Director of Internal Audit

Organization: Project HOPE
Closing date: 31 Aug 2020


Founded in 1958, Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation is a leader in global health and humanitarian relief programs. An international non-profit organization, we are committed to transforming lives and uplifting communities by empowering health care workers to teach and deliver innovative, lifesaving solutions, every day and in times of crisis. With programs in more than 25 countries, we work at the epicenter of today’s greatest health challenges including infectious and non-communicable diseases; disasters and health crises; maternal, neonatal and child health; and the policies that impact how health care is delivered.

Project HOPE’s international headquarters is located in Millwood, Virginia, approximately 60 miles from Washington, D.C. with additional headquarters staff located in Bethesda, Maryland. Project HOPE staff on the ground operate from a network of country offices in more than 25 countries around the world. Project HOPE has a global workforce of more than 700 staff.

Project HOPE has a reputation for financial integrity and efficiency and takes stewardship seriously. Working to maximize the value of every contribution, currently 92 percent of expended resources – among the highest of all philanthropic organizations – support life saving health projects around the world.


The Internal Audit function provides an objective evaluation of the existing risk and internal control systems and framework within an organization including an operational, financial and programmatic assessment.

· Ensures monitoring functions are working as intended and identify where management monitoring and/or additional Board oversight may be required.

Helps management (and the compliance function) develop actions to enhance internal controls, reduce risk to the organization, and promotes more effective and efficient use of resources


The USAI will be based at a Project HOPE Country Office location (Preferably Ethiopia or Macedonia), with extensive travels to our program sites globally, as well as frequent visits to the USA. The Director of Internal Audit will conduct, with oversight by the Audit Committee, a comprehensive program of internal auditing to include USA based headquarters and overseas operations to evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls, determine compliance with policies, procedures, and regulations, identify risks and propose mitigation strategies to increase efficiency and/or effectiveness of the control systems of functions reviewed. The director will also be responsible for performing special investigations as requested by the CEO or the Chairman of the Audit Committee. This position works with all levels of management and employees and external auditors.


Review and evaluate the reliability and integrity of financial information reported to donors, the community and other stakeholders. Review and evaluate operational and governance risks. Review and evaluate compliance with corporate policies and procedures, as well as with applicable laws and regulations, thereby reducing the foundation’s exposure to risk and loss.

  1. Develop Annual Audit Plan in coordination with the EVP, Global Health, CFO and Chief Compliance Officer, obtain approval of CEO and the chair of the audit committee and perform audits and operational reviews as approved.

  2. Develop the audit scope, objectives and procedures.

  3. Lead and/or participate in meetings with key management and staff to explain the audit process, to review findings and recommendations and to discuss action plans.

  4. Provide and discuss recommendations and action plans with management and ensure findings are corrected in the most efficient and effective, all while building the capacity of the field teams on compliance.

  5. Prepare and organize working papers, draft audit report findings, recommendations and any related correspondence and communicate the results of the Internal Audit’s activities to Senior Management and the Audit Committee of the Board.

  6. Consult with management, field staff and headquarters on methods for developing and/or improving internal controls within the Company’s respective business processes to support the achievement of business objectives.

  7. Manage the execution of the Company’s Enterprise Risk management plan.

  8. Evaluate business processes, which include internal control activities, management practices, financial reporting and internal auditing procedures of field offices and work with management to identify where the company might be subject to significant risks and assist in determining the best methods to monitor and mitigate those risks.

  9. Understand and evaluate processes and related controls, seeking ways to suggest improvements and add-value. Work with management to develop solutions to the issues identified during the audit and provide recommendations on the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, the reliability and integrity of financial information, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

  10. Comply with the Codification of Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

  11. Participate as member of the Senior Leadership team in projects that leverage his/her experience and knowledge and make contributions that are both within and outside of audit and control functions.

  12. Develop an annual budget for the department, monitor budget results and explain any significant variances in accordance with the Company’s requirements.

  13. Stay abreast of general business/economic developments and new pronouncements/standards, to gain an understanding of their links and impact to the client’s business. Understand and apply technical standards.

  14. Compliance: Seeks to inform him/herself about the compliance environment of the job and leads by example as a leader to ensure compliance is top of mind in all dealings. Ensure all activities for self and others on the team are in alignment with applicable laws, rules and policies.

  15. Other duties as assigned.


· Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, a related field, or the equivalent experience required.

· 5-8 years of progressive auditing experience with a public auditing firm or non-profit organization.

· Knowledge of auditing theory and techniques required.

· Experience with USAID and other government regulations required

· Experience with US Nonprofit laws is preferred.

· Excellent knowledge of Compliance issues

· A minimum of one-year supervisory experience of audit professionals is preferred.

· Requires project management and leadership skills, problem-solving, analytical skills, computer (e.g., word processing software), interpersonal, communication, and report-writing skills.

· CIA, CPA, or MBA designation preferred.

· Demonstrated ability to prepare and give oral briefings and presentations.

· Ability to work effectively with management and staff in the field and the national sector, as well as outside the organization.

· Must display tact and diplomacy in difficult situations and protect potentially sensitive information.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be mobile in an office environment, must be able to communicate verbally and written, and must be able to travel internationally. Note: Project HOPE employees work in the global health field and may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship”.

· Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a minimal noise level.

How to apply:

All candidates must apply through the Project HOPE Career page

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