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Audit Manager (VFM / Performance Audit) #308

International Development Assurance Specialists
£50,000 - £60,000
London base, 20-30% world travel UK

permanent

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

 

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.

Project Administrator - International Development Projects #307

£24,000 - £27,000 per annum
London, UK

An exciting new opportunity for a Project Administrator to join the International Projects team of a great organisation. This team work directly in the International Development Consulting sector, and deliver projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America. This role would suit a confident self-starter who is keen to learn new skills, and displays great initiative. This role has potential to expand, depending on the experience and interests of the candidate.

 

The Project Administrator will be responsible for:

• Providing support to Finance Administrators, including fact checking / document compilation / client invoice preparation

• Organising extensive international travel, accommodation, and visas for both staff and contracted consultants.

• Acting as the first point of contact for the team, dealing with correspondence and phone calls, managing group mailboxes, and directing queries and questions to the wider team and third parties

• Team coordination – Organising monthly team meetings, annual events, training and teambuilding days, monitoring timecard entries on a weekly basis

• Maintaining the team calendar – having an overview of team members’ availability and travel and bid-writing deadlines

• Formatting documents using Word and PDF Xchange

• Managing Client-Take-On process and completing and circulating conflict check templates

• Ad hoc administrative support


Additional:

Project resourcing recruitment searches on LinkedIn based on specified profile

• Proofreading and formatting of proposals/reports before submission

• Knowledge management tasks. E.g. collecting and maintaining project case studies and project references.

 

Essential:

  • Strong knowledge of MS Office software in particular Word & Excel
  • Undergraduate or equivalent years of experience
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Proactive attitude and anticipate support needs, take ownership of tasks
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Task-oriented. Ability to execute requests in a timely and efficient manner
  • Fluent English in both spoken and written communication
  • Able to prioritise, organise and multi-task
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written
  • Able to be a self-starter and work on own initiative
  • Strong relationship builder
  • Interest in International Development

Country Finance Manager (Syrian Programme) #306

c. £35,000
Jordan

Our partner is a recognised organisation working to offer greater safety to people in conflict- affected communities, and the opportunity to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and futures in the aftermath of war. They are seeking a finance manager to oversee and maintain the integrity of their Syrian programme; the role is based out of Amman, Jordan. This is a leadership position within an influential organisation, and will offer a rewarding opportunity to an individual who is open to working in a challenging environment.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead on the financial planning for the programme; in the preparation of project-specific and programme-wide budgets; developing tool & processes for better budget management and reporting; and preparing budget vs. actual analysis and commentaries.
  • Manage the cashflow requirements and forecasts.
  • Lead in the preparation of financial statements, donor reports, and in preparing for external and internal audits.
  • Oversight of the finance function, including supervising and reviewing work of the finance team, providing guidance as required.
  • Ensure that the programme office meets all statutory, regulatory and grant compliance requirements, and the financial policies and procedures are followed as per the organisational guidelines and expectations.
  • Support the Regional Finance Manager in developing budgets for proposals, and in monitoring the regional business plan.

Requirements

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong accounting, financial management, and reporting writing skills.
  • Analytical & financial modelling skills, able to critically review complex financial data.
  • Strong finance business partner, able to coordinate and review information from implementing partners.
  • Grants compliance, management and reporting experience, specifically experience of managing DfID, ECHO and UN funds.
  • Ability to work in a start-up environment to build and strengthen controls, and prepare for an expansion in funding
  • Astute & succinct, with excellent communication skills, and demonstrable experience of working with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Experience of working in a management position, and overseeing staff in person and remotely.
  • Resilient and culturally sensitive, willing to work in a challenging environment.
  • Previous experience of working in a finance role in a humanitarian context is highly desirable.

Consultant - International Aid Assurance #305

International PFM Specialists
££ Competitive
London base, 30% world travel UK

permanent

An exciting consulting role within a team focused on assignments in developing nations and emerging markets, working principally for multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank & DFID. 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;
• Qualified Accountant;
• Outstanding English communication skills, both written and oral (essential) and additional languages preferred;
• 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.

Willingness to travel, including to fragile and conflict affected states essental.

