Chief of Professional Practices Section - United Nations, United States, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Chief of Professional Practices Section
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:57528
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. 

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Professional Practices Section (PPS), Internal Audit Division (IAD), Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), in New York. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director.
Within delegated authority, under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 

• Develops and implements the Section’s medium and long-term goals and objectives, and related annual work plans. 
• Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the activities of multiple teams and resources within the Section. 
• Leads, coordinates and manages multiple audit teams working on concurrent projects/activities.
• Maintains and develops the IAD risk assessment methodology and practices and oversees annual risk assessment and work planning processes; coordinates the preparation of the three-year audit work plan and the annual work plan; promulgates the annual work plan and prepares communications of the work plan methodology for stakeholders.
• Manages and further develops the IAD performance monitoring system and oversees the development of appropriate reports and presentations to ensure OIOS management is kept informed of the progress of the annual work plan; develops and reports on relevant performance metrics.
• Manages, oversees and participates in the IAD quality assurance programme, including the review of audit reports and working papers, and prepares relevant correspondence to communicate the results of quality assurance activities to key stakeholders.
• Provides technical advice regarding audit matters to IAD staff across the full range of audit activities, including theory and practice guidance relating to audits of effectiveness, efficiency, economy and compliance.
• Analyses guidelines and standards for internal audit activities in the course of ensuring consistency of approach and adequacy of practice of all IAD auditors. 
• Manages the IAD recommendations database and monitors and reports on the implementation of audit recommendations.
• Represents the USG/OIOS on working groups and liaises with internal audit functions of other United Nations organizations. 
• Empowers/challenges staff to assume more responsibilities. 
• Carries out other tasks as may be assigned by the Deputy Director.

• In-depth technical knowledge of all aspects of the audit function.
• Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; knowledge of auditing standards and practices, and knowledge of applicable financial rules and procedures. 
• Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions and present conclusions and recommendations.
• Ability to defend and explain difficult issues and positions to staff, including senior officials.
• Knowledge of specialized IT audit applications, such as IDEA, ACL and TeamMate. 
• Shows pride in work and in achievements. 
• Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. 
• Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. 
• Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. 
• Remains calm in stressful situations.


• Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. 
• Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. 
• Places team agenda before personal agenda.
• Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
• Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. 


• Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. 
• Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. 
• Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. 
• Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. 
• Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 


• Serves as a role model that other people want to follow.
• Empowers others to translate vision into results.
• Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. 
• Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. 
• Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions.
• Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. 
• Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
• Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Judgement/ Decision-making:

• Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly.
• Gathers relevant information before making a decision. 
• Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. 
• Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. 
• Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. 
• Checks assumptions against facts. 
• Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. 
• Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified International Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or equivalent is desirable.
Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in audit, finance, accounting, administration, statistics, computer science or a related area. Experience in audit management is required. Experience in auditing in the public sector is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
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