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Internal Control and Compliance Manager


The Opportunity


Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In Nepal and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and future we share. Save the Children expects that anyone associated with it abides by its Safeguarding and other Zero Tolerance Policies. 


The role holder will be a member of the Country Office Internal Control and Compliance (ICC) team responsible for delivering internal control and compliance reviews, investigations, and other assigned tasks for Nepal and Bhutan Country Office as assigned by line manager. These activities will be conducted to meet the ICC annual plan.

The role holder will generate high-quality review reports for assigned reviews of Country Office functions, field offices, implementing partners, Bhutan office, and its partners. The role holder is expected to spend a substantial amount of time (approximately 75%) in field for conducting reviews.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct operational, financial, and compliance checks of the operations departments, programs, and local NGOs, excluding the Global Fund and other vertical projects, to assess the effectiveness of internal controls and the risk management system.
  • Determine compliance with policies, procedures, regulations, and donor requirements, and provide written recommendations to management to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the control systems within the functions under review.
  • In consultation with the Senior Manager- Risk Management, Internal Audit and Complaince and, after conducting a risk assessment, develop an annual ICC work plan for the Country Office program, excluding Global-funded projects and other vertically-funded large awards where dedicated internal auditors/ staff of ICC function are already onboard. Use an appropriate risk-based methodology, including any risks, control concerns, or compliance issues identified by the Country Office. The work plans will address both specific needs and prioritize areas based on key risks identified through the risk assessment process.
  • Prepare a consolidated draft ICC annual plan, including departments, local NGOs, field offices, and the Bhutan office.
  • Execute control and compliance checks as per the Annual Plan. This includes control and compliance checks of the Country Office (CO) and partner NGOs. Prepare and complete the reporting cycle. Ensure assignments are completed on time.
  • Apply relevant risk-based audit techniques when performing ICC for various units.
  • Complete documentation after each assignment and upload the report as required (for eg, e-library and OPMIS)
  • Ensure that accepted accounting and audit principles and policies are followed, and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of internal accounting procedures, operating systems, and controls. Recommend improvements for better systems through periodic reviews and partners as planned, and prepare a draft report.
  • All findings, whether major or minor, should be evidence-based and should ensure value addition to the department or unit.
  • The recommendations should be practical and contribute to system strengthening.
  • Monitor follow-up activities using the automated follow-up system in OPMIS. Provide support to budget holders to ensure closure in the system.
  • Evaluate policies and procedures and make recommendations for improvements, if necessary.
  • Evaluate key systems for effective internal checks and procedures to safeguard Save the Children's assets, and also identify and analyze the causes of uneconomical and inefficient practices in assigned areas of responsibility. Assess alternatives that might yield desired results
  • Conduct reviews with a zero tolerance policy perspective such as safeguarding and fraud, bribery, and corruption, and report immediately if any non-compliance is noted.
  • Execute compliance checks in accordance with the donor requirements as specified in the donor agreement as part of the ICC review; any variations should be reported and addressed timely.
  • Promptly report any unusual transactions or indications of fraud.
  • Review SCI policies and procedure compliance
  • Lead or participate in an investigation, if required.
  • Provide expert advisory services to PNGOs and the Country Office (CO) when required.
  • Provide support to other departments as requested and as assigned by the line manager.
  • Maintain fundamental principles and ethics of auditing, such as a high level of confidentiality, integrity, objectivity, professional competence, and behavior.
  • Provide suggestions to the line manager for the improvement of the internal control and compliance reviews strategy and methodology.
  • Assist in Fraud Risk Assessment and other assignments as assigned by line manager.
  • Conduct or assist in SCI Fraud, Bribery and Corruption policy orientation, and other trainings/ workshops.

Qualifications and experience:

  • CA with 7 years (5 years for GSI group*) of work experience including 5 years of relevant experience in audit. Experience in counter fraud awareness and investigations preferred.
  • A track record of delivering internal audits and consistently achieving high-quality, timely results.
  • Experience in conducting risk-based reviews of systems and processes, identifying weaknesses and areas for improvement.
  • Be detail-oriented and committed to undertaking work in a logical and disciplined manner, following the prescribed methodology.
  • Able to cope with conflicting priorities in a timely manner.
  • Have strong experience in producing high-quality, effective written communication, e.g., reports in English.
  • Possess strong communication skills and the ability to articulate at all levels (in English).
  • Demonstrate a genuine desire to learn and proactively support the internal control and compliance function.
  • Be willing to undertake a high amount of travel.
  • Be able to demonstrate high standards of ethics and integrity.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of national and international accounting and auditing standards, national regulations, situation analysis skills, and knowledge of the partnership and development sector.


Required No.(s): 1 (Nepalese Citizen Only)

Contract length: Fixed Term

Location: Country Office, Kathmandu


The Organisation


We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 


We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday 
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated 


We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued. 

Application Information


Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. 

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.



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11 Oct 2023

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