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Internal Control Assistant

Position Summary

The Internal Control Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Group Chief Internal Controller & Compliance Officer in performing internal audit and compliance activities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  •  Contribute to the development of the annual risk-based audit plan.
  •  Establish and update risk-based audit programs.
  •  Carry out scheduled assurance or consulting engagements at the Group or subsidiaries level as assigned.
  •  Review effectiveness and efficiency of internal control system.
  •  Make follow-up on the implementation of the audit recommendation and ensuring that improvements are made.
  •  Prepare audit reports on findings of the engagement with the entity’s management attaching relevant supporting documents/audit evidence and document their comments on these audit findings.
  •  Perform compliance activities in line with the company compliance framework (AML/CFT including).
  •  Determine compliance with AGF policies and procedures and assist the management in implementation of company policies through reporting on adherence or non-adherence of laid down policies of the company.
  •  Review company’s compliance with external laws and regulations, and to ensure adherence.
  •  Evaluate and report on the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation of management policies and procedures.
  •  Prepare a weekly, monthly and quarterly activities report.
  •  Perform any other task as assigned by the Group CIC.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required
Desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  •  Bachelor and/or Master’s degree in Auditing or Finance or Business Administration or Risk Management or Compliance.
  •  Professional Accounting Qualification (CIA, CRMA, CFE or CPA or any relevant qualification).
  •  At least 2 years relevant experience in the financial services industry or in an auditing firm.
  •  Strong analytical, written/oral, communication.
  •  Ability to handle multiple assignments under pressure while meeting tight deadlines.
  •  Hands on experience in developing and managing audit plans and strategies.
  •  Strong risk-based audit capabilities.
  •  Good knowledge of and experience with IPPF (International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing) and AML/CFT international standards and requirements.
  •  Good knowledge of, and experience with General Accounting Principles, International Financial Reporting Standards.
  •  Good knowledge and understanding of Financial Planning and Management, Financial Scheduling and Audit Reporting.
  •  Ability to compile and report results of activities.
  •  High degree of computer literacy a must.
  •  Excellent communication, interpersonal and management skills.
  •  Bilingual – fluency in English is a must and French will be a great plus.

Skills

  •  Advanced problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
  •  Good operational risk management skills.
  •  Strong prioritization skills.
  •  Advanced interpersonal and relationship management skills.
  •  Advanced presentation and communication skills.
  •  Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  •  Demonstrated ability to work in an evolving environment.
  •  Ability to learn quickly / develop the necessary skills.
  •  Team player with strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  •  Must have coaching skills.
  •  Excellent project management and consulting skills.
  •  Excellent IT skills.

Additional eligibility competences and desired characteristics

  •  Attentiveness to details.
  •  Ability to use spreadsheets and accounting software.
  •  Willingness and ability to travel.
  •  Self-driven individual with a passion and flair for helping SMEs to succeed.
  •  Ability to work in a professionally and culturally diverse setting.
  •  Willingness to travel and work under minimum supervision.

Internal Control Intern

Position Summary

As a member of the Internal Control Department, the intern will make a technical and valuable contribution to assigned audit engagements, compliance activities and any other internal projects. He/ She will use a risk-based approach to anticipate and identify any relevant issues and escalate as appropriate. He/ She will deliver high-quality work under the supervision and review of the internship supervisor.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  •  First or Upper Second-Class bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a Business-related field, Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics, Law, Social Sciences, or Computer Science
  •  A completed or ongoing professional accounting qualification (ACCA, CPA, or CIA) will be a great plus
  •  A background, knowledge or qualification in psychology or behavioral economics will be an added advantage.
  •  Good knowledge of Accounting Principles, International Financial Reporting Standards
  •  Excellent written/oral communication skills
  •  Advanced Computer and Analytical skills
  •  Bilingual – fluency in English is necessary and French will be a great plus
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Desired Characteristics

  •  Integrity and Professionalism
  •  Willingness to learn
  •  Problem solving and critical thinking
  •  Attention to detail
  •  Ability to use spreadsheets
  •  High quality and accurate delivery
  •  Self-driven individual with a passion and flair for helping SMEs to succeed
  •  Ability to work in a professionally and culturally diverse setting

What to expect from the Internship

  •  Experience working in a purpose-led organization that aims to bridge the SME financing gap across the continent
  •  Attend training workshops, get involved in AGF’s day-to-day work, and take part in a business improvement project
  •  Gain insights into how AGF operates
  •  Gain a practical understanding of how Audit and Compliance activities help to improve the Control Environment
  •  Gain a strong understanding of AGF’s business risk environment
  •  Develop your team working, planning, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills
  •  Build your relationship skills
  •  Hone and develop your analytical skills

The position is open to candidates of any country

  • The Internship will be for an initial period of three (3) months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon approval by the supervisor.

Method of Application

Applicants should apply by email attaching a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position and a detailed Curriculum Vitae sent as one document to: recruitment@agf.africa 

Job Title should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message. Applications will be considered until 29th February 2024 or until the position is filled.

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