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Monday 19 May 2014

Chief Internal Auditor - The Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust Uganda

Vacancy: Chief Internal Auditor (CIA)
Recruiting Organisation: The Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust
Duty Station: Kampala,
Country Uganda
Reports to: Board of Trustees

About aBi:
The Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust is supporting agribusiness development in the private sector to achieve the objective of the Government of Uganda's Competitiveness and Investment Climate Strategy (CICS). The Trust is a multi-donor entity jointly founded by the Governments of Denmark and Uganda.
The mandate of aBi Trust is to support the private sector actors to increase their contribution to the agricultural sector by increasing land and labour productivity, and market competitiveness thereby contributing to poverty reduction through economic growth, wealth, and employment creation.
The aBi Trust strengthens competitiveness of the Agricultural and Agro-processing sectors through three (3) interrelated components: Value Chain Development (VCD) including trade- related Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary and Quality Management Systems (SPS/QMS), Financial Services Development (FSD) and a cross cutting Gender for Growth (G4G) Fund.

Job Summary:  The Chief Internal Auditor will be responsible for ensuring;
Internal Audit work fulfills the specific and general purposes and responsibilities as per the Internal Audit charter approved by the Board of Trustees.
The CIA also ensures that the Internal audit resources are efficiently and effectively employed and internal audit work conforms to the standards for the professional practice of internal auditing.

Evaluate and provide assurance to the Board of Trustees that risk management, Internal controls, and governance systems are functioning as intended and will enable the aBi Trust's objectives and goals to be met;
Reports on internal control deficiencies identified directly to the Audit and Risk Committee and provides recommendations for improving the aBi Trust's operations to achieve efficient and effective performance;
Evaluates legal and regulatory compliance programs and policies and procedures in the Trust and the readiness in case of business interruption
Reviews significant partnership arrangements and major services provided by third parties and that controls in place promote and protect the Trust's interests.
Rigorously engage in contiguous education and aBi staff development to provide support to the Trust's anti-fraud and Ethical programs.
Develop and implement a risk-based annual audit plans detailing the scope, nature and timing of audit activities.
Maintains open communication with management and the audit and risk committee and teams with other internal and external resources as appropriate and advises management on the resourcing requirements for the Internal Audit function, including any potential outsourcing arrangements.
Ensuring that all professional internal audit standards are complied with.
Develop policies and procedures to guide the internal audit department
Actively coordinate internal and external audit efforts to ensure adequate audit coverage and minimize duplicate audit efforts.
Taking lead and directing the internal audit service so that it makes a full contribution to and meets the needs of the Trust and external stakeholders.
Coordinate and/or Forensic audits for aBi Trust and its Implementing Partners.
Develop and maintain a competent & motivated internal audit staff and developing succession plans and mentoring staff with their career progression.
Perform any other functions and duties that may be delegated to the position from time to time.

The applicant should hold a Master’s degree in Business, Finance, Agribusiness, Economics or any other related professional course from a recognized Institution.
Full professional qualification and membership of CIA, ACCA, IIA or CPA is a must
Possess the ability to demonstrate a record of ongoing professional development.
Fraud and Risk Management and leadership courses an* advantage.

Skills and Experience:
At least ten years' of progressive internal or external auditing experience of which 3 years of which should be at management experience/managing teams.
Past exposure and experience in the audit of donor funded projects in the agricultural sector will be an added advantage
Detailed Knowledge and Understanding Risk, Control and Governance and the influence they have on aBi.
Comprehensive understanding of Internal Auditing Standards and best practice, policies and commonly used instruments and modalities
Detailed knowledge and understanding of Audit Strategy, Audit management and Reporting
Demonstrates the IIA's code of ethics is applied in every audit assignment so that information is kept confidential, conflicts of interest are disclosed, and the auditor acts objectively in all situations
Demonstrates that when ethical conflicts do occur they are discussed with the Chair of Audit and Risk Committee Understanding of the nature and laws of legal evidence
Skills in leadership and teamwork
Change management and Conflict resolution skills
Ability to effectively communicate and respond to sensitive inquiries.
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; the ability to motivate staff to perform at a consistently high level and to retain those staff.

If you feel you meet the above requirements, please send your application enclosing detailed curriculum vitae giving three professional referees and copies of academic and professional certificates /testimonials by e-mail only to vacancy@abitrust.com

NB: All documents should not be more than 2MB. Only Shortlisted candidates who meet the criteria will be contacted.

Deadline: 30th May 2014