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Lead Internal Audit

Lead Internal Audit

companyMédecins Sans Frontières Suisse
locationGenève, Suisse
location Finance | Droit | Ressources humaines

Lead Internal Auditor

Description du Poste

6 months (maternity cover), 100%


Context & Mission

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation, providing medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. MSF’s teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff - bound together by the MSF charter.  MSF’s actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. MSF is a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation.

The Internal Audit function of MSF Geneva Operational Center (OCG) is positioned under the functional management of the Board represented by the Financial Commission, and the hierarchical management of the General Direction. It is an assurance and consulting activity that is both independent and objective. 

The function is aimed at improving resource-related risk management; providing a reasonable assurance on the adequacy, efficiency and effectiveness of the internal control systems and use of resources; and strengthening compliance with MSF standards, external laws, regulations and contracts.

Under the supervision of the Head of Internal Audit, the Lead Internal Auditor is responsible for coordinating and carrying out risk-based internal audit missions. In addition, the position contributes to the reinforcement of OCG control environment through advisory and support activities.

Your responsibilities

The Lead Internal Auditor will work within the approved annual audit plan and the scope of OCG Internal Audit function and will follow the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Code of Ethics. More specifically, the main responsibilities of the position will be:

Coordinate and carry out risk-based internal audit missions

Coordinate, plan, conduct, report and follow-up audit missions within specified agreed timeline and to a high standard. This includes amongst other things:

  • Audit planning: 
    • In order to define the audit scope; conduct an initial risks identification and analysis via background research, analytical review, documents reading as well as meetings with relevant staff.
    • Prepare and share the audit schedule and terms of reference.
  • Execution: 
    • Facilitate the audit kick off meeting including a risk brainstorming. 
    • Complete and document the audit work (incl. interviews, testing, field visits if applicable and other as appropriate). 
  • Post audit: 
    • Organise and hold debriefing meetings with relevant stakeholders. 
    • Write the audit report including contextual elements, audit findings, associated risks and recommendations. 
    • Review management responses.
    • Follow-up on the implementation of agreed audit recommendations.
  • Lead the team involved in the audit assignment and coach guest auditors (i.e. advice, capacity building).
  • Ensure excellent communication with the auditees and other relevant staff throughout the whole audit process.

Contribute to the reinforcement of OCG control environment through internal control support activities

These activities, carried out in collaboration with the Internal Controller and Risk Manager, could include:

  • Contribute to the mapping of OCG processes. 
  • Contribute to the improvement of the documentation of policies, processes, and procedures, and of OCG risk management framework.


  • Contribute to the improvement of internal audit practices and the development of tools and processes.
  • Maintain a good institutional knowledge and keep up-to-date with organisational changes and projects.



  • Master’s degree in audit, business management, international relations, finance or a related subject.


  • Experience in internal audit and/or risk management.
  • Experience of working in the not for profit sector, previous experience with MSF a plus.

Technical skills:

  • Good knowledge of internal audit and risk management methodologies, resource management processes and internal control systems.

Languages and communication:

  • Fluent French and English. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Personal qualities:

  • Rigorous and very well organised.
  • Strong analytical and synthesis skills.
  • Active listener.
  • Capacity to persuade.
  • Excellent ability to work in a multicultural environment successfully and to demonstrate commitment and support for diversity, gender-responsive, inclusive, and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Willingness to undertake travel overseas under difficult conditions in some insecure and remote locations.
  • Commitment to MSF principles and values, and adherence to MSF charter.

Terms of Employment

  • Fixed-term contract, 6 months
  • Full-time, 100%
  • Working place : Geneva, with 30% overseas travel
  • Ideal start date: March 3rd, 2022
  • Gross annual salary: from CHF 90’576.- to CHF 103’932.- (salary commensurate with equivalent experience and internal salary grid)

How to apply

Only applications submitted on the recruitment platform will be considered. Applications must contain:  CV 2 p. max. – letter of motivation 1p. max. – in English.

Closing date for application is January 23th, 2022

The applications will be treated confidentially.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

At MSF, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our staff members. We strive to create workplaces where teams of people with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, perspectives, ideas and experiences work together for the social mission of MSF to create better outcomes for our patients and the communities we work with.

We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, background, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.

MSF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference checks.