General Description of the Program

GOAL is an international humanitarian agency established in 1977 and currently operational in 13 countries world-wide. GOAL is supported by a range of donors and in many instances, works with implementing partners, both national and international.


General Description of the Role

Reporting to the Internal Auditor and being a key member of the GOAL risk management infrastructure, the Audit Officer will be responsible for assisting the Internal Auditor conduct regular auditing of GOAL Syria’s programmes and operations to ensure compliance with GOAL and Donor rules and regulations. In particular, the audits will assess whether GOAL’s systems of internal controls are adequate and identify improvements where necessary across all departments, including programmes, finance, logistics, HR ,IT, and GOAL Partner. The Audit Officer will carry out regular audit tasks across all departments as instructed by the Internal Auditor.


Job Purpose:

To complete audit tasks across all functions of GOAL Syria as instructed by the Internal Auditor to ensure compliance with GOAL/Donor procedures and guidelines. Issuing reports on this to the IA/Senior Management. These findings will highlight current weaknesses/risks, make suggestions for improvements and result in the preparation of an action plan aimed at resolving these issues.


Key Duties:

·         Policies and Procedures: To stay informed of and ensure adherence to the standard of GOAL procedures and policies in relation to Logistics, Finance, HR and Programmes as set out in the 

o   Current HQ Logistics Manual & GOAL Syria Procurement & Authorization Levels Chart

o   HQ Finance Manual & GOAL Syria finance procedures and polices

o   GOAL’s Partnership Manual

o   GOAL’s Training guidelines

o   GOAL Syria HR Manual

o   GOAL Grant Management Guidelines

o   GOAL Dublin HQ proposal / interim / final report checklists

o   HQ Safety & Security policies & GOAL Syria Security Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

o   Have an understanding and awareness of GOAL’s M&E processes and guidelines, and how they contribute to the internal control environment


·         Fraud, Anti-corruption and Whistleblowing: To familiarize oneself with the fraud, anti-corruption and whistleblowing policies and help implement these policies to staff as directed by in-country management. 


·         Planning: To assist in preparation, and coordination of periodic Internal Audit plans.  The plans should be reviewed and reassessed at least 6 monthly, in consultation with in-country management.


·         Internal Controls: To assist in the walkthrough and testing of GOAL Syria’s systems and controls, assessing whether they are operating as per policies, procedures and donor regulations (as noted above), with emphasis on risk management, finance, cash handling, trainings, logistics, procurement, stores, fleet management, HR, security and distributions.  This should include following transactions through the supply chain and to beneficiaries or recipients, and adhoc visits to trainings etc.


·         Internal Audit: To assist in regular internal audits at both country head office and field office(s) based on the agreed Internal Audit plans, with particular emphasis on transaction testing, cash management, float transaction testing, program trainings, asset management, stock keeping, vehicle operations, personnel management, beneficiary distributions and records, and general donor compliance.


·         General IA Reporting: To assist in producing internal audit reports, in the agreed standard format, for presentation to the in-country Senior Management Team and the Roving Internal Auditors with findings and issues identified during the audit, give appropriate recommendation and actions, providing advice and suggestions on improvements to GOAL Syria systems and procedures where appropriate.


·         Monthly Reporting:  To assist in producing a monthly IA status report in the agreed standard format, for presentation to the in-country IACC, Senior Management Team and the Roving Internal Auditors.  Reports should be sent to the IACC and RIA by the end the first working week of each month. 


·         To provide regular feedback and updates to in-country management on the Consolidated Roving issues lists.


·         Risk Management: To assist in assessment of risk management in Turkey/Syria to ensure that risk management processes are effectively embedded throughout the organisation.  As directed by in-country management this should include some attendance at Senior Management Team and/or Risk Committee meetings and/or regular review of the risk register, including trend analysis, and comparison to internal audit results.


·         Donor Compliance Capacity Building:  To assist in providing training, capacity building and support to GOAL staff in the head and field offices to enhance their knowledge and understanding of GOAL and Donor policies and procedures and ensure proper implementation and on-going use.  ‘Support’ may include, among other tasks, responding to ad hoc queries from all departments in relation to donor specific queries. This may require research into donor regulations and/or consultation with the HQGOAL Syria Donor Compliance Officer.


·         Investigations: To conduct any ad-hoc internal audit, compliance and financial investigation assignments as requested by FSCo, or Head of investigations.


·         Others: To perform other audit oriented tasks as requested by the Internal Auditor and Senior Management from time to time.



·         Syrian

·         At least University graduate, background in, management, administration, finance or related field.

·         A qualified accountant

·         At least 3 years finance experience

·         Excellent computer skill in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel

·         Ability to learn new systems and IT software quickly and effectively

·         Organised and flexible, ability to respond to changing priorities

·         Ability to work independently on own initiative, assess risk and make plans accordingly

·         Fluency in Arabic and good English language skills (spoken and written)

·         Prepared to work in insecure environments with significant time spent in the field;

·         Flexible and creative approach with a proven ability to resolve issues and identify solutions;

·         Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritise work when under pressure;

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

·         Attention to detail

·         Excellent communication skills while interacting with colleagues and partners

·         Previous NGO experience and knowledge of donors is an advantage



GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation.  Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer

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Short Info

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Category: Accounting
  • Required Gender: Any
  • Post Date: 2017-09-12 14:22:31
  • Deadline: -28 Days Left
  • Posted By: GOAL Syria