Internal Control and Compliance Manager needed at Save The Children

Job title : Internal Control and Compliance Manager

Job Location : Abuja

Deadline : May 27, 2024

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  • In coordination with the Head of IC&C, conduct regular in-country risk assessments (incl. Fraud and FOs Internal Control adequacy) coordinate the update of CO risk management register in collaboration with the Programme Operations, Ext. Senior Management Team (ESMT), Programme managers, Field/Project office leads and follow up on implementation of indicated risk mitigation measures. 
  • Manage all fraud investigations documentation, reporting and provide regular updates to the Head, IC&C internally and into DATIX (including queries from Regional and Centre Fraud team).
  • Serve as the CO fraud focal point, providing necessary guidance and coordination to in-house investigators and ensuring all investigation report/ recommendations are reviewed for completion and share with the Head of IC&C for CD’s final approval prior submission onto Datix.
  • In coordination with the Head of IC&C, ensure adequate investigation capacity is in place and regular capacity building session is provided for existing in-country trained capacities. 
  • Collaborate with Programme development and Awards unit when developing high-risk awards to risk culture is incorporated.
  • In conjunction with the team, prepare and review annual internal audit work plan and processes, including but not limited to the design and implementation of various tools to conduct internal audits, investigation, compliance audit and spot-checks.
  • Lead, plan, coordinate audit reviews, ensure reports meets a high standard and follow up with action owners and relevant SMT managers on implementation of recommendations from internal reviews and other compliance action.
  • Follow up with Unit heads/BHs to ensure timely response to Global Assurance audit requirements and recommendation and update provide regular update to the Head of IC&C.
  • Deliver training as required to reinforce risk mitigation, fraud awareness/prevention and internal control and compliance awareness for SCI staff and other stakeholders with meeting log frame results.
  • Conduct internal controls compliance review on Save the children CO units and across Field/Projects offices (incl. Programmes/Operations, Humanitarian & Development). Issues of non-compliance identified discussed with related unit team with agreed recommendations and closure timelines tracked for follow-up to ensure early implementation. 
  • Flag significant internal control weaknesses/compliance issues to the Head, IC&C and Extended Senior Management Team (as applicable) and provide required support in reinforcing the identified weak controls through recommendations implementation monitoring.
  • Conduct sample-based compliance review on Implementing partners (IP), assess processes (organisation and donor regulations), raise issues observed with the relevant Program & Award managers, build the partner’s capacity by discussing issues observed/implications, share report detailing improvement recommendations with the IP’s management &SCI Awards Mgt. team for implementation. 
  • Provide necessary support to ensure successful completion of external audits (statutory /donor audits).
  • Supervision, training, coaching, and mentoring of Internal Audit & Control specialists.
  • Deliver on any other responsibility that may be requested or delegated by your supervisor.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same.
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others.
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters.
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength.
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.



  • Qualified internal auditor or compliance manager (Graduate of finance, accounting or a related business field with professional qualification-ACA, ACCA, CPA or CIA).
  • Minimum of 8yrs working experience with 3 years+ related work experience with a not-for-profit organization in related capacity.
  • Experience in Investigation planning/execution/documentation and risk-based auditing (Fraud management certification- CFE is a plus).
  • Be highly accurate, detail-orientated, and able to complete multiple projects, with conflicting priorities, on a timely basis.
  • Excellent report English writing skills.
  • Ability to speak Hausa will be a plus.
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and relationship building.
  • Willingness to undertake high amount of travel within the SCI Nigeria field locations (40%) and work with minimum supervision under difficult conditions in some of the most underdeveloped, insecure and remote parts of NIGERIA.
  • Strong cultural awareness and be able to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstrate standards of ethics and integrity.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.


  • INGO experience or have worked in a commercial/public sector international organisation. 
  • Familiarity with grant requirements of major donors such as USAID, EC/ECHO, FCDO/DfID and the UN.
  • Good financial analysis aptitude.
  • Experience of Agresso Account Payable financial software, Source to Pay or other ERP software. 
  • Experience of audit.
  • Counter fraud experience. 
  • Ability to look at the bigger picture when assessing organisational performance and risk.

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