International Development Grant Auditor (Freelance)

UK/ European base - World travel
€350-500 per day
03 Sep 2019
03 Oct 2019

AfID are leading specialists in supporting NGOs operating globally with their financial management capacity & recruitment needs, on both a 'pro-bono' & 'commercial' basis. For more opportunities in the international development sector (International & UK) please visit the AfID website.

AfID is recruiting on behalf of a leading specialist in assurance services for international institutional donors such as the UN, World Bank, DFID and the EC.

These unique and rewarding audit opportunities would suit experienced qualified audit professionals that are flexible, love diverse travel experiences, meeting/ supporting a broad range of inspiring people and very worthwhile causes. 

Overseas assignments are typically 1-2 weeks in length and could mean travel to one of over 100 countries/ territories.

Role overview

Complete international grant expenditure &/ or VFM audits for an extremely diverse range of projects (grant recipients) funded by international donor institutions ranging from emergency aid, to long term development in areas such as agriculture, health or infrastructure, to more commercial projects such as SME development or technical research.


For qualified, multi-lingual audit professionals with a minimum of 5-10 years post-qualified-audit-experience within a diverse international setting &/or INGO financial/ grant management experience, freelance contract options can be available. Applicants must be fluent in English, with strong report writing skills and a second language that includes either French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese Russian or Mandarin.

Assignments are 1-3 weeks in length and based across the European mainland and the entire developing world. These are offered on an assignment by assignment basis, one to two months in advance. Please note there is no guaranteed period of work within the contract.

Contractors can be based outside the UK on the European mainland but must be able to work in the EU. For more details email CV via the 'Apply' button.


The role will use all your communication, problem-solving and analytical skills and will give you experience in working with major institutions all over the world. An example assignment might see you leading an audit opening meeting with a UNICEF country office on the Monday morning, before heading off to spend a few days with a local NGO or government partners to audit the way they have spent UN funds. You will look at a sample of supporting documents to make sure the expenditure is genuine and for the purposes intended by UNICEF, and review the internal controls of the NGO, making recommendations as to how these might be improved to strengthen the management of the UN resources. At the end of the fieldwork, you will draft at aide-memoire document and discuss your findings with both the UN and its local partner.


  • Qualified ACA / ACCA/ CIA/ CPA or equivalent  
  • Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity while working with a hugely diverse range of clients and beneficiaries
  • A real interest in international development and associated funding structures
  • Fluency in a second language is preferable, especially in French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and Arabic.
  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

 Personal attributes:

  • At least 10 years of audit experience 
  • Ability to work under pressure; Strong planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills
  • Passionate about international travel and development and willing to work in international locations

For more exciting audit-based roles in the not for profit & international development sectors, please visit the AfID website

Developing a Career in International Development

We know it can be frustrating trying to develop a career in this much sought after sector, especially when organisations require prior experience; be it institutional donor management, fieldwork or capacity building of overseas recipients. Please don't let this put you off, we would strongly recommend considering a volunteer assignment as a way to gain this highly relevant experience. It’s no coincidence that 22% of AfID volunteers now work full-time in the charity sector, as even a short 2-3 week assignment will catch the eye and reassure these employers of your commitment and ability to navigate the diverse stakeholder contexts.  

It’s worth noting all AfID's volunteer assignments are all individually tailored to the volunteers own preferences, skills and availability. For FAQs please visit the afid website
Attending one of the AfID Workshops also offers invaluable insights, explaining sector jargon and demonstrating the ways accountants can navigate complex environments, in a fun and informative way. It also presents a great networking opportunity with 25 other like-minded accountants AfID’s founder and ex-Oxfam FD in attendance. 

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