Closing Date: July 9, 2021
Type of Vacancy: CARICOM Secretariat Vacancies / Expired Notices
Details of the Post
Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified nationals of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Associate Members of the Caribbean Community to fill the abovementioned position in the Caribbean Community Secretariat with assigned duty station in Guyana.
2. FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
Under the direction of the Director, Internal Audit, the incumbent is responsible for leading, supervising/reviewing and or performing different types of audits at the Secretariat and Regional Institutions, in accordance with International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards), covering IT systems, financial, operational, performance, governance, fraud, privacy etc.; provide consulting services to the organizational management and staff; and interact with stakeholders and external auditors as applicable.
The Deputy Programme Manager (DPM) will have latitude for initiative and professional judgment in areas under review. The DPM requires solid working knowledge of internal controls (including General Computer Controls), applying the required international internal audit standards, procedures and techniques and all organizational and professional ethics standards.
3. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- This position requires certification and membership in at least one of the following professional accounting bodies:
- Institute of Chartered Accountants – ACA.
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – ACCA.
- Certified Public/Professional Accountants – CPA.
- Master’s Degree in Finance, accounting, or a related field.
- A Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Certification and Membership
- This position requires at least five (5) years post qualification experience in auditing and accounting; including a minimum of three (3) years in a managerial/supervisory level with experience garnered from organizations/institutions such as:
- Regional organization
- International organization
- Audit/Accounting firms
- Commercial entity
In addition, candidates should possess:
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Specialized training and good working knowledge of:
- International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
- The Microsoft suite of applications. (advanced knowledge).
- Application and use of audit management software.
- Identification of potential fraud and IT risks to the organization.
- Exercise of sound professional judgment at all times.
4. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the direction of the Director, Internal Audit, the Deputy Programme Manager will be required to:
Key Result 1: Ensure effective management of the operations of the Internal Audit Department.
- DIRECT and SUPERVISE internal audit staff in planning, organizing, executing, and monitoring of internal audit operation including setting performance targets, evaluating staff, training, and taking corrective action to address performance issues of staff;
- REVIEW and/or EXECUTE audit programmes as designed or amended and PREPARE and/or REVIEW audit working papers in accordance with audit standards and practices;
- DRAFT and/or REVIEW clear and concise audit reports and ensure audit findings are based on facts that clearly identify observations, criteria, causes and impact of deficient conditions and PROVIDE constructive, economical, and practical recommendations to be agreed with client management;
- CONDUCT opening and exit conferences with audit staff and client at the start and end of the audit fieldwork;
- EXAMINE and REPORT on economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the use and management of the Secretariat’s and Regional Institutions’ resources and VALIDATE compliance with established policies and procedures;
- MONITOR and/or PERFORM follow up procedures to assess the adequacy of committed management action plans implemented by audit clients to address key recommendations made by Internal Audit; and
- ESTABLISH and MAINTAIN effective working relationships with management and staff of the Secretariat and Regional Institutions during the audits and DISCUSS and AGREE on preliminary audit findings with appropriate management levels.
Key Result 2: Ensure effective risk assessment and analysis are incorporated in the Internal Audit Process.
- DEVELOP the annual risk assessment process in collaboration with the Audit Committee, Management of the Secretariat and Regional Institutions, and Internal Audit Staff to inform the selection of audits for the annual internal audit plan; and
- DEVELOP and/or REVIEW risk-based individual audit plans, programmes, and time budgets for Secretariat and Regional Institutions audit engagements and determine objectives, scope, and coverage.
Key Result 3: Ensure effective quality assurance and continuous improvement within the Internal Audit Department.
- RESEARCH and/or IDENTIFY emerging trends and issues in the internal audit industry and RECOMMEND the extent to which those can be applied to the Secretariat to improve operations;
- RECOMMEND revisions and/or additions to policies and procedures in order to improve Governance, Risk Management, and Internal Controls;
- MONITOR the Internal Audit Department’s Quality Control and Improvement Programme (QAIP) to ensure compliance with Institute of Internal Auditor’s (IIA) International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing;
- PURSUE professional development opportunities including external and internal training and professional association memberships; and
- CONTRIBUTE to the development and promotion of best practice methods and procedures within the Internal Audit Department.
