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About Evidence Action

Evidence Action is a global nonprofit organization with an approach distinctive in international development – we exclusively scale interventions that are backed by strong evidence and can be delivered with exceptional cost-effectiveness. Since our founding in 2013, we have reached over 515 million people globally with our interventions. We deliver high impact for every dollar spent, as recognized by GiveWell, The Life You Can Save, and Charity Navigator.

We do development differently. We take a data-driven approach to identifying, scaling, and continuously improving programs which deliver immense impact, ensuring these solutions measurably improve the lives of millions. Our Deworm the World Program has helped governments in Africa and Asia deliver over 1.8 billion childhood deworming treatments, improving health, education, and incomes. Safe Water Now provides sustained safe water access to over 10 million people in Africa, preventing childhood illness and deaths. 

We drive innovation: Our Accelerator builds the next generation of exceptional programs, taking an approach most similar to a venture capital model. We are ruthless in exiting programs which do not meet our criteria; those that advance deliver outsized impact for millions of people. 

We are global. Across nine countries in Africa and Asia, our 700+ people are united by a tremendous passion for our mission and impact. We are strong because of our diversity of experience, geography, and background – with over 90% of our people in the countries where our impact is focused. 

We have big ambitions. Over the next decade, we’re setting our sights higher: We aim to reach over 600 million people globally to fulfill our vision of a world where hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places have better opportunities and their lives are measurably improved. We believe in bold and urgent action – because poverty doesn’t wait, and neither should we. 

We need great people. Our success to date is due to the collective work of our amazing staff. To achieve our ambitious goals, we are looking for people who share our passion for evidence, cost-effectiveness, and scale. We seek individuals who take an entrepreneurial approach, enjoy tackling hard problems, and have a bias to action and results. If our vision and approach excite you as much as it does us, we invite you to join us.

Job purpose

The role revolves around aiding in audit planning alongside the Manager, Internal Audit. This encompasses defining scopes, objectives, and procedures based on risk evaluations. It involves executing high quality audits with detailed analyses through interviews, process assessments, and data sampling to ensure compliance with organizational policies and best practices. There's a continuous assessment of process efficiency, resource accountability, and security while ensuring provision of innovative recommendations for improving the operations. Responsibilities also include preparing work papers and audit reports and reviewing those of supervised staff to ensure that work done meets the set quality and standards. Special projects, investigations, reviewing work performance of staff supervised, and ensuring the implementation of audit recommendations through regular follow-ups are crucial aspects of the role. Additionally, acting as a contact point for internal control queries from field offices and handling other assigned duties are integral parts of this role.

Direct reports: Senior Associate/Associate, Internal Audit

On-site: Nairobi, Nairobi County, KenyaAfrica, ManagementFull timeAMIA0124

Duties and responsibilities

  • Assist in audit planning in coordination with Associate Director, Internal Audit with the scope, objectives and procedures based on an evaluation of applicable risks.
  • Execute high-quality audits by conducting testing/analysis of specified areas identified in the work plan through interviews, reviewing processes, and using samples and other data to ensure compliance with organization policies and procedures and best practice. This will require travel to field offices.
  • Review internal policies and procedures covering all the key operational areas, ensuring they are comprehensive, clearly written, provide sufficient internal controls and are in compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Continuously assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of processes/practices to ensure efficient and effective utilisation, accountability and security of resources. 
  • Prepare audit work papers and review those of supervised staff to ensure that work done meets the set quality and the relevant Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) standards.
  • Prepare concise reports detailing identified key control points and weaknesses in the system or function being audited and providing practical recommendations for correcting unsatisfactory conditions, improving operations and reducing cost.
  • Perform special projects and reviews including investigations, as assigned.
  • Ensure audit recommendations are implemented through regular follow-up with auditees.
  • Review work performance of staff supervised including their training, development and appraisal.
  • Be a point of contact for internal control questions or concerns coming from the field offices. 
  • Other duties as requested.

Position Location

The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya but you may be required to travel to country offices within the East and Southern Africa region as and when required.

Working conditions

Normal/Office based. The official working hours are 8:00am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Evidence Action is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, accounting or related fields. 
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience in accounting or auditing. Experience with not-for-profit organizations is preferred. 
  • Full professional accounting or auditing qualification such as CPA, ACCA, CIA or equivalent with membership to relevant professional body.
  • Knowledge of proper risk-based audit procedures, techniques and internal controls.
  • Good understanding of the use and application of IT and a thorough knowledge of the related control and security standards.
  • Experience with internal control assessments and conducting investigations a plus. 


  • Private Health Insurance
  • Pension Plan
  • Paid Time Off

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