Senior Internal Auditor

Tristan da Cunha
£35,000 - £45,000 pro rata
14 Nov 2017
08 Dec 2017
Full Time

Government of Tristan da Cunha, c £35,000 - £45,000 (3-4 month contract)

Tristan da Cunha offers the world a special social and economic organisation evolved over the years, but based on the principles set out by William Glass in 1817 when he established a settlement based on equality.

As an oversees Territory of the United Kingdom, this role represents an opportunity to work on the remotest inhabited island in the world.  Situated approximately 1,750 miles south-west of Cape Town and only accessible by sea, the close community enjoy a lively social life set in an economy based on traditional values.

A Senior Internal auditor is required for a period of 3-4 months to undertake a number of audits and provide assurance in a number of areas. This role will manage and undertake the planning and delivery of internal audits across the Tristan da Cunha Government (TDCG) departments responsible for Administration & Finance, Post Office & Tourism, Public Works, Fisheries, Conservation, Medical, Education, Agriculture, Police Customs & Immigration, Telecoms & Information Technology, The Island Store and Prince Philip Hall. 

You will work independently in reviewing these areas, to prepare a report giving assurance to the Island Council on the effectiveness of the TDCG internal control processes whilst providing advice and support to operational staff in the achievement of their objectives.

The successful candidate will need to apply internal auditing techniques and standards appropriately to the following;

  • Oversee and /or complete the preparation of audit programmes and conduct audit testing on control systems.
  • Gather and critically evaluate evidence and assess the operation of systems to identify risks and associated controls recommending actions for improving the effectiveness of the risk management process and internal control environment.
  • Oversee and scrutinise the annual Financial Year End stock take process to provide independent verification to the external audit team on the accuracy of the stock counts and stock valuation.
  • Drafting the internal audit report and agreeing it with the Administrator, Government Financial Officer and Treasurer.
  • Draft terms of reference, test programmes and audit reports to meet ongoing requirements. 

Candidates must be part qualified or Qualified CCAB Accountant or IIA/AAT or equivalent with significant experience of audit or accountancy work with knowledge and experience of accounting and auditing practices, policies and standards and how they apply to public finance in the United Kingdom Overseas Territories. Strong audit background and good MS Office skills required.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated team player with good written and verbal communication skills. Pro-active in problem solving and able to analyse information, explore different options, using initiative to seek solutions and form conclusions whilst demonstrating awareness and creative thinking. Candidates must have the ability to operate within a political environment, working with elected members in a public arena for example Committee meetings.

As this is a unique setting, candidates should be able to demonstrate their desire and abilities, not only in their ability to work credibly with staff at all levels in all departments but also in setting strategic direction and establishing successful working relationship, with a range of Government, international and local business stakeholders.

How to apply

If you would like to participate in the island’s Strategic Development Plan and Tristan da Cunha’s future success and sustainability, you should apply for the role by sending a CV, together with a Supporting Statement illustrating your suitability, to If you would like to discuss the opportunity please contact Philippa Watkins at CIPFA-Penna on 020 3829 9745.

Closing date: COP, Friday 8th December, 2017

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