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Chief Audit Executive, Global Internal Audit

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Accounting, finance, banking, insurance
  • Manager (team leader)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

The Chief Audit Executive (CAE) is the key audit role in managing the organization’s Global Internal Audit (GIA) and Fraud Investigation activities, and serves as a “business partner” to the Audit and Risk Management Committee (ARC), the President and CEO, and the Partnership Leader - Global Governance & Compliance on all major audit issues and accountabilities. The CAE reports directly to the WVI Board, and will oversee financial, operational, program, technology and strategic audits, fraud investigations, and advisory reviews of the Partnership’s entities to enhance governance, risk management, and compliance processes and practices, strengthen processes and controls, and optimize efficiency.

The CAE will provide strategic and technical leadership for the delivery of audit, advisory, and investigation services that support the ARC and senior leadership in carrying out their respective oversight and risk management responsibilities. The CAE will also provide leadership and direction to build on and enhance GIA’s automated system and leverage technology to enhance the operational effectiveness of the department.

The CAE will collaborate and engage with senior leadership and key stakeholders on strategic priorities, including transformation and operational change, global initiatives, emerging risks, and mitigation plans prior to execution to prevent major risk to the organization.
  1. An undergraduate degree in Internal Audit, Business, Accounting, Finance, or Economics (or international equivalent).
  2. CIA, CPA or international equivalent is required. CFE, CISA or MBA is an advantage.
  3. Experience in Audit Committee/Board interactions.
  4. Extensive professional experience in audit and fraud investigations - at least fifteen years’ experience in a combination of internal audit, public accounting with experience with a “Big 6” public accounting firm preferred and financial management.
  5. Senior management experience as a CAE, Director of Internal Audit or a Senior Audit Manager in a Big 6 public accounting firm is required.
  6. Experience auditing government grants or working in US Federal Government, EU or other national finance, policy or humanitarian agencies of non-US governments.
  7. Large not-for-profit organization or experience with global companies or organizations.
  8. Prior experience with change management that may include process analysis and redesign, system enhancement or new system deployment is a plus.
  9. Understanding of a federally governed organization, which requires leadership to be collaborative and consultative.
  10. Banking or micro-enterprise experience is an advantage.
  11. Experienced in Risk Management requirements for Global organizations.
  12. Project Leadership and understanding of principles of effective project management.
  13. Innovative, creative, and strategic thinking and planning.
  14. Experience leveraging technology such as artificial intelligence to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  15. Experience working in an automated and digital driven internal audit environment.
  16. Excellent organizational, analytical, planning and presentation skills.
  17. Excellent written and oral communication skills.


  1. Develops risk based audit plans that are aligned with the organization’s key strategies, risk profile and priorities, and adjust plans as necessary in response to major changes in the internal and external landscape.
  2. Evaluates the effectiveness of the organization’s governance, risk and compliance systems and processes designed to mitigate risk to the achievement of the organization’s goals, and issues periodic reports to the Audit and Risk Management Committee (ARC) summarizing the status and results of the annual audit plan and sufficiency of the department resources.
  3. Provides strategic guidance around risk assessment, data analytics, trend analysis and support to audit staff to ensure that current and emerging financial, programme, operational, strategic, and technology risks are identified, shared with key stakeholders, and addressed in a timely manner.
  4. Ensures internal audit quality reviews of local audit functions of national offices, including support office, with local boards are performed based on risk or every five years, and conducts/supervises special reviews and attends meetings as required by WVI management and/or the WVI Board Audit/ and Risk Management Committee.
  5. Ensure that internal audits and investigations are conducted in a timely manner and in accordance with established Professional Standards, and GIA’s and the organization’s policy and procedures, and risk mitigation plans are effective to prevent future issues.
  6. Leads and approves all significant changes to the department’s audit standards, systems, processes, audit programs, and standard audit work papers designed to consistently produce quality and value-add audit responses and reports.
  7. Manages the annual audit schedule to meet annual audit objectives, including coordination with WVUS and the WVUS/WVI external auditor to ensure the annual A133 audit coverage is achieved.
  8. Builds the Global Internal Audit team by attracting and retaining gifted people who are called to serve World Vision. Encourages the career development of all staff through appropriate career tracking, training, and mentoring.
  9. Serves as liaison for WVI Board of Directors, acting as principal staff member for the Board Risk and Audit Committee. Reports to the Chairman of the WVI Board Audit and Risk Management Committee.
  10. Collaborates and engages with a wide range of Partnership stakeholders from differing cultures and perspectives (including Global and Regional Partnership Leaders, other functions Leaders, CEO and ND’s, using effective communication and influencing skills to gain support for positive change initiatives.
  11. Proactively engages with the ARC and the senior leadership as needed regarding significant matters, including, but not limited to identifying and highlighting major risk exposure areas and on the status of the implementation of outstanding audit recommendations.
  12. Proactively challenges the organization to a faithful stewardship of resources, striking a God-honoring balance between the constituents we serve, including donors who provide resources; those in need who receive resources; and our employees and other partners who deliver resources.
  13. Provides assistance to external auditors in the annual examination of the organization’s financial statements and government grant audits.
  14. Attends and participates in devotions and weekly Chapel services where applicable.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Accounting, finance, banking, insurance
Seniority: Manager (team leader)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required skills: Performance monitoring and evaluation; Project management; Budgeting, financial planning; Strategizing; Risk analysis; Audit (internal); Networking
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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