Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.
Heifer International (HI) started life as Heifers for Relief in 1944. Its founder, an Ohio farmer named Dan West, was a Church of the Brethren relief worker, who, working with Quakers and Mennonites, directed a program where hungry children were given rations of milk. He quickly came to realize that was just a short-term solution however and the gift of a cow that could provide milk long term for a family was the answer. West took the idea to his neighbors and to his church which led to the formation of the Heifers for Relief Committee in 1939 later to be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pursue the idea as a national project. The model has since evolved significantly and today, Heifer International has global operations in 21 countries around the world, working alongside local farmers and business owners supporting them and their communities as they mobilize and envision their futures.
Since its inception, and today as a leading organization in the NGO community, Heifer has been recognized as a leading partner; one that provides hope and a secure future for so many and to date, Heifer International has helped close to 42 million farming families across the Americas, Africa and Asia. In the past five years alone, 2.7 million families have closed the living income gap or are close to doing so. Scaling Heifer International’s signature programs will support an additional 10 million people reach a living income by 2030. To achieve this, Heifer International relies on its passionate, committed, and highly skilled staff.
As a key member of Heifer’s Risk Management and Assurance team, the Senior Global Internal Auditor will contribute to the development of the annual risk-based internal audit plan, which informs the scope and prioritization of internal audit work. This position is accountable to enhance and protect Heifer’s organizational value by ensuring risk-based and objective assurance, advice and insight.
The Senior Global Internal Auditor is responsible to lead, supervise and conduct internal audit engagements, which range from country office assessments and project audits to reviews of entity-wide functions or central services, with engagements taking the form of routine internal audits, advisory services, or investigations.
Accountable to promote best-practices in risk management, internal audit and compliance assurance as a “third line of defense,” further strengthening stakeholder confidence in Heifer’s operational and oversight management functions. This position contributes to continuous improvement in all aspects of Heifer’s risk management program, including Heifer’s established programs designed to increase transparency and accountability.
Responsible to reinforce Heifer’s internal audit effectiveness through application of core professional principles such as: integrity; objectivity, competency, due professional care, and confidentiality, while ensuring relevance through alignment with Heifer’s strategies and understanding of the organization’s objectives and risks. Delivers and monitors high-quality work product with continuous improvement, effective communications, and proactive, future-focused recommendations.
We are looking for candidates within the U.S. Workplace arrangement is remote.
ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS
Integrity and courage; team leader and relationship-builder; motivator and problem solver; openness to diversity and different points of view. The ideal candidate will also display leadership, initiative, flexibility, creativity, and a strong work ethic. She/he must be organized, focused, service-oriented, results-driven, and demonstrate technical skills.
**RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES
****A. Internal Audit and Investigation (50%)
Key partner in the implementation of the Risk Management and Assurance plan by leading and delivering audit services.
**Provide independent and objective assurance as to the adequacy and effectiveness of Heifer’s internal controls over key operational and financial activities, business processes, information systems and reporting and donor compliance. Lead, conduct and support other internal audit activities, including investigations.
- Proactive approach in understanding business units subject of audit work.
- Complete internal audit engagements, including all phases such as planning, fieldwork, exit meetings, reporting, and monitoring of recommendations.
- Maintenance of shared documentation of internal audit work, in accordance with professional and internal standards.
- Identification of opportunities for improvement and development of recommendations.
- Effective communication of results and recommendations to all levels of management, both verbally and in writing.
- Superivision and support of other team members.
**B. Risk Assessment (25%)
**Support entity-level risk assessments to inform audit planning and prioritization. Performance of assessments at wide-entity, program area, country or engagement level, including: identification of risks; risk classification; implications to the achievement of Heifer’s objectives; potential for fraud, and analysis of likelihood and impact. Risk assessments are a core component of each of the internal audit engagements.
- Demonstrated familiarity with Heifer’s organizational strategies, priorities, key objectives, opportunities and risks, including compliance requirements.
- Understanding of risks inherent to the countries, area programs, and global context (risk identification and documentation).
- Collaboration in “assurance mapping” coverage for key risk areas across the global organization.
- Documented risk assessments of operational, financial and non-financial reporting, and compliance activities which warrant audit attention.
- Identification of emerging risks, trends, etc.
