World Wildlife Fund - US

Director, Internal Audit - 23103

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 3 months ago(3/23/2023 10:30 AM)
# of Openings
Financial Operations


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Director, Internal Audit



Major Function

The Director, Internal Audit implements the organization’s Internal Audit programs.  The Director proactively mitigates risks that may have a significant impact on the achievement of WWF’s objectives and promotes a culture of compliance awareness and risk management through audit programs, including the grantee audit monitoring program.   


Internal Audits

  • Conduct audits of WWF-US field offices, and as necessary, WWF Network offices and headquarters-based financial and operational functions, to (1) examine and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of systems of internal control, risk management and governance processes, and compliance with WWF policy and donor requirements; and (2) make recommendations for improvement to management, as appropriate.
  • Prepare written audit reports and present findings to the Senior Director, Internal Audit & Operational Risk and others, as appropriate.  Advise management when practices are inconsistent with organizational policies and/or fail to provide necessary controls and factual records.  Recommend appropriate corrective action to ensure that operations meet applicable standards of financial and administrative management, internal control, recordkeeping, and reporting.  Provide objective analysis, recommendations, and comments concerning all matters reviewed.
  • Produce, document, and execute a work plan for each audit.  Using this plan, make professional determinations of the nature and amount of work to be carried out and develop a clear definition of scope and terms of reference that will be shared with the office and other Network Auditors in advance of each visit.
  • Identify, analyze, evaluate and document sufficient, reliable, relevant, and useful information to achieve audit terms of reference and support conclusions and recommendations for audit reports. 

Grantee Audit Monitoring

  • Collaborate with the Senior Director, Internal Audit & Operational Risk, VP Program Operations, and Chief Financial Officer to develop a grantee monitoring program; responsible for oversight and administration of this program in accordance with WWF-US policies/procedures and donor regulations.
  • Oversee a review process to ensure compliance with government and multinational donor regulations, with a strong emphasis on USAID Assistance and Acquisition regulations.  Manage the review of annual audits and audit certifications, follow up on relevant findings, and communicate the results to management.
  • Work collaboratively with relevant departments, including Program Operations and the Country Office Unit, to support organizational policy development and standardization of subaward management and oversight requirements.
  • In coordination with Country Offices, provide expertise, tools and oversight for documented subrecipient site visits and desk audits.
  • Monitor ongoing subaward business risks and flag issues for discussion with colleagues in other departments and across the WWF Network.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director, Internal Audit, and other departments, including Program Operations and Country Office Unit, to develop subaward management trainings at the country office and program level.
  • Provide training materials and guidance on donor rules and regulations to subrecipients to aid in capacity building.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline such as Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field and over 10 years related work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Not-for-profit industry internal audit and subgrant monitoring experience preferred.
  • Experience working with U.S. Federal government circulars and Single Audit requirements.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Ability to deal with sensitive and confidential issues using well developed discretion and judgement. Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality of information and communicate only appropriate information to individuals at the appropriate time.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability working with computer and information management systems including database and spreadsheet software packages for financial analysis, fiscal management and/or financial reports.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred.
  • Professional certification as a CPA, CFE, CISA or CIA is an asset.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.


WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.  


To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #23103
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone


As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.


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