Director, Oversight Office D2 - World Food Programme (WFP), Rome

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We aspire to the highest standards of accountability and transparency. We are currently seeking a Director, Oversight Office (OS) at D2 level, based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

The Director of OS reports and is accountable to the Executive Director. She/he performs the functions of Chief Audit Executive and Inspector General. The Oversight Office consists of the Office of Internal Audit and the Office of Inspections and Investigations. The Director of OS is responsible for providing independent and objective oversight services and facilitating WFP’s adoption and implementation of best United Nations and private-sector practices. Specific duties include:
  • Directing the Oversight functions of internal auditing, investigation and inspection;
  • Providing assurance to the Executive Director on governance, policy, risk, resources, operations and accountability by directing the verification and reporting on the integrity, efficiency and effectiveness of WFP’s management, administration and operations;
  • Reporting on the findings from internal audit, inspection and investigation to the Executive Director and making recommendations to the appropriate managers in order to improve processes and strengthen management throughout the organization;
  • Keeping the WFP Audit Committee informed on significant oversight findings, implementation status of oversight recommendations, and changes to the work plan including modifications, scope restrictions or limitations; and
  • Providing information to the Executive Board through an annual report of OS activities, including a summary of significant oversight findings, the implementation status of oversight recommendations, and status of the organizational independence of OS activities.
Qualifications & Experience Required
  • Advanced university degree in business administration, accounting, finance, economics, law or other relevant fields;
  • Professional certification from an internationally recognized auditing or accountancy body.
  • Proven track record (at least 15 years) of progressively responsible professional experience including in audit, investigation or oversight with at least 10 years of experience at senior management and policy making level;
  • Demonstrated competence and success in implementing change management and strategic improvements in organizational governance and oversight.
Technical Knowledge:
  • Sound knowledge of international auditing and accounting standards and corporate governance, risk management and internal control practices, techniques and principles, including evolving best practice;
  • Extensive knowledge of inter-governmental governing processes;
  • Strong knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures is highly desirable.
  • Excellent analytical, communication and diplomatic skills;
  • Outstanding strategic planning and action management skills;
  • Excellent management and leadership skills;
  • Strong sense of impartiality and objectivity;
  • Ability to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Excellent English. Knowledge of another WFP working language (Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Portuguese) is an asset.
Appointment Terms
The Director of the Oversight Office’s tenure will be of a four-year term, renewable once, without the possibility of further employment within WFP at the end of the term.

Terms and Conditions
WFP offers an attractive compensation and expatriate benefits package. The D2 level salary range is USD102,981 to USD123,033 per year. Please visit the following website for details on the United Nations common system of salaries.

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How to apply: 
Go to: Step 1: Create your online CV. Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application. NOTE: You must complete Step 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.

Deadline for applications: 15 August 2012