Supply of services - Internal Auditing

IIASA is seeking to engage the services of an audit firm to provide a specialist internal auditing service.

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The service provider will be responsible for planning, organizing, and carrying out internal audits, investigations, and evaluations of IIASA’s management processes and operations in consultation with the IIASA Council and management.  

The purpose will be to introduce a systematic and professional approach to auditing the governance, risk management, and internal controls at IIASA, to both ensure compliance with the regulatory framework and to enhance performance, organizational learning, and the efficiency and effectiveness of IIASA’s operations.

The service provider will work directly with the Finance Committee of the IIASA Council, the IIASA Executive Team, and other relevant internal stakeholders.

Services will include

  • Planning, conducting, and leading internal audits and reviews according to an annual plan agreed with the Finance Committee of the IIASA Council;
  • assessing governance, risk management, and internal control systems, and drafting independent opinions and recommendations that help improve IIASA processes and operations;
  • performing or assisting with ad-hoc investigations and evaluations, as required;
  • reviewing actions taken to implement agreed internal audit recommendations and corrective measures taken by the management;
  • liaising with external auditors where necessary;

  • preparing an annual report on the activities to the Finance Committee of the IIASA Council.


The audit firm should offer a dedicated point of contact who:

  • is an Internal Audit expert (preferably with a professional certification as an internal auditor) with 5+ years of experience working as an auditor;
  • has gained experience working in/with a research institution and/or international organization and has a well-developed understanding of institutional dynamics in a research environment;
  • has the ability to grasp issues from a wide range of both administrative and scientific operations;
  • has knowledge of the Austrian legal environment, in particular association law (Vereinsrecht);
  • is proficient in English and German (reports are expected to be provided in English);  
  • has the ability to be flexible and undertake on-site visits to IIASA’s offices.

General terms

  • Tenders are to be submitted free of charge and in English to .
  • The deadline for submissions is 17 January 2020.
  • IIASA expects to be able to notify the selected firm within 4 weeks after the deadline.
  • The initial services contract is envisaged to be for 12 months commencing in early 2020
  • The auditor is expected to work 20 hours per week under this contract, at least 50% of which must be spent on site in Laxenburg, Austria.


IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century. Our findings provide valuable options to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by scientific institutions in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

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Last edited: 13 December 2019


Monica Manchanda


Grant Management

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