Head, Internal Audit/Deputy Director, Vienna

Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: OSCE Vienna

Closing date: Tuesday, 14 March 2023


The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, combating human trafficking, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

The OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairmanship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.

The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) is part of the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. OIO is responsible for planning and delivering internal audits, investigations, and independent evaluations of the Organization’s activities, including field operations. The work of OIO assures the adequacy of governance, risk management, and internal control, ensures compliance with the Organization’s internal control framework, and enhances performance and the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the general supervision of the Director, Office of Internal Oversight, as Head, Internal Audit/Deputy Director, you will be responsible for the management of the OSCE’s Internal Audit function, and will lead OIO’s Internal Audit section (IAS) towards the provision of assurance and advisory activities that effectively strengthen the Organization’s governance, risk management and internal control processes.

More specifically, you will be tasked with the following:

Formulating and updating a risk-based multi-year internal audit strategy covering the OSCE, and proposing risk-based annual work plans of internal audit activities determined for their relevance to the Organization’s needs, factoring the multi-year strategy referred to above, and risks identified by key actors;
Establishing and enforcing formal guidelines and standards for internal audit activities and ensuring consistency of audit approach and adequacy of audit practice, and protecting the independence and objectivity of auditors; developing and implementing continuous improvement initiatives regarding the internal audit function and its methodologies with the objective of meeting the Organization’s evolving needs, and remaining aligned with international best practices;
Administering the implementation of the approved plan; managing the resources available for the delivery of approved internal audit activities, maximizing their added-value to the Organization in terms of assurance, management advice and/or identification of improvement opportunities;
Supervising auditors who lead planned and unplanned audit activities, and ensuring quality control of internal audit deliverables by reviewing, editing and approving relevant reports and working papers;
Supporting the effective commitment by management to take action on the internal audit recommendations formally issued and following up on these;
Ensuring compliance with appropriate professional standards and code of ethics;
Ensuring the individualized performance management and professional development of Internal Audit staff, and taking appropriate measures to consolidate the Internal Audit section’s institutional knowledge;
Consolidating the Internal Audit section’s institutional knowledge, participating in a leadership role in the recruitment of new Internal Audit staff, and facilitating the on-boarding of new Internal Audit staff members;
Serving as a point of contact with external auditors and conferring with them about respective findings, preparing periodic reports and communications products on the status and results of internal audit works for the information of the Audit Committee, participating States and internal stakeholders;
Deputizing for the Director, Office of Internal Oversight, as requested, including as Officer-in-Charge for defined periods.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, please see https://www.osce.org/secretariat

Necessary Qualifications:

Second-level university degree in auditing, finance, accounting, management, economics or related field; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of a second-level university degree;
Professional certification from an internationally recognized auditing or accounting body (e.g. CIA, CPA, CA) is required;
Additional relevant professional certification is desirable (e.g. CFE, CRMA, CISA);
A minimum of ten years of professional-level experience in audit responsibilities, of which at least five years shall have been in a senior internal audit leadership position and at least five years in an international public sector environment;
Excellent analytical skills and logical reasoning abilities;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and capacity to mainstream a gender perspective into Internal Audit tasks and activities;
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
Working knowledge of another OSCE official language is desirable;
Computer literate, with practical experience with advanced features of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), integrated IT systems (such as ERP systems), data analytics and audit management systems (e.g. TeamMate+);
Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

Remuneration Package:

Monthly remuneration is around EUR 10,200, with the actual monthly salary depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Austria. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

Please note that appointments are normally made at step 1 of the applicable OSCE salary scale.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under https://vacancies.osce.org/.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see https://www.osce.org/participating-states.

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.

The OSCE is a non-career organization committed to the principle of staff rotation, therefore the maximum period of service in this post is 5 years.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

Additional Information

Issued by: OSCE Secretariat

Requisition ID: SEC000139

Contract Type: International Contracted

Grade: P5

Job Level: Senior Professional

Job Type: Contracted

Number of posts: 1

Location: SEC - OSCE Secretariat, Vienna

Issue Date: Feb 14, 2023

Closing Date: Mar 14, 2023

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Master’s Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)

Job Field: Auditing / Internal Oversight

Target Start Date: Mid-2023

Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1676394402066