Internal Auditor

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FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.


• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
• All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting

In accordance with its Charter, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provides oversight of FAO’s programmes and operations through internal audit and investigation. The Internal Audit Branch of OIG carries out assurance and advisory activities designed to add value and improve the organization’s operations by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. The Branch conducts its work in accordance with the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF), including the Code of Ethics and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and adopted by the Internal Audit Services of the United Nations agencies.

The post is located in the Internal Audit Branch within OIG at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Branch consists of two units, both headed by a Senior Auditor (Head of Unit)\: Audit Assurance Unit and Audit Advisory and Professional Practices Unit. Internal audit staff rotate between the two units.

Reporting Lines
The Internal Auditor reports to a Senior Auditor (Head of Unit), OIG.

Technical Focus
Internal auditing.

Key Results
The planning and execution of audit engagements at headquarters and/or field operations with the aim to provide independent and objective assurance and advice to the Director-General, the Oversight Advisory Committee and the FAO Governing Bodies that the programmes and operations of the Organization are carried out with due regard to economy, efficiency, effectiveness and ethics.

Key Functions
• Participates in and/or provides specialist expertise to multidisciplinary audit teams and/or project, programme and operational reviews.
• Plans and conducts audit engagements, from the initial planning, information gathering and interview stages to the final analysis and report writing stages, in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and OIG internal audit procedures.
• Prepares using TeamMate, electronic working papers that support audit observations and recommendations.
• Prepares clear and concise draft reports and presents audit results and recommendations orally to the Inspector General and FAO management.
• Participates in capacity development activities and provides on-the job training to other internal audit staff.
• Provides support in developing and/or enhancing internal audit tools and techniques for improved effectiveness of internal audit engagements.
• Contributes to maintaining and updating the FAO Internal Audit Manual.
• Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in audit, management, business or public administration, finance, accounting, risk management, economics, law, computer science, information systems or other related field (candidates holding a first level university degree may also be considered if possessing two additional years of relevant work experience and a certification from an internationally recognized auditing or accountancy body such as CIA, CPA, ACCA, CMA, CIMA, CISA, or equivalent).

• Three years of relevant experience in an organization using modern auditing, accounting, management and/or information systems techniques (e.g. internal audit department in the public or private sector, or an auditing or management consulting firm).

• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in an international setting, is desirable.
• Demonstrated knowledge of auditing, management consulting or other advisory services and information technology.
• Extent and relevance of experience in performing financial, operational, performance and information technology/systems audits.
• Extent and relevance of experience in using management information systems.
• Demonstrated ability to identify issues, collect and analyse information and develop recommendation and/or solutions.
• Expert knowledge in Excel and spreadsheet solutions.
• Demonstrated experience and ability in report-writing in English.
• Familiarity with specialized audit software is considered an asset.
• Professional certification as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is desirable.
• Other professional certifications from an internationally recognized accountancy body, such as CPA, CMA, CIMA, ACCA or equivalent is an advantage for candidates possessing an advanced university degree,
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of another official FAO language would be an asset.


FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link\: https\://
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include\:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes\:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct.

• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help or have queries, please create a one-time registration with FAO’s client support team for further assistance\: https\://


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