Director of Internal Oversight

Vienna, Austria
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
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Director of Internal Oversight

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Issued By: OSCE Secretariat

Vacancy Number: Vnsecp01378

Vacancy Type: International Contracted

Field Of Expertise: Auditing / Internal Oversight

Grade: D1

Duty Station: Vienna

Deadline For Application: 30 October 2018 – 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


The OSCE is committed to gender equality. This is a senior management role and females are currently underrepresented in senior management grades. Female candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.

With 57 participating States in North America, Europe, and Asia, the OSCE – the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – is the world’s largest regional security organization. We work for stability, peace, and democracy for more than a billion people. More than 3,500 people work for the OSCE in five institutions and 17 field operations – from fieldwork in offices in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia, to positions in the institutions in Vienna, The Hague, and Warsaw. There are many reasons to come and work for us, but the most important is because what we do matters.

The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) is part of the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. OIO is responsible for planning and delivering internal audits, investigations, and independent evaluations of the Organization’s activities, including Institutions and Field Operations. The work of OIO assures the adequacy of governance, risk management, and internal control, ensures compliance with the Organization’s internal control framework, and enhances performance and the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Secretary General, the Director of Internal Oversight is a member of the senior leadership team and provides strategic direction for OIO in planning and delivering its activities.

The Director of the OIO ensures that the endeavours of the Office to promote accountability and professionalism and to foster a culture of learning and improvement are adhered to. She/he submits an OIO annual report, through the OSCE Secretary General, to the Heads of OSCE Delegations of the participating States.

Specifically, she/he will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the Office’s work conforms to generally accepted international auditing, investigation and evaluation standards and best practices, within the scope of the OSCE Internal Oversight Mandate, and developing internal methodology, tools and techniques to ensure excellence in the conduct of the Office’s work;
  • Contributing to the development of strategies for safeguarding and protecting the Organization’s interests in pursuit of its goals and objectives; assisting in discharging the Secretary General’s duties, including the provision of impartial, objective and sound advice;
  • Preparing an annual, risk and priority based oversight work plan, which will deliver the services and outputs required by the OSCE Internal Oversight Mandate and the OSCE Evaluation Instruction; overseeing implementation of the work plan and ensuring outputs are within time, cost and quality standards;
  • Overseeing an internal audit portfolio that focuses on key risks and opportunities to strengthen the Organization’s governance, risk management, internal controls and value-for-money, using modern internal audit practices in accordance with professional standards;
  • Guiding independent evaluations in order to improve the relevance, impact, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and performance of OSCE programmes, projects and methods of operation;
  • Leading an investigation function which examines cases of alleged fraud, misconduct, malfeasance, mismanagement, waste of resources, or other violations of the Organization’s Common Regulatory Management Framework;
  • Creating a positive working environment, providing guidance to staff of the Office and helping them to meet their full potential;
  • Performing other related duties as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications

  • Second-level university degree in public or business administration, auditing, accountancy, law or a related field; professional certification (e.g. CIA, CPA, CA, CFE, CISA or similar) from an officially recognized oversight body; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree;
  • A minimum of 12 years of relevant professional experience specifically in the programmatic and operational aspects of audit work, as well as evaluation, value for money assurance and internal investigations;
  • Proven track record as a senior manager in audit/oversight functions in an international organization or at a national public sector level, with a good knowledge of the latest methodologies, requirements and developments in the audit, evaluation, and investigation fields in the international community;
  • Leadership skills in a multilateral setting with the ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relations in a highly political environment with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Proven ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Strong sense of impartiality and objectivity and positive attitude towards the Organization and its goals;
  • Highly developed analytical and communication skills and the ability to quickly grasp complex issues and produce solutions;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, with excellent oversight report writing skills; working knowledge of other OSCE working languages would be an asset.

Required competencies

Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
  • Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
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