Sr. Internal Audit Specialist
About Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP):
Ministry of Mines and Petroleum is an enabler of the sector’s development and steward of all mineral and hydrocarbon resources through the implementation of international best practice, policies, regulations and procedures to encourage environmentally and socially acceptable private investment. It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum to ensure progress in research, exploration, development, and exploitation of both minerals and hydrocarbons. The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum approach is to create the highest level of ministerial competence, promote clear and transparent investment opportunities through modern laws, regulation and policies; and develop a progressive and inviting fiscal regime.
The Afghanistan Gas project is a 5-year, IDA funded operation. The estimated cost of the project is US$ 52.5 million; the project will be implemented by ministry of mines and petroleum.
The project development objective (PDO) is to facilitate a sustainable supply of gas through targeted investments in gas infrastructure and enhanced gas sector governance.
The following key project PDO level indicators:
a) Increased capacity to deliver commercial-quality natural gas through to off-
Takers in Sheberghan and Mazar; and
b) Improved institutional, regulatory and contractual framework for gas sector
Management and oversight.
The project started its implementation from January 2020 for a period of 5 years and is being monitored by Worlds Bank. The project will be closing by Dec 2024.
The project has three components as follows:
Project Component 1: SUSTAINING GAS SUPPLY
The objective of this component is to support the sustained supply of gas through targeted transactions
Support to hydrocarbons related investments in the near and mid-term, and supporting reform of the AGE
Through financing of both technical assistance and investment activities into gas processing and transport
Infrastructure. This sub-component will finance both technical assistance and investment activities. This
Component will also finance infrastructure (pipeline and gas processing) needed to ensure the sustained
Supply of natural gas for power generation.
Project Component 2: STRENGTHENING SECTOR GOVERNANCE
The objective of this component is to address the institutional, contractual and regulatory gaps that have
Emerged in the management of Afghanistan’s mineral and hydrocarbon resources, thereby improving
Predictability, transparency and functionality of the sectors. Emphasis will be given to the MoMP upstream
Role as policy-maker and establishment of sector regulatory bodies as part of the MoMP mining sector
Roadmap, such as the AOGRA. This component will support the restructuring, reinvigoration, and
Development of those institutions responsible for managing the hydrocarbons and mining sector, in particular
The MoMP and AOGRA. Further attention will be given to those governance activities conducted outside of
Kabul, for instance inspectorate services in improving occupational health and safety. Such interventions, with
An integral approach, can be used to manage the extractive industries value chain to transform the sectors'
Potential into sustainable development outcomes.
Project Component 3: Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
Project management is embedded within MoMP and MoIC, to include funds to cover incremental operating
Costs, PMO staff costs, monitoring and evaluation of project activities, and compliance with Bank fiduciary
And safeguards requirements. This component will also finance direct capacity building to be implemented
Through direct contracts with qualified NGOs on citizen engagement to enable more effective public
Information disclosure as well as related public consultation processes. District level in the Project Area.
The recruitment of this position will be done as per NTA guidelines.
The Sr. Internal audit specialist will be part of the internal audit team of MoMP and will report to the director of Internal audit department. The main responsibility of the IA specialist will be to standardize the whole audit function of the department as per international standards as promulgated by the IIA while keeping in line with basic requirement of the government regulations.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The specific task will be the followings:
- Help the IA department of the ministry conduct a risk assessment for the projects and operational activities of the ministry.
- Assist the IA to redesign the internal audit plan as per standards and making sure that AGASP is part of the Internal audit plan.
- Assist the IA department conduct the internal audit while keeping the standard audit evidence and working papers.
- Standardizing the reporting mechanism for the department and help to implement an audit follow-up mechanism at the ministry.
- Assisting AGASP and MoMP to define and implement effective internal control framework.
- Conducting a periodic review of the control environment, system and procedures with suggestions on improvement.
- Verifying and establishing a system for periodic verification of development project assets.
- Reviewing and appraising the soundness, adequacy, and application of accounting/ financial principles and promoting effective control mechanism at reasonable cost;
- Reviewing of the adequacy, security and effectiveness of the financial management system (FMIS).
- Review and ensure that an effective asset management in place at the project and that all assets including fixed, consumable, and liquid assets are recorded properly and controlled in compliance with financial management manual of the WB.
- Ascertaining the extent of compliance with established policies, plans, and procedures of the GOA including those agreed under the credit/grant agreement.
- Ascertaining the extent to which assets are accounted for and safeguarded from losses, goods and services have been procured in accordance with the credit/grant agreements and GOA, procurement guidelines, wherever applicable.
- Verifying that credit/grant funds, both GOA and Donors have been provided and used in accordance with the relevant financing agreements and effectively used only for the purposes for which they were provided.
- Ascertaining the availability of supporting documents, records and accounts in respect of the program.
- Appraising the quality of performance of those who are involved in implementing program activities.
• Checking the financial reports and records are accurate and reliable.
• Coordinating with the SAO to ensure timely initiation well planned execution and completion of internal audits as per standard time.
• Quality & completeness of working papers.
• Gain an understanding of risk areas, their impacts and provide recommendations for overcoming the risk factors
• Review petty cash management of AGAS as per the MoF and WB petty cash guidelines
• . Review payments system like authorization of budget holder, procurement procedures and compliance of payments.
• Review the HR recruitment/appraisal of the ministry and report any non-compliance of the required regulations.
• Review, discuss and report Financial Management issues to/with the Project Coordinator.
• Reporting field audit findings and making recommendations for correcting unsatisfactory conditions and improving operations
• Managing the identification and evaluation of risks affecting the operations of the project.
• Review the process of preparation of project’s component IFRs, reconcile the quarterly IFRs submitted to the World Bank with the accounting records and review the supporting documentation underlying the IFRs. The figures reported in the IFRs shall reconcile with Annual Financial Statements (AFS) and accounting records.
• Perform the Biannual Internal Audit of the AGAS/project and report the audit reports with the Internal Audit Directorate and World Bank.
• Prepare and follow a capacity-building plan for the internal audit directorate of MoMP, and share the progress with World Bank on quarterly basis.
• Work on the institutional development of MoMP internal audit directorate.
• To perform any other special investigative audit as request of the ministry management.
Note: The recruitment will be NTA guideline on grade B while the step will be settled based on additional qualification and experience and the initial contract will be for 24months (extendable).
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, and professional accountancy
Qualification is desirable with CIA/ACCA is preferred.
Minimum 5 years’ audit experience with national and/or international organizations large corporations, or audit firms is required. At least 2 years of audit experience with any audit firm will have an advantage.
Sounds skills in writing standard internal audit reports.
Sound documentation and reporting skills, in English and Local language
Demonstrated experience of leading and managing a team
Excellent knowledge of computer MS Office
Good communication skills in Dari/Pashto and English
Understanding and sensitivity to cross cultural issues
Frequently visits to the field
Having at least Master's or its equivalent degree with 5 years working experience or having Bachelor's degree with 7 years relevant experience.
Job Location:Afghanistan, Kabul
Expressions of interest (including CV and three references in word file) should be sent to the email address below by no later than 01 February/ 2021 at 16:00 hrs.
Applicants must mention below reference in the subject line of their emails if not the candidate application will not be consider.
MoMP/PSU/AGASP- Sr. Internal Audit Specialist
Ministry of Mines and Petroleum Programs Support Unit (PSU)
Attention: Development Projects HR Unit 4th floor Main Building Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) at Abdul Haq Square
Contact Numbers: 93 (0) 783130104,0708080074