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German Speaking Auditor (Development Projects)

Accounting for International Development (AfID)
Highly competitive
Closing date
25 Jul 2024

Job Details

Leading specialist in the global audit of development institutions seeks outgoing and independent audit professional with German language skills, keen to focus on the overseas NGO sector.

As an Audit Senior, you will lead meetings with client institutions and their grant beneficiaries, coordinate and lead audit teams carrying out our fieldwork globally and write audit reports, critical to the long term success of worthwhile programmes. You will play a vital role in representing the organisation in person leveraging your language capabilities before multiple & diverse stakeholders which can include multiple international development agencies and NGO partners.

You'll be required to travel internationally (up to 50%), dependent on the requirements of the assignments. Perform remote audits managing teams both on-site and virtually. You'll acquire and in depth understanding of the development sector and the activities of the international donors. This role requires fluency in both English and Spanish.


  • Prepare a tailored plan for all assignments based on a good understanding of the terms of reference and the applicable contractual conditions
  • Lead opening meetings with clients and auditees and present the audit findings clearly and credibly at closing meetings
  • Lead assignment fieldwork teams, including locally based staff, on overseas assignments, or working alone
  • Identify issues and areas of non-compliance on an assignment and write them up as findings in a detailed, precise and clear way in the assignment report
  • Lead larger country wide teams, acting as the client focal point
  • Deliver client work to tight deadlines and manage time effectively

Essential skills

  • A professional accountancy qualification (ACA / ACCA / CIMA or equivalent)
  • A genuine interest in international development and a love of travel
  • Excellent spoken and written communication in English and German is a minimum criteria
  • An ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders in a professional, constructive and respectful manner
  • Have a proven track record in audit and assurance work

Desirable skills

  • Experience of working or volunteering internationally 


  • Be prepared to be out of the office on international assignments for up to 50% of the time
  • Ability to work alone on small assignments

Non fluent German speakers with other language skills are still encouraged to apply.


AfID offers every type of accountant, from anywhere in the world the opportunity to use their skills to support a broad range of non-profit organisations globally. Volunteer assignments of between 2 weeks and 12 months, &/or longer permanent placements, form part of our ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity of charities in over 50 countries. 

AfID have now arranged assignments for over 1000 accountants from 45 countries, providing over 250,000 hours of one to one support to more than 500 non-profit partners.

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