Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Regional Risk and Compliance Manager

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Description

You will manage risk functions at the regional, country program and partner levels and assist the regional and country level management to proactively manage risk. You will develop, analyze and implement systems, processes and controls that enhance agency operational efficiency and promote competitiveness across operational areas. You will also be instrumental in regional and country-level capacity-building in identification, assessment and management of all categories of risks identified in external & internal Audit reports and Risk Assessments. Your knowledge and guidance will reduce risk to staff, to the effectiveness of our programming and to the people we serve through the application of the principles of stewardship, integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Note: This position is open to telecommuting and/or a local applicants from the East African region

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with audit, risk and compliance leads in HQ and the regional level and CP leadership on implementing and strengthening internal control systems and continuous process performance improvement.
  • In close Coordination with the Ethics Unit and Country Programs, lead fraud allegation reviews including review of documentation, conducting interviews, and drafting internal and external reports.
  • Anticipate and identify risk issues and challenges and the most appropriate solutions to address them. Lead and support region and country programs to implement these solutions.
  • In collaboration with CP management, plan and perform internal audits, control reviews, fraud allegation reviews, and compliance assessments. Analyze results and provide recommendations.
  • In collaboration with CP management, programming, and/or operation leads, Design and facilitate relevant risk training sessions and contribute to relevant components of institutional capacity strengthening plans for CRS and partners.
  • Serve as liaison and support external audits. Coordinate action plans to close out audit findings.
  • Facilitate and organize trainings and other Capacity Building activities on matters related to risk management and compliance for both CRS and partner staff
  • Review, assist and support in developing operational processes for large grants following donor awards. Ensure full awareness of compliance requirements by the consortium members or partners right from the start of the award.
  • As required, travel to high-risk country contexts (for example emergency response, new office or new program start up, staff turnover) to provide temporary direct management support and risk / compliance oversight across operational functions as acting Head of Operations, Supply Chain Manager, Operations Manager, etc
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and systems thinking skills
  • Ability to make sound judgment
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working for an NGO in an operational management function such as Head of Operations, Operations Manager, or similar.
  • Knowledge of Data Analytics techniques and process performance improvement leading practices
  • Knowledge of audit standards and compliance regulations; knowledge of COSO’s Internal Control Framework or The Institute of Internal Audit’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing
  • Knowledge of accounting systems
  • Coaching and training abilities.
  • Proficient in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio) and information Management Systems.
Required Languages - Strong verbal and written English.

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 50%.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Regional Finance team; country program operations, finance and compliance staff; HQ departments including Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance, and Ethics Unit External: CRS partners and auditors Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration or other relevant field preferred. Accounting or audit certification highly preferred.
  • Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt or Project Management Professional certifications preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience, ideally with an international organization, with progressive responsibility in operations and/or programming.
  • Knowledge of donor rules and regulations, including USAID, EU, DFID, and UN donors.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

Integrity Continuous Improvement & Innovation Builds Relationships Develops Talent Strategic Mindset Accountability & Stewardship *Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. *Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and respon sibilities associated with the position.*** Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination. CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm. CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency. CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer** Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

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