Global Internal Auditor – Americas (Mid-Level)

Job ID 1016

Program / Project Management Ecuador   Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, or Ecuador


Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


The final candidate for this position will be working from Americas, either in an office or remotely, from any of the following countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico or Ecuador. This position will work closely with several countries whose main language is Spanish, however, full professional proficiency in English is required, and applications must be submitted in English.  

The Global Internal Auditor is responsible to conduct internal audit engagements, which range from country office assessments and project audits to reviews of entity-wide functions or central services, with engagements taking the form of routine internal audits, advisory services, or investigations. Although Americas area-based, this position may be called upon to provide internal audit services anywhere the organization operates.

Accountable to promote best-practices in risk management, internal audit and compliance assurance as a “third line of defense,” further strengthening stakeholder confidence in Heifer’s operational and oversight management functions.

Responsible to reinforce Heifer’s internal audit effectiveness through application of core professional principles such as: integrity; objectivity, competency, due professional care, and confidentiality, while ensuring relevance through alignment with Heifer’s strategies and understanding of the organization’s objectives and risks. Delivers and monitors high quality work product with continuous improvement, effective communications, and proactive, future-focused recommendations.


Integrity and courage; team player and relationship-builder; naturally curious with enthusiasm for learning; openness to diversity and different points of view. The ideal candidate will also display initiative, flexibility, creativity, and a strong work ethic. She/he must be service-oriented, focused, self-accountable, and demonstrate technical skills.


A. Internal Audit and Investigation (55%)

  • Key partner in the implementation of the Risk Management and Assurance plan by conducting and delivering audit services.
  • Provide independent and objective assurance as to the adequacy and effectiveness of Heifer’s internal controls over key operational and financial activities, business processes, information systems and reporting and donor compliance. Support and conduct other internal audit activities, including investigations.
  • Proactive approach in understanding business units subject of audit work.
  • Complete documented internal audit engagements, compliance reviews, investigations and expense verifications; including evidence of all phases such as planning, fieldwork, exit meetings, reporting, and and follow up of recommendations.
  • Maintenance of shared documentation of all internal audit work, in accordance with professional and internal standards.
  • Identification of opportunities for improvement and development of recommendations.
  • Effective communication of results and recommendations to all levels of management, both verbally and in writing.

B. Risk Assessment (25%)

  • Performance of assessments at the program area, country or engagement level, including: identification of risks; risk classification; implications to achievement of Heifer’s objectives; potential for fraud, and analysis of likelihood and impact. Risk assessments are a core component of each of the internal audit engagements.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Heifer’s organizational strategies, priorities, key objectives, opportunities and risks, including compliance requirements.
  • Understanding of risks inherent to the countries, area program, and Americas context (risk identification and documentation).
  • Documented risk assessments of operational, financial and non-financial reporting, and compliance activities which warrant audit attention.
  • Collaboration in “assurance mapping” coverage for key risk areas across the Americas area program.
  • Identification of emerging risks, trends, etc.

C. Ongoing Collaboration (15%)

  • Collaborate in the development and continuous improvement of Heifer’s internal audit activities.
  • Collaboration in improvement of existing Heifer’s internal audit methodology, audit programs, and toolkits.
  • Foster ethical awareness across the organization.
  • Share best practices.

D. Other duties (5%)

  • As assigned by other team members.
  • Complete Heifer onboarding and periodic internal trainings and cross-team sharing.
  • Personal accountability to remain competent through continuing education.
  • Contribute to value-add activities or new initiatives.
  • Respond to other relevant requests for support.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field, plus a minimum of 7 years’ of relevant experience, working with demanded independence and objectivity.
  2. One of the following post-graduate professional certifications: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA); Chartered Accountant (CA); Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), etc.

Preferred Requirements:

  1. Experience in areas of risk management, audit, and compliance assurance, preferably attained through public accounting and/or internal audit employment and training.
  2. Experience in a donor-funded international development environment with compliance requirements of the U.S. government and institutional funders for international development, such USAID, EC, IFAD, DFID, mega-foundations and others.
  3. Auditing project management experience.

Most Critical Proficiencies:

  1. Intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, investigative skills and professional judgment necessary for a holistic and integrated risk management and audit approach.
  2. Knowledge of the U.S. non-profit and INGO development sector, inherent risks, and internal control and compliance priorities of U.S. and institutional funders for international development.
  3. Ability to navigate financial and non-financial data gathering and analytics; technically adept with ability to quickly learn and maximize usage of technology and software; strong user of Microsoft Office Suite with advanced skill in MS Excel.
  4. Effective communicator and influencer with ability to clearly convey risks, audit objectives, procedures, observations and recommendations, inviting and motivating continuous and collaborative improvement. Strong writing and presentation skills for a variety of audiences, with ability to prepare and present documents in a well-designed and attractive format; and with attention to detail.
  5. Proficient in generally accepted accounting and audit guidance and practices, with understanding of risk management and internal control frameworks (COSO, ISO, etc.).
  6. A team player and bridge- builder with demonstrated ability to collaborate across multiple organizational levels and stakeholder groups.
  7. Ability to focus, prioritize, and deflect distractions in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  8. Systems–thinking, a demonstrated ability to operate in complex environments, with multiple developments, and manage for actions and unintended consequences by identifying points of integration, employing feedback mechanisms and review processes.
  9. Spoken and written fluency in Spanish with full professional proficiency in English is required; a working knowledge of  French and/or a local language or dialect of the Americas area countries (listed before), a significant plus.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:

  1. Aptitude to perform multiple tasks with or without supervision
  2. Capacity to build and maintain relationships remotely and work effectively with colleagues and stakeholders with limited opportunity for personal interaction.
  3. Commitment to work with sensitive information and to maintain confidentiality.
  4. Ability to complete projects and adapt to competing priorities and deadlines.
  5. Able to travel domestically and internationally, including travel to remote areas for project site visits.
  6. Be comfortable and able to work in different time zones to accommodate for the U.S. and areas/regions hours.
  7. Enthusiastic to work in a culturally diverse and global setting.
  8. Constant face-to-face, Zoom, telephone, and other electronic communications with colleagues and the general public.
  9. May require constant sitting and moving; working at a computer for extended periods of time.