Sector experience is desirable but not essential and this is a great opportunity for anyone looking to make a first move out of practise or someone seeking their first internal audit promotion in a vibrant, global internal audit function. This role is ideally based out of Dublin.General Description of the Internal Audit Department
In GOAL, Internal Audit is an independent, objective assurance and advisory activity designed to add value and improve its operations. It helps GOAL achieve its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. With commitment to both integrity and accountability, internal auditing provides value to governing bodies and senior management as an objective source of independent advice.
The Internal Audit function reports to the CEO and the Audit and Risk Committee. The function consists of the Head of Internal Audit (HIA), three Roving Internal Auditors (RIAs) and local Internal Auditors in the countries GOAL operates.
The role of the Internal Audit department is to understand the key risks of the organisation and to examine and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the systems of risk management and internal control. The Internal Audit department has unrestricted access to all activities undertaken in the organisation, in order to review, appraise and report on:
- the adequacy and effectiveness of the systems of financial and management control in order to ensure that GOAL is well run, meets its objectives and remains solvent.
- the extent of compliance with GOAL’s internal policies, rules and guidelines, as well as the extent of compliance with external laws and regulations, including reporting requirements of co-funding and regulatory bodies.
- the extent to which the assets and interests are acquired economically, used efficiently, accounted for and safeguarded from losses.
- the suitability, accuracy, reliability and integrity of financial and other management information and the means used to identify measure, classify and report such information.
- the integrity of processes and systems to ensure that controls offer adequate protection against error, fraud and loss of all kinds; and that the process aligns with GOAL’s strategic goals.
- the follow-up action taken to remedy weaknesses identified by Internal Audit review, ensuring that good practice is identified and communicated widely.
- the operation of the organisation’s corporate governance arrangements.
- This role directly reports to the Head of Internal Audit (HIA)
- To have an in-depth understanding of and promote the adherence to:
- GOAL’s risk management, internal control processes, policies, manuals and procedures.
- External regulations such as major institutional donor rules and regulations
- To support the HIA with the preparation and execution of the risk based internal audit plan.
- To plan, manage and lead the internal audits in field offices, HQ and other offices as described in the plan and complete the deliverables to a high standard.
- To effectively build and manage relationships with senior management.
- To produce clear concise audit reports and agree actions and implementation deadlines.
- Follow-up agreed actions and their implementation.
- Draft reports and submit for review to the HIA for country audits, investigations and other regular reporting to the Audit and Risk Committee.
- In conjunction with the HIA, train, develop and coach in-country Internal Auditors (IAs)/Donor Compliance Officers (DCOs) and support them in delivering their plans.
- Conduct any ad-hoc internal audit, compliance and financial investigation assignments as requested by theHIAand Audit & Risk Committee.
- Travel for 2-3 weeks at a time to the countries and field sites where GOAL work (up to 70% of the time).
- A relevant university degree and completed post-qualification of a recognised professional accountancy institute and member of the local institute such as ACA, CPA, ACCA, ICAI or local equivalent.
- Willingness to travel to field sites on a regular basis. At least 70% of the job holder’s time will need to be spent on in-country audits, in a variety of different countries.
- Minimum 3 years of auditing experience with a Big 4 or International Top 10 firm
- Tangible experience in creating risk based audit plans and procedures, assessing the control environment, reviewing processes and financial internal controls.
- Strong attention to detail, ability to review large volumes of data and decide what is critical.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills in English both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work independently, strong organisation skillsand flexibility.
- Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with people from all disciplines such as operations,programs, securityand finance.
- Good understanding of International Auditing, Accounting and Internal Control standards (COSO). An understanding of SORP accounting principles is beneficial.
- International experience within other NGOs or in the development / humanitarian sector, with knowledge of donor rules and regulation, is desirable.
- Good computer skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel. Skills in the using CAATTS e.g. data analytics is beneficial.
- Experience in operational auditing is beneficial.
Accountabilitywithin GOALA commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas ofaccountability: 1)Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols; 2) Report any concerns about the welfare of a childor vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area; 3) Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.
SafeguardingChildren and vulnerable adults whocome into contact withGOAL as a result of our activitiesmust be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.
General Terms and ConditionsThis Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.