Sign of Hope Auditor Jobs in Ethiopia

Sign of Hope Auditor Jobs in Ethiopia

Background and Organisational Setting

Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V. (SoH) is a Christian motivated organisation for Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation. Based in Constance, Germany, Sign of Hope (SoH) is dedicated to helping those in distress and exploited people worldwide.

An audit is commissioned under the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) funding guidelines for development projects run by private German executing agencies.

SoH will be the private German executing agency and the contracting party, while Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) will be the local implementing agency.

The overall objective of the project is that Improved food security and livelihoods for 2,802 vulnerable agro-pastoral and pastoral households in Konnaba and Dallol woredas, Afar, Regional State of Ethiopia

Audit Objectives

The purpose of the in-depth audit is to provide SoH with a sound basis for its accountability, transparency and accuracy in the financial disclosure towards the funding agency BMZ.

This in-depth audit will verify the compliance with standards of the funding agency BMZ, SoH, national regulations and the international accounting standards.

The auditor will review the project’s financial documents, receipts lists, records of transactions, all vouchers and receipts disbursed, and relevant project documents in order to come up with a professional, independent opinion on the financial accounting of the project of Holistic Food Security and Creation of Livelihoods for Pastoral and Agro-pastoral communities and Internally Displaced people in Afar for all funds received and expended by Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) from 01.10.2021 to 31.12.2022.

Additionally, the audit shall give recommendations on strengths, weaknesses, and required improvement in the project-related financial and human resources management systems of Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA).

The audit will support the project quality assurance measures implemented by SoH and contribute to the decision-making process with regard to the project management and monitoring of finances by SoH and Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA).

Expected Deliverables

The auditor is expected to produce an audit report, an audit certificate and a management letter), which will comprise the following:

  • Presentation of the scope and mandate of the audit, as well as the list of documents that formed the evidence for the audit,

  • An opinion whether financial statements (statement of accounts) are issued in accordance with the financial reporting framework of the project, BMZ requirements and an internationally recognized accounting standard,

  • A checked, signed and stamped list of all project costs receipts, sorted by BMZ budget lines (list can be provided by the local implementing partner),

  • Recommendations on identified shortcomings, and, if applicable, comments on the follow-up of audit observations and recommendations from previous years.

  • Audit documents shall be issued in English.

    Scope of the Audit

    The audit should focus on the following:

  • The correctness and completeness of the accounting records,

  • The financial report, showing all project related income and expenditure structured by budget lines,

  • Deviations of expenditure by budget lines. The expenditure, which
    exceeds or falls below the budget appropriations by more than 30 %, shall be explained separately, if the approval of the BMZ has not previously been obtained,

  • That receipts and relevant supporting documents are available for all project related income and expenditures,

  • The management of the funds made available, which includes the transfer of project funds, all interest earned from the project funds during the reporting period and further income generated by the project,

  • Reviewing the appropriate use of funds according to the project objectives,

  • Evaluation of the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the usage of funds,

  • Budget adherence through the comparison between budgeted and actual costs in the currency in which the expenditure was incurred. The audit report will not convert the examined amounts into the Euro amounts,

  • Reviewing if personnel costs and social security contributions conform to the regulations in the project country and are locally comparable,

  • The economical use of the project equipment and assets,

  • The inventory and the use of capital items, their whereabouts and their purposive usage,

  • Compliance with the legal framework of the project (project agreements and annexes, contracts, etc.) and the donor requirements,

  • Compliance with the policies of the local implementing partner regarding procurement, financial administration, human resources management and travel.

    Procedures and Communication

  • The auditor will be given access to all necessary documents in the project offices through the local implementing partner Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) as well as relevant donor documents through SoH.

  • The auditor will be responsible to set up a schedule in agreement with the local implementing partner Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA). Any expenses for field trips, postal and translation services and other expenses shall be included in the auditor’s proposed budget. Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) will support the auditor with logistics and arrangements, however, all payments of the contract will be made directly by SoH.

    Qualifications and Experience

  • Necessary qualification to serve as a recognized independent auditing authority,

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience conducting external independent audits of projects funded by international institutional donors in Ethiopia

    How to Apply

    Please submit the following documents with “Annual Audit in Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA), Ethiopia, DC-ETH22.01” to no later than 03.02.2023:

  • A financial proposal (EUR) ,

  • A qualification certificate of a recognized independent auditing authority as confirmed by a relevant institution in the project country (for example, a chamber of commerce, national association of auditors or another relevant organization),

  • A reference list of three previous customers.

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