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 organisation 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 the delivery of essential assistance to 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 maximise the impact of our operations to save lives. Reporting to the Regional Director" id="link" class="link">Deputy Director, this remote position (due to COVID-19 travel restrictions) will support and facilitate the regional team to identify, capture, assess, and mitigate potential areas of risk, including: programmatic, operational delivery, financial, legal, staff, SEAH and reputational, amongst others. Given the global impact of COVID-19, IFRC must have a collective central undertaking of risk exposure and risk-taking happening across our regions. This role will facilitate risk escalation back to the COVID-19 Taskforce, to enable (where necessary) centralised mitigation to occur and build a central understanding of total risk exposure. The role will also work on Capacity Building in risk management to facilitate the effective implementation of risk management processes across the region.

Job Purpose

Under the direction of the Regional Deputy Director, and with technical supervision of Head of Risk Management, the Senior Risk Management Officer will provide risk management and Advisory Services that add value and support IFRC management to take and manage risk proactively and effectively. They will collaborate with and guide IFRC’s regional office to implement an effective risk management processes, developing suitable processes for risk identification, documentation, Analysis, mitigation, and escalation. They will facilitate risk discussions and reviews across the region and help the region to develop an appropriate approach to risk mitigation, supporting the development of a practical control framework for the region's response to COVID-19.

The officer will facilitate a review of risks at each meeting of the regional SMT, maintaining the region’s risk register to support this process. The officer will provide regular updates to the Risk Management Senior Officer in Geneva on emerging and escalating risks within their region. The officer will work to raise the overall risk maturity of the regional office, CCST and Country Office and Sub Offices wherever exist, providing ongoing risk management training and guidance to the teams within their region. They will act as the regional lead in coordinating and answering risk related inquiries relating to the COVID-19 appeal from partners and donors.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Risk Management:

• Develop and implement IFRC’s risk framework (as set out by the Head of Risk Management) that will guide regional COVID-19 operations (country domestic response and regional support) and support the effective management of regional risks to the IFRC's objectives. This will be done in part by:

  • Implementing risk management framework components for the region’s (Country Office, CCST and Regional Office) 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 regional management 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 regional management, maintain, update, and facilitate the review of the COVID-19 response strategic risk register

• Support the work of the Head of Risk Management to ensure a consistent approach to risk is utilised access the region
• Act as a central point of escalation, ensuring regional risks are reviewed and where needed escalated to the Head of Risk Management.
• Facilitate regular risk discussions across the region.
• Provide risk reporting to the Regional Director and Head of Risk Management.
• Support regional leadership and project teams in establishing action plans to manage risk, making practical recommendations for risk-taking and mitigation.
• Provide guidance and training on risk management to regional 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 and risk management capacities within the organisation.
• 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.
• Facilitate the collection and collation of risk evidence.
• Facilitating management initiatives over risk and control.
• Overseeing regional risk management strategies.
• Managing regional risk mitigation action plans.
• Developing and monitoring defined risks appetites alongside IFRC regional management and in conjunction with the Head of Risk Management.

National Society Capacity Enhancement
• Provide guidance and support to National Societies in the region to improve their risk management framework
• Be the focal person for risk management activities.

Organisational Accountability
• Keep IFRC management duly informed on any material risk developments that could affect the IFRC and movement partners
• Provide regular updates to the Head of Risk Management in Geneva on emerging and escalating risk within their region

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 regional without the need to travel.


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

1) Risk Management qualification (ICERM, IDERM) or a member of the Institute of Risk
2) Internal audit qualification (PIIA, MIIA, CIA) or equivalent


1) At least five years' professional experience in risk management, risk-based internal
2) Experience in delivering training and awareness on risk management, and control
3) Experience in working in a multi-cultural environment

1) International experience working for a humanitarian or development organisation
2) Experience of working on the management of supply chain and logistics risk
3) Experience in coordinating with, donors and other actors

Knowledge, skills and languages

1) Understanding of the principles and application of good Corporate Governance,
business and operational risk management and effective internal controls
2) Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing with
different audiences, adapting style to fit the situation
3) Ability to gather, analyse, and evaluate facts, and prepare/present concise oral and
written reports
4) Ability to plan work and manage conflicting priorities, and handle multiple demands
5) Ability to establish/maintain effective working relationships with internal and
external stakeholders
6) IT literate and self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-
processing, etc.)
7) Ability to work under stressful conditions, meet deadlines and work remotely

1) Good working knowledge of system audit procedures and techniques
2) Knowledge of financial principles and financial risk.
3) 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
4) Good knowledge of the region

Languages (required):
Fluent spoken and written English

Languages (preferred):
Additional language relevant to the Asia and Pacific

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