UN Offices

ICT Audit Specialist

UN Offices

Job Description

The Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) reports to the Administrator and is responsible for internal audit and investigations services to UNDP and its affiliated entities.  OAI provides independent, objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the effectiveness and adequacy of internal controls. OAI has a decentralized organizational structure with the Directorate, the Investigations Section, the ICT Audit Section, the Headquarters Audit Section and other units located at Headquarters and Regional Audit Centres located in the five regions covered by UNDP (Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia, Pretoria/South Africa, Dakar/Senegal, Panama City/Panama and Istanbul/Turkey).  UNDP increasingly relies on information technology and systems (IT) to conduct its business.  In response to the increasing mission critical nature of IT to the organisation, OAI is strengthening its IT audit capacity. The IT Audit Specialist reports to the Chief ICT Audit Section (P5).  The primary role of the IT Audit Specialist is to perform comprehensive information systems audits of corporate IT systems, to provide IT audit support to audit teams in OAI, to design and maintain IT systems that support the risk assessments and audit work performed by OAI audit teams, and, on occasions, to assist the Investigations Section of OAI in IT forensic services Duties and Responsibilities Principal functions: Management:
  • As a team leader, assumes responsibility and accountability for achieving the audit objectives. This involves:
    • preparation of risk based audit plans/programmes focusing on IT systems and controls
    • conduct of audit field work
    • preparation and review of working papers
    • preparation of exit meeting notes
    • preparation of draft audit reports, incorporating input from other team members
  • Assesses the audit team members’ performance in a participatory manner and documents lessons learned.
  • Provides direction and guidance to, and coaches team members ensuring effective team functioning.
  • Presents audit results to management.
  • Monitors the status of audit recommendations and appraises adequacy of action taken on audit recommendations.
  • Manages and supervises the services of IT experts occasionally hired by OAI to assist in audits or investigations.
  • Acts as OIC for the ICT Audit Section when necessary.
Client Services:
  • As a team leader or as a member of an audit team, conducts specific elements of the assignment focusing on IT systems and controls in accordance with the International Standards for Internal Auditing and OAI policies and standard operating procedures.
  • Assesses the adequacy and effectiveness of IT systems, controls and risk management.
  • Assesses the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls, including controls regarding the IT-environment such as system processing controls, data security, physical security, contingency planning, system development procedures and system requirements, and unit compliance with procedures and values.
  • Documents IT-related findings and communicates orally and/or in writing to the business units on their compliance, performance and potential for improvement
  • Recommends actions to address shortcomings identified, strengthen internal controls and improve business processes.
  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief (P5), design and maintain IT systems that support the risk assessment and audit work performed by audit teams in OAI
  • Maintains good relationship with central units in charge of IT services and, as the need arises, provides input and advice on UNDP initiatives in IT-related systems and controls.
  • Supports OAI management and staff on IT audit matters.  This would include (a) guidance on UNDP IT policies, systems and controls; (b) building and/or running queries for data extraction; and (c) supporting / advising with regard to data analytics
  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief (P5), conducts special assignments including management reviews, consulting assignments, special audits, and training workshops.
  • Undertakes occasional missions to UNDP offices away from Headquarters, including to areas with hazardous working conditions.
Other Tasks:
  • Contributes to the ongoing development of professional practices within OAI.
  • Participates in the implementation of his/her personal learning and training development plan.
  • Proposes IT solutions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of audit activities in OAI
  • Performs other assignments or tasks as determined by the Chief (P5) or OAI Director.
  Competencies Core Innovation Ability to make new and useful ideas work. Leadership Ability to persuade others to follow. People Management Ability to improve performance and satisfaction. Communication Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform. Delivery Ability to get things done. Technical/Functional Teamwork:
  • Motivates and coaches team members;
  • Embraces extra responsibility;
  • Build team morale & consensus.
Task Management Skills
  • Produces timely, quality outputs;
  • Exercises sound judgment/analysis;
  • Develops creative solutions;
  • Ability to handle multiple task.
Building & Sharing Knowledge:
  • Actively builds deep knowledge in one or more areas;
  • Makes valuable practice contributions;
  • Applies existing knowledge to work;
  • Provides advice & support to others.
Learning:
  • Provides constructive coaching and feedback;
  • Acts as long-term mentor for others;
  • Acts on personal development plan.
Professional: Demonstrated ability to perform the following services, in accordance with relevant professional standards:
  • IT audits
  • Special audits
  • Advisory services
Technical: Demonstrated ability to use the following tools:
  • Strong knowledge of Windows operating system.  Additional knowledge of Linux and/or Mac an advantage
  • Strong knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning systems (preferably PeopleSoft and/or Oracle).
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint
  • Knowledge of computer assisted audit techniques (ACL or IDEA)
  • Familiarity with electronic working paper software
Required Skills and Experience Education
  • Advanced university degree in Computer Science, Accounting, Audit, Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, or related field.
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation
  • A first level degree in combination with a certification as Chartered Accountant or Certified Public Accountant may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • Additional professional certifications in IT systems and software (CISSP, SSCP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ISMS or equivalent) are and advantage
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation
  • Strong command of Standard Query Language (SQL). Additional knowledge of Python and/or R an advantage
  • Strong command of Microsoft office suite, including Power BI. Additional knowledge of Tableau and/or other data visualization tools an advantage.
Experience Familiarity with accounting is an advantage.
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in Information Technology (IT), several of which in IT audit, IT security or IT controls.
  • Working experience in UNDP IT corporate systems is highly desirable, this includes PeopleSoft, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365
  • Working experience in an International Organization is desirable.
  • Familiarity with accounting is an advantage.
Language Requirements
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage
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