Greenpeace International Internal Auditor

Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA

Job - February 3, 2014
The Internal Auditor position is established to provide an independent appraisal and advisory function for the Stichting Greenpeace Council (SGC) Board. The position functions include examining, evaluating and monitoring the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls established to regulate the activities and operations of Greenpeace International (GPI) and National Regional Offices (NRO’s). Although the Internal Auditor is responsible to the GPI Board Audit Committee, the position assists management at all levels in achieving objectives consistent with relevant legislation, policy and strategic plans and procedures. The position provides detailed assessments as to the efficiency, effectiveness, economy, compliance and financial regularity of Greenpeace operations and programs. ¬

Organisational Environment/Reporting Relationships:

The field of activity of Internal Audit shall include all the activities and operations of:

  • all GPI programs and organizational departments, and
  • all NRO programs and organizational departments.

The Internal Auditor will work in collaboration with the International Executive Director (IED), International Operations Director (IOD), International Program Director (IPD) and senior employees in relation to audit activities throughout GPI. The Auditor will work in collaboration with the Executive Director (ED) and Organization Director (OD) and senior employees in relation to audit activities throughout NRO’s.  The position is directly responsible for delivering agreed outcomes to the NRO ED and Board and ultimately to the SGC Board Audit Committee, IED, IOD, and IPD. The position reports on a day to day basis to the Head of Internal Audit. The Head of Internal Audit is responsible (in consultation with the Chair of the Audit Committee) for the position’s performance appraisal and development exchanges.

The Audit Committee will determine the policy framework in which the Internal Auditor operates and will approve the work program. The Audit Committee may vary reporting relationships to meet its needs.

The Internal Auditor has independent status within Greenpeace and for that purpose:

  • has access to the IED, IPD, IOD, NRO ED or to SGC or NRO Board via the Audit Committee, if required;
  • meets privately at least twice yearly with the Chairperson of Audit Committee; and
  • has no executive or managerial powers, authorities, functions or duties

Main responsibilities

The Internal Auditor reviews the financial, program and operational policies, procedures, records, accounts and plans and appraises the effectiveness by which Greenpeace meets its objectives. This includes:

  • reviewing systems and operations and appraising the adequacy of controls;
  • recommending improvements to systems and procedures;
  • advising on appropriate systems of control and other operational matters;
  • appraising the extent of compliance with established policies, procedures and plans;
  • assessing the accuracy of management information;
  • being involved in the design, implementation and testing of planned controls when major changes are made to various administrative systems but shall not be responsible for the detailed implementation of such systems;
  • conducting ad hoc and confidential investigations as directed by the Board Audit Committee

Specific Delegations:

The Internal Auditor:

  • has the right of access to all premises of Greenpeace and the right to inspect all correspondence, files, records, accounts and all other forms of information held as are necessary for the performance of audit duties; and
  • has the right to require all officers to supply such information and explanations as are necessary for the performance of audit duties.

Performance Appraisal/ Review:

Performance review will be conducted one month after commencement and at least annually thereafter.

 Skills required and qualifications

  • Minimum Certified Internal Auditor, Bachelor’s degree in business discipline, or a registered accountant.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in internal audit or related disciplines together with knowledge of general accounting, finance, and audit standards.
  • High level problem solving, research, and analytical skills and experience, including the ability to present findings in an appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, particularly in the areas of planning, coordination and meeting assigned deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including oral and written communication skills and the ability to successfully interact with clients and stakeholders.
  • Proven personal skills of initiative, innovation, self-motivation and application.
  • An ability to maintain independence.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (mandatory) and at least one other language (preferred)
  • Supportive of the values of Greenpeace
  • High level of integrity and able to deal in sensitive, political organisational context
  • Outgoing personality that can relate to different cultures
  • Leadership and team player skills, as well as negotiation skills
  • Proactive personality and result oriented

Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan.

 To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to .   Please include the following in your cover letter: a specific explanation of your interest in the available position and how you found out about this career opportunity.  Please use the email subject line: GPI Internal Auditor– YOUR NAME.