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Director of Internal Audit and Risk


Job Description

Duties and responsibilities at this level will entail:

  • Providing the secretarial services to the Audit Risk and Governance Committee of the Board;
  • Preparing annual internal audit work plan for approval by Audit Risk and Governance Committee of the Board;
  • Annually Prepare and review internal audit charter;
  • Preparing quarterly reports on the status of implementation of the annual internal audit plan for submission to the Audit Risk and Governance Committee of the Board;
  • Developing and implementing an internal risk-based audit strategy;
  • Planning and undertaking audits to assess controls, operational and technical efficiencies and compliance with policies, procedures and regulations;
  • Conducting audit tests on internal controls in all processes;
  • Ensuring the effectiveness of the overall enterprise risk management program;
  • Liaison with the Auditor General and ensure follow up on the process of implementation of Internal and external audit recommendations;
  • Enforcement of treasury circulars and ensuring that KEPHIS has aligned itself with Public Finance Management Acts;
  • Recommending mitigation measures to address identified weaknesses where necessary;
  • Ensuring that the Internal Audit systems, procedures and guidelines are prepared for approval;
  • Supervising the preparation of work programmes to ensure that audits are planned and well managed;
  • Submission of individual internal audit reports to the Managing Director, and summarized quarterly internal audit reports to the Board through audit risk and Governance Committee;
  • Drafting Audit Risk and Governance Committee Board Charter;
  • Developing and maintaining a Quality Assurance and Improvement Programme that includes internal and external assessment;
  • Review, approval and monitoring of the audit departmental budget;
  • Provide leadership in carrying out special audits and investigations (ad hoc) as may be required from time to time and submit report of findings to the Board;
  • Member to the KEPHIS corruption prevention committee that deliberates on anti-corruption strategies;
  • Preparation of quarterly internal audit and risk department report on corruption prevention activities.

Person Specifications

For appointment to this grade, an officer must:

  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years in relevant work and at least six years in management;
  • Bachelors Degree in any of the following disciplines: Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or any other equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
  • Masters Degree in any of the following disciplines: Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
  • Be in possession of CPA (K) and any of the following: CISA, CFE, CIA, ACCA or its equivalent
  • Be a member of Institute of Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (ICPAK) and any of the following professional Bodies-Institute of Internal Auditors of Kenya (IIA- Kenya), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE);
  • Have a certificate in leadership Course lasting not less than six weeks from a recognized institution;
  • Fulfil the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.


  • Analytical skills
  • Computer literacy and proficiency
  • Strategic and innovative thinking
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Communication skills.


  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Can work well under pressure and prioritize work; and
  • Demonstrated results in work performance.
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to relate internal audit findings to the strategic objective of the organization.

Method of Application

Applicants should visit the online portal located in the Careers section of KEPHIS website ( to submit applications electronically. Clearly indicate the position and the vacancy number on the subject line, with a detailed curriculum vitae, certified copies of academic and professional certificates, transcripts, national identification cards and any other supporting documents (as pdf attachments) not later than 13th February, 2024 at 5.00 p.m.

KEPHIS is an equal opportunity employer. Potential candidates from marginalized communities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to avail their original and certified copies of the relevant certificates & transcripts and original national identity card during the interview.
  • Successful candidates must obtain and submit valid clearance certificates from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA); Higher Education Loans Board (HELB); Directorate of Criminal Investigation and an approved Credit Reference Bureau as per Chapter six of the Constitution.

The Managing Director
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) P.O. Box 49592-00100

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