Senior Internal Auditor

World Food Programme , Italy

Skill Required:, HR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st October, 2019

Job Description


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.  In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters.  After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.  Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

We aspire to the highest standards of accountability and transparency


  • The mission of the Office of the Inspector General is to provide WFP’s stakeholders assurance on the adequacy and effectiveness of WFP’s governance, risk management, and control processes aimed to detect and deter fraud, waste and abuse through the conduct of independent and objective oversight activities; to conduct inspections and investigations into allegations of wrongdoing  and misconduct;  and to facilitate the adoption and implementation of United Nations, humanitarian agency and private-sector best practices related to assurance and oversight  (OIG Charter, 2019).
  • The Office of Internal Audit (OIGA), within the Office of the Inspector General, is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. OIGA delivers three main products.
  • Internal audits assess the effectiveness, adequacy and application of WFP’s governance, risk management, and control processes as well as the quality of performance with respect to the achievement of WFP’s stated goals and objectives. They include operational, Information Technology, financial, and performance audits.
  • Advisory services are consulting activities aimed to improve the management of risks, add value, and strengthen WFP’s operations.
  • A Proactive Integrity Review is a structured examination, included in the annual assurance work plan, performed to identify and test preventive and detective anti-fraud controls designed to limit fraud risk exposure. Drawing from a systematic fraud risk assessment of business processes or operations, the PIR assists management in determining WFP’s susceptibility to fraud-related activities in order to mitigate operational, financial and reputational risks.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • We are currently seeking a qualified individual for the position of Senior Internal Auditor at P5 level based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy.
  • Under the supervision and direction of the OIGA Director, the Senior Internal Auditor will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Lead a major audit segment in WFP, manage and coordinate highly specialized or multidisciplinary audit teams (e.g. direct and review work of professional Internal Auditors, approve audit plans, strategies and audit observations, monitor outcomes and timely delivery of audit work, etc.) to ensure high performance and excellence in service delivery.
  • Undertake complex or special audits in accordance with internal procedures and auditing standards to ensure proper planning, high quality and timely reporting.
  • Lead work planning process including designing and managing risk assessment processes and audit steps to ensure internal control and key risks are identified and assessed, and planning of allocated staff resources accordingly.
  • Hold accountability for clear, timely and accurate audit reports for organization-wide consumption.
  • Evaluate internal control systems of WFP offices and make solid recommendations to promote operational effectiveness and efficiency, reliable financial reporting, and compliance with WFP strategies, policies and procedures.
  • Present major audit results and recommendations to WFP senior management.
  • Provide expert advice to managers across WFP on financial, administrative, operational matters and/or control systems, procedures and activities as well as key management initiatives such as organizational reforms.


  • Build and maintain effective client relationships in order to facilitate the impact and acceptance of audit recommendations.
  • Coordinate with staff in Evaluation Office and External Auditors and other offices to ensure efficiency and coherency in oversight services to WFP Managers.
  • Liaise with counterparts in other organizations on matters of mutual interest including joint audits and projects to promote coherence in the audit functions within UN system.
  • Review and provide advice on the status of audit recommendations and their proactive implementation in the audited offices.
  • Promote best practices and capacity development in auditing techniques.
  • Take a lead in review and development of audit policies and procedures and ensure compliance with the professional standards from the Institute of Internal Audit (the IIA).
  • Support the Director, Office of Internal Audit in the effective management of the office.
  • Under delegated authority, hold accountability for the effective management of resources within the assigned Audit segment including leading, motivating and developing teams of professionals to enable high performance.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.



  • Advanced University degree in Audit, Business and Public Administration, Finance or other related field.
  • Completed internal audit certification such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or equivalent is required (or proven internal audit experience).

Working Experience:

  • Typically eleven or more years (four of which at international level) of relevant progressively responsible experience in planning, leading and executing major internal audits in various organizations that use modern auditing techniques including auditing automated financial and management information systems and management and operational areas.
  • Demonstrated record of leading audit teams and undertaking major audits.
  • Experience in advisory/consulting work is an asset.
  • Experience in fraud prevention is an asset.


  • Fluency in oral and written English.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian or Chinese); and/or of Portuguese (a UN working language) is highly desired.


  • Demonstrated solid expertise and knowledge in auditing standards, methodologies and practices including applicable financial rules and procedures.
  • Demonstrated practical use of auditing techniques including familiarity with data analytics, electronic sources and databases.
  • Knowledge of how to collect information, systemize, analyse and draw conclusions.
  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong business acumen and strategic thinking.
  • Strong coordination, planning and leadership skills including ability to influence Senior Managers by consistent and clear communication including interaction across different stakeholder groups.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and setting priorities.
  • Strong people management skills and collaborative approach.
  • Ability to coach staff in undertaking and delivering audit assignments.


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