United Nations - New York, NY

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This position is located in the New York Audit Service, Internal Audit Division (IAD) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). The Auditor reports directly to the Senior Auditor/Chief of Section or to auditors in charge (team leaders).


Within delegated authority, the Auditor will be responsible for the following duties:

Audits/assignments are undertaken in the areas of finance, administration and operations. Incumbents at this level, work individually or as a member of an audit team. They may also lead smaller teams for mid-size or moderately complex operations.

• Leads audits of smaller, less complex operations and supervises audit assistants on these assignments.
• Prepares/participates in preparations for risk-based audit plans/programmes in accordance with OIOS standards.
• Documents, evaluates and tests systems and controls to determine their adequacy and effectiveness to ensure (i) compliance with policies and procedures, (ii) accomplishment of management’s objectives, (iii) reliability and integrity of information, (iv) economic use of resources, and (v) safeguarding of assets.
• Prepares working papers for review by the auditor in charge or the Senior Auditor/Chief of Section.
• Reviews working papers prepared by assisting auditors for subsequent review by the auditor in charge or the Senior Auditor/Chief of Section..
• Develops and discusses findings; comes to agreement on recommendations and timelines for corrective actions with responsible officers of operations audited and monitors the implementation status of agreed recommendations.
• Drafts audit reports for entire assignment or portion of assignment.
• Takes initiative in identifying appropriate audit tools, best practices, and identifies/performs tasks aimed at ensuring that the audit/assignments are conducted in accordance with OIOS standards.
• Supervise and coach lower level staff
• Performs other projects or tasks as may be assigned.



•Exercises due professional care by considering the: extent of work needed to achieve the audit plan; relative complexity, materiality, or significance of matters to which assurance procedures are applied; adequacy and effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes, probability of significant errors, irregularities, or non compliance; and cost of assurance in relation to potential benefits
•Demonstrates professional competence and has knowledge of auditing standards and practices, risk assessment, and applicable financial rules and procedures
•Identifies issues, formulates opinions and presents conclusions and recommendations
•Is alert to significant risks that might affect objectives, operations, or resources
•Considers the needs and expectations of clients, including the nature timing and communication of results
•Has knowledge of specialized IT audit applications, such as IDEA, ACL, and AutoAudit
•Shows pride in work and in achievements
•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
•Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work


•Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
•Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
•Places team agenda before personal agenda
•Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
•Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings


•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 the audience
•Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), or equivalent is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in audit, finance, accounting, administration, statistics, computer science or related area. Auditing experience in the public sector is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment Method

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

Special Notice

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

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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