ABOUT WFP IN MALI
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger in the world. WFP's mission is to help the world reach the zero hunger goal by 2030. WFP works every day to ensure that the most vulnerable, especially women and children, can access to the nutritious foods they need to lead productive and healthy lives.
WFP MANDATE AND INTERVENTIONS IN MALI
In Mali, WFP supports government efforts through an assistance strategy aimed at responding to the humanitarian emergency, strengthening the resilience of communities and supporting sustainable development efforts. In collaboration with state institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and partners of the United Nations system, WFP organizes cash or in-kind transfers to meet the food needs of families affected by conflicts or hazards , provides school meals that promote girls and boys' access to education, supports the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, provides technical and financial support to groups of small agricultural producers to improve their production and access at the market.
WFP also provides the air transport service, providing humanitarian and development actors with safe, reliable and economical transport to the regions of Mopti, Gao, Menaka, Timbuktu and Kayes, which provides access to the most vulnerable populations. vulnerable. The world's largest humanitarian agency also supports the government and its partners, through food and nutrition security analyzes, the provision of logistics services, and information and communication technologies.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
Mali Country Office is a large Country Office (CO) with complex operations. The job holder typically operates individually and report to the Country Director. Functionally, the CO-Risk and Compliance Officer (RCO) reports to the Senior Regional Risk and Compliance Advisor in Dakar (RBD-SRRCA)
The RCO is part of the second line of defense and supports efficient, effective and accountable CO management through the Coordination and follow up of performance, risk management and accountability activities as per WFP standards. Frequent travel to WFP Area and Sub Offices is required.
Provide advice and specialized support in the establishment of effective risk assessment and risk management activities; application of controls and compliance with policies and procedures; and contribution to the overall effectiveness of operations and optimization of WFP resources by championing the mainstreaming of WFP’s risk and compliance framework.
1.Provide expert advice to CO management and staff on risk & compliance issues and creation of viable control environment to support operational efficiency.
2. Provide assistance in ensuring that the use of all WFP resources is in conformity with WFP Policy, Rules and Regulations and with the approved CO strategic plans/project plans and donor funding agreements.
3. Provide advice on enhancement and/or initiate establishment of adequate internal control systems including performance and risk Management Systems, monitoring and oversight plans and support their implementation.
4. Contribute to the development of compliance Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for managing the risk and compliance function, including criteria for conducting risk and compliance missions, training materials and modules, etc. following the best international practices.
5. Undertake periodic and ad hoc reviews independently or with relevant managers in country and field offices to assess effectiveness of the internal controls, identify risk areas, assess the potential for fraud and corruption in operational activities and recommend required actions to the relevant units or management level.
6. Facilitate accountability across functional units, prepare comprehensive reports and formulate sound recommendations on required actions in areas of compliance vulnerability including procedural and regulatory amendments.
7. Review and provide advice on internal policies and procedures and monitor their consistent and correct application.
8. Undertake timely follow-up of the implementation of audit, evaluation and other oversight bodies’ recommendations and associated management actions.
9. Provide advice to Management and follow-up on eventual fraud cases and eventual beneficiaries’ complaints related to CO operations.
10. Act as a focal point and/or support the designated Performance and Risk Management Champion (PARC) in the CO for annual performance planning and reviews, risk assessment and updating of CO risk registers, including operational level risk registers and progress towards implementing the risk mitigation actions.
11. Prepare periodic progress reports on the status of compliance and internal controls in the office.
12. Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
13. Assess information/training needs and prepare and deliver training programmes or information sessions for managers and staff in CO to enhance compliance with WFP policies, rules, regulations and procedures.
14. Ensure that the CO complies with the procedures in force in the areas of procurement (food and non-food), Human Resources, recruitment of project implementation partners, monitoring and evaluation of activities, and other suppliers...
15. Ensure the review, respect and application of mechanisms in place in internal control area
16. Advise management on issues related to both code of conduct, ethics and discipline in the workplace as well as legal issues ….
17. Supervise staff and provide to them training and technical guidance.
18. Other duties as required.
DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT:
- CO Annual Performance Plan (APP) and Risk Register (RR) finalized within established timelines;
- CO Annual Assurance Statement finalized within set timelines; Coordinate with Finance the submission of the LOR, which should be sent with the Annual Assurance Statement
- CO knowledge building and sharing exercises facilitated;
- Quarterly risk and compliance updates provided to management;
- Monitor the timeliness of Heads of Unit implementation of oversight recommendations made by audit, evaluation and Regional Bureau oversight missions;
- Effective coordination with other CO actors engaged in work related to anti-fraud/corruption/ethics e.g. Peer Support Volunteers, Respectful Workplace Advisors, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse focal points etc.;
- The Global Risk and Compliance (GRC) database is regularly updated
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Advanced University degree in business/public Administration, finance, accounting, international development, audit or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses in audit, performance and risk management or other related fields.
Five years of relevant progressively responsible experience in leading, undertaking and/or contributing to risk management activities, including assessing and recommending effective internal controls and mitigation actions, in various organizations that use modern Enterprise Risk Management frameworks, techniques and systems.”
Knowledge & Skills:
- Has gained programme/project management experience
- Has conducted monitoring and reporting activities, demonstrating knowledge of results hierarchy, performance metrics and measurement
- Has conducted risk Analysis and developed risk mitigation strategies
- Has conducted internal control system evaluations and financial and management capacities of various organizations.
Fluency (level C) in English and French language.
Female qualified Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply