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Internal Audit Internship


  • Internship


Amman, Jordan


International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Open now until position is filled.


Would you like to get experience in Internal Audit, Governance, Compliance and Risk Management? Do you have a passion for agriculture research for development? Do you want to have an experience working with an international public sector organization? 

We are currently seeking young and dynamic individuals who are interested in an exciting Internal Audit internship and a learning-by-doing experience with our organization to contribute to the enhancement of our internal audit, governance and risk management functions, and organizational learning.   The Audit-Intern will be involved in problem solving tasks/assignments in order to effectively deliver the IA strategy and operational plan for the period 2017 to 2019.  Their work would include research on audit topics that are relevant and useful for ICARDA, design of audit program, and benchmarking studies among others.  They would also be required to undertake audit assignments in part or in full.  This position provides great prospects for a bright and hard-working individual willing to grow in an international public sector organization and develop a meaningful career.  Applicants should be able to commit at least 20 hours per week to working with the IAU.  The Internal Audit – Intern is based at our office in Verdun, Beirut, Lebanon and reports to the Head of Internal Audit Unit. 

Description of tasks and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Internal Audit Unit, the intern will be responsible for the following duties: 

  • Assist in developing risk-based audit programs for the conduct of audits at HQ and field offices on a variety of areas/topics;
  • Conduct research on significant audit topics including but not limited to internal control frameworks, risk management frameworks;
  • Carry out general internal audit business and administrative duties including improving reports submitted to the management and the board of trustees;
  • Document test-works and results in the Internal Audit Management System (MK Insight);
  • Contribute to the execution of audits by the audit teams;
  • Help coordinate the planning of audit fieldwork;
  • Follow-up on the implementation of audit recommendations;
  • Draft and edit audit reports to clients;
  • Using Business Intelligence platforms, improves communication reports to Management and the Finance and Audit Committee

Required profile and competencies

  • Recently graduated or currently affiliated with an institution of higher education or research in pursuit of a Bachelors or Master’s degree in Business Administration/Management, Accounting or Public Administration or its equivalent experience.  With keen interest on internal audit, program management/evaluation, risk management and governance;
  • Strongly motivated, open-minded to learn new knowledge and methods on a practical (learning-by-doing) and research question-oriented basis;
  • Communication skills: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions of clarification, exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailor’s language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 
  • Excellent written and spoken English is required.
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint) with strong ability to easily learn new software, including audit management software
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve program goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect their own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. 
  • Ability to work effectively in globally diverse teams
  • Capacity to work independently on tasks and take initiative when needed
  • Interest in learning about compliance, risk management and internal audit

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for this internship. However, the applicants must have academic, technical or hands-on experience dealing with basic information management (particularly in data management), basic statistics and survey methods, internal control/risk management frameworks and report presentation among others. 

Time commitment

Between 3-6 months to be mutually agreed and with possibility of extension depending on performance.

Terms of Internship

The internship position is based at ICARDA in Beirut, Lebanon. A small monthly remuneration to cover costs of lunch and daily transportation to office will be provided. The intern is wholly responsible for all costs related to health, accommodation and visa expenses. ICARDA assumes no liability for any accident, ill health or other misfortune that may occur. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Internal Audit Unit.


Candidates should apply by email, sending a letter of interest, CV and up to two academic writing samples and/or published work (master thesis, technical report, articles published in journals) in English to Mr. Antonio Villamor ( The subject line of the email should clearly indicate “Application for IAU Internship: Name, Surname”  

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview and evaluation process.

About the organization

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) was established in 1977. It is one of 15 such centers supported by the CGIAR. ICARDA’s founding mandate to promote agricultural development in the dry areas of developing countries remains highly relevant today.  ICARDA works with a tight focus on the problem-solving needs of resource-poor farmers, achieving this through the in-field delivery of its research outputs. Although global food production has increased by 20 per cent in the past decade, food insecurity and poverty remain widespread, while the natural resource base continues to decline.

International research centers such as ICARDA, which have helped drive previous improvements, continue to deliver new technologies to support sustainable growth in agriculture, and crucially, to work with a wide range of partners to accelerate the dissemination of these technologies.

ICARDA’s biggest strength is its staff – 600 highly skilled men and women from 32 countries. Our research and training activities cover crop improvement, water and land management, integrated crop-livestock-rangeland management, and climate change adaptation. 

The Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. It is carried out by 15 Centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.