Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world, CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, health and emergency programming.
CRS has a long and rich history of collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). Since 2003, CRS has been awarded over $290 million in Global Fund resources to implement programs in 27 countries. In Nigeria, CRS is a sub-recipient (SR) on the Global Fund HIV and Malaria grants and will assume the role of principal recipient (PR) for the Global Fund Malaria grant starting January 2017. As PR, CRS will partner with the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP), various state governments and malaria partners and stakeholders to coordinate the 2017 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN) mass campaigns in 7 states. CRS will also manage and oversee SRs to deliver a range of malaria treatment and prevention services at the state level.
- The position of Internal Auditor will assist the Global Fund Malaria Program team with the development, implementation and monitoring of action plans for his/her zone and ensure proactive risk management.
- S/he will have a key role in SR strengthening by ensuring the identification, assessment and management of all categories of risks.
- The Internal Auditor will liaise with the Senior Internal Auditor in the planning and processing of audits.
- S/he will document lessons learned from various risks identified in audit reports, risk disclosure reports and other sources and propose mitigation approaches in order to create an environment of compliance and control at the zonal hub.
- Specific Job Responsibilities
- Serve as principle point of contact for the zonal hub and SRs/partner on issues relating to audit and risk
- In collaboration with the Senior Internal Auditor, develop and implement comprehensive compliance review plans for the activities managed by the zonal hub for all areas of risk
- Review and comment on award agreements, SR sub-agreements, and other award documents in order to ensure compliance with relevant laws and Global Fund regulations as well as CRS policy
- Conduct audits and spot checks to ensure that zonal hub team and SR/partner operational policies comply with Global Fund regulations and agency standards
- Conduct internal control assessments at the zonal hub level to validate compliance with CRS’ Internal Control Policy
- Performs site visits of CRS and partner warehouses to inspect the condition of commodities and to evaluate internal controls systems
- Assesses CRS’ monitoring of SRs
- Coordinate with zonal hub colleagues to ensure that instances of non-compliance are identified, reported and corrected at CRS, SR and partner levels
- Conduct investigation assignments; assess and evaluate systemic and operational factors contributing to the problem and offer actionable recommendations
- Recommend action to be taken by CRS as the lead agency for any SR or partner that is not meeting its contractual obligations or does not have the necessary internal control and finance systems in place to manage advances and program activities, in coordination with the Senior Internal Auditor
- Prompt follow-up for the closure of audit recommendations; this involves participation in the development of audit closure action plans and ensuring timely submission of responses
- Contribute to the Country Program’s risk disclosure / loss event report
- Review filing systems for program assets, personnel and other resources, and monitor implementation with the Senior Internal Auditor
- Provide training to CRS hub and SR/partner staff to build compliance capacity
- Document lessons-learned, case studies and best practices
- Key Working Relationships:
- Internal: Global Fund Malaria Program Team, Internal Audit Department, Head of Operations, Deputy Country Representative, Country Representative, Finance, Procurement and Administration Staff, Regional and Senior Technical Advisors, HQ Audit Team
- External: SRs, SMoH, partner health facilities, LFA, external auditors
- Agency Wide Competences (for all CRS staff):
- These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Serves with Integrity
- Models Stewardship
- Cultivates Constructive Relationships
- Promotes Learning
Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business, required; ACA, CPA, CIA, Chartered Accountancy or Master’s degree preferred.
- Minimum 5 years in accounting, finance or auditing; 5 years of auditing experience preferred
- Knowledge of Global Fund regulations strongly preferred
- Ability to interface with multiple stakeholders, representatives, and partners (including representatives of government agencies) in a professional manner on an ongoing basis
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure and to prioritize competing demands
- Strategic, analytical and decision-making skills; ability to plan over a 6 to 12- month period
- Able to work independently
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
- Professional proficiency in English oral and written communication skills; strong demonstrated writing skills required (reports, evaluations)
- Willingness and ability to travel in-country (sometimes on short notice) up to 50%
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