Management Sciences for Health

Senior Internal Auditor

Job ID
# of Positions
GEN (General)
A000 - None Specified
Application Due Date
Reports To
Director of Internal Audit


Under the supervision of the Director of Internal Audit, the position holder audits the performance of all financial and operational functions within the Country Operations Management Unit (COMU) for MSH Malawi.  S/he will identify gaps in existing control systems, and provide recommendations to strengthen them. S/he will identify gaps in knowledge and skills in MSH Policies, Procedures, and controls; and will provide recommendations for training.  The Senior Internal Auditor  will develop a plan and evaluation tools, and then carry out independent verification of the effectiveness of MSH and donor policies, procedures and standards, and Malawian law, by which MSH Malawi’s financial resources are managed.


Specific Responsibilities

Internal Audit – 90%

  1. Verifies that all MSH Malawi’s financial and operational activities are in compliance with Malawian law (tax laws, CSA laws and government pension agency laws), USAID rules and regulations, and MSH policies and standards.
  2. Basing on the risk assessment done by management, develops an annual audit plan including evaluation tools, standards, ethical considerations, and schedule to evaluate all COMU functions, including all COMU or remote staff locations.  Periodically reviews and updates the audit programs and compliance monitoring checklist and other tools to stay current with MSH procedures and policies.
  3. Examines the adequacy and appropriateness of internal controls and compliance within MSH Malawi’s policy framework. Identifies gaps in policies, procedures and controls systems and provides recommendations for strengthening them.  Follows-up on recommendations to verify that they have been implemented and adhered to.
  4. Tests internal controls, targeting high risk areas. Documents weaknesses and their impact, and makes recommendations to address these weaknesses.
  5. Verifies that management corrective actions in response to internal audit recommendations are substantively implemented.
  6. Identifies gaps in knowledge and skills in MSH policies, procedures, and internal control systems, and provides recommendations for training.
  7. Conducts thoroughly documented investigations of whistleblower cases, suspected fraud, mismanagement, loss of assets, etc. in coordination with Director of Internal Audit. Prepares detailed reports of each audit /investigation with prioritized findings and recommendations. Presents final reports to the MSH Malawi Country Leadership Team upon approval by Director of Internal Audit.
  8. Follows-up on recommendations from the internal and external auditors to ensure the recommendations have been implemented and adhered to. Assesses value for money and makes recommendations for improvement.
  9. Stays abreast of laws, directives, and current trends in the local legal and NGO environment.
  10. Facilitates management’s risk assessment for financial and operational landscape to identify high risk, high probability events, and mitigation plan. Provide consulting/advisory services to MSH Malawi senior management team, to achieve the goal of establishing sound risk management and internal control systems; offer practical advice on how best to comply with financial policy and donor guidelines.
  11. Meets and presents reports to Country Representative (CR) on a regular basis, or as requested by the CR.


Additional Responsibilities – 10%

  1. Prepares quarterly audit, investigations, and status of audit recommendations reports for submission to Corporate Internal Audit and MSH Malawi Country Representative.
  2. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Internal Audit.


Qualifications and Experience


  1. Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related area and accounting certification preferred. Professional qualification and membership of a recognized accounting body is a must.

 Required Minimum Experience

  1. Over 6 years experience of Audit experience.
  2. Eight years of progressively responsible experience is preferred.



  1. Strong knowledge of word processing applications (MsWord). Ability to use databases, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint helpful
  2. Fluency in accounting systems required (Quickbooks preferred).
  3. Extensive familiarity of USAID rules and regulations required.
  4. Experience in international development programs preferred.
  5. Excellent planning, management, and organizational skills.
  6. Proven leadership and interpersonal skill and capacity in negotiation and conflict management.
  7. Professional proficiency in English required
  8. Should be able to travel at least 40% of travel



  1. Professional ethics: Promotes and applies professional ethics
  2. Internal audit management: Develops and manages the internal audit function
  3. Governance, risk and control: Applies a thorough understanding of governance, risk and control appropriate to the organization
  4. Business acumen: Maintains expertise of the business environment, industry practices and specific organizational factors
  5. Communication: Communicates with impact
  6. Persuasion and collaboration: Persuades and motivates others through collaboration and cooperation
    7. Critical thinking: Applies process analysis, business intelligence and problem solving techniques
  7. Internal audit delivery: Delivers internal audit engagements


Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

Director of Internal Audit
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