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UN Women: Audit Specialist - New York
UN Women
Grade: P-3, Mid-level Professional
Close on 1 Jul 2021
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Internal Audit Service (IAS) of the Independent Evaluation and Audit Services (IEAS) is responsible for internal audit and advisory services to UN Women. IAS provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls. It manages the internal audit services for UN Women covering its Headquarters and offices away from headquarters.

Under the supervision of the Chief, Internal Audit Service (IAS), the Audit Specialist is responsible for performing risk-based performance audits and advisory services of business processes at the UN Women Headquarters and offices away from headquarters, of corporate functions, governance, risk management, systems and internal controls, implementation of policies and procedures, as well as of programmes and projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead Audits:

  • Conduct internal audit and advisory engagements to provide assurance and recommendations to enhance UN Women’s performance, effectiveness and efficiency, in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Charter of the UN Women IEAS and IAS as well as the audit manual and guidelines.
  • Undertake internal audit and advisory engagements of UN Women offices in the field and headquarters, and processes and functions, including travel to areas with potentially hazardous working conditions for short periods of time.
  • Apply performance audit techniques in individual engagements.
  • Prepare and implement risk-based individual engagement plan and audit programme.
  • Monitor the engagement’s progress to plan to manage potential or actual deviations and ensure the engagement’s objectives are met.
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming aspects are considered at individual engagement level.
  • Ensure red flags of potential misconduct are reported to Chief, IAS and Director, IEAS.
  • Plan, manage and supervise the work of team members.
  • Assess the team members’ performance in a participatory manner and document lessons learned.
  • Provide direction and guidance to, and coach team members ensuring effective team functioning.

Present audit reports and recommendations:

  • Prepare and present individual engagement results and reports, incorporating inputs from other team members and responses from management.
  • Ensure that workpapers are complete and provide adequate supporting evidence for the audit findings and conclusions.
  • Ensure that the recommendations are effective, address the root causes and agreed with audit clients.
  • Perform quality assurance reviews (peer reviews) of other auditors’ work as required.
  • Monitor the status of audit recommendations and appraises adequacy of action taken by management.

Provide technical contributions to knowledge management and sharing:

  • Develop and implement training on audit-related matters as required.
  • Provide guidance and advice to business units on audit-related matters.
  • Provide advice on corporate policies and procedures and other management requests including participation as an observer in the working groups or committees.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of professional practices and Quality Improvement and Assurance Programme including the development of audit guidelines and standard operating procedures for the effective and efficient conduct of audits, updates of the audit programme and methodology tools.
  • Complete annual Continuous Professional Development requirements.
  • Contributes to development of the internal audit workplans and divisional progress reports.
  • Performs other assignments or tasks as determined by the Chief, IAS.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Engagements assigned as part of Annual Work plan are implemented on time, on scope and on budget and comply with IIA requirements.
  • The audit programme has been followed and the draft report with recommendations is fully supported by the adequate evidence.
  • The work of team members is checked on a regular basis.
  • Management requests are addressed in an effective and timely manner.
  • Peer reviews are completed within the timeframe assigned by the Chief, IAS.
  • Management response to the internal audit recommendations is timely reviewed.
  • QAIP tasks are performed within the deadline agreed.


Core values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework:

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to perform and/or manage performance or Value-For-Money audit, operational audits, project audits, risk and maturity assessments, and advisory services.
  • Ability to lead the audits and coach junior team members.
  • Ability to produce timely and quality outputs.
  • Ability to analyse the root causes and propose creative solutions.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to listen actively and respond effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft office suite, audit management software, computer assisted audit techniques, Enterprise Resource Planning systems.
  • Commitment to the UN Women Mandate on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
  • Strong analytical, logic, and report drafting skills.
  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Economics, Auditing or related field.
  • A first level degree in combination with certification as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or other internationally recognized audit related certifications may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • Other professional certifications (e.g. ACCA, CPA, CISA, CFE, PRINCE2) are strongly desirable.


  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in auditing or another directly relevant area.
  • Experience working in an international organization is strongly desirable.
  • Experience in performance or value-for-money auditing is strongly desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge and/or training in the assessment of governance, risk management, and internal controls and the development of recommendations to respond to identified issues/areas for improvement.
  • Experience in leading and coaching teams.
  • Experience in drafting logical and analytical audit and advisory reports.


  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Good working knowledge of another UN official language is required.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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