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Head, Internal Oversight

Vacancy #:   6446
Unit:   Oversight Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Deputy Director General, Corporate Services
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   M2
Expected start date:   12 February 2024
Type of contract:   Max-term (24 months)
Closing date:   04 July 2023
The Head of Internal Oversight provides strategic and operations leadership in matters related internal audit, control, and compliance.

Internal Oversight provides independent, objective assurance that IUCN activities and operations are managed with consistency, adequacy and in compliance with applicable rules, laws and safeguarding mechanisms. They investigate issues and concerns of non-compliance. They support IUCN Secretariat in the accomplishment of its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of corporate governance, compliance, and internal control.
Key responsibilities:

Establish long- and short-term internal oversight work plans, taking into consideration External Audit plans to ensure complementarity, as well as any suggestions received from the senior management and the Finance& Audit Committee.

Develop and maintain a quality assurance program covering all aspects of internal audit and investigation in accordance with the applicable standards.

Ensure that the required internal control policies and reporting mechanisms are in place and up-to-date, and that all reports of concerns are assessed and necessary actions taken.

Lead the planning and implementation of internal audits, including but not limited to, performance audits, financial audits, and compliance audits; monitor progress on the timely implementation of all internal audit recommendations.

Monitor the most significant control, compliance and governance risks, and develop an assurance plan for those risks through the use of internal audits, investigations and specialized reviews.

Carry out investigations or special reviews to address concerns of fraud, corporate governance, and/or violations of IUCN corporate policies; develop a reporting mechanism of key issues and oversee the timely implementation of the investigation recommendations.

Assess the reliability, effectiveness and integrity of IUCN’s internal control mechanisms and make recommendations to IUCN senior management for improvements in the internal control process, as well as in the practices, policies and systems for internal audit and investigation.

Manage and monitor IUCN email inboxes and mailboxes where internal and external stakeholders are directed to report concerns.

Build IUCN management and staff capability to manage risk and compliance through regular training and ongoing communication.

Provide advisory services for draft policies, guidance, systems and work processes related to internal control and donor requirements as requested by IUCN senior management.

Coordinate with other control and monitoring functions such as risk management, compliance, security, legal, ethics, environmental and external audit.

Submit twice yearly Oversight Report to the Director General and the Finance and Audit Committee of the IUCN Council.

Keep updated with best practices within the profession and work on Internal Oversight.

Reporting line:
To ensure the reporting independence and that the internal oversight function is free from control or undue influence from managers within the organization, the Head of Internal Oversight has a direct reporting line to the Deputy Director General, Corporate Services and reports on work plans and findings to the Director General and the Finance and Audit Committee of the IUCN Council.
  • Education:
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, etc.), ideally with an MBA.
- Certified accountant and/or internal auditor, preferably CA, ACMA, ACCA, CPA or equivalent.

• Experience:
- 15+ years of progressive experience in an internal audit, internal control or financial or oversight position in an international organisation ideally in the international development sector.
- Knowledge of Governance, Risk and Compliance frameworks and their application
- Experience in performing investigations and managing internal audits
- In depth knowledge of governance, risk management, internal control and compliance processes
- Knowledge and practical experience of business functions specifically relating to internal controls and information system audits, and internal audits covering management, legal and statutory compliance audits.
- Experience managing small teams, with the ability to think strategically as well as being hands on.

• Skills:
- Strong analytical skills and advanced modelling skills are desirable.
- Excellent leadership to inspire and motivate others to perform with integrity and comply with applicable systems and requirements.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the proven ability to present and explain complex information and suggest process improvements to diverse audiences including senior level staff and the Board of Directors.
- Ability to effectively establish and maintain working relationships with peers, senior leadership and all levels of a multicultural global organization, with a trustworthy and professional image.
- Solid organizational and problem-solving skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a multi-tasking multicultural work environment;
- Highest level of integrity and honesty, and commitment to the values and mission of IUCN
- The ability to provide high level leadership and at the same time to be a self-starter and comfortable to roll their sleeves up.
- Fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.
- Computer literacy, proficiency in the use of MS Office, Microsoft Dynamics, as well as accounting and ERP systems.
The gross annual salary for this position is between CHF 155'063 and CHF 193'829, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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