As a member of the country level Senior Management Team (SMT), the Internal Controller position will independently evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the governance, risk management and control systems within the county programme and provide regular opinions on the effectiveness of these systems together with proposed action plans to address any weak areas. The position will lead on coordinating any fraud investigations. The Internal Controller is also expected to instruct and follow up internal investigations on fraud cases and follow up on whistleblowing suggestions. The position is expected to monitor and report on the implementation of Global Assurance audit findings, and train and raise awareness on internal control systems and fraud prevention good practice within the country office and within partner organisations. The incumbent is expected to maintain a robust internal control and governance environment. You will proactively work with the Regional Fraud Specialist on key issues and opportunities to find and implement solutions at the country office level. You are also responsible for the stewardship of agency assets and reputation by ensuring compliance with local laws, regulations, and member/donor requirements. You are expected to provide sound business intelligence to management, other second line functions and to SCI's Global Assurance team. You are expected to interact closely with partner organisations on risk management and key compliance and control issues. You must be articulate and comfortable with a diverse role covering a variety of offices, whilst working closely with high-intellect stakeholders. To thrive in this role, you must be highly driven and a self-starter to achieve excellence. Monitoring and support will take place in a number of complex area offices that Save the Children operates within and you should be willing to travel to such locations.
Qualifications and experience
- Minimum 3 years of relevant experience, with ideally 2 + years spent within a country office capacity
- An unquestionably high level of integrity and ethics
- Experience in fraud awareness and case investigation management
- Ability to work independently and proactively to manage and recommend control measures
- Able to challenge decisions based on an independent assessment of control environment
- Strong relationship builder and influencer with a proven track record in forming good business partnerships, sharp business acumen and sound judgment
- Strong cultural awareness to be able to work in the Middle East
- Excellent communication skills, initiative, the ability to meet tight deadlines, be self-driven, bring about change and work independently
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Available to travel frequently to all country locations
- Computer fluency; highly competent using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Fluent in written and oral Arabic is desirable (but not essential)
- Significant experience in fraud and corruption prevention
- Knowledge of the local and international control and legal framework affecting operations in Syria
- Experience working in a remote management context
- Experience with Save the Children award management and financial systems (AMS and Agresso)
- Experience in audit management
- Experience in preparing both financial and management accounts, including overseas offices (knowledge of working of charitable organisations is preferred)
Contract length: 12 Months
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
- No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
- All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.
A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/jobs
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.