Risk Officer

World Food Programme

JOB TITLE: Risk Officer
DUTY STATION: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
DURATION: 12 months

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

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This position is located in the WFP Ethiopia Country Office in Addis Ababa. WFP Ethiopia operations being extremely complex in nature with risks with high reputational impact, regular internal oversight of the operation is required to ensure that WFP corporate rules, regulations and locally developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), as well as requirements from third parties such as donors are adhered to by all concerned. The risk management and compliance team provides specialised cross-cutting support to the operation to assist Management and Heads of Units in identifying, monitoring and responding to current and emerging risks in their areas of responsibility, as well as understanding and executing their various compliance obligations.

WFP Ethiopia Country Office seeks an experienced Risk Officer to assess and determine potential social and environmental impacts of WFP activities on-ground and develop and monitor (implement) appropriate risk management measures using appropriate knowledge of WFP, the national government, and its relevant donor partners’ safeguards policies. Also Provide support in the establishment of risk management activities; contribute to the application of controls and compliance with policies and procedures and to the overall effectiveness of operations and optimization of WFP resources.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Contribute to embedding risk management in planning and decision-making across the office and all aspects of WFP operations through monitoring of key risk appetite metrics and risk indicators, and regular updating of risk registers, including progress towards implementing the risk mitigation actions.
  2. Support the collection of feedback and data on risk performance and contribute potential new implementation approaches.
  3. Support relevant managers in their regular and ad hoc risk assessments in regional, country and field offices to: identify and evaluate risks; contribute to the development and design of mitigation actions; assess effectiveness of the internal controls; and prepare risk information for management to share with external stakeholders.
  4. Support the discussion with functional experts and risk management focal points on: identifying trends and emerging issues; contributing to the preparation of guidance and/or checklists in conformity with WFP policies and rules on periodic risk and/or control assessments;
  5. Utilize available risk management tools to link risk, oversight, and evaluation information; review and analyze risk management activities, exposures and mitigation actions in draft Country Strategic Plan (CSP)/Interim CSP including budget revisions.
  6. Collect information/training needs and contribute to the preparation of training programmes or information sessions for colleagues and partners to enhance understanding of risk management and compliance with WFP policies, rules, regulations, and procedures.
  7. Using the Three Lines Model, participate in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) by First Line colleagues for managing the risk and accountability process, including criteria for conducting risk and accountability missions, training materials and modules, etc., to minimize risk to the organization.
  8. Contribute to management accountability across functional units, including through the preparation of comprehensive reports summarizing the status of compliance of internal controls, key oversight themes, and using risk information (e.g., risk indicators, incident
    reporting) to highlight areas out of risk appetite and contribute ideas on required actions in areas of risk and compliance vulnerability. 9. Support the completion of the annual Executive Director’s
  9. Assurance exercise survey and collect and review inputs.
  10. Support managers to prepare and plan for Internal Audit and External Audits, collect essential documents, organize briefing meetings and follow up on recommendations.
  11. Support the promotion and dissemination of the 2021 Revised Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption (AFAC) Policy and WFP’s adherence to Zero Tolerance for Inaction, including assisting managers in their fact-finding reviews and fraud risk assessments by collecting and analysing data on fraud incidents, fraud risk metrics, and fraud risk appetite, supporting training in AFAC standards.
  12. Other duties as required including potentially serving as Business Continuity Management (BCM) and Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) focal point (e.g., supporting OCI avoidance plans and procedures).

Education: 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.

Experience: At least 3 years of progressive professional experience in audit, performance and risk management, or other related fields.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of governance, organizational structures, strategy, and major initiatives of international organizations.
  • Experience in programme/project management.
  • Has conducted monitoring and reporting activities, has knowledge of results hierarchy, performance metrics and measurement.
  • Has participated in risk analysis and risk mitigation strategies development and/or implementation.
  • Has participated in conversations with other units on impact, timing or planning initiatives, using analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving skills as well as resourcefulness, initiative, good judgement, tact and diplomacy.
  • Has contributed to risk management activities, including assessing and recommending effective internal controls and mitigation actions, preferably in organizations that use modern enterprise risk management frameworks, techniques and systems.

Language: Excellent written and spoken English is required.

April 29, 2024

Qualified Female Candidates and persons with disability are highly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

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Deadline: 29-Apr-24