Key Result 4: Ensure other key activities are adequately performed
- ACT as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the internal audit department during the absence of the Director, Internal Audit and be fully responsible for the quality of the audit files and subsequent reports;
- REPRESENT the Internal Audit department in selected projects as assigned by the Director, Internal Audit;
- PREPARE AND ASSIST in the presentations of the details included in the quarterly reports to the Audit Committee, Secretary General and Executive Management; and
- CONDUCT special audit assignments as directed by the Director, Internal Audit.
In addition to the Activities outlined above, the incumbent is expected to perform other related duties as assigned by the Director, Internal Audit.
5. EMOLUMENTS AND BENEFITS
An attractive remuneration package will be offered.
6. EDUCATION GRANT
The Officer shall be eligible for the payment of an education grant in respect of children (including step-children and legally-adopted children) who require reasonable education facilities that are not available at the assigned duty station or whose education the Officer would not want to disrupt in relocating to take up this appointment.
The grant shall apply to children under the age of twenty-three years and shall not exceed seventy-five per cent of the cost of tuition (including textbooks), room and board up to a maximum total of EC$16,200.00 per year per child for a maximum of two children at any one time. The grant is payable for a maximum of five years.
7. SETTLEMENT GRANT
On assumption of duty in Guyana, the Officer shall be paid a settlement grant in respect of the staff member, his or her spouse and each eligible child or other approved dependent. The number of dependents eligible for Settlement Grant shall not exceed six (6) persons.
8. RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT
Appointment may be on permanent establishment or on secondment from a Public Service or a statutory body of a Member State or approved regional organisation. It will be subject to such regulations, rules, orders and instructions as exist and as may be introduced from time to time in respect of service with the Secretariat.
An Officer recruited from outside the assigned duty station, on first appointment, will be provided economy class air passages by the most direct route for the Officer, spouse and children (provided they are below the age of eighteen years, unmarried and dependent on the Officer) and for such other dependents not exceeding two as may be approved by the Secretary-General, provided that the number of children and other dependents does not exceed six (6) in all.
In addition to passages, the Officer will be granted the following transportation allowances:
(i) ocean freight charges, including insurance, for shipping personal and household effects to Guyana, not exceeding 45.3 cubic meters, plus a motor car (if the Officer already owns one);
(ii) the cost of transporting baggage, personal and household effects from the home of the Officer to the place of embarkation and from the port of disembarkation to the place of residence in Guyana; and
- the cost of packing and crating personal and household effects.
The Officer will be eligible for the grant of vacation leave at the rate of twenty (20) working days a year and a leave grant after every twelve months of service in respect of the Officer, spouse and up to two dependent children.
10. PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES
The Officer will be granted the privileges and immunities extended to officials of the Caribbean Community in accordance with Article 8 of the Community’s Headquarters Agreement with the Government of Guyana.
11. GROUP HEALTH AND LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE
Subject to your acceptance by the Secretariat’s insurance carrier, Sagicor Life Inc., the Officer will be required to participate in the Secretariat’s group health, life and accident insurance schemes. With respect to the health insurance, the Officer will contribute fifty per cent of the premium. The life and accident insurance scheme is non-contributory.
An Officer appointed to this post will be required to participate in the Secretariat’s Defined Contribution Pension Plan and contribute 7 per cent of basic salary per month, while the Secretariat will contribute 13 percent of the Officer’s basic salary to the pension plan. Where the appointment is on secondment, the Secretariat will pay to the Officer’s substantive employer, over the period of secondment, a contribution not exceeding twenty-five per cent of the pensionable salary normally payable to the Officer by that employer so as to maintain the pensionable status of the Officer in the substantive employment.
Interested candidates must create a job profile and apply for the position via the CARICOM Secretariat’s Employment Portal. The link can be accessed at – https://caricom.org/opportunities_category/caricom-secretariat-vacancies/ .
14. The deadline for the submission of applications is 9 July 2021.
Notice expires at 11:59pm on Friday July 9th, 2021