International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Risk Management Delegate (Covid 19 - 2 Regional Postings)

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Job Description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest, volunteer-based, humanitarian network. IFRC is a membership organization established by, and comprised of, its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with national societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. IFRC's Headquarters are in Geneva, with regional and country offices located throughout the world. Covid-19 is a global challenge and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is at the forefront of responding to the outbreak. There is an ongoing IFRC emergency appeal for CHF 150 million and the continuing release of Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREFs) to help national societies response to COVID-19. IFRC is providing these funds alongside Technical Support during country lockdowns, where the future is unpredictable, in terms of both infection and the increasing risk of loss of life, and people's daily lives and livelihoods. Risk management plays a crucial role in ensuring essential assistance reaches communities in need while safeguarding donor investments made to the operation. Drawing on the lessons learned from other IFRC operations, the ongoing assessment and monitoring of IFRC’s overall operational risks, against clearly defined risk appetites, is essential from early on in any operation. Risk management is a vital tool, allowing us to make sure we take the right amount of risk, at the right time, to maximize the impact of our operations to save lives.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Deputy Regional Director Africa or MENA the Risk Management Delegate will be responsible for the Design supported by Office of Internal Audit and Investigation (OIAI) and implementation a robust risk management framework for IFRC’s COVID-19 global response. The framework is being developed to minimize risks and develop appropriate initiatives to manage them at the strategic and operational level of the response.

Under the direction of COVID-19 Risk Management team in Geneva the Risk Management Delegate will provide comprehensive risk management and Advisory Services to the IFRC Africa or MENA response. He/she will provide technical leadership for IFRC's Country and clusters offices, who are supporting risk management for the appeal at a regional level. He/she will facilitate strategic risk discussions with the Regional Operations Manager Covid-19 (Lead) and IFRC’s Senior Leadership team. The delegate will facilitate the review of risks by senior management and maintain the IFRC's overarching risk register the response.

He/she will take the organizational lead in coordinating and answering risk related inquiries relating to the COVID-19 appeal from partners and donors.

The delegate should support the taking of risk as well as its mitigation. The delegate should ensure that risk management is a tool to help operational delivery and not an exercise in compliance.

The delegate will also work to raise the overall risk maturity of IFRC, developing IFRC’s risk management training package.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Risk Management

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive risk framework that will guide IFRC’s Africa or MENA COVID-19 operations and support the effective management of risks to the IFRC's objectives. This will be done in part by:
      • Developing risk management framework components for IFRCs Africa or MENA response to COVID-19 - Enhance, build, or expand risk appetite statements for the COVID-19 appeal, risk identification, risk scoring, and risk reporting infrastructures, including relevant programs and process across the region.

  • Facilitate and support IFRC’s Africa or MENA leadership to develop appropriate initiatives to mitigate the delivery, operational, and reputation risks arising from the COVID-19 appeal and the pandemics impact on the IFRC itself.

  • On behalf of senior management, maintain, update, and facilitate the review of the COVID-19 response strategic risk register.

  • Work with regional managers to ensure a consistent approach to risk management is utilized access all country and cluster offices.

  • Act as a central point of escalation, ensuring regional risks are reviewed and where needed escalated to the central risk register for the COVID-19 appeal and IFRC overall strategic risk register as necessary.

  • Facilitate regular risk discussions at regional central strategic levels.

  • Provide risk reporting to the COVID-19 Regional Operations Manager (Lead) and regional director.

  • Support the IFRC corporate and delivery departments in establishing action plans to manage risk, making practical recommendations for risk-taking and mitigation.

  • Provide guidance and training on risk management to corporate and operational teams on critical risk areas and support the development of effective risk mitigation action plans.

  • Provide support, education, and training to staff to build risk awareness within the organization.

  • Assist in preparation of risk reports and risk registers for stakeholders (internal and external).

Key Result Areas

The jobholder's accountability areas are outlined as follows:

  • Risk management processes.

  • Providing risk reports.

  • Retaining and updating the strategic risk register for the COVID-19 response.

  • Facilitate the collection and compilation of risk evidence.

  • Facilitating management initiatives over risk and control.

  • Overseeing global risk management strategies.

  • Managing strategic risk mitigation action plans.

  • Developing and monitoring defined risks appetites with IFRC management.

National Society Capacity Enhancement

  • Provide guidance and support to national societies to improve their risk management framework.

  • Be the focal person for risk management development and activities for IFRC.

Organizational Accountability

Keep IFRC management duly informed on any material risk developments that could affect the IFRC and Movement partners.

Duties applicable to all staff

  1. Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat's goals

  2. Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles

  3. Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager

  4. Be able to work remotely and support the Federation without the need to travel


  • Relevant university education (Risk Management, Business, Finance, Law, Governance, etc.) (Required)

  • Risk Management qualification (ICERM, IDERM) or a member of the Institute of Risk Management (Required)

  • Internal audit qualification (PIIA, MIIA, CIA) or equivalent (Preferred)

  • Fluent spoken and written English (Required)

  • Fluent spoken and written French or Arabic (Preferred)


  • At least seven years' professional experience in risk management or risk-based internal auditing (Required)

  • Experience in delivering training and awareness on risk management and control (Required)

  • Experience in working in a multi-cultural environment (Required)

  • International experience working for a humanitarian or development organization (Preferred)

  • Experience of working on the management of supply chain and logistics risk (Preferred)

  • Experience in coordinating with donors and other actors (Preferred)

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Understanding of the principles and application of good Corporate Governance, business and operational risk management, and effective internal controls (Required)

  • Good working knowledge of system audit procedures and techniques (Preferred)

  • Knowledge of financial principles and financial risk (Required)

  • Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to investigations particularly relating to fraud, corruption, bribery, and misappropriation of financial resources and sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (Preferred)

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing with different audiences, adapting style to fit the situation (Required)

  • Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate facts, and prepare/present concise oral and written reports (Required)

  • Ability to plan work and manage conflicting priorities, and handle multiple demands simultaneously (Required)

  • Ability to establish/maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders (Required)

  • IT literate and self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing, etc.) (Required)

  • Ability to work under high pressure conditions, meet deadlines and work remotely (Required)

  • Experience of working for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (Preferred)

Competencies and values

Collaboration - teamwork - national society relationship - building trust.


Please make sure to indicate in the Motivation letter your preferred location:

a) Mena 

b) Africa 

c) Both

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