Head, Performance Audit Division at the African Union (AU)


The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).  We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Head, Performance Audit Division

Requisition ID: 653
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Job Grade: P5
Contract Type: Regular
Division: Performance Audit
Number of Direct Reports: 2
Number of Indirect Reports: 5
Directorate: Office of Internal Oversight (OIO)
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Coordinator,Office of Internal Oversight

Purpose of Job

  • Directs and manages the daily operations of the Performance Audit Division in order to achieve the strategic objectives of the directorate and the AU’s overall goals.

Main Functions

  • Designs and implements policies, programs and projects to achieve the directorate’s strategic objectives.
  • Manages and supervises employees within the division, ensures the timely delivery of the directorate’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation;
  • Designs policies, strategies and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions;
  • Ensures the delivery of the division’s annual targets in line with the directorate’s overall goals and ensures robust and timely monitoring and reporting;
  • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Units within the Division
  • Manages the work of the Division and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system;
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/Regional Mechanisms(RMs) and relevant international organisations in designing and implementing strategies.
  • Maintains thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Division;
  • Maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member States and partner institutions in the execution of the Division’s mandate.
  • Represents the organisation and communicates its position at conferences.
  • Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level.
  • Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization;
  • Manages risk within the division and recommends mitigation strategies
  • Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures implementation at division level
  • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Applies the principles of international auditing standards, performance auditing principles, and techniques, research methodologies, program evaluation and strategic planning and performance and international public sector accounting standards (IPSAS) to assess the organization’s ability to economically, efficiently and effectively achieve its desired outputs and outcomes.
  • Plans and leads Performance Audit (PA) engagements/projects in compliance with professional standards for conducting PA. Develop PA objectives, scope and work plans.
  • Liaises with external auditors / other assessors on matters relating to PA and coordinate matters emanating from PA projects with external auditors/ assessors as appropriate.
  • Reviews PA reports’ accuracy and quality to ensure that PA findings, conclusions, and recommendations are based on objective information and analysis and report on PA results.
  • Presents audit results to management, review and record activities and action-plans defined by management to resolve issues identified by audit findings and their implementation status.
  • Analyses and determines the pertinence of defined action-plans in fully addressing identified PA related findings and enabling the organization ability to economically, efficiently and effectively achieve the desired outputs and outcomes.
  • Provides inputs for the development and improvement of audit processes which may include attending seminars, meetings and conferences as may be requested on behalf of the Office of Internal Oversight.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develops the resource budget for the PA Division. Allocate budget and staff resources for specific assignments. Ensure efficient and effective utilization of the resources of the Division.
  • Ensures the overall documentation and working paper files of all Performance Audit engagement/projects.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Audit, Business Administration, Project Management or related field with twelve (12) years of professional experience in auditing in inter-governmental organizations or similar international organizations out of which seven (7) years need to be at managerial level and  five (5) years at supervisory level.
  • A relevant professional qualifications such ACCA, CIMA, CIA, CA or equivalent is mandatory.
  • Qualifications in Performance Auditing will be an added advantage.
  • Experience with computer-assisted audit tools is an added advantage.

Required Skills:

  • Leadership and management skills
  • Interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Research and Analytical skills
  • Communication, presentation and report writing skills
  • Knowledge in the use of Microsoft office suite and AU Computing software
  • Ability to work in teams and in a multi-cultural environment
  • Planning, budgeting and organizational skills
  • Knowledge and working understanding in the policies, programmes and systems of the AU
  • Knowledge in AU and international financial and auditing regulations.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Perspective
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Building relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for result
  • Fosters Innovation

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Indicative basic salary of $50,746.00 (P5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$  26,208.00  (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
2nd August, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


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