Head of Internal Audit #304

Wildlife and environmental conservation
c. €45,000
DRC, Africa

Our partner is seeking an experienced internal auditor. The ecological, cultural and political context is one of the most challenging yet rewarding in wildlife conservation. The organisation are focussing on an ambitious programme of projects to ensure the financial sustainability of the park and to remove reliance on park resources by those living around it. They are aiming to create a sustainable funding model with diversified sources of financing including grants, revenue from business initiatives and other loans and investments. 

 

The Head of Internal Audit will be tasked with reviewing and strengthening their control system and to ensure that they are compliant with all relevant legislation, regulations and best practice.

Key Responsibilities

· Review on an ongoing basis, organisational controls, operations procedures and regulatory compliance.

· Review controls within their ERP system, and make recommendations to improve controls and functionality

· Undertake risk assessment and risk management reviews on an ongoing basis.

· Write reports detailing conclusions, and providing recommendations for improving controls and the organisation’s operations.

· Identifies employment training required, and engages in staff development around best practice.

· Conduct pre-audit reviews for individual grants and the organisation overall.

 

Person Specification

  • Degree in Economics, Finance, Business/Qualified CPA, CA CGMA, CIMA, ACCA
  • At least 10 years of internal audit, process review & improvement, and risk management experience
  • Experience in developing internal policies and procedures in a complex and rapidly growing organisation.
  • Fluency in spoken and written French and English
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent report writing skills in French,
  • Strong communicator, able to address issues and effect change, and work with and coach a range of finance and non-finance staff.
  • Organised, able to prioritise a varied workload, and manage this in a complex environment.

Our partner will pay the cost of a return flight, accommodation in the park, and offer a salary c. €45,000 annually. Please note, this role is only open to experienced internal auditors who are bilingual. Candidates are being considered on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to apply early.

Not for Profit - Audit Senior #303

International Practice
Approx. £46k + Excellent benefits
CE London, some European travel. UK

permanent

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

 

Finance Director, Empowering Smallholder Farmers #302

General salary
UK

Permanent

Our partner is an agricultural social enterprise working with smallholder farmers in the northern region of the country to increase their productivity and improve their livelihoods. They are seeking a Finance Director to oversee the integrity of their accounting & finance function, leading their corporate finance function, and offer strategic analysis and advice, supporting the leadership in scaling their operations.

 

They provide a range of key services to the farmers:

  • Provide inputs (seeds, fertilizers and herbicides) to the smallholder farmers on a credit basis at competitive rates at the planting season. These inputs are financed through debt raise by the organisation.
  • Agronomy training & support, covering good farming practices which minimize the negative environmental impact.
  • Offer access to storage facilities, and access to market, maximising their profits.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight to the corporate finance, financial control, audit, treasury and FPA functions.
  • Ensure the integrity of the accounting and financial management systems, oversight of the transaction processes, preparation of the year-end financial statements and the annual audit, and ensuring that the organisation meets all its statutory and regulatory compliance.
  • Review and strengthen the control environment, ensuring that accounting processes are understood and adhered to across the organisation.
  • Lead on organisational budget creation, developing and strengthening of budget monitoring, reporting and cashflow forecasting tools and reports.
  • Responsible for the management of short-term cash requirements, and long-term planning; oversight of the treasury; and provide leadership to optimise the financial performance of the organisation
  • Drive on financial planning, offering the senior leadership analysis and advice on expansion – both in terms of regions and crops covered.
  • Work with senior leadership in designing the fundraising strategy (grants and investments), prepare the financial models and support presentations made to funders/investors.
  • Business partnering and management of external stakeholder relationships – including investors, banks, suppliers and auditors.
  • Support with the new systems implementation, and ensure that all their systems (accounting & inventory management) are working efficiently.
  • Oversight of the finance staff, responsible for hiring and retaining a qualified team.

Person Specification

  • Senior finance professional, with an accounting qualification, and 10+ years of experience in progressively responsible finance roles.
  • Demonstrable experience of running the finance function of a small- to medium-sized enterprise (preferably in a start-up environment), including of developing controls, accounting processes and financial management tools, and systems implementation.
  • Strong experience of corporate finance (fundraising from investors), financial planning and risk management.
  • Excellent proficiency in written and verbal English
  • Strong problem solver, flexible and able to handle a large and varied volume of work and responsibilities maturely
  • Excellent relationship management skills, and ability to deal with stakeholders diplomatically and with tact.
  • Interest in agribusiness in a developing context.

