is genuine and for the purposes intended by UN, and review the internal controls of the NGO, making recommendations as to how these might be improved to strengthen the management of the UN resources. At the end of the fieldwork, you will draft at aide-memoire document and discuss your findings with both the UN and its local partner. At the airport, you could even start drafting the formal report as you wait for your flight back to London.

Requirements

Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent (Finalists considered)

Experience, insight &/or exposure to grant funding, reporting or audit. 

Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity while working with a hugely diverse range of clients and beneficiaries

A real interest in international development and associated funding structures

'Ideally' fluency in a second language is preferable, especially in French, Spanish, Russian, German, Portuguese, Italian or Mandarin and Arabic.

Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills

Team worker

Resilience and adaptability

Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​Personal attributes:

At least two-three years of audit experience

Ability to work under pressure; Strong planning, organisational and time management skills

Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills

Passionate about international travel and development and willing to work in international locations for 30% plus of the time (post pandemic)

Candidates for permanent London based roles must have the right to work in the UK.

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Abida on assignment with Umoja, Tanzania

VFM / Performance Audit Consultant/ Mgr #693

International Development Assurance Specialists
UK
Competitive

The Manager manages and/or leads assignments in the domain of Value-For-Money (VFM) / performance audit and evaluation - with a particular focus on international organisations such as the UN & DFID & EC

 

The Manager oversees teams made up of Junior Managers, Analysts, Consultants and Audit Seniors, including review of planning, fieldwork and reporting.

Manage and lead VFM / evaluation-related consultancy assignments, either desk-based out of office or at client or beneficiary sites - usually outside the UK (for up to 30% of the time).
Utilise your detailed knowledge of public-sector VFM, performance audit and evaluation issues and techniques, and provide expert guidance to clients and colleagues.
Utilise your detailed understanding of international public sector programme implementation and evaluation, and provide expert guidance in associated technical and policy matters.
Manage the assignment process from the planning stage to presentation of the final report to the Director / Partner.
Review and finalise tailored plans for assignments, based on a sound understanding of the Terms of Reference.
Lead and manage assignment fieldwork teams including external consultants.
Critically review findings made by other team members, including working-level responsibility for quality control and review.
Lead on-site meetings with clients and beneficiaries.
Write reports, and review and improve reports written by others, in line with the client’s and the firm’s expectations and to agreed quality standards. Feedback constructively to others to ensure improvement of their report-writing skills.
Prepare proposals for specific assignments, either stand-alone or within a framework contract, reporting to a Director / Partner.
Identify potential opportunities for obtaining new work from existing clients or assignment subjects. Take action to follow up such opportunities with a Director / Partner.
Develop internal contacts and an awareness of the services offered by other departments in the firm, and alert relevant parties to potential opportunities if appropriate.
Provide on-the-job training, coaching and guidance to more junior team members on an ongoing basis.

Requirements

A post-graduate degree or equivalent in evaluation methods, public policy, social science or other relevant discipline.
Membership of an industry-recognized professional body would be an advantage.
Proven experience and technical expertise in performance / value for money audit and/or policy evaluation.
Demonstrable in-depth and current knowledge of at least two of the following sectors: Health, Education, Ecology, Energy, Employment or Media, including knowledge of issues relating to project/programme management and delivery in these sectors.
Ability to work under pressure with accuracy and focus, prioritize tasks and meet multiple deadlines in a complex environment.
Ability to act with professionalism, integrity and diplomacy at all times.
Excellent written and spoken English, including a very strong command of grammar, syntax, punctuation and style.
Ability to critically review, edit and polish reports produced by others and give constructive feedback on key reasons for amendments, to help others improve and develop their report-writing skills.
Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to present findings and communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
Previous experience of project and team management, and of staff planning, development and supervision.
Proven ability to contribute with your own work to the team’s objectives, to lead your own team, as well as support other team members at all levels (junior, senior and peer) in order to achieve wider departmental and organisational objectives.
A good working knowledge of a second language, especially French, Spanish or German, would be an advantage.
Passionate about international travel and willing to be out of the UK up to 30% of the time.

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Overseas Audit Manager – Humanitarian & Development #696

Development Assurance Specialists
UK
Competitive

Our partner works closely with global clients such as UN agencies, UNHCR, UNDP, UN Woman, UNICEF and the European Commission's Humanitarian Grant Funding  – particularly those organisations involved in international development, grant-making and grant-funded programmes.
 

