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Recruiting Organization: Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative


HQAI is a young and rapidly growing NGO, which provides organisations with third-party quality assurance services grounded in feedback from vulnerable and at-risk people and communities. HQAI verifies that organisations work according to defined standards throughout an organisation - from policy to practice level. Currently, HQAI works with the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).

We operate with a pool of independent auditors who are registered with HQAI, which means that they have successfully completed HQAI-specific training . Auditors conduct third- party audits as per HQAI’s independent quality assurance procedures and the requirements of the applicable standards.

Are you an independent consultant? Do you have experience of quality assurance in the humanitarian & development sector or in quality/ethical standards? Do you have experience in financial auditing?

Read more about what it takes - and what it means - to join our team of independent auditors.

  1. Send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in becoming an HQAI auditor, as well as a current CV, two credentials/references from previous employment or consultancy positions.
  2. Pass an aptitude interview with HQAI.
Step 2: Pre-requisites
  1. Provide proof of successful completion of an internationally recognised ISO 19011 Lead Auditor course; - course duration approximately 3h
  2. We recommend (if you want to use another training please check with HQAI if it would be accepted): https://www.sae.org/learn/professional-development/caliso/iso-19011-2011- auditor-training
  3. Note that proven experience as management system auditor, finance auditor or similar can be taken into account in replacement of this requirement.
  4. Take an online introductory course on the CHS - course duration approximately 3h. You can find the course here: https://kayaconnect.org/course/info.php?id=260. Proof of successful completion of the training will be required for registration to HQAI’s e-learning module. If you deem your past experience satisfies this requirement, please contact us.
Step 3: HQAI e-learning
  1. Take HQAI e-learning modules - approximate course duration 8h.
  2. Pass the final test of the e-learning course. Success in the test will be required for registration to HQAI’s online auditor training.
Step 4: HQAI online training (remote)

Successfully complete an online auditor training - course duration 5 days, delivered by HQAI.

A final test has to be passed at the end of the training (please see Annex A for more information). Only those who pass the final test at a sufficient level can be registered as auditors for HQAI and continue their training through audit practice, under the supervision of HQAI senior auditors. We cannot guarantee that all candidates will be successful. The decision of HQAI is final.

Step 5: Practical training

Put your training into practice by taking an active role in at least one CHS audit for HQAI, under the supervision of an experienced HQAI senior auditor. The senior auditor will observe and assess your performance and report back to HQAI.

  • External ISO19011 e-learning: 199 USD
  • HQAI E-learning module: 479 CHF
  • HQAI online training: 765 CHF

If costs are a barrier for you, please contact HQAI secretariat to discuss options.


Please, before registering, check that your profile reflects the qualities, skills and experience requested to enrol and become HQAI auditor: https://hqai.contentfiles.net/media/documents/HQAI_Training_auditors-2021-11-02.pdf

If you wish to register for the training, or have questions on the requirements, profiles or administrative issues, please reach out to HQAI’s Head of Quality Assurance:

Elissa Goucem: egoucem@hqai.org

  • Registrations are accepted until February 28th, 2022.
  • The final test of the HQAI e-learning must be taken before March 15, 2022.
  • Confirmation of the registration in the online training will be provided at the latest on March 30, 2022.
  • The online auditor training will take place virtually from April 18th - 22nd, 2022.

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