Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Internal Audit Specialist Adviser

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


"NRC is seeking a systematic and results-driven Internal Audit Specialist Adviser to join the Internal Audit & Quality Support unit. You will have the opportunity to explore diverse and important subject areas while providing assurance and advice to both management and the board. If you have experience in system audits or other types of audit work, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently, then this role is the perfect fit for you!"

More about Internal Audit & Quality Support (IA)

The mission of IA is to enhance and protect organisational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice and insight to management and the board. IA aim to enhance the quality and effectiveness of NRC’s activities, by understanding the key risks that NRC faces and assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of NRC’s risk management and internal control systems.

IAs activities are based on the standards of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), in addition to relevant NRC policies and procedures. 

Role and responsibilities

Main responsibilities

Deputy Head, acting as Head of internal audit the absence of the Head of IA. Conduct and document internal audits (assurance and advisory assignments) in accordance with the current International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF), relevant standards and methodologies. The scope of internal auditing encompasses, but is not limited to, the examination and evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of an organisation's governance, risk management, and internal controls, as well as the quality of performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities to achieve the organization’s stated goals and objectives. Based on risk assessments and prioritization, audit activities can include: Evaluating the systems established to ensure compliance with those policies, plans, procedures, laws, and regulations which could have a significant impact on the organization.  Evaluating the means of safeguarding assets and, as appropriate, verifying the existence of such assets. Evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency with which resources are employed. Evaluating operations or programs to ascertain whether results are consistent with established objectives and goals and whether the operations or programs are being carried out as planned. Monitoring and evaluating governance processes. Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the organization's risk management and control processes. Evaluating Financial Reporting and the degree of Coordination with external auditors. Performing Advisory Services related to governance, risk management and control. Evaluating specific operations at the request of the Board or management. Reporting periodically on the internal audit activity’s purpose, authority, responsibility, and performance relative to its plan. Reporting significant risk exposures and control issues, including fraud risks, governance issues, and other matters needed or requested by the Secretary General or the Committee/Board.

Other responsibilities

Assist in developing the risk-based internal audit plan and annual reporting to the Senior Management Group and the Board/the Audit & Risk Committee. Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures. Continuous improvement of the internal audit function: Development, review and improvement of relevant tools and methodologies for internal audit, including learning and evaluations, in compliance with international audit standards (the standards)  Monitor and ensure process of management response and implementation of audit recommendations.

To be considered for this role, you will have:

Professional competencies:

Higher academic education with topics within internal and / or external auditing, finance, Business Management, legal, governance, and the like. Long and relevant practice can outweigh the formal education requirement.  Certification in internal auditing is desirable, such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and/or Graduated Internal Auditor. Fluency in English, both written and verbal, is essential. Fluency in other languages such as Norwegian, Spanish or French is desirable.

Context related skills, knowledge and experience: 

Experience in auditing and/or experience in finance, accounting, business management, management consulting, legal work or from governance, risk, control, compliance or alike. Experience from complex organisations with international exposure. Strategic thinking. Excellent analytical skills and good judgement. Ability to work towards achievement of objectives independently, and to create good collaborative relationships at all levels of the organisation.

Behavioural competencies:

High ethical standards and strong commitment to integrity, objectivity and independence. Handling insecure environments. Willing and able to connect with field offices around the world. Communicating with impact and respect.

For more information see the detailed Job Description

Grade:                                             9

Reports to:                                     Head of IA&QS

Supervision of:                               n/a

Duty station:                                  Head Office

Travel:                                            10 – 20% [post involves possible travel to conduct audit visits according to annual plan or as needed]

Project number:                            NOGA0002

Duration and type of contract:   Permanent

Position is open to all nationals.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country. Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks. NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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