Internal Audit Officer at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) – March 2024

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Internal Audit Officer

  • The Internal Audit Officer is responsible for assisting the Director – Internal Audit and the Senior Internal Audit Officer in ensuring that the Unit’s established strategic and operational objectives are achieved and that it adds value to AGRA processes by identifying opportunities for improvement in line with best practices. S/he supports them in providing independent assurance that the organization’s risk management, governance, and internal control processes are operating effectively.
  • The ideal candidate will support the unit in fulfilling its established business objectives; The unit adds value to AGRA processes by identifying opportunities for improvement in line with best practices. Audit work conforms to the International Standards for Professional Practice of Internal Auditing published by The Institute of Internal Auditors and adopted by AGRA.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a preliminary survey of the audit process or grant project for review, which will define the audit universe for the assignment and include an initial risk assessment of the priority areas that need to be addressed.
  • Execute audits in the AGRA Audit Management System, verifying that audit information provided is factual and adequately supported.
  • Prepare a summary of key observations and have them discussed with the process owner/grantee management at the exit meeting. Solicit and incorporate formal responses from project management/process owners on the areas of improvement and the timelines for implementation of the agreed-on action plans.
  • Create reports on the opportunities for improvement succinctly and in simple language while giving due regard to management comments.
  • Build the capacity of grantees, Program Officers, and partners through training to increase awareness on the importance of sound internal controls, best practices, and recurring audit issues and encourage accountability for demonstrating results.
  • Lead in the management of the audit performance and act as the first level of contact for the Unit staff, audit management system users, consultants, and outsourced service providers.
  • Assess the audit implementation status to ensure that the agreed issues are followed, and issues/challenges are resolved.
  • Organize for the issuing of the Terms of Reference (TOR) drawing on the risk assessment 2 weeks before fieldwork onset.
  • Organizes the Unit’s contracts process for consultants and outsourced service providers and monitors their deliverables and payment.
  • Supports the unit administration including travel facilitation, ordering supplies, maintaining records and database systems management

Key Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in commerce, Finance or Accounting or equivalent.
  • Minimum 4 years relevant experience in planning, and undertaking internal audits, investigations, corporate governance, risk management, internal controls, and compliance.
  • Accountancy qualification i.e. CPA (K) or ACCA and membership to a professional body.
  • Professional or in progress towards acquiring qualifications in internal audit work i.e. Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or/ and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) will be a plus.
  • Computer proficiency and familiarity with a range of software applications.
  • Proficiency in enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems (e.g. Oracle, NAVISION) will be an added advantage.
  • Familiarity with working for non-profit organizations or public enterprises will be an added advantage.
  • Strong analytical, and data mining ability.
  • Hands-on experience with accounting software packages, like Fresh Books and QuickBooks.
  • Ability to work independently in a diverse environment.
  • Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality
  • Strong ability to influence positively both upwards and downwards.
  • Strong leadership and people management experience

Submit Your Application

If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, kindly submit your application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail and telephone contacts) to recruit@agra.org. Please quote the job reference number IAO/IAU/03/2024 in the subject line of the application e-mail.

Applications must be received on or before 5th April 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.