Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Risk & Compliance Trainee

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Description

  The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide Emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.


DRC has been operating in West Africa since 1998. The DRC West Africa Regional Office (hereafter: WARO) is based in Dakar, Senegal, and covers six countries outside of Senegal. Led by the Regional Director, the DRC WARO oversees, supports and provides strategic directions for DRC’s Country Offices within the region, which currently includes Mali, Burkina Faso, the Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Central African Republic.


DRC’s work is guided by the values of Humanitarian Principles, Honesty & transparency, Inclusion, Respect and Independence & Neutrality. It isessential that in all our work we uphold the highest standard of conduct and safeguarding standards for the communities where we work, our staff, interns, volunteers and contractors, partners, and other stakeholders. We have a duty of care to protect anyone who comes to contact with our work, particularly our vulnerable groups of beneficiaries.

The Risk & Compliance Trainee will contribute to the development, promotion and roll out of policy to promote a culture which has a zero tolerance to fraud, corruption and safeguarding. In Coordination with the MEAL department and the Accountability Officer, the Risk & Compliance Trainee will ensure complainants/survivors listened to, supported and protected from further harm, and ensure all code of conduct cases are registered, and investigated timely in line with DRC agreed practice..

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the management of the Country Director, the Risk & Compliance Trainee will contribute to: Fraud and Corruption:
  • National communication on Risk Management Policy and Updates related to Code of Conduct and Anti-Corruption Policy.
  • Carry out sensitization to enhance awareness on Code of Conduct and SEA standards and reporting
  • Ensure Countries IC are set up and TOR clearly communicated to members and members formally registered
  • Train Country IC in COC areas and reporting
  • Ensure adequate capacity of trained investigators and run refresher training periodically.
  • Ensure all open cases are promptly and effectively managed.
  • Provide Training on Code of Conduct and Investigations.
  • Review Investigation reports and provide necessary guidance to investigators.
  • Ensure all high risk areas related to fraud risks are addressed.
  • Regularly update CD on status to provide a periodic overview to SMT (without details)
  • Respond to and where appropriate investigate all allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse
  • Provide professional advice to senior managers, and mainly the Country Director and Country IC, Management Team in the country on matters related to PSEA.
  • Ensure Safeguarding investigation protocols are performed to a high standard and consistently.
  • Understand the different legal contexts and risks and implement Safeguarding best practice which is legally compliant.
  • Ensure consistent practice and commitment to Safeguarding across the different field offices.
  • Close consultation with CD during management of SEA cases.
  • Close collaboration with Gender Specialist (GRIO) to enforce organizational policies related to gender and diversity.
  • Contribute to DRC’s country risk management processes and follow all DRC sexual exploitation and abuse processes and procedures
  • Provide advice and guidance on sexual exploitation and abuse allegations, at all times taking into consideration the potential risks to personal safety for those involved.
  • Carry out high-quality lawful investigations at DRC field offices, taking time to build trust with survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse, so they feel empowered to report.
  • Improve the effectiveness of sexual exploitation and abuse deterrence, prevention, detection, and response in country.
  • Research and develop innovative approaches to countering fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Support During complex Administrative investigations to ensure quality investigation and reporting.
  • Ensure country programme, has in place quality community and beneficiary mechanism feedback through periodic reviews.
  • Design and develop training materials and deliver training, to create awareness for staff, Interns, partner organizations on DRC policy and position related to COC and PSEA.
  • Produce high-quality reports to managers at all levels.
  • Work with colleagues to incorporate best practice into risk and control activities.
In addition to the above, the Risk & Compliance Trainee may be asked to contribute to other duties requested by the Country Director Required Qualifications

  • Suitable qualification with a working experience in an NGO context.
  • Skilled in identifying and mitigating risks.
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills as Trainer.
  • Commitment to upholding and modelling DRC’s values and Code of Conduct.
  • Demonstrating integrity, diplomacy, professionalism, reliability and resilience at all times.
  • Able to work professionally and with a high degree of confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to quickly build personal rapport and trust.
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy for the challenges survivors face in reporting and the pressures in investigation places on all stakeholders, including the alleged perpetrator and management.
  • Business Administration, Audit or other relevant Degree Level qualification
  • High degree of organizational ability, working well under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Strong and clear communicator and public speaker, capable of delivering messages appropriately to a variety of audiences, building a sense of passion and engagement.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills with a well-developed ability to motivate and persuade at high levels;
  • Full professional fluency in French Language (80% of the professional communication in this position will be done in French, including almost all the communication within the WARO);
  • Proficiency (written and spoken of the English language;
  • Understanding of the different contexts of the West Africa Region;
  • Excellent Computer Skills (MS Office, Internet) and an advanced proficiency in Excel are required.
Required Skills & Qualities

  • Core Competencies of DRC:
    • Striving for excellence
    • Collaboration
    • Taking the lead
    • Communication
    • Demonstrating Integrity
  • Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment
  • Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration
  • Excellent communication skills, as well as patience and politeness, are required
  • Multi-tasking and Organizational skills are necessary
  • Adaptable and Flexible
  • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Exemplary sense of ethics in the workplace
  • Team-oriented & good sense of humor
General Regulations

  • The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework
  • Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization
  • Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period
  • Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization
  • Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request
Application Process

Are you interested? Then apply for this position on line: www.drc.dk/about-drc/vacancies/current-vacancies. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.

DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. However, applicants must be aware that DRC cannot employ, under an international traineeship or volunteering agreement, a citizen of the country in which she/ he is going to be stationed (in such case, the Republic of Mali).

You are welcome to contact the Country Director, benoit.couturier@drc.ngo, for additional information regarding the traineeship.

Applications close on the 22nd of February, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (GMT-time). Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.       
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