Head of Internal Audit (f/m)

Location: International Office, Innsbruck/Austria

SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organisation for the global federation of SOS Children’s Villages. As a non-governmental social development organisation we support children without parental care and families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief, and we advocate for the rights of children and young people, in alliance with a great diversity of partners. We work in 135 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people, families and caregivers each year.


Internal Audit („IA“) is an independent instance which supervises the risk management, controls and governance processes of the federation. As a third line of defense IA is supporting management and other governing bodies of the Federation in their task to monitor and manage the risks of the SOS Children’s Villages (CV) Federation. With regard to fraud investigation IA is the „executive arm“ of potential breaches of compliance rules which have been notified to and preliminarily assessed by Integrity, Compliance and Legal („ICL“)

The Head of Internal Audit is responsible to professionalise, supervise and train the Internal Audit function and the regional and/or national Internal Auditors of the SOS CV Federation. In addition the incumbent shall perform regional and national internal audits, internal investigations, define and enhance a global IA methodology and introduce data analytic tools into the internal audit work. S/he shall as well maintain a strict follow up process for remediation of IA findings at national level. The Head of Internal Audit will directly report to the International Director Internal Audit and will be supervising a team of more than 10 internal audit professionals.

Tasks and responsibilities 
  • Set up and maintain a state of the art and professional framework and quality standards for internal audit for the SOS Federation including setting up policies and define related standards and tools to ensure knowledge sharing
  • Coordinate, cooperate and communicate closely with all hierarchical  and functional levels within the federation (e.g. IDRs, PSAs, regional directors, NAs) on topics relevant to IA and internal investigations (e.g. about planning, execution, results, follow-up
  • Lead regional and national internal audits/investigations and train professionals onsite the job and shares best practice with onsite team members
  • Design and provide a development and training concept for internal audit professionals to ensure a continuous high level of professional standard and expertise within the organisation; this includes design, plan and conduct of training materials for internal audits and investigations for the federation level
  • Design and set up a state of the art data analytics tool(s) for internal audit work including definition of  appropriate methods for IT based fraud detection tools
  • Design and conduct analytics training as appropriate
  • Manage a team of internal Audit experts at a global level and ensures coherence in professional application and standards
  • Master Degree in Finance/Accounting or Business Administration, a Bachelor Degree with considerable additional experience would also be considered
  • Qualification as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in internal or external auditing, including in an international setting, ideally with some experience in the non-profit sector
  • Excellent experience in internal auditing and investigations
  • Sound knowledge and experience in the context of setting up, managing and running an internal audit function (functional management of an internal audit function) including experience in developing standards and policies
  • In-depth knowledge of finance and accounting
  • Experience in setting up and establishing modern data analytics techniques in the internal audit work and working with application of commonly used data analytic tools (e.g. ACL or IDEA) and procedures
  • Basic knowledge in engineering and knowledge of fundraising and programme functions in complex international organizations acting in a federation model would be desirable
  • Good management skills and excellent self-managing skills with the ability to work efficiently in stressful and high pressure situations
  • Good knowledge of common internal audit training concepts and materials to train and professionalize the internal audit professionals
  • Sound Management skills combined with effective time and resource management with the ability to provide leadership and guidance to co-workers
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to understand and act in different cultural environments
  • Good knowledge of data analytics and IT system(s)
  • Excellent English and German language skills, preferably with one or more additional foreign language(s)
  • Willingness to travel
  • Applicants must hold a valid Austrian working permit or be eligible to work within the EU
We offer 
  • Highly interesting position in a multicultural working environment with a varied scope of tasks and challenges
  • Our organisation offers an interesting opportunity for a purposeful position where social responsibility for the welfare of children and youths worldwide is uppermost
  • As a responsible employer we provide a range of training schemes and encourage educational enhancement
  • A salary that will be commensurate with experience and qualifications

If you are interested in this position, please send your detailed e-mail application by 15 October 2018 at the latest to personal@sos-kd.org, SOS-Children’s Villages International, www.sos-childrensvillages.org/.

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