Head Internal Audit

Additional Locations NG-Abuja
Posted Date 8 months ago(06/10/2023 11:04)
National Association
Internal Audit
Position Type
Limited Full-Time


Established in 1949, SOS Children's Villages is a dynamic social development international organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interest and rights of orphaned and vulnerable children.  In Nigeria, SOS Children’s Villages was established in 1973 after the civil war as an affiliate of SOS Children’s Villages International which is a federation of 137 SOS Children’s Villages Associations worldwide. We build families for neglected, abandoned or orphaned children, we help them shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities. In fulfilment of our expansion project, we urgently require skilled individuals to fill the following vacancies. All eligible candidates are required to possess the under listed skills in addition to role-specific requirements:

  • Understanding the NGO/INGO sector
  • Excellent understanding of children's rights and child protection issues
  • Awareness and basic understanding of issues affecting orphans & vulnerable children, such as the causes of vulnerability (e.g. HIV & AIDS, Gender,Social Development Issues, Youth Development ), local and national responses, etc.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English – other languages, an asset
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills, including the ability to identify problems and possible solutions, and ability to clearly reflect these in a report.
  • Good communication skills and people development skills, including facilitation, coaching and mentoring skills, to build the capacities of co-workers from partner organizations; as well as of children and their care-givers, and other community members
  • Collaboration skills, being driven to work with others and able to build strong working relationships with community members and groups
  • Fluent in at least one of the local languages spoken in the Programme’s target communities
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required within and between project/programme locations
  • Ability to work successfully in a cross-cultural, team-based environment
  • Strong use of MS Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Office 365




The Head Internal Audit sets up and oversees audit unit at the National Office. The role includes procedures for audit, developing annual audit plans, carrying out risk-based audit of control processes at National Office and Field Offices/Locations, reporting on findings of reviews, making recommendations in order to remedy weakness in the systems and procedure reviewed, and support management in compliance and implementation. The incumbent also liaise with the external auditors in order to prevent duplication of effort and to keep them briefed on areas of concern. In addition, he/she will also act as the lead person for investigating whistleblower complaints and allegations of misconduct or fraud.




The head of internal audit and compliance (HIAC) plays a critical role in delivering the organisation's strategic objectives by objectively assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of governance and management of risks, giving an evidence-based opinion on all aspects of governance, risk management and internal control. Responsible for performaning  “Financial Audits“, “ Compliance Audits“, “Information Systems Audits“, “Operational Audits“ and “Investigative Audits“. The exercise will also involve preparation of comprehensive Audit Manual, Audit Charter, and, if needed, TORs for Board Audit Commitee will also be reviewed for any revisions. Develop annual audit plan for establishment of preventive, detective and corrective controls.


Ensure that Internal Audit is performing its work in accordance with established professional standards and remain abreast of emerging trends and best practices that can be incorporated into the function.


Lead Internal Audit’s annual risk assessment and enterprise risk assessment and planning process to develop the audit plan and ensure the plan is responsive to and aligned with the risk profile of the organization.


Carry out risk-based audit Internal control processes at national office and field office/locations including income, expenditure, internal projects, donations, information and communication, grant applocation and grant awards, funds disbursement, and risk assessment processes.


Lead Internal Audit’s change initiative by implementing action plans related to risk assessment and annual planning, audit execution, audit reporting, staff recruiting and development, audit technology, and Audit Committee reporting.


Communicate regularly with the Audit Committee to report the status of Internal Audit’s ongoing monitoring activities, educate/inform the committee of emerging risks and/or exposures (whether internal or external to the company) that should be considered, and serve as a “thought leader” with respect to risk management and internal control best practices.


Ascertain the effective management of the resources and that all operatios of the national office are witin the policies and plans as laid down by management in compliance with best accounting pracitces and donor guidleines.


Issue all Internal Audit reports ensuring the reports are clear, concise, identify root causes with practical solutions, and ultimately provide value to management.


Proactively inform senior management of significant risks or exposures related to internal controls, compliance, and/or governance requiring prompt attention


Ascertain the extent to which assets are accounted for and safeguarded from losses.


Takes appropraite meausres for the prevention of frauds and elimination of conditions inducing fraudulent actions.


Reports regularly to Board Audi Committeee and Management with regard to progress in achieving planned objectives of interal audit and Compliance activitty.


Develops and pursues best practices for strategies regarding Sufficiency of Controls, Risk Management, Disaster, Recovery, Asset Mnagement, Ssustainability, etc.


Undertakes business travel as and wjhen required to assist regional oiifce Audit, Act as the Compliance Officer for investigating whistleblower compliants and allegations of misconduct or fraud.


Prepares reports containing observations, comments and recommendations based on carried out work. Support management in compliance of recommendations.


Assist in knowldege management process by providing accurate, sound and timely professional advice to SOS Nigeria managemnet, Audit Committee and Board.


Liaise with the External auditors in order to prevent duplication of efforts  and to keep them briefed on areas of concern in order that both external and internal audit functions could be carried out efficeintly and effectively.


Contributes in all relevant meetings involving consideration of policy/procedures formation matters and other allied matters relating to overall operations of the organisation.


Ascertains Management’s compliance with the agreements executed with donor agencies are strictly implemented.


Ensures the confidentiatlity of financial and technical information including audit findings and observations from the irrelevant entities.


All other roles and responsilibility as contained in the Internal Audit Charter.



BSC/HND in Accounting/Auditing /Financial Management

MBA/M.Sc. is an added advantage

Professional qualifications: ACA/ACCA/CPA/CIA/CFE/CISA



Minimum of 7 years (with at least 5 years’ experience in INGO/NGO



Good use of Microsoft Office

Effective communication skills

Relationship building/Interpersonal skills

Arithmetic/analytical reasoning

Respect for clients as subject matter experts

Honest and transparent lines of communication

Time management

Tenacity and Ethics

Continuous learning


How to Apply

Send us your application (application letter, detailed CV containing contact detail of there references) electronically through SOS Children Villages Application portal (ICIMS)

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria holds strict child safeguarding principles and a zero-tolerance policy for conducts of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in the workplace and other places where the organization’s activities are rendered. 


In addition to technical competence, recruitment, selection and hiring decisions will give due emphasis to assessing candidates value congruence and thorough background and reference checks. 


SOS Children's Villages Nigeria provides equal employment opportunities to all co-workers & qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or class.





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