Internal Auditor

UNOPS, Copenhagen, Denmark

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsIT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th February, 2020

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

The purpose of the Internal Audit and Investigations Group (IAIG) is to provide independent and impartial assurance and advice to improve UNOPS operations. The IAIG reports on the use of resources administered by UNOPS and the effectiveness of internal control systems; and enhances the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. Furthermore, the IAIG leads the Executive Director’s investigations into alleged fraud, corruption, waste of resources, abuse of authority or other misconduct and violations of UNOPS regulations, rules and administrative instructions.

Under the over-all guidance and supervision of the Director, IAIG, the Internal Auditor shall report to the Manager of the Internal Audit Section of IAIG at Headquarters, Copenhagen and is required to support all audit staff within IAIG as deemed appropriate. He/She shall contribute to the implementation of the annual internal audit work plan and the Group’s initiatives as well as provide administrative assistance ensuring high quality, efficient and effective execution of internal audit and advisory services. The Internal Auditor promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS financial rules and regulations.

General Contributions and Responsibilities:

  • Monitors the status of audit recommendations and appraises adequacy of action taken thereon by management.
  • Identifies recurring and systemic issues in audit reports for inclusion in corporate reports.
  • When working as engagement lead, provides direction and guidance to, and coaches team members ensuring effective team functioning; assesses the team members’ performance in a participatory manner and documents lessons learned.[AV3]
  • Contributes to the ongoing development of professional practices and knowledge management within IAIG and for oneself, including internal and external quality assessments.
  • Performs other assignments or related tasks as determined by the Director, IAIG; e.g. advisory services on audit matters or support to investigations/ fact-finding work (e.g. forensic accounting, interviews), working with the Lead Investigator.
  • Prepare and coordinate the IAIG Annual Report for submission to the Executive Board.
  • Abides by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
  • Closely work with Wrike to monitor his/her deadlines and if requested by the Manager Audit Section and the audit team’s daily objectives.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in accounting, audit, business or public administration, economics, commerce or related field is required.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in combination with professional audit certification and 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Professional Certifications:

  • Professional certification in the related field such as Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or equivalent is highly desired.


  • Minimum 7 years of experience in internal/external audit is required;
  • Knowledge of IPSAS or other internationally recognized accounting standards is highly desirable.
  • Working experience in audit with an international organization (UN system, international development) and in self-financing entity is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to use at least one of the following tools is required:
  • Google-Suite
  • Presentation software applications
  • Electronic audit management software
  • Computer assisted audit techniques (e.g. IDEA)
  • Relevent Data Analytics and Continuous Audit Tools
  • Knowledge of Wrike, or similar team management tool is considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with ERP, such as Oracle or Agresso is considered a plus.

Language skills:

  • Fluent in English with proven ability to express well verbally and in writing is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


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