International UN Grant Assurance – Audit Senior / Assistant Manager - Global travel

Location
London, 50% World travel UK
Salary
£44,000 - £54,000
Posted
06 Aug 2019
Closes
06 Sep 2019
Ref
www.afid.org.uk #271
Contract type
Contract, Freelance, Permanent
Hours
Full time

Are you unfulfilled as an Audit Senior/ Assistant Manager, Audit Manager? Seeking a more inspiring role, maybe a new and rewarding career with exotic travel, supporting truly worthwhile cause - perhaps even the chance to use your 2nd language skills?

Our partner, 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 stakeholders worldwide (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.

These unique and extremely rewarding opportunities would suit experienced 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. 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

Complete expenditure &/or VFM 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.; 330-480 Euros pd. + per diem and associated expenses.

For qualified multi-lingual auditor professionals with a minimum of 5+ years post-qualified-experience in audit, in diverse international settings &/or INGO financial management experience with ideally a 2nd language (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin) flexible-contract options may be available. Mandarin language skills are also a benefit for some posts. 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.

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 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, 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(Finalists considered)
  • 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 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.

About Us

AfID are leading specialists in supporting NGOs operating globally with their financial management capacity & recruitment needs, on both a 'pro-bono' & ,commercial' basis. For more opportunities in the international development sector (International & UK) or to find out more about how we can assist your non-profit organisation please visit the AfID website.

Developing a Career in International Development

We know it can be frustrating trying to develop a career in this much sought after sector, especially when organisations require prior experience; be it institutional donor management, fieldwork or capacity building of overseas recipients. Please don't let this put you off, we would strongly recommend considering a volunteer assignment as a way to gain this highly relevant experience. It’s no coincidence that 22% of AfID volunteers now work full-time in the charity sector, as even a short 2-3 week assignment will catch the eye and reassure these employers of your commitment and ability to navigate the diverse stakeholder contexts. It’s worth noting all AfID's assignments are individually tailored to the volunteers own preferences, skills and availability. For FAQs please visit the afid website

Attending one of the AfID Workshops also offers invaluable insights, explaining sector jargon and demonstrating the ways accountants can navigate complex environments, in a fun and informative way. It also presents a great networking opportunity with 25 other like-minded accountants AfID’s founder and ex-Oxfam FD in attendance.

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