Whilst this role is being advertised as a permanent role, they are also open to candidates able to make a minimum 6 month commitment. For the right candidate, they will cover the cost of one return flight, cover the cost of accommodation for 3 months, and offer a generous salary. Candidates are being considered on a rolling basis, and early applications are encouraged.

International Programmes Accountant #296

Humanitarian & Emergencies Team
£40,000 - £44,000
London (with travel), UK

Our partner is a leading humanitarian and development organisation. They are seeking an international programmes accountant to act as a finance business partner to their Humanitarian & Emergencies team.

 

The purpose of this role is to support programmes staff in this team in establishing appropriate accounting, financial management and grant reporting & monitoring systems during humanitarian and other emergencies, and leading on financial training to both finance and non-finance staff.

Key Deliverables

  • Finance Business partner, supporting the team through planning, budgeting and forecasting – ensuring these processes are completed within agreed timeline; analysing and reporting on consolidated budgets; managing monthly cashflow and funding tools; and identifying risks that might impact the budget outcome.
  • Ensure that managers have a clear understanding of the financial framework, their responsibilities and targets and the financial performance of their team.
  • Maintain integrity of the financial information; review grant agreements, transfers and international invoice payments; review accounting processes & controls, and propose actions to mitigate any risks and implement process improvements as appropriate.
  • Provide finance support and financial management surge support to international regionals in the aftermath of a large and complex emergency as required.
  • Carry out due diligence reviews of partner national societies, identifying any risks and making recommendations on these, and ensure all internal audit actions are understood and followed up on.
  • To design, develop and deliver programmatic financial training to the international directorate staff and delegates.
  • To roll out training supporting directorate change initiatives, including a systems upgrade.

 

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with experience of working in a large, complex INGO. Strong technical skills, including audit, risk assessment & management, project accounting, management accounting and reporting.
  • Experience of developing financial systems to support international operations
  • Experience in institutional grants (DfID, ECHO, EU, USAID), including budget proposal development, budget management, grants compliance & reporting.
  • Experience in delivering training to finance and non-finance staff.
  • Understanding of working within a humanitarian context.
  • Flexible, able to adapt to workload and changing priorities as required
  • Excellent communication skills – able to communicate to finance and non-finance staff.

Audit Manager - International Grants (Global travel) #295

International Development Assurance Specialists
London, 40% World travel UK

permanent

An exciting career opportunity for an experienced audit professional keen to travel and support established International Development stakeholders. 

Are you seeking an inspiring role, a new and rewarding career with diverse travel, supporting truly worthwhile causes. Perhaps even the chance to use your 2nd language skills in a critical setting? Our partner, specialists in International Grant Assurance are seeking outgoing auditors for this management position; navigating a diverse group of grant recipients & donors, such as the United Nations & the World Bank. You'll be London-based travelling 40-50% per annum on assignments 1 to 2 weeks in length. Locations such as Malawi, Peru, Vietnam, Belgium, Oxford, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Fiji, Cameroon, France)

Overseas assignments are typically 1-2 weeks in length and 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 to establish a career in the international development NGO sector.

This specialist team is wholly dedicated to the provision of financial management solutions to international institutions, particularly those involved in grant-making and the implementation of grant-funded programmes in the public sector.

Youre role will provide a high quality service to clients, contribute to business development activities and be active in the internal development of the department.

Responsibilities

- Prepare to be out of office at client sites for 50% plus of the time conducting audits or special assignments globally;
- 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 client 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;
- 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;
- Draft a report for each assignment on a timely basis;
- Prepare proposals for specific assignments within a framework contract;
- Provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process;
- Develop an good understanding of the firm’s billing procedures, including charge out rates, budgeting and calculation of recovery rates;
- Take on at least one formal internal responsibility in the following areas: training; recruitment; technical development; business development; IT; social.

Requirements

Qualifications: (ACA / ACCA / CIMA or equivalent);
- At least four years audit experience in practice, preferably including public sector experience;
- Ability to work under pressure with accuracy and focus;
- Sound technical and analytical skills;
- Good communication and presentation skills;
- Good reporting writing skills;
- Staff planning and supervision experience;
- Team worker;
- Adaptable and flexible in attitude;
- Public sector knowledge and interest;
- Passionate about international travel;
- Ideally worked for a top 20 firm;
- Second language, especially French, Spanish or German is highly desirable;
- Willing to work in international locations for 50% plus of the time.

