Job Opportunity for Head, Internal Audit Unit at Pratham in New Delhi

Website Pratham

About Pratham

Pratham was founded in 1995, to provide pre-school education to children in Mumbai slums. Over the last 25 years, Pratham has grown to be one of the largest non-profit organizations working to provide quality education to children and youth in over 20 states and union territories across the country, through a range of interventions.Pratham is a widely recognized organization, having received notable awards such as the Lui Che Woo Prize, WISE Prize for Innovation, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Henry R Kravis Prize in Leadership and the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year for Public Service.

About the role

In the last two decades, Pratham has grown to be a leading and reputed non-profit, not just in India but globally. With an ever-changing regulatory ecosystem, technology enabled advancements and evolving donor expectations regarding efficiency and efficacy, Pratham needs to continuously adapt and strengthen its financial, accounting, people-related, programmatic and operational processes and systems. The Internal Audit unit is being created to fulfill these objectives and enable Pratham to continue to be on top of regulatory demands as well as meet and exceed expectations of our stakeholders, donors and communities in the years to come. This position will help build and provide overall leadership to this unit.


The position will be based in New Delhi and report to the Chief Executive Officer. The position will work closely with various central teams (Finance and Accounts; Human Resources; Program Management; Measurement, Monitoring and Evaluation) as well as state and program teams.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to,

● Developing and executing an internal audit plan and schedule in consultation with organizational leadership and relevant teams to

a) assess compliance with finance and administration-, people-, program- and data-related policies and protocols;

b)report on compliance levels and gaps;

c) suggest and support with implementation of corrective measures.

● Studying best practices and benchmark standards and coordinating with relevant teams to improve design and execution of systems and policies.

● Supporting training and capacity building of teams with regards to legal compliances, best industry practices, risk awareness and management, and organizational policies and processes.

● Carry out special audits and investigations as may be required by the audit committee and/ or management, and particularly, in case fraudulent activity is suspected.

● Prepare relevant reports for the management and, as needed, for the Pratham Board and its Audit and  Finance Committee.

● Build and lead the internal audit team.

● Perform additional tasks, as required, by the management.


Educational and Experience

● Degree in auditing, financial accounting or financial management. Being a Chartered Accountant is mandatory.

● Minimum 8 years of experience (after completion of CA) in an auditing role.

Key competencies and traits

● Demonstration of core beliefs and values of Pratham – a learning and listening mindset, evidence and analytical decision-making, respect for teams and colleagues, and agility and efficiency in planning and execution.

● Strong accounting skills and knowledge of accounting softwares and MS Excel, and familiarity with workings of enterprise management systems.

● Analytical thinker with attention to deal and strong conceptual and problem solving skills.

● Strong communication (oral and written) skills. Proficiency in English is mandatory.

● Strong interpersonal skills with cross-cultural teams.

● Ability to manage tight deadlines and keep composure under stressful work conditions.

● Willingness to travel, including to remote locations.

Other details

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Preferred Joining date: At the earliest.

Application Procedure

Please send your resume along with a cover letter, outlining your motivations and suitability for the role, to Mention “HEAD, INTERNAL AUDIT UNIT” in the subject.

A minimum of two recommendation letters will be needed as we proceed through the selection process.

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