Risk and Compliance Manager at UNICEF, New York, United States


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Deadline: 19 August 2022

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Risk and Compliance Manager in New York, United States.

UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Risk and Compliance Manager will perform the following functions:

  • Risk management leadership
    • Ensure ECW compliance with UNICEF standards and policies as applicable across all key risk areas, including portfolio and programme risk, fiduciary risk and fraud risk.
    • Undertake a comprehensive review of the new Hosting Agreement (once finalized) between UNICEF and its hosted funds to ensure ECW compliance against all relevant risk-related requirements in the Agreement.
    • Oversee ECW’s Corporate Risk Framework and Portfolio Risk Framework. Lead the contracting of a third party (if deemed necessary) to deliver a comprehensive update of both frameworks in line with global best practice, and then coordinate a new process to monitor ECW’s compliance with both frameworks.
    • Lead the production of timely and high-quality risk reports for ECW’s Executive Committee.
    • Lead the timely collation and analysis of risk data from ECW grantees against each ECW risk reporting cycle (currently a 6-month cycle), ensuring ECW gets back on track with its reporting cycle by March 2023. Review grantee risk assessment matrices and lead action on areas of concern.
  • Oversight and advisory to the Management
    • Advise ECW management on actions to be taken to enforce and strengthen accountabilities for a robust, responsive and transparent risk framework that ensures ECW can fully deliver on its new Strategic Plan 2023-2026.
    • Contribute to effective management process by supporting the Chief of Strategy and Planning to present on risk in key governance meetings (particularly Senior Management Team meeting, Executive Committee Meetings and bilateral meetings with donors).
    • Coordinate and drive progress on risk assessment and control activities with other UN agencies, hosted funds and global funds by representing the office in meetings and collaborating on relevant workstreams.
  • Capacity building
    • Build the capacity of both ECW grantees and ECW staff to ensure that a sound risk management approach is embedded in all aspects of the project delivery lifecycle.
    • Establish a system to document and report weaknesses on risk and accordingly build the capacity of responsible staff.
    • Analyze cause and effect of policy changes to the operations of the office, anticipate changes and advise on the new way of doing business.
    • Lead the implementation of a continuous learning and development plan for the Risk and Compliance function.
    • Coordinate closely with ECW’s safeguarding consultant (leading on PSEAH and safeguarding risk) on areas of mutual interest and coordinated reporting.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Business Administration and Financial Management. Operations Management, Strategic Management, Risk Management, Audit, Investigation, Internal Control, Statistics and Data Analysis or Accounting certifications are considered as assets.
  • At least 8 year’s of continuous professional work experience in Risk and Compliance or another directly relevant area is required.
  • Experience in internal audit is an asset.
  • Experience in financial management, particularly developing and implementing financial control systems, ERM, audits, internal control, preferably with international organizations, NGOs and UN is an asset.
  • Previous supervisory experience is required.
  • Previous team leadership experience is an asset.
  • Background/familiarity with humanitarian/emergency/protracted crisis contexts is an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, visit UNICEF.

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