The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with .
As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the World’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network.
The Federation is a membership organization established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The overall aim of the IFRC is to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.
It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.
The IFRC is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies.
The Secretariat’s focus includes providing support to the IFRC governance mechanisms; setting norms and standards; providing guidance;
ensuring consistency; coordination and accountability for performance; knowledge sharing; promoting collaboration within and respect for the RCRC Movement;
and expanding engagement with partners. Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRCS) is the largest humanitarian organization in Turkey, and, as an auxiliary to the government, has been playing a leading role in providing assistance to the refugees and migrants since the beginning of the Syria crisis.
The conflict in Syria has now entered its seventh year with no end in sight. The crisis has created an overwhelming and enduring humanitarian suffering, displacing over five million Syrian people into neighbouring countries and other regions around the world.
About 3.2 million registered refugees are living in Turkey, including Syrians, Iraqis, Afghan, Iranian, Somalian and other nationalities.
90 percent of the displaced people are living in urban areas. The Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRCS) has been providing a first-line response in all the activities related to the Syrian people and organizing its dedicated structures to receive and protect the people in need.
The IFRC continues to support the Turkish Red Crescent Society in its response to the growing humanitarian needs in Turkey resulting from the Syrian and other concurrent crises.
Due to its magnitude and complexity, the ESSN programme, funded by ECHO, is managed from the Secretariat in Geneva.
Under the guidance of Director, Office of the Internal Audit, the Assurance and Audit Manager for the ESSN Programme will be the intellectual and professional lead for all audit and assurance work performed by the OIAI, on the Turkey ESSN Programme, being responsible for the quality and quantity of all audit and assurance work performed by the OIAI over the ESSN programme, reporting to the Director.
This role will provide leadership and management of all audit staff, contractors and partners and the delivery of OIAI work over the ESSN Programme.
This role will act as a trusted advisor and a subjet-matter expert to the Director of the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations in supporting management to improve the Federations Secretariat's ESSN oversight of the ESSN programme and operations, and in providing a platform for learning by sharing good practices and lessons learned across the organization from the ESSN Programme.
The Assurance and Audit Manager works closely with all departments and all levels of management within the Federation Secretariat, and with outside partners, most especially the Turkish Red Crescent as required.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Roles and accountabilities :
Management and staffing
Ensure all professional staff undertake appropriate continued professional development and training.
Oversee relevant external (contracted) professionals assigned or appointed to the ESSN programme.
Accountable for work deliverables
Be responsible and accountable for the quality and delivery of a fully risk-based, world class, internal audit plan on behalf of the IFRC, reporting to the ESSN Programme Director.
Be responsible for management of all audit staff, contractors and partners in the delivery of the OIAI’s work on the ESSN programme.
Be responsible for oversight to compliance to procedures relating to the delivery of the ESSN
To oversee and lead the audit programme for the Federation, including working with and supporting Turkish Red Crescent’s audit awareness and capability.
Be a source of deep technical and specialist advice on all aspects of audit work, including but not limited to : risk management, use of aid modalities, programme management, financial accounting audit, IT technical audit, specialist corporate functions audit, value for money, legal aspects of audits, policy writing, formulation and delivery, digital auditing as applied to the ESSN programme.
Provide intellectual leadership to the OIAI’s in-country audit function, training and supporting colleagues to deliver best practice.
Provide technical leadership and in-house training for OIAI professionals working on the ESSN programme.
Provide technical leadership and in-house training for IFRC and the TRC on compliance and audit matters.
Provide technical and thought leadership on audit matters to the Federation and wider international system arising from the ESSN programme.
Oversee the identification of business risks and make recommendations for future internal controls improvements for the ESSN programme.
Plan and undertake a fully risk-based, world class, internal audit plan for the ESSN programme.
Ensure the agreed ESSN programme internal audit / external audit / consultancy plan for each year is delivered.
Manage work within agreed resources and budget.
Ensure the smooth running of the ESSN team administratively and with staffing well managed.
Deliver the most complex and challenging audit and risk work directly as assignments, reporting to the director.
Provide quality assurance to audit outputs from the OIAI ESSN programme team.