**C. Ongoing Collaboration (20%)**Collaborate in the development and continuous improvement of Heifer’s internal audit activities and risk management.
- Collaboration in improvement of existing Heifer’s internal audit methodology, audit programs, and toolkits.
- Share best practices.
- Foster ethical awareness across the organization.
D. Other duties (5%): As assigned by team leaders
- Complete Heifer onboarding and periodic internal trainings and cross-team sharing.
- Personal accountability to remain competent through continuing education.
- Contribute to value-add activities or new initiatives.
- Respond to other relevant requests for support.
- Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field, plus 8-10 years’ of relevant experience working with demanded independence and objectivity; and leading and supervising small teams.
- One or more of the following post-graduate professional certifications: Chartered Accountant (CA); Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Internal Auditor (CIA); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), etc.
- Experience in areas of risk management, audit, and compliance assurance, preferably attained through public accounting and/or internal audit employment and training.
- Experience in a donor-funded international development environment with compliance requirements of the U.S. government and institutional funders for international development, such USAID, EC, IFAD, DFID, mega-foundations and others.
- Project management experience, with project management certification a plus.
Most Critical Proficiencies:
- Intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, investigative skills and professional judgment necessary for a holistic and integrated risk management and audit approach.
- Knowledge of the U.S. non-profit and INGO development sector, inherent risks, and internal control and compliance priorities of U.S. and institutional funders for international development.
- Ability to navigate financial and non-financial data gathering and analytics; technically adept with ability to quickly learn and maximize usage of technology and software; strong user of Microsoft Office Suite with advanced skill in MS Excel.
- Effective communicator and influencer with ability to clearly convey risks, audit objectives, procedures, observations and recommendations, inviting and motivating continuous and collaborative improvement. Strong writing and presentation skills for a variety of audiences, with ability to prepare and present documents in a well-designed and attractive format; and with attention to detail.
- Proficient in generally accepted accounting and audit guidance and practices, with understanding of risk management and internal control frameworks (COSO, ISO, etc.).
- A team player and bridge- builder with demonstrated ability to collaborate across multiple organizational levels and stakeholder groups.
- Ability to focus, prioritize, and deflect distractions in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
- Systems–thinking, a demonstrated ability to operate in complex environments, with multiple developments, and manage for actions and unintended consequences by identifying points of integration, employing feedback mechanisms and review processes.
- Spoken and written fluency in English is required; a working knowledge of Spanish and/or French a significant plus.
- Ability to travel up to 40% to Heifer's Country Offices based on business needs.
Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:
- Ability to assign and review the work of others, as well as support, motivate, and engage other team members.
- Willingness to work both independently and as a team, performing multiple tasks.
- Capacity to build and maintain relationships remotely and work effectively with colleagues and stakeholders with limited opportunity for personal interaction.
- Commitment to work with sensitive information and to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to complete projects and adapt to competing priorities and deadlines.
- Able to travel domestically and internationally as needed, including travel to remote areas for project site visits.
- Disposition to accommodate flexible business hours and collaborate across Africa, Asia, and Americas time zones.
- Enthusiastic to work in a culturally diverse and global setting.
- Constant face-to-face, Zoom, telephone and other electronic communications with colleagues and the general public.
- May require constant sitting and moving; working at a computer for extended periods of time.
The expected base salary range for this position is $83k to $96k USD annually. Placement within the range will be based on the competency level of the candidate:
Minimum: Entry level, meets minimum qualifications. Needs guidance and training to perform key responsibilities of the job
Midpoint: Experienced and fully competent. Can independently perform all responsibilities of the job
Maximum: Highly experienced and can perform at a higher level than expected
**Disclaimer: Salary ranges are based on country location and local country salary scales.
What We Offer:
Heifer International offers a variety of benefits for U.S.-based employees working 30 or more hours per week.
- Health and wellness benefits including Flexible Spending Account and/or Health Saving Account
- Employee assistance program
- 403(b) retirement plan (match 1% employee to 2% employer up to a maximum of 4% match + 3% employer discretionary contribution regardless of employee contribution)
- 22 vacation days in addition to 12 statutory and discretionary holidays, and 10 sick days per year
- Employer-paid life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D)
- Professional development and annual merit increase opportunities
- Optional critical illness insurance, legal assistance plan and pet protection
- And more!