Internal Auditor (open to other Mercy Corps locations)

Finance and Compliance Portland, Oregon


About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

The role of the Internal Audit Department (IAD) is to provide objective assurance that Mercy Corps’ business risks are being managed appropriately and that the agency’s risk management and internal control framework is operating effectively.  The IAD actively reviews the reliability and integrity of financial and operating information as well as the systems established by the agency to ensure compliance with MC policies and procedures, donor policies and regulations and US and host country laws and regulations.

General Position Summary

The Internal Auditor will ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), international accounting standards (IAS), donor regulations and requirements, and organizational financial policies and procedures in order to safeguard MC assets, verify the accuracy and reliability of accounting data and documentation and promote organizational and operational integrity. 

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Manages complex projects by setting clear direction and strategy; delivers quality results even under difficult or changing conditions
  • Sees ideas through to completion with determination, acting decisively to end initiatives that aren’t working
  • Leads and enables activities that enhance Mercy Corps’ reputation for analytical rigor and innovation; anticipates challenges and identifies opportunities
  • Plan, organize and carry out internal audits, based upon systematic risk assessments, including preparation of audit plans.
  • Evaluate internal controls and report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Senior Director of Internal Audit (SDIA), Global Financial Controller & Field Senior Management Team staff regarding organizational compliance with established financial, Procurement, Supply Chain, & other operational Mercy Corps’ and donors’ policies & procedures, as well as recognized best practice.
  • Provide detailed assessments of how internal controls might be improved, taking in to consideration the specific circumstances and environment of the audited entity. It is expected that the IA will provided value-added advice, based on their expert knowledge and experience.
  • Issue comprehensive internal audit reports subsequent to field office visits or other agreed-upon reports on a timely basis, providing clear recommendations for improvements to internal controls.
  • Using appropriate channels, alert senior management, the SDIA, CFO or Joint Audit & Risk Committee to any significant internal control or compliance issues.
  • Discuss findings & recommendations with senior management, Board of Directors, Joint Audit & Risk Committee & other staff as required.
  • Maintain an expert knowledge of Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures, as well as stay abreast of donor rules and regulations.
  • Perform grant or other special financial, compliance or investigation audits or assignments, as required.
  • Assist and coordinate with external auditors, as required.
  • Assist with the compilation and writing of the annual audit report, for presentation to senior management, Board of Directors, Audit Committee & other staff, as required.
  • Physically verify material aid/gifts-in-kind inventories as required and review and confirm valuation of the same, as required.
  • Provide pro-active input in to the development of MC Internal Audit policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Evaluate training needs and implement training programs as needed.
  • Comply with documented Internal Operating Procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Consistently strives to exceed expectations; demonstrates flexibility, resilience and the ability to maintain positive relationships and composure, even under difficult circumstances.
  • Maintains high ethical standards and treats people with respect and dignity.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of their personal strengths and development needs, modeling non-defensive behavior and openness to feedback; builds a culture of feedback and learning.
  • Identifies a robust personal Work Plan that reflects Mercy Corps’ performances expectations, including development objectives that contribute to the Internal Audit Department objectives.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment at all times, taking on a climate of idea generation and bold thinking. Implements new approaches and evaluates their impact.
  • Maintains productive relationships with all stakeholders, vendors, etc. Builds mutually rewarding professional relationships inside Mercy Corps at all levels.
  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country
Organizational Learning 
  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
    to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: Senior Director of Internal Audit (SDIA)

Works Directly With: Other members of the Internal Audit Department; Field personnel, including Country Directors, Country Finance Directors / Managers and finance staff members; International Finance; Finance & Compliance Support Unit; Global Procurement; Global Supply Chain; Operations teams; Global Controller and HQ Accounting

Knowledge and Experience

  • 5 years of experience in managing finance teams in the field and/or working as HQ based finance manager required.
  • 3 years of internal (or external) audit experience, preferably with a recognized public accounting firm and/or not-for-profit organization with worldwide operations similar to that if Mercy Corps, is preferred.
  • Degree in Business Administration, Accounting and/or Finance is required; a CPA and/or CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) designation or equivalent is preferred.
  • Previous Mercy Corps experience preferred, with a preference to field based experience.
  • Relevant “hands-on” experience with federally-funded grants, US Government and European Union donor regulations, and automated general ledger software is preferable.
  • Experience in fraud investigations is preferred.
  • A proven ability to both document and prioritize findings, and to develop workable recommendations for improvement.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with both financial and non-financial audiences, at different levels within and outside of the organisation.
  • Overseas working experience in similar settings is preferred, as is positive experience in dealing with people and cross-cultural communication. Include education, experience, etc.

Success Factors

A successful Internal Auditor will have a proven ability to analyze complex situations, objectively document and prioritize findings and to develop workable recommendations for improvement. They must work both independently in Mercy Corps field offices and cooperatively with agency staff at all levels as well as conduct his/herself with a high degree of integrity and objectivity while also working towards an overall objective of positively promoting improvement. 

Effective, positive communication is essential to success in this position.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position will entail up to 60-70% travel to field locations, including program locations that may include insecure or harsh environments.  Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/temporary deployment to a field posting. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.  Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.