Opportunity

Global Chief Audit Executive

CGIAR Rome, Italy

About the One CGIAR

One CGIAR is a dynamic reformulation of CGIAR’s partnerships, knowledge, assets, and global presence, aiming for greater integration and impact in the face of the interdependent challenges facing today’s world.
CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector.
As OneCGIAR, scientific innovations for food, land and water systems can be deployed faster, at a larger scale, and at reduced cost, having greater impact where they are needed the most. This will provide our beneficiaries around the world with more sustainable ways to grow, catch, transport, process, trade, and consume safe and nutritious food.
A unified One CGIAR comprises of:
•     A sharper mission statement and impact focus to 2030, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
•     Unified governance – the same 8 members on the Boards of One CGIAR institutions -
•     Institutional integration, including more aligned management under an empowered Executive Management Team, common policies and services, and a unified country and regional presence;
•     A new research modality; as well as
•     More, and pooled, funding.
The growing pace of change and the challenges it brings exceed CGIAR’s ability to respond. Our composition as a partnership of more than a dozen independently focused and operating Research Centers has begun to hold us back. We need a broader and deeper integration of our assets and operations.
Threats to food, nutrition, and water security posed by climate change and other challenges are not new, but are becoming increasingly complex and pressing, requiring new approaches. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlights the need for a food systems response.
Fragmentation of the research agenda has limited the potential of science to help achieve global goals of ending poverty and hunger by 2030.
The overarching objectives and principles guiding the transition have been set and we are now undertaking an inclusive and consultative process of co-creation to define the destination in further detail, and the transition pathway to reach it.
CGIAR has a global footprint with staff deployed in more than 80 countries.
You can find further details on their website https://www.cgiar.org/.

Global Director, Internal Assurance Service Role Profile  

The Global Director leads the Internal Assurance Service for One CGIAR in an independent, objective and ethical manner in a way that helps CGIAR to meet its vision and mission and deliver on the 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy.  The role holder will bring their extensive professional expertise, strategic thinking and leadership and engagement skills to design and drive the continued transformation of a One CGIAR Internal Assurance Service, to maximize its contribution to effective decision making and the achievement of One CGIAR institutional objectives and be a highly effective and respected advisory and assurance provider. The role holder will be pivotal in enabling the effective discharge of the role of the CGIAR Audit, Finance and Risk Committee (‘AFRC’), and the broad oversight role of the System Council’s Assurance Oversight Committee, in a joined-up way.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Global Director, Internal Assurance Service will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Setting and communicating internal audit KPIs to the System Board and the Executive Management Team and leading a world class lean and agile Internal Assurance Service that helps CGIAR to improve its governance, risk management and compliance (‘GRC’), recognizing this must be achieved in the context of a science-based culture that embraces change and encourages creativity, learning and innovation.
  • Acting as an ambassador for good GRC alongside other key internal colleagues, and playing a pivotal role fostering learning across CGIAR, by actively sharing good practices and effective solutions.
  • Co-ordinating the work of the Internal Assurance Service with other internal and external third line functions. Internally this will include the Ethics and Business Conduct unit, and the Evaluation & Evidence Advisory Services. It will also include different external audit bodies.
  • Offering strategic insights to strengthen CGIAR’s GRC functions and processes, via assignments (assurance and advisory) and thematic review of issues and incidents.
  • Developing and delivering a dynamic risk-based audit plan that provides ongoing assurance over One CGIAR GRC thus enabling One CGIAR to deliver on its key objectives and manage its key risks and internal controls, in line with the appropriate risk appetite.
  • Overseeing and managing assignment delivery in a manner that recognizes the need to manage the impact of internal audit assignments on business operations, effectively communicating findings, agreeing action plans, and overseeing a process to ensure the delivery of management action plans.
  • Leading, inspiring and motivating the Internal Assurance Service team. This includes designing, staffing, and organizing a fit-for-purpose function and build a diverse and effective team able to deliver first class Internal Assurance Service in a respectful and inclusive work environment.   
  • Developing and maintaining an efficient and effective working relationship with the organization’s external auditors with the aim of optimizing delivery of appropriate assurance goals and obligations of CGIAR.
  • Building capacity and promoting good practices across all functions of One CGIAR, and ensuring the IA function adheres to, and exceeds where appropriate, international internal audit standards, as set out by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
  • Managing key internal audit deliverables and key performance indicators including plan delivery, oversight of third-party contractors, delivery of a Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (QAIP), the dissemination of good GRC practices across One CGIAR within relevant and appropriate budget and headcount requirements.
  • Communicating effectively with confidentiality and sensitivity on key GRC matters, able to influence and persuade colleagues at EMT and divisional management team level and ensuring discipline and robust protocols around the dissemination of sensitive information.
  • Proposing and managing the approved budget of the Internal Assurance Service.
Scope/Authority/Values

