There are five GCAS Areas around the world, with the Trans Africa Area (TAF) covering Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. In TAF there are 13 offices grouped into four Regions. Each Region is headed by a Regional Manager who supervises Audit Managers, Audit Seniors and Audit Staff. Approximately 60 auditors work in the Trans Africa Area.
Region A, Accra, Ghana
Region B, Yaounde, Cameroon
Region C, Nairobi, Kenya
Region D, Gaborone, Botswana
What we’re looking for
Committed Seventh-day Adventist.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 on the US scale or it's equivalent
Eligible to sit for the ACCA exam or equivalent with local professional body
Passion for learning
Team and leadership skills
Minimum English language proficiency of CEFR B2 (TOEFL 500 paper/222 computer/89 internet)
What is it like to work here?
Each auditor will be assigned an individual desk in a shared office, or a cubicle arrangement.
Significant travel (about 50% of working time) is required for all GCAS positions as field work is performed in client offices throughout the Region.
New hires participate in a week-long orientation. The agenda includes overview of office procedures, HR issues, and basic GCAS audit approach and methodology.
New hires participate in three training audits, spaced at least six weeks apart and completed within 12-18 months of hire. Training audits are conducted by TAF audit trainer and use lecture-style instruction combined with hands-on auditing and review in a live audit client environment. For each new hire, an attempt is made to vary the entity type (conference, academy, ABC, etc.) to provide experience with various entities. Assignment of audit section assignments is rotated on each training audit, so the new hire has exposure to as many different audit sections as possible. By the third training audit, the new hire will be assigned “in charge” responsibilities including review, exit interview presentation, and financial statement wrap-up.
Completion of the professional exam (ACCA/CA) is required within five years (for country-specific exam) or seven years (for globally-recognized exam) of employment with GCAS. Studying for and taking the professional exam qualifies as CPE for those who have not yet passed the exam. Time off for study and taking of the exam is given, and expenses are reimbursed under a variety of options as outlined in professional studies assistance policy.
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
GCAS requires that each member of its professional staff obtain a minimum of 20 hours per year and at least 120 hours every three years. Studying for and taking professional exam qualify for CPE for those who have not yet passed the exam
Trans Africa Area (TAF) Seminars
Trans Africa Area holds professional development seminars which provide some of the the annual CPE requirements for most GCAS auditors.
Developing your career
Annual awards are given to recognize achievements by regional offices as well as individuals. In addition, service awards are given for increments of 5 years of service.
GCAS staffing levels include Audit Staff, Audit Senior, Audit Manager, Audit Specialist, Regional Manager, and Assistant Director.
The Audit Staff position is an entry level three-year program. Audit Staff work under the supervision of an Audit Senior or Audit Manager in performing the following audit functions: pulling trial balances and preparing lead schedules using audit software, assisting in performing compliance and substantive testing during work in the client’s office, and assisting in preparing client financial statements and reports. By the end of the second year, the Audit Staff is expected to be in charge of audits (under the supervision of Audit Seniors or Audit Managers). Between the end of the second and third years, with satisfactory work progress and completion of the professional exam, an Audit Staff can generally expect to be promoted to Audit Senior. Promotion is based on completion of at least the Skills Level of the professional exam and overall proficient performance evaluations.
An Audit Senior requires a ACCA/CA license and satisfactory service of two to three years as an Audit Staff or other relevant/comparable audit experience. Tasks include performing functions of audit planning and preparation in accordance with International audit standards adopted by the SDA denomination; performing compliance and substantive tests on audits (in audit office as well as at the client’s office); preparing and reviewing client financial statements and audit reports; serving as in-charge auditor on audits as assigned by the Regional Manager; supervising work performed by Audit Staff and other audit team members; and presenting audit reports to client governing committees, audit committees, and constituency sessions. Promotion requires satisfactory completion of the GCAS training and orientation program, demonstrated ability to manage small to medium-sized audits (academy or small conference), successful completion of the ACCA/CA exam, satisfactory communication and inter-personal skills, and overall proficient performance evaluations.
Promotion to Audit Manager is based on a demonstrated ability to manage large and/or complex audits, superior communication and inter-personal skills, and overall proficient performance evaluations. Promotion may also require potential to manage a portfolio of audits.
Promotion to Audit Specialist is based on successful completion of training in a specialized audit area.
A Regional Manager is in charge of one of the four regional TAF GCAS office (see locations listed in Where We’re Located) and reports to the TAF Associate Director. Regional Managers will have demonstrated an ability to manage large and/or complex audits and a portfolio of audits, superior communication and inter-personal skills, and overall proficient performance evaluations.
Philosophy of Remuneration
As outlined in the General Conference Remuneration Scale document, working for the Seventh-day Adventist Church involves a commitment to mission and spirit of dedication, service, and sacrifice. The focus is on sharing Jesus and the hope of salvation with the world.
Salaries are based on the wage factor of the local payroll center. Salary increases are based on merit.
Work Week Hours
While GCAS auditors typically work a standard work week, there are times when additional time in the evenings or on weekends is needed to complete the audit, observe physical inventory counts, prepare for constituency session reports, or other unusual obligations. There is no overtime pay, as GCAS auditors are salaried employees.
Travel Expense Reimbursements
Travel expenses are reimbursed according to policy including mileage, per diem, lodging expense, etc.
Paid Time Off
Paid holidays include public holidays, days off as declared by the local payroll center, and Christmas holiday week where applicable.
Paid vacation is based on the policy of the local payroll center or as otherwise determined by local labor law.
GCAS in the TAF Area participates in the respective Division/Union retirement plans. GCAS as an employer contributes a percentage of gross salary as a retirement contribution on behalf of the employee. GCAS employees in the TAF Area are not required to make retirement contributions.
Health Care Coverage
Medical assistance is provided based on the policy of the local payroll center.
Insurance options available include a Personal Effects Floater (PEF) for travel, Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D), and Life Insurance options.
Professional Membership Dues
GCAS reimburses professional organizational dues. Dues for up to two professional memberships may be reimbursed if required for licensing or certification.
With approval from the Regional Manager, a GCAS employee with several years’ experience may be assigned to audit engagements in other countries based on audit requirements.