Roving Internal Auditor


General Description of the Role:

In GOAL, Internal Auditing is an independent, objective assurance and advisory activity designed to add value and improve its operations. It helps GOAL to accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. Internal auditing is a catalyst for improving GOALs’s governance, risk management and management controls by providing insight and recommendations based on analyses and assessments of data and operational processes. With commitment to both integrity and accountability, internal auditing provides value to governing bodies and senior management as an objective source of independent advice.

The Internal Audit function reports to the CEO and the Audit and Risk Committee. The function consists of the Head of Internal Audit (HIA), two Roving Internal Auditors (RIAs) and local Internal Auditors in the countries GOAL operates.

The role of the Internal Audit department is to understand the key risks of the organisation and to examine and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the systems of risk management and internal control as operated by the organisation. The Internal Audit department has unrestricted access to all activities undertaken in the organisation, in order to review, appraise and report on:

(a) the adequacy and effectiveness of the systems of financial and management control in order to ensure that GOAL is well run, meets its objectives and remains solvent;

(b) the extent of compliance with GOAL’s internal policies, rules and guidelines, as well as the extent of compliance with external laws and regulations, including reporting requirements of co-funding and regulatory bodies;

(c) the extent to which the assets and interests are acquired economically, used efficiently, accounted for and safeguarded from losses;

(d) the suitability, accuracy, reliability and integrity of financial and other management information and the means used to identify measure, classify and report such information;

(e) the integrity of processes and systems to ensure that controls offer adequate protection against error, fraud and loss of all kinds; and that the process aligns with GOAL’s strategic goals;

(f) the follow-up action taken to remedy weaknesses identified by Internal Audit review, ensuring that good practice is identified and communicated widely;

(g) the operation of the organisation’s corporate governance arrangements.

Duties of the role:

· To have an in-depth understanding of and promote the adherence to:

  • GOAL’s risk management, internal control processes, policies, manuals and procedures.
  • External regulations such as major institutional donor rules and regulations

· To support the HIA with the preparation and execution of the risk based internal audit plan.

· To plan, manage and lead the internal audits in field offices, HQ and other offices as described in the plan and complete the deliverables to a high standard and on time.

· To effectively build and manage relationships with senior management, produce clear concise audit reports and agree actions and implementation deadlines.

· Follow-up agreed actions and their implementation.

· Draft reports and submit for review to the HIA individual reports for country audits, investigations and other regular reporting to the Audit and Risk Committee.

· In conjunction with the HIA, train, develop and coach in-country Internal Auditors (IAs)/Donor Compliance Officers (DCOs) and support them in delivering their plans.

· Conduct any ad-hoc internal audit, compliance and financial investigation assignments as requested by the HIA and Audit & Risk Committee.

· Travel for longer periods of time to the countries and field sites where GOAL work (up to 80% of the time).


· A relevant university degree, completed post-qualification of a recognised professional accountancy institute and member of the local institute such as ACA, ACCA, ICAI or local equivalent.

· Minimum 3 years of auditing experience with a Big 4 or International Top 10 firm

· Good understanding or International Auditing, Accounting and Internal Control standards (COSO). An understanding of SORP accounting principles is beneficial.

· International experience within other NGOs or in the development / humanitarian sector, with knowledge of donor rules and regulation, is desirable.

· Tangible experience in creating risk based audit plans and procedures, assessing the control environment, reviewing processes and financial internal controls. Experience in operational auditing is beneficial.

· Hands-on with a strong attention to detail, ability to digest large volumes of new information in a short time and decide what is critical.

· Excellent communication and presentation skills in English both verbally and in writing.

· Able to work without requiring supervision, be organised and flexible, able to respond and manage changing priorities.

· Good computer skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel. Skills in the using CAATTS e.g. data analytics is beneficial.

· Willingness to travel to field sites on a regular basis. At least 70% of the job holder’s time will need to be spent on in-country audits, in a variety of different countries.

· Proven ability to work with in a multi-cultural environment with people from all disciplines such as operations, programs, security and finance.

GOAL has a Standards of Integrity and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: GOAL
  • Location: Dublin
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Internal audit and inspection
    • Internal audit and inspection
    • Internal audit and inspection
    • Internal audit and inspection
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-05

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