Resources Managed

  • Prioritizes and allocates work to others and supervises in a rigorous but empowering way
  • Adapts plans and priorities to meet service and/or operational challenges.

Autonomy

  • Determines priorities and the allocation of resources for a major project(s), section, or a unit.
  • Able to adjust the Internal Audit plan dynamically /assignment approaches as needed
Values
  • Able to demonstrate how the One CGIAR values will be put into practice
     

Required Competencies

  • An inspirational, motivational, and inclusive management style.
  • The ability to work effectively across a complex and adaptive system within a context of ambiguity and continual change. Specifically, a proven track record of leading and delivering internal audit services in a complex matrix organization or international group.
  • Change management competencies and ability to and lead and facilitate different groups of people through change.
  • Personal credibility and effective influencing skills, with capability to think strategically and communicate opinions and ideas in a compelling way to a broad range of internal and external stakeholders with political awareness.
  • Ability to connect with people and groups to form effective strategic alliances.
  • Effective communication at board and senior leadership level in a large-scale organization, and adept at building and sustaining strategic relationships across the global organization.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong influencing skills to drive internal change.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A proven track record of being able to work in an integrated way with multiple other functions in a “combined assurance” model, preferably in a science-oriented context. Specifically, able to understand scientific research and good practices to manage risks and – ideally - experience of auditing research science management processes.
  • In-depth understanding of good GRC practices applicable to a complex international organization, where creativity, learning and innovation are key. This will include understanding how risks can manifest across boundaries and because of cultural misalignment, and how to drive effective practices that will match the cultural context of relevant staff.
  • In-depth knowledge of leading internal audit practices and a track record of how to lead a transformation of the internal audit capability whilst ensuring delivery.
  • Advanced University Degree or Masters’ degree in relevant field (Finance and accounting degree desirable but not essential).
  • Certified Internal Auditor or equivalent related designation.
  • Evidence of extensive experience at a senior level in a professional audit capacity, preferably in an international non-profit & non-governmental setting.
  • An inspirational, motivational, and inclusive management style.
  • The ability to work effectively across a complex and adaptive system within a context of ambiguity and continual change. Specifically, a proven track record of leading and delivering internal audit services in a complex matrix organization or international group.
  • Change management competencies and ability to and lead and facilitate different groups of people through change.
  • Personal credibility and effective influencing skills, with capability to think strategically and communicate opinions and ideas in a compelling way to a broad range of internal and external stakeholders with political awareness.
  • Ability to connect with people and groups to form effective strategic alliances.
  • Effective communication at board and senior leadership level in a large-scale organization, and adept at building and sustaining strategic relationships across the global organization.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong influencing skills to drive internal change.

Other skills & capabilities

  • An appreciation of risks in the digital era and how to manage these as well as IT and data collection, processing, and output.  Preferably will bring experience how leveraging data and data visualization can streamline audit activities and help engage senior stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate superior skills in written and verbal communication in English (especially a proven ability to prepare and present clear, logical, and succinct written reports, presentations, and correspondence)
  • Proficiency in Arabic, French, Spanish or another language used in locations with large CGIAR operations, would be an advantage.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Preferably familiarity with electronic GRC and/or internal audit tools (e.g., MetricStream, BWise and/or ACL, MKinsight or TeamMate+).

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