Built over 30 years, their talented, diverse and multi-lingual team, from graduates to experienced specialists, have established us as global leaders in our field, across a range of disciplines. This team applies their skills, knowledge and ambition to a variety of challenges and has a genuine passion for what they do.

The manager is at the forefront of the work of the department. Travelling internationally, meeting clients, colleagues and auditees. Leading meetings, leading audit teams, supporting junior colleagues, writing and reviewing audit reports, managing key relationships. Representing the team in person in front of multiple stakeholders. Contributing to the success of our clients and to the development of auditees, as well as your colleagues. The role of manager is both challenging and rewarding, and as well as office-based management work, offers travel experiences that very few other roles can match. In the role, depending on whether you are managing or leading fieldwork, you will:

  • Prepare/review a tailored plan for all assignments based on a good understanding of the terms of reference and the applicable contractual conditions
  • Lead/support opening meetings with clients and auditees and present the audit findings clearly and credibly at closing meetings
  • Lead/support assignment fieldwork teams, including locally based staff, on overseas assignments, or work alone
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify issues and areas of non-compliance on an assignment and write them up as findings in a detailed, precise and clear way in the assignment report
  • Ensure the high quality of our written outputs by carrying our thorough and informed report reviews
  • Lead/support larger country wide teams, acting as the client focal point and taking on management tasks
  • Be proactive in supporting junior colleagues with their learning and development
  • Be a trusted focal point for clients and service providers, offering solutions and support to them as required
  • Be able to work to tight deadlines and manage time effectively
  • Be prepared to be out of the office on international assignments for up to 30% of the time*

We’re looking for someone with:

  • A genuine interest in international development
  • A love of international travel, preferably with experience of working or volunteering internationally
  • A second language, especially French, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese or Mandarin
  • A professional accountancy qualification (ACA / ACCA / CIMA or equivalent)
  • An ability to communicate in a professional, constructive and respectful manner
  • A proven aptitude for both team management and client support
  • At least 5 years’ proven track record in audit and assurance work

* Due to the pandemic, the international travel element of the role has been significantly reduced and replaced largely by remote work. An increase in international travel opportunities is expected when the pandemic eases.

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Audit Consultant (Freelance) - Aid & Development Grants #697

International Assurance Practice
UK
Highly competitive
These unique and rewarding freelance audit opportunities would suit experienced bi/multilingual qualified audit professionals that are flexible, love diverse travel experiences, meeting inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes.
AfID is recruiting on behalf of a leading specialist in assurance services for international institutional donors such as the Gates Foundation, EC, United Nations, The World Bank. These unique and rewarding audit assignments would suit experienced qualified audit professionals with grant audit experience that love diverse travel experiences, meeting and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes. 

Role overview

Complete international grant expenditure &/or VFM audits for an extremely diverse range of projects (grant recipients) funded by international donor institutions ranging from emergency aid, to long term development in areas such as agriculture, health or infrastructure, to more commercial projects such as SME development or technical research. Assignments are 1-3 weeks in length and based across the European mainland and the developing world. These are offered on an assignment by assignment basis, one to two months in advance. Please note there is no guaranteed period of work within the contract. Contractors can be based outside the UK on the European mainland but must be able to work in the EU. 

Requirements

  • Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent

  • Grant management and audit and reporting experience with international institutions

  • Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity while working with a hugely diverse range of clients and beneficiaries

  • A real interest in international development and associated funding structures

  • Fluency in a second language (not essential)

  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills

  • Resilience and adaptability

  • Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​ Personal attributes:

  • At least 5-10 years of audit experience

  • Ability to work under pressure; Strong planning, organisational and time management skills

  • Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills

  • Passionate about international travel and development and willing to work in international locations

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International Risk & Advisory: Senior Internal Auditor - #692

International PFM Specialists
UK
£45,000 - £53,000

Fancy something a bit different? There is not much room for boredom if you work in this international assurance team they love what they do and are passionate about how our work improves the life’s of those they audit.

About the Role

The International Assurance Services team are a small but committed team delivering to international governments, donors, public sector bodies, charities and INGOs. They also work closely with our public sector internal audit teams delivering work for the UK Government.

