Summary: Assists with the safeguarding of Pathfinder’s assets and reputation for ethical conduct and fiscal transparency. Working with all stakeholders, identifies risks that hinder the achievement of Pathfinder and its funder’s objectives. Assesses the adequacy and recommends appropriate internal control systems to reduce associated risks. Develops the annual internal audit work plan and leads the implementation of the assigned work (audits, financial management reviews or special projects), while maintaining the currency of the information in the audit system, ensuring standard quality of audits performed, participating in audits, and maintaining organizational and member relationships. Evaluates and provides reasonable assurance that risk management, control and governance systems are functioning as intended to achieve Pathfinder's objectives. Supports the CFO in coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Audit Committee and supports the annual external audit.
Key Job Outcomes:
- Audit Planning: Designs and approves all audit programs and processes. Leads internal audits, and coordinates external audits both in the US and in country offices. Conducts regular audits of Pathfinder and donor awards transactions, Pathfinder’s monitoring of sub recipient program and financial reporting and compliance with donor requirements, accounting records, procurements, management of supplies and equipment, sub awards, planned payees and training participants, HR records, award closeout checklists and exercises, and control systems for conformity with generally accepted principles and practices, Pathfinder International policies and US Government auditing standards. Leads/conducts special investigations and analytical projects. Coordinates the identification and selection of external audit firms that will support the implementation of the annual plan. Proposes, plans and executes audit procedures to be performed during the annual financial/Uniform Guidance audit as a means of containing external audit expense. Tracks and maintains all statutory audits undertaken by Pathfinder’s country offices.
- Management and Supervision: Leads, oversees and supervises the work of Pathfinder’s auditor team, including Internal Audit Director.
- Audit Implementation: Updates audit guidelines as necessary, and ensures that the selection and the performance of all service providers is consistent with Pathfinder’s policy and donor requirements Manages external and internal country office and subrecipient audit processes. Recruits and solicits proposals from independent auditing firms, business advisory firms and individuals. Analyzes proposals and negotiates engagement. Coordinates activities with country office management. Supervises service provider and approves final report. Leads in the development of audit tools and techniques as needed.
- Findings, Recommendations and Follow Up: Reports risk management issues and internal controls deficiencies identified directly to management in a timely and effective manner. Identifies risks and any contract noncompliance issues. Provides recommendations for improving operations. Advises CFO, Controller and operating management of any identified risks and opportunities.
- Training and Development: Develops training materials and provides education and training on fraud prevention, internal controls and other topics of interest to country offices.
- Project Management and Participation: Leads, manages or participates on cross-functional project teams.
- Audit Committee Liaison and Support: Reports to, advises, and serves as a Liaison to the Board of Directors Audit Committee ensuring that members have the appropriate information and for a required to conduct their governance responsibilities. Ensures the proceedings of the Committee are minuted. On behalf of the Committee supports the CFO in monitoring reporting on the implementation of all internal and external audit recommendations.
Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:
- US Government, Non-US Donors and Pathfinder International Rules and Regulations: Mastery of knowledge of US government contract rules and regulations including USAID, DFID, Gates, CDC and other private donors. Mastery of knowledge of OMB circulars, rules and regulations. Mastery of knowledge of non-US donor requirements.
- Internal Audit Planning and Implementation: Proven ability to create and implement internal audit plans for the organization.
- Internal Audit Principles and Practices: Advanced knowledge of internal audit principles and practices, including practices of auditing firms and the application of audit standards. Deep knowledge of issues relating to risk management and their impact on the organization. Deep knowledge of FAR and GAAP.
- Leadership and Management: Proven ability to lead, supervise and coach team members in different locations.
- Training and Development: Proven ability to develop and deliver training and information sessions on internal audit topics.
- Diplomacy: The ability to be clear and firm on required actions while demonstrating support for good practices and respect towards the subject of an audit or investigation.
Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:
- Analysis and Sound Judgement: Mastery of analytical and trouble shooting skills. Ability to make sound judgments. Ability to improve processes, promote excellence and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Advanced knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of assigned program, including program strategies and indicators.
- Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook. Mastery of knowledge of accounting and auditing software applications.
- Languages: Proven ability to write and speak using local language and English language
- Communication: Advanced oral and written communication skills using different forms of media, and, in particular, audit reports.
- Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices
- Influencing and Customer Service Skills: Proven ability to influence using diplomacy skills with key stakeholders. In-depth demonstrated customer service skills.
- Organization, Planning and Multi-tasking: Mastery of organizational and planning skills, project planning and management skills. Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task with minimal supervision. Proven ability to coordinate audit activities.
- Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented and consistently accurate, ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment, and ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures and adapt local practices to global standards.
- Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrix organization. Identifying opportunities and establishing effective strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or external organizations to help achieve Pathfinder International’s objectives.
- Confidentiality: Proven ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related issues
Minimally Required Education, Training and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field, or equivalent
- CIA certification
- CFE certification
- 7 years’ audit experience in an international environment, preferably in a public, nonprofit or federal auditing organization.
- Work experience in an international nonprofit with US Government and/or multilateral donors managing remotely across several locations.
- Prefer: French language experience
- Prefer: Proficiency in donor compliance audits as well as GAS and GAAP audits desired.
- Prefer: 5 Years Managing an internal audit function at the business unit or organizational level.
- Travel required (at least 40-50%)
- Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer