Head of Internal Control and Compliance

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Congo
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 5 May 2021

The role

Reporting directly to the Country Director, the Head of ICC is accountable for assessing, monitoring and help mitigating both internal and external risks across the Country Programme; and providing effective challenge to the quality of management oversight on key functions within the Country Programme. S/he supports senior management teams by evaluating adequacy and effectiveness of the governance, risk management and control systems. Developing high quality innovative approaches and systems, the Head of ICC works closely with function/department leads and other senior staff, ensuring effective monitoring and response to external risks, associated with local government and authorities, compliance with policy and regulations, legal and local political issues. S/he will serve as a liaison for all external audit and regulatory agencies. S/he is responsible for overseeing external and internal audits. S/he is responsible for fraud management and prevention in DRC. Collaborating with teams across the country programme, the SCI Regional Office, Global Assurance and Centre for relevant areas, the Head of ICC will also ensure that high quality, effective systems are in place to monitor and respond to internal risks, associated with but not limited to partnerships and local / international NGO relationships, compliance with SCI's and donors' policies, procedures, processes and regulations, child safe guarding, fraud and corruption. Additionally, as a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), the Head of ICC contributes to the overall strategic leadership of the country programme, participating in all SMT processes and leading on relevant SMT tasks.

Qualifications and experience


  • Relevant Professional qualifications - CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CA (Chartered Accountant), or ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants);
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience, with a minimum of 5 years spent working at NGO Senior Management level;
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of accounting and auditing and of the requirements of the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing;
  • Experience in fraud awareness and case investigation management;
  • An unquestionably high level of integrity and ethics;
  • Computer fluency; highly competent using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience working in complex financial systems;
  • Understanding of strategic finance issues with strong influencing skills, sharp business acumen and sound judgment;
  • Experience of working effectively, independently and with minimal supervision;
  • Qualified internal auditor or accountant;
  • Experience of risk-based auditing;
  • Be highly accurate, detail-orientated, and able to complete multiple projects, with conflicting priorities, on a timely basis;
  • Excellent written communication (report writing) skills;
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and relationship building;
  • Strong results-orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets;
  • Willingness to undertake high amount of travel within the DRC SCI field locations (40%) and work with minimum supervision under difficult conditions in some of the most underdeveloped, insecure and remote parts of DRC;
  • Strong cultural awareness and be able to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
  • Demonstrate standards of ethics and integrity;
  • Track record of leading a small team for specific short-term audit or other work assignments and delivering high quality timely results;
  • Experience of evaluating systems and processes, identifying weaknesses and areas of improvements;
  • Extensive experience in relevant operational areas (e.g. in programme/project management in an INGO context) and be willing to learn the appropriate audit skills;
  • Commitment to Save the Children's values;
  • Strong relationship builder with a proven track record in forming good business partnerships and utilising collaborative approaches;
  • Excellent communication skills, initiative, the ability to meet tight deadlines and work independently is essential;
  • Strong analytical, problem solving skills.


  • INGO experience or have worked in a commercial/public sector international organisation;
  • Familiarity with grant requirements of major donors such as USAID, EC/ECHO, DfID and the UN;
  • Good financial analysis aptitude;
  • Experience of Agresso financial software or other ERP softwares;
  • Experience of audit;
  • Counter fraud experience;
  • Ability to look at the bigger picture when assessing organisational performance and risk;
  • Excellent listening, inter-personal, communication and networking skills; proven experience and effectiveness working across functional teams and in a matrixed structure; and an ability to work with diverse populations;
  • Skills in training, capability building, coaching, mentorship, problem solving, and project cycle management;
  • High level of self-awareness and willingness to take feedback for growth and self-development;
  • Proven experience as a team player and leader in an international organisation;
  • Written and verbal fluency in English and in French as well as one or more local language(s).

Contract length: 24 months

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

How to apply:

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