International Funders Grant Assurance – Audit Senior / Ass Mgr (Global travel) #271

Development Assurance Specialists
£44,000 - 50,000
London, 50% World travel UK

permanent

Are you an experienced audit professional seeking a more inspiring role, maybe a rewarding career with exotic travel, supporting truly worthwhile causes - perhaps even the chance to use your 2nd language skills?

Our partner, sector specialists in International Grant Assurance are seeking outgoing auditors for a critical role; navigating a diverse group of grant recipients & donors, such as the United Nations & the World Bank operating globally (Malawi, Peru, Vietnam, Belgium, Oxford, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Fiji, Cameroon). You'll be London-based travelling 40-50% 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 are outgoing, love diverse travel experiences and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and worthwhile causes.

Overseas assignments 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, German, Poertuguese, 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 50% plus of the time

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

Freelance Grant Auditors: 350-500 Euros pd. + Associated expenses.

For qualified multi-lingual auditor professionals with a minimum of 5+ years post-qualified-experience in grant audit, in diverse international settings &/or INGO financial management experience flexible-contract options may be available. That is, 1-3 week assignments across the European mainland and the developing world offered on an assignment by assignment basis. Please note there is no guaranteed period of work within the contract. Contractors can be based outside the UK on European mainland but must be able to work in the EU.

International Freelance Auditor #245

Assurance services for int'l institutional donors (EC, UN, WB, DFID)
€330-500 per day.
UK & Europe UK

Freelance

These unique and rewarding freelance audit opportunities would suit experienced 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 UN, World Bank, DFID and the EC. These unique and rewarding audit opportunities would suit experienced qualified audit professionals that are outgoing, love diverse travel experiences, meeting and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes. Overseas assignments are typically 1-2 weeks in length and could mean travel to one of over 100 countries/ territories.

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. Additionally, depending on your seniority you will provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process.

Freelancers

For qualified, multi-lingual audit professionals with a minimum of 5-10 years post-qualified-audit-experience within a diverse international setting &/or INGO financial/ grant management experience, freelance contract options may be available. Applicants must be fluent in English, with strong report writing skills and a second language that includes either French, German, Dutch, Spanish, or Mandarin.

Assignments are 1-3 weeks in length and based across the European mainland and the entire 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. 

Details

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 UNICEF 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 UNICEF, 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, explaining your reasoning and being prepared to defend your position. At the airport, you could even start drafting the formal report as you wait for your flight back to London. In addition to a competitive salary and flexible benefits, we will offer internal training to maximise your personal and technical skills.

Requirements

  • Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent

  • 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 is preferable, especially in French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic.

  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills

  • Resilience and adaptability

  • Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​ Personal attributes:

  • At least 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

Looking to develop a career in International Development?

The AfID Workshop is a good first step..
One Moorgate, London
Next dates 31 Jan, 29 May, 09 Oct 2020 UK

8.30am - 5.00pm

A practical insight for accountants looking to volunteer or work in international development. A fun, informative and interactive day designed both for accountants looking to volunteer overseas and those considering a career move into the sector. 
 
It’s a great way to learn about development, the varied roles for finance professionals, our assignments and the needs our many non-profit partners. The day is very relaxed and carefully designed to provide detailed insight into the different challenges, stakeholders and environments you will encounter; mixing real case studies and volunteer feedback with John and Neil's wealth of experience.

Career Changers

If you are thinking of a career change understanding the context of the accountant's role and effective ways of partnering with diverse stakeholders is essential; the insight you will gain from workshop will strengthen your candidacy and hopefully give you the edge you need to stand out in a popular sector. On our Career Changers page we feature true stories from accountants who have forged new and rewarding careers in the charity sector after volunteering.

Each workshop is delivered by John Cammack, a very experienced independent consultant in the non-profit sector. John is a qualified CIPFA accountant, consultant and university lecturer. John has been involved with international development work for over 30 years, previously as Head of International Finance at Oxfam GB and then Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Financial Management at Oxford Brookes University. Neil Jennings, the founder of Accounting for International Development, will also be in attendance to answer any volunteering or AfID partner related questions.

The workshop runs from 8.30am - 5.00pm (Registration 8.15am-8.30am) and is followed by a Past Volunteer presentation and Q&A 5.00pm - 5.30pm. For more click https://www.afid.org.uk/workshops