Representation and stakeholder management
Provide contextual and sensitive briefings as relevant to stakeholders balancing carefully transparency, reputational risks, and audit integrity on the ESSN programme.
Working with key stakeholders, including donors and partners, ensure ESSN programme audit work is understood and supported by donors.
Lead relevant donor assurance and control conversations for ESSN, supporting the director.
Manage relationships with internal IFRC partners on the ESSN programme, including second-line professional functions such as HR and Legal colleagues and senior and line management.
Work with difficult clients, both auditees and concerned donors.
Manage the delivery of the externally provided and OIAI-commissioned grant audits
Manage the OIAI’s ESSN programme audit function ensuring the IFRC’s OIAI meets international audit standards, in particular the IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors).
Manage a programme of audits for the ESSN programme.
Conduct ESSN programme audits in accordance with generally recognised international audit standards (IIA), ensuring that the integrity of all evidence obtained is maintained through the course of audits, and with due respect and consideration to a diverse employee population, taking into account cultural and language differences.
Orchestrate and oversee donor notifications and ESSN programme audit reporting.
For most challenging and technically difficult ESSN programme audits, collect evidence, interview auditees, review documents and perform analysis.
Function effectively with the highest integrity and ethical standards as a member of a multi-national and multi-disciplinary team.
Oversee all ESSN programme audit and assurance work performed by OIAI.
Develop the annual and strategic ESSN programme assurance plans
Manage the annual assurance work including the internal audit plan, commissioned external audits, liaison for the external audit, and donor grant requested audits for the ESSN programme
Set IA standards and operational processes for the OIAI over the ESSN programme
Provide quality assurance to OIAI assurance work for the ESSN programme
Meet agreed OIAI performance indicators for the ESSN programme
Present to the Audit and Risk Commission as required
Budget monitoring for the OIAI’s assurance ESSN programme work.
Deliver complex IA and consultancy assignments over the ESSN programme
Design audit and risk training and delivery of training for the TRC and ESSN programme
Provide advice and expertise relative to audit and in line with IFRC policies and procedures and apply professional accounting and auditing principles and standards to test and evaluate complex financial records and operational systems.
With the aim of addressing those critical risks identified during Secretariat audit assignments, meet with Secretariat management to present and discuss with them audit results, making practical and economical recommendations for improvements.
Prepare and present oral and written reports to the Director of Office of Internal Audit and Investigations summarising critical ESSN programme audit findings and recommendations, and progress of assignment against plan to ensure effective communication
Develop and update audit methodologies, techniques, systems and procedures, as directed by the Director of Office of Internal Audit and Investigations, to accomplish the Office ESSN programme audit plan for the Secretariat to increase service quality and efficiency
Follow up the overall implementation of ESSN programme Audit Recommendations on a six-monthly basis and prepare reports on the implementation status, as required.
Provide technical support guidance to audit team who participate in the assignment.
Prepare Audit ESSN programme Certifications, as requested by Donors.
Provide support / consultancy to the Secretariat Management in relation to internal controls, risk management and governance processes over the ESSN programme.
Act as the OIAI focal point for various working groups to support management in development internal systems, procedures and controls for the ESSN programme.
Provide / deliver training, coaching, briefing and presentations to different stakeholders on topics related to Secretariat audit and internal controls.
Risk Management responsibilities :
Promote a culture of risk awareness and appropriate mitigation amongst management and staff by conducting Risk Management workshops during the Secretariat audit assignments for the ESSN programme.
University degree to a master’s level
Internal Audit qualification (CMIIA, CIA)
Demonstrable track record of successful management of audit teams
At least eight years recent professional experience in Internal Audit and Risk management at a head of audit management level
Experience in working for humanitarian, charitable or not for profit organisation.
Knowledge, skills and languages
Good understanding of the principles and application of good corporate governance, business and operational risk management, and effective internal controls.
Good working knowledge of systems audit procedures and techniques.
IT literate with skills in systems and data analysis using Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAAT).
Good knowledge of information systems auditing and security.
Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and techniques of financial and management accounting
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing with different audiences, adapting style to fit situation
Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate facts, and prepare and present concise oral and written reports.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships throughout the organization.
Competencies and values
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.