Regional Director, Internal Audit


Internal Audit


Aga Khan University


Karachi, Pakistan


The Regional Director is accountable for internal audit operations of AKU entities in Pakistan, Afghanistan, UK and other countries except in East Africa. As a Regional Director, you will ensure that internal audit carries out an independent assessment of the internal control systems, reviews adequacy, effectiveness and adherence to policies and procedures and assesses the approach to risk management in a standards compliant manner. You will strengthen the internal audit function in the operational region(s) and is responsible for liaising with all other leads to ensure that data, business processes / applications and reporting are consistently standardized among all audit groups. 


Reporting to the Chief Internal Auditor, you are responsible for providing strategic direction, formulation, planning, interaction and leadership to the Internal Audit team.  You will manage the development and execution of Internal Audit activities. Leverage your knowledge of risk management capabilities, including identifying and assessing risks and internal controls and utilize your subject matter expertise within the audit function to provide risk insights and assurance that support business objectives.  Supervising staff and ensuring that the annual risk based audit plan is professionally executed. You will also be responsible for:

  • Developing, communicating and implementing internal audit strategy, charter, policy and the audit universe in the relevant jurisdiction and globally
  • Communicating and implementing audit processes / methodology and regional performance KPI’s to the Chief Internal Auditor
  • Performing risk assessments to support annual operational audits, controling and testing special projects as assigned
  • Maintaining close liaison between internal audit department PK, Afghanistan, and East Africa and the Chief Internal Auditor to implement the vision of the Global AKU internal audit department (IAD)
  • Presenting IAD PK, Afghanistan, UK audit updates to IARC and Audit Committee through the Chief Internal Auditor
  • Ensuring independence of the Internal audit department and developing IAD budgets in line with guidance from the CIA for the region
  • Collaboratively developing and running regional IAD organizational structure and guiding staff in audit assignments
  • Maintaining a list of all investigations and results and appointing an investigator to carry out the investigation
  • Coordinating with safe disclosure and other sources of investigation and provide support to the function in line with approved IAD policies
  • Engaging expertise as need arises in respect of the investigation and ensuring the investigations are conducted, reported and results are monitored in line with approved organizational and AKU / IAD policies and applicable standards
  • Ensuring IAD budget are well planned and adhered to in conjunction with the other regional director and considering global opportunities and the strategy, developing a risk based annual audit plan for the region
  • Assigning audit assignments to staff and ensuring audit assignments are completed in time and in accordance with the agreed KPIs
  • Scheduling and executing audits and implementing the Quality Assurance Improvement Program (QAIP) for the region
  • Developing and implementing yearly training plans in conjunction with the CIA and the Regional Director East Africa to develop the IAD career framework and provide leadership and mentoring of staff in work, career and skills development
  • Coaching, mentoring, and training directing reports, as well as other team members to prepare them for other roles 
  • Holding primary responsibility to communicate audit project results, audit recommendations, and agreeing upon corrective actions to the Audit Committee, management and external auditors.


You should have:

  • a University degree
  • Professional certification is required i.e. Chartered Accountant / Cost Accountant / CPA, Lawyer, CIA or CISA 
  • Ten to fifteen years of experience in audit, compliance or legal disciplines including seven to eight years in a leadership role
  • Understanding of health care industry service delivery processes, preferably in a multi-facility health system and ability to partner and create key relationships with senior management
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a professional, multi-disciplinary team as a group leader, facilitator, or participant
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to inspire and motivate a large and very diverse team.
  • Disciplined approach to case handling and reporting
  • Conducted ongoing risk analysis, looking ahead for contingent liabilities and opportunities and astutely identifying the risks involved.
  • Previous exposure in risk management and/ or quality assurance is desirable
  • Excellent business acumen and analytical skills
  • Strong planning, organization, project and programme management skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills with the ability to describe complex ideas in clear and meaningful forms and to present data and information to various audiences
  • Superior critical thinking, problem-solving and workload/ project management skills. 

To Apply

​Please send your application and CV to human.resources@aku.edu and mark the subject line with the position applied for. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Applications should be submitted latest by March 3, 2019