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Manager - International UN Grant Audit

Accounting for International Development
Closing date
13 Dec 2021

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Contract Type
Full Time
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Our partner works closely with global clients such as UN agencies and the European Commission - particularly those involved in international development, grant-making and grant-funded programmes

Built over 30 years, their talented, diverse and multi-lingual team, from graduates to experienced specialists, have established us as global leaders in our field, across a range of disciplines. This team applies their skills, knowledge and ambition to a variety of challenges and has a genuine passion for what they do.

The manager is at the forefront of the work of the department. Travelling internationally, meeting clients, colleagues and auditees. Leading meetings, leading audit teams, supporting junior colleagues, writing and reviewing audit reports, managing key relationships. Representing the team in person in front of multiple stakeholders. Contributing to the success of our clients and to the development of auditees, as well as your colleagues. The role of manager is both challenging and rewarding, and as well as office-based management work, offers travel experiences that very few other roles can match. In the role, depending on whether you are managing or leading fieldwork, you will:

Prepare/review a tailored plan for all assignments based on a good understanding of the terms of reference and the applicable contractual conditions
Lead/support opening meetings with clients and auditees and present the audit findings clearly and credibly at closing meetings
Lead/support assignment fieldwork teams, including locally based staff, on overseas assignments, or work alone
Demonstrate the ability to identify issues and areas of non-compliance on an assignment and write them up as findings in a detailed, precise and clear way in the assignment report
Ensure the high quality of our written outputs by carrying our thorough and informed report reviews
Lead/support larger country wide teams, acting as the client focal point and taking on management tasks
Be proactive in supporting junior colleagues with their learning and development
Be a trusted focal point for clients and service providers, offering solutions and support to them as required
Be able to work to tight deadlines and manage time effectively
Be prepared to be out of the office on international assignments for up to 30% of the time*

We're looking for someone with:

A genuine interest in international development
A love of international travel, preferably with experience of working or volunteering internationally
A second language, especially French, Spanish, German, Russian or Mandarin
A professional accountancy qualification (ACA / ACCA / CIMA or equivalent)
An ability to communicate in a professional, constructive and respectful manner
A proven aptitude for both team management and client support
At least 5 years' proven track record in audit and assurance work

* Due to the pandemic, the international travel element of the role has been significantly reduced and replaced largely by remote work. An increase in international travel opportunities is expected when the pandemic eases.
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