London, Greater London
£45,000 - £55,000.00 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Are you an Audit Senior, Assistant Manager, Audit Manager seeking a new and rewarding career with a little exotic travel, supporting truly worthwhile causes and perhaps the chance to use your 2nd language skills (not essential)? 

Our partner, specialists in International Grant Assurance are seeking outgoing auditors for a critical role; navigating a diverse group of grant recipients & donors, such as the UN & the World Bank worldwide (e.g. Malawi, Peru, Vietnam, Belgium, Oxford, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Fiji, Cameroon). You'll be London-based travelling 30+% per annum on assignments 1 to 2 weeks in length. 

These unique and extremely rewarding opportunities would suit experienced audit professionals that are outgoing, love diverse travel experiences, meeting and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes. A great opportunity to take statutory audit to the next level - broadening skills into a much wider remit.

Overseas assignments could mean travel to one of over 100 countries/ territories. A fantastic opportunity to see the parts of the world you’d never otherwise  see, work with lovely people and pick up extremely relevant fieldwork experience; vital for anyone seeking a career in the international development NGO sector. 

Role overview

Complete grant audits of a extremely diverse range of projects funded by international donor institutions ranging from emergency aid, to long term development in areas such as agriculture, health, education or infrastructure, to SME development or technical research. 

The role will use all your communication, problem-solving and analytical skills and will give you experience in working with major institutions all over the world. An example assignment might see you leading an audit opening meeting with a UN country office on the Monday morning, before heading off to spend a few days with a local NGO or government partners to audit the way they have spent UN funds. You will look at a sample of supporting documents to make sure the expenditure is genuine and for the purposes intended by UN, and review the internal controls of the NGO, making recommendations as to how these might be improved to strengthen the management of the UN resources. At the airport, you could even start drafting the formal report as you wait for your flight back to London. 


  • Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent  (Finalists considered)
  • Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity while working with a hugely diverse range of clients and beneficiaries
  • A real interest in international development and associated funding structures
  • 'Ideally' fluency in a second language is preferable, especially in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese or Mandarin, Russian and Arabic. 
  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills
  • Team worker
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​ Personal attributes:

  • At least three years of audit experience 
  • Ability to work under pressure; Strong planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills
  • Passionate about international travel and development and willing to work in international locations for over 30% of the time

Candidates for permanent London based roles must have the right to work in the UK

About Us

AfID are leading specialists in supporting NGOs operating globally with their financial management capacity & recruitment needs, on both a 'pro-bono' & ,commercial' basis. For more opportunities in the international development sector (International & UK) or to find out more about how we can assist your non-profit organisation please visit the AfID website.

Developing a Career in International Development

We know it can be frustrating trying to develop a career in this much sought after sector, especially when organisations require prior experience; be it institutional donor management, fieldwork or capacity building of overseas recipients. Please don't let this put you off, we would strongly recommend considering a volunteer assignment as a way to gain this highly relevant experience. It’s no coincidence that 22% of AfID volunteers now work full-time in the charity sector, as even a short 2-3 week assignment will catch the eye and reassure these employers of your commitment and ability to navigate the diverse stakeholder contexts.  It’s worth noting all AfID's assignments are individually tailored to the volunteers own preferences, skills and availability. For FAQs please visit the afid website
Attending one of the AfID Workshops also offers invaluable insights, explaining sector jargon and demonstrating the ways accountants can navigate complex environments, in a fun and informative way. It also presents a great networking opportunity with 25 other like-minded accountants AfID’s founder and ex-Oxfam FD in attendance. 

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Refreshed on: 10 May 2020
Closed date: 24 June 2020
Job ref: #tbc
Tags: Finance, Intl Development