Development Project Auditors (Perm & Freelance) @ UN & EC c.50%+ travel

Job Title: Development Project Auditors (Perm & Freelance) @ UN & EC c.50%+ travel
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Unknown
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000
Job Published: November 22, 2018 16:30

Job Description

These unique and rewarding permanent & freelance contract* opportunities would suit experienced multi-lingual (ideally) qualified audit professionals that are outgoing, love diverse travel experiences, meeting a broad range of inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes. The international travel component is upwards of 40% of the working year.

Overseas assignments are typically 1-2 weeks in length and could mean travel to one of over 100 countries/ territories. It presents a fantastic opportunity to see the parts of the world you’d never otherwise get to see and pick up extremely relevant institutional donor and fieldwork experience, vital for anyone seeking a career in the international development NGO sector. 

Role overview

Complete international grant audits of a extremely diverse range of development projects funded by international donor institutions ranging from emergency aid, to long term development in areas such as agriculture, health or infrastructure. Additionally, depending on your seniority you will provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process. This role includes considerable travel on assignments to any part of the world.

*Flexible-Contract Option; 300-450 Euros pd. + per diem and associated expenses.

For qualified multi-lingual audit professionals, with a minimum of 5+ years post-qualified-experience in audit in diverse international settings &/or INGO financial management experience (2nd European language; French, German, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) freelance-contract options may be available for consideration. That is, 1-3 week assignments across the European mainland and the developing world offered on an assignment by assignment basis. Please note there is no guaranteed period of work within the contract. Contractors can be based outside the UK on European mainland but must be able to work in the EU.                                                            


The role will use all your communication, problem-solving and analytical skills and will give you experience in working with major institutions all over the world. An example assignment might see you leading an audit opening meeting with a UN country office on the Monday morning, before heading off to spend a few days with a local NGO or government partners to audit the way they have spent UN funds. You will look at a sample of supporting documents to make sure the expenditure is genuine and for the purposes intended by UN, and review the internal controls of the NGO, making recommendations as to how these might be improved to strengthen the management of the UN resources. At the end of the fieldwork, you will draft at aide-memoire document and discuss your findings with both the UN and its local partner, explaining your reasoning and being prepared to defend your position. At the airport, you could even start drafting the formal report as you wait for your flight back to London. 


  • Qualified or part-qualified ACA / ACCA / CIMA accountant (Finalists considered for permanent contracts only)
  • Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity while working with a hugely diverse range of clients and beneficiaries
  • A real interest in international development and associated funding structures
  • Fluency in a second language is preferable, especially in French, Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese, Mandarin and Arabic. (Not essential for permanent Audit Senior level roles)
  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

 Personal attributes:

  • At least two-three years of audit experience (Contract roles 5-10 years minimum)
  • Ability to work under pressure; Strong planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills
  • Language skills desirable not essential: German, French, Mandarin or Spanish
  • Passionate about international travel and development and willing to work in international locations for 50% plus of the time

Candidates for permanent London based roles must have the right to work in the UK. 

For more exciting audit based roles in the not for profit & international development sectors, with and without a travel component please visit the afid website

Careers in International Development

Many candidates coming from another sector are often frustrated by the lack of progress on their applications to International Development organisations. First-hand sector or even 'field' experience is certainly valued very highly and is often deemed essential by many charities. Volunteering is an excellent way to pick up this type of experience, so it is definitley worth considering. AfID assignments range from 2 weeks to 12 months and are always individually tailored to the volunteer's own preferences. Over 20% of AfID volunteers now work in the International Development / nfp sectors - food for thought. If you would like to find out more visit www-afid-org-uk