Grade: D1

Vacancy no.: CALL/D/2024/02
Publication date: 04 April 2024
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 6 May 2024

Job ID: 11794
Department: IAO
Organization Unit: IAO
Location: Geneva
Contract type: Fixed Term

General Introduction

Under article 4.2, paragraphs (d) and (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in grades D1 and D2, as well as in grade P5 for all Director positions in field offices, are made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their curriculum vitae online by the above date (midnight Geneva time).

The following are eligible to apply:

  • Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.

    Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.

    Within the context of the ILO's efforts to promote staff mobility, any appointee should expect to take up different assignments (field and Headquarters) during their career. Equally, previous field experience is considered desirable for this position.

    The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to

    Applications from qualified candidates from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future, would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here: ILO Jobs: Non- and under-represented Member States


    The Office of Internal Audit and Oversight (IAO) of the International Labour Organization provides an oversight function covering all systems, processes, functions, programmes and activities within the ILO.

    Reporting to the Director-General of the International Labour Office, the Director of the IAO, is responsible for overseeing and managing the internal audit and investigation functions with the ILO. This senior leadership role involves providing independent and objective assurance on the ILO’s governance, risk management and internal control processes. The Director of IAO is therefore responsible for internal audit, inspection, monitoring and evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of the Organization's system of governance, risk management, internal controls, financial management and use of assets, as well as investigation of financial or administrative misconduct and other irregular activities. The principal objective of IAO is to add value to the ILO and assist the Director-General in the effective management of programmes and activities to ensure efficiency, economy, accountability and transparency.

    Description of Duties

    Internal Audit

    1. Plan, develop and direct a well-coordinated internal audit strategy encompassing all programmes and activities, systems, processes, and functions across the Office and ensuring alignment with the ILO’s strategic plan, objectives and values.

    2. Conduct a risk assessment to identify and prioritize key business risks and, on the basis of the risk, develop a risk-based biennial audit plan to undertake assurance audits that shall evaluate governance, risk management and internal control processes, and as necessary conduct management or performance audits. Manage allocated resources to implement the plan.

    3. Develop the audit approach and methodology that must be in conformity with the Professional Practices Framework of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and other generally accepted auditing standards.


    4. Ensure that all cases of reported or suspected misconduct, fraud, malfeasance, mismanagement, waste of resources, abuses, or violations of rules, regulations and administrative instructions are and fully investigated within a reasonable time frame. Ensure liaison with relevant authorities as necessary.

    5. Maintain and develop as appropriate the investigation methodology, which ensures due diligence is strictly followed, and is aligned with the Conference of International Investigator Guidelines and IAO Standard Operating Procedures.

    6. Undertake ad hoc inspections to identify risks within the Organization, which could enable fraud or hinder implementation of the work programme. Propose corrective action.


    7. Ensure that the reporting of internal audits, investigations and inspections is complete, clear, concise, constructive, objective, accurate and timely. Monitor and review the adequacy and effectiveness of actions taken as a result of the audit recommendations and management implementation reports and their recommendations resulted from investigations and inspections.

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    Management and Quality Assurance Program functions

    8. Develop and maintain a quality assurance/improvement programme covering all aspects of internal audit and investigations, including ongoing and periodical internal assessments and external assessments.

    9. Lead and manage the IAO Office. Formulate SMART objectives ; ensure timely, efficient and effective delivery of agreed workplans and appropriate quality performance indicators. Ensure guidance and monitoring of staff though setting of clear and achievable work objectives, use of performance reviews, feedback mechanisms and regular communications.

    10. As requested, provide advice to the Director-General, Senior Management and other responsible officials, through IAO’s advisory services, on relevant issues and on corrections and improvements required.

    11. Report to the Independent Oversight Advisory Committee and the Programme Financial and Administrative Session of the Governing Body on a regular basis.

    12. Coordinate with the External Auditor, Ethics Officer and Evaluation Office to ensure sufficient audit coverage, to minimize duplication and to create added value through efficient and effective audits.

    13. Represent the Organization at meetings within the UN common system of organizations, meetings of representatives of internal audit and investigation services of the United Nations organizations (UN-RIAS/UN-RIS), other peer group meetings, member governments, and other business and professional organizations.

    14. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

    Desirable profile:

    The set of qualifications below is indicative of the type of experience, education, language skills, and competencies expected for this position.


    Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in auditing,investigation or other relevant field.

    A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

    Relevant professional certifications in auditing and oversight, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA/ACCA), Certified Management Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.


    At least fifteen years of experience, including at the international level and at the senior level in auditing and oversight at private or public sector. Proven track record in managing oversight offices, including a diverse range of investigations.


    Excellent command of English and a working knowledge of a second working language (French or Spanish) of the Organization.


    In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

    Demonstrated high competence in auditing, investigation and inspection. Knowledge of risk analysis/assessment techniques. Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and analyse relevant legal and procedural issues and financial and non-financial evidence. Outstanding analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. High sense of integrity, ethical values and strong leadership and management skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Cross-cultural sensitivity and ability to work effectively in a team both as a participant and as a leader. Ability to set priorities to manage the progress of own and others’ work and meet tight deadlines. Strategic thinking and the ability to contribute to organizational goals. Demonstrated high level of effective communication skills. Commitment to a high standard of work. Strong understanding of industry best practices, regulatory requirements, and emerging trends in internal audit, risk management and investigations. Must be digitally literate. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

    Conditions of employment

    • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
    • The first contract will be issued for a twenty-four month period.
    • A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
    • Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

      For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.

      Recruitment process

      Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit ILO Jobs. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

      Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.

      Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.

      Fraud warning

      The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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