UN Offices

Chief of Service (Audit)

UN Offices

Job Description


This position is located in the Internal Audit Division (IAD) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) and is under the supervision of the Director, IAD. The incumbent will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, and will oversee the team responsible for providing audit coverage to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).


The Chief of Service, Audit will be responsible for the following: •Coordinate and supervise the work programme of the UNHCR audit service •Develop an annual risk-based audit plan in consultation with the senior management of OIOS and UNHCR, the Board of Auditors (BOA), the Inspector General's Office (IGO) based in UNHCR, and the Independent Audit and Oversight Committee (IAOC) of UNHCR •Ensure the timely and effective execution of the audit plan, ensuring the efficient utilization, management and development of staff under his/her supervision •Maintain contact with the senior management of OIOS and UNHCR, the IGO, and the IAOC to discuss audit plans, audit results and client-related views and concerns •Coordinate and work closely with the UNHCR Controller and IGO, and liaise with the BOA to ensure appropriate Coordination and complementarity on external and internal audits and inspections. The incumbent also keeps OIOS and IGO appraised on any irregularities encountered in the course of audits which could amount to staff misconduct •Take part in identifying resource requirements for the UNHCR Audit Service, including initiation of recruitment, assessments and assignment of staff, preparation of budgets, monitoring budget status, etc. •Oversee audit work and ensure that assignments are conducted in accordance with: (i) approved audit workplans and budgets; (ii) OIOS policies and procedures; and (iii) the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing followed by OIOS •Review draft and final audit reports and other audit-related documents, and provide sufficient guidance and supervision to the audit staff •Assist with establishing operating guidelines, internal audit manuals, lines of authority, and communicating work objectives and priorities of reporting •Represent the Service within the United Nations and other organizations as necessary, in relation to UNHCR audits •Carry out such other UNHCR-related tasks as may be assigned by the Assistant Secretary-General for OIOS


Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply United Nations regulations, rules, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in auditing, finance, business Administration, accounting, or closely related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in auditing is required, of which at least 5 years must be at the management level. Experience in audit of humanitarian and/or Emergency operations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This post is financed by extrabudgetary sources. Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, or extension of the mandate. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of International Human Rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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