They are looking for qualified internal & external auditors to join their team. Ideally Institute of Internal Auditors qualified, the role involves working with our public-sector clients both in the UK and overseas.

Our work is diverse, so you need to be adaptable, proactive and a self-starter, you could be seconded to a UK government department auditing major change programmes or assigned to audit beneficiary data on a cash transfer programme for the ultra-poor in Zambia; supporting an emerging nations National Audit Office undertake their first forensic assignment or working with the United Nations. Rarely are two weeks the same.

We are looking for adaptable people with a ‘can do’ problem solving attitude. You should be prepared to work away from home occasionally in conflict/post conflict environments or in countries where 5-star comfort comes second to life experiences. Full training will be provided. Ideally, we would like a second language, French, Portuguese, Spanish or Arabic. You will be required to undertake security clearance.

To match our continued growth across Africa we are particularly interested in candidates with experience of / interested in long term overseas posting and those with experience delivering training or mentoring. We are also interested in those who joined internal audit later in their careers where their prior experiences would add real benefits to our clients.

Essential

  • IIA/ACA qualification

Desirable

  • Masters degree
  • 5 years post qualified
  • Experience of central government public sector
  • Fluent in a second language
  • Experience of delivering training or mentoring
  • Experience working in developing economies
  • Experience in the health sector

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Not for Profit/ Int'l NGOs - Senior Auditor #698

International NFP Audit
UK
Competitive

Our partners are a leading firm of chartered accountants with in-depth expertise in many fields including Not for Profit organisations. The Not for Profit Dept has extensive experience in providing audit and advisory services - committed to working with NfP entities both in the UK and overseas and act for a wide range of clients including registered charities and international donor agencies.

Our clients include a number of well-known organisations in the sector undertaking a wide range of activities from working to protect endangered species to undertaking scientific research to providing grants & support to social entrepreneurs.

The division is led by partners who have extensive first-hand experience in the not for profit sector. This enables us to understand the challenging environment these organisations face, which is heightened by an increasing demand for services with greatly constrained resources. Our people have a passion for the sector. Many of the team have worked directly in the not for profit sector before returning to practice, and everyone shares a passion for delivering strong social outcomes as well as financial sustainability – we describe ourselves as sector people who happen to be in practice.

You will be responsible for the planning, on-site running and completion of a portfolio of audit assignments to a range of clients in the not for profit sector. This will include providing on-the-job training to more junior members of the team. The team is also one of the largest providers of international grant verification audit work, through which we work with some of the largest internationally-recognised charities and humanitarian organisations. The role will provide the opportunity for involvement in these which can include global travel opportunities.

Specific responsibilities 

• Attend the pre-assignment discussions with the audit team. • Complete the planning sections of the audit file and draft the Audit Planning Report. • Input into our audit risk assessment, test design and budgeting procedures. • Take ownership for the completion of the audit testing across the file to a high quality. • Allocate work appropriately to junior members of the audit team. • Provide coaching to junior members of the team, review their work and provide feedback. • Ensure that the work undertaken on site is in accordance with the approved plan and time budget. • Communicate effectively, pro-actively advising the manager of any issues or developments that may impact on the timeline or result in adjustments being raised. • Develop an effective working relationship with key client contacts, which could be at FC / FD level. • Respond to all client queries and concerns in an efficient and professional manner, often dealing directly with senior management. • Suggest practical solutions to any issues or problems arising. • Maintain a complete log of outstanding issues and queries. • Clear any manager and partner review points raised, and follow up any outstanding queries. • Provide sound advice to clients and demonstrate knowledge of business issues. After the completion of the on-site audit visit, the senior will be expected to: • Assist with the drafting of the Audit Findings Report issued to the client, in particular regards to control issues and recommendations identified during the audit visit. • Assist with the completion and close-down of the audit file.

Person Specification Skills and Qualifications • A passion for the Not for Profit sector and in developing wider knowledge of the issues affecting our clients. • Accountancy training - audit based. • ACCA or ACA, or equivalent, qualified. • Proven skills in external audit. • Proven skills in audit planning, fieldwork and file completion. • Proven skills in supervising and managing staff. • Enthusiasm to assist with departmental responsibilities beyond the audits, for example business development activities or training of juniors.

Travel opportunities

Geographical location of clients typically London with some work for the European based Donor institutions - so there is scope to travel internationally, the extent to which is largely dependent on the individual. 

 

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