Kenya: Senior Audit & Compliance Officer

Organization: CARE
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 23 Mar 2016



CARE International is an international NGO working in Somalia. CARE and its partners work with vulnerable communities to address the underlying causes of poverty and promote peace and development, as well as mitigating immediate suffering caused by drought, conflict and displacement. We invite applications from experienced and talented individuals to fill the position of Senior Audit and Compliance Officer based in Nairobi with up to 70% travel to field offices across Somalia/Somaliland.

The Audit & Compliance function supports CARE Somalia/Somaliland and its management by evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of the governance, risk management, control and oversight systems in place.

The role holder will be expected to be part of a team delivering high quality, outcomes-focussed internal audit assignments, reviews, investigations and other work assigned to them to meet agreed professional standards and stakeholder expectations, on time and within budget. Building credibility through effective collaboration and a solutions-driven approach to internal audit are key to this role.

He/She will be expected to produce high quality, value-adding audit reports in English that are clear, concise, timely and solutions-driven. He/She will also be expected to maintain strong professional relationships across the organisation, working in real partnership with their team and across the business, ensuring that they keep up-to-date with changes and events that have a significant impact on the risk profile of actual as well as potential assignments.


Reports to: Audit, Risk & Compliance Manager

Budget Responsibilities: None directly though will be instrumental audits are delivered on budget

Role Dimensions:

Staff are expected to:

  • travel and deliver audits across the whole Country Office programming portfolio, unless travel is restricted by the organisation.

  • work to the annual timetable for audits, rather than the timetable of their home base office. By this its meant that staff may be required to work on a particular festival or holiday and a day offered in lieu.


R1: work closely with the Audit & Compliance Manager in planning, conducting, reporting and follow up assignments from the audit plan on time, to a high standard and within budget;

R2: lead by example, ensuring that relationships with all ‘clients’ remain strong through demonstrating professional acumen, interpersonal skills, and the delivery of first-class results;

R3: deliver workshops and presentations as required;

R4: contribute to systems development work within CARE International, providing independent advice regarding appropriate levels of internal control & oversight;

R5opportunities, ensuring that learning is identified and that good practice is shared actively across programmes/ regions;

R6: respond to queries raised by management, providing prompt and professional advice as appropriate; and,

R7: Maintain up-to-date knowledge of audit tools and CARE’s operations, operating environment.

BEHAVIOURS (CARE values in Practice)


Affirms the dignity, potential and contribution of participants, donors, partners and staff.

values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength


honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


holds themselves accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, and being a real ambassador Audit, Risk & Compliance Unit;

foster a culture of accountability across the organisation through their internal audit work


s control environment

An active listener, approachable

Works closely with all parties, working clearly towards finding practical and effective solutions to complex problems



develops and encourages new and innovative solutions, takes the lead in delivering change

motivates others in furthering the vision for CARE


  • University degree in Accounting
  • be a qualified internal auditor (IIA) or accountant (CPA, ACCA) or equivalent;


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting and extensive internal audit experience in a reputable INGO or audit firm.



based reviews of systems and processes, identifying weaknesses and areas of improvements with minimum supervision and support

demonstrable ability to focus on key issues, enabling auditees to focus on crucial matters of control and oversight

orientated, and able to complete multiple projects, with conflicting priorities, on a timely basis

strong experience in producing high quality effective written communication e.g. reports, in English

exceptional communication skills and is able to articulate effectively at all levels (in English).

and coaching skills including a demonstrable ability to deliver difficult messages with tact and confidence

strong orientation for results, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets

proves to be a reliable team leader, effectively supporting the Manager

willingness to undertake significant travel and work with minimum supervision under difficult conditions;

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 ; and

s values.


experience of grant requirements of major donors such as USAID, EC/ECHO, DfID and the UN

financial analysis aptitude

experience of computerised financial systems

experience of IT audit

How to apply:

Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their application letters and detailed CVs to by March 23, 2016. Please indicate the title of position applied for as the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting gender, equity and diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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