International UN Grant Assurance: Audit Senior - Manager [Global Travel]

Job Title: International UN Grant Assurance: Audit Senior - Manager [Global Travel]
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £44,000 - £53,000
Reference: #271
Job Published: February 13, 2020 11:23

Job Description

Our partner, international specialists in International Development Grant Assurance are seeking outgoing audit professionals for critical roles; navigating a diverse group of grant recipients & international donors, such as the UN & The World Bank. You'll be London-based travelling 30+% per annum on overseas assignments 1 to 2 weeks in length (e.g. Malawi, Peru, Vietnam, Belgium, Oxford, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Fiji, Cameroon).  

These unique and extremely rewarding opportunities would suit experienced audit professionals that are love diverse travel experiences, meeting and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes. A great opportunity to take audit experience to the next level - broadening skills into a much much wider remit, touching on consulting and internal audit. A critical role connecting donor and recipient - essential to the success of worthwhile development projects.

Overseas assignments could mean travel to one of over 100 countries/ territories. A fantastic opportunity to see the parts of the world you’d never otherwise  see, work with lovely people and pick up extremely relevant fieldwork experience; vital for anyone seeking a career in the international development NGO sector. 

Role overview

Complete grant audits of a extremely diverse range of projects funded by international donor institutions ranging from emergency aid, to long term development in areas such as agriculture, health, education or infrastructure, to SME development or technical research. 

The role will use all your communication, problem-solving and analytical skills and will give you experience in working with major institutions all over the world. An example assignment might see you leading an audit opening meeting with a UN country office on the Monday morning, before heading off to spend a few days with a local NGO or government partners to audit the way they have spent UN funds. You will look at a sample of supporting documents to make sure the expenditure is genuine and for the purposes intended by UN, and review the internal controls of the NGO, making recommendations as to how these might be improved to strengthen the management of the UN resources. At the airport, you could even start drafting the formal report as you wait for your flight back to London. 


Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent  (Finalists considered)
Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity while working with a hugely diverse range of clients and beneficiaries
A real interest in international development and associated funding structures
'Ideally' fluency in a second language is preferable, especially in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese or Mandarin, Russian and Arabic. 
Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills
Team worker
Resilience and adaptability
Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

Personal attributes:

At least three years of audit experience 
Ability to work under pressure; Strong planning, organisational and time management skills
Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills
Passionate about international travel and development and willing to work in international locations for over 30% of the time

Candidates for permanent London based roles must have the right to work in the UK. 

About Us

AfID are leading specialists in supporting NGOs operating globally with their financial management capacity & recruitment needs, on both a 'pro-bono' & ,commercial' basis. For more opportunities in the international development sector (International & UK) or to find out more about how we can assist your non-profit organisation please visit the AfID website.

Attending one of the AfID Workshops also offers invaluable insights, explaining sector jargon and demonstrating the ways accountants can navigate complex environments, in a fun and informative way. It also presents a great networking opportunity with 25 other like-minded accountants AfID’s founder and ex-Oxfam FD in attendance.