Ethiopia: Senior Risk Management and Compliance Advisor

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Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 16 May 2018


UNHCR has been taking calculated risks in its daily work since its establishment. However, the organization has adopted a formal risk management system only in 2014. The progress made by the organization in institutionalizing risk management, albeit in a light form, has been acknowledged both internally and externally. At the same time there is a growing realization that the organization needs to further strengthen risk management, responding to the evolution of its operating environment, which is becoming increasingly complex and prone to more risks, both internal and external.

UNHCR's Risk Management 2.0 initiative will increase investment in and attention to risk management and oversight to better identify, mitigate and respond to important risks in field operations. Key operational risks that affect delivery and impact will be reviewed with particular attention being paid to risks of fraud, corruption, terrorism, money laundering and sexual exploitation and abuse of refugees as well as harassment among team members.

The aim is to achieve a more risk-informed management of Operations by reinforcing the continuum between risk identification, root-cause analysis, implementation of risk mitigation measures and response to risks.

The incumbent is engaged for a specific period of time to support operational managers in effective risk management and compliance thereby improving risk culture and integrity in the organization.

The incumbent shall review the adequacy of risk management and compliance systems, structures, procedures and capacities across the Operation. The incumbent will make recommendations as appropriate for their strengthening and assist operations management in their implementation.

The incumbent shall actively engage with internal stakeholders, including with the Bureau and Headquarters¿ Divisions, as appropriate, to ensure alignment in reforms at the country-office level with relevant efforts/reforms at the Headquarters and Regional levels.

The incumbent will be part of a network Risk Management 2.0 practitioners and will work in close collaboration with the Chief Risk Officer and the Geneva-based Enterprise Risk management (ERM) capacity to ensure coherence of approach, identify and address systemic root causes requiring a corporate-level response, the sharing of best-practice.

Keeping the Representative informed, the incumbent shall also actively engage directly with external stakeholders including relevant Government offices, implementing and operational partners, donors, contractors and refugee/host communities for the purposes of maximizing collective efforts to manage risk, strengthen compliance and maximize the quality of services provided for the benefit of refugees and other persons of concern.

The incumbent may manage relevant personnel/functions relating to compliance, quality and risk management.

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Due to the temporary nature of the engagement, the incumbent shall ensure that efficiency of operations management is improved through: close collaboration with the operations management team; clarity of roles; improved skills in risk management; and full integration of risk management, compliance and quality assurance actions into core operational activities.

The incumbent reports directly to the Representative at D2 grade level, with a functional reporting line to ERM Unit.


  • Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) plus minimum 16 years of previous relevant work experience in progressively responsible functions. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 17 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 15 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • At least 8 years of experience in a senior managerial/leadership position involving, amongst other things, responsibilities relating to risk management, compliance and/or quality of results are an advantage.
  • Excellent judgement with proven ability to deal with complex interrelated issues and strong analytical and problem solving skills to develop solutions that address root causes.
  • Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong management skills in collaboration, team building, capacity development and with ability to deliver quality results on time.
  • Exposure to and experience in UN or humanitarian field operations and emergencies in various geographical locations.
  • Demonstrated high level of integrity, objectivity, impartiality and fairness.
  • Fluency in English (and the UN working knowledge of the office if not English), including excellent drafting skills and capacity to communicate complex matters to a wide non-expert audience as well as to experts involved in the area of responsibility.


  • Good working knowledge of UNHCR's mandate, field operations, organizational structure, and policies.
  • Good working knowledge of another UN language.
  • Working experience in an oversight function within the UN.
  • Knowledge of and working experience with Enterprise Risk Management frameworks.

How to apply:


Interested candidates should apply on the UNHCR Career Page/international vacancies section here:

Deadline for applications: Monday 16 May 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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