International Development Grant Assurance – Audit Senior - Asst Mgr (Global travel)
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.
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.
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
Resilience and adaptability
Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.
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.