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Advisor II - Risk Management, WARO


Job Title: Advisor II- Risk Management, West Africa

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Job Location: TBD/Telecommuting

Reports To: Deputy Regional Director/Management Quality, WARO

Salary Grade: 10

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS' relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary:

You will provide technical advice, guidance, and support for risk management functions at the regional, country program (CP) and partner level in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, agreements and CRS policies to ensure compliant and effective delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable within the West Africa Region. Your knowledge and advice in adhering to CRS and donor requirements will ensure effectiveness of our programming to the people we serve through the application of the principles of stewardship, integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with audit, risk and compliance, and ethics unit agency and CP leads, as well as appropriate regional and CP leadership on implementing and strengthening risk management systems, processes, and policies.
  • Anticipate and identify risk issues and challenges and the most appropriate solutions to address them. Provide guidance on strengthening systems and internal controls.
  • Advise CPs and the region on identifying key requirements derived from applicable laws, regulations, and CRS polices and then mapping related roles, responsibilities and accountability.
  • Monitor/survey region-wide compliance with key requirements, address gaps and strengthen compliance.
  • In collaboration with CP management, analyze audit results and provide recommendations that are effective to prevent and/or detect risks that impact operations and/or compliance objectives.
  • 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
  • Support and advise CPs on preparations for internal or external audits and action plans to close out audit findings.
  • Lead or coordinate investigations on fraud allegations. Make recommendation and manage the reporting.
  • Review agreements and contracts for compliance with internal policies and donor regulations.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration or other relevant Master's preferred. Chartered accountant, certified internal auditor or certified fraud examiner strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years work experience, ideally with an international organization, with progressive responsibility in operations and/or programming. At least 5 of these years entailing audit, compliance or risk management experience
  • Thorough knowledge of audit standards and compliance regulations and international standards for internal control and risk management including either ISO 37000 or COSO's Internal Control Framework

Required Languages - English, French

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 40 %.

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

  • Thorough knowledge of accounting systems
  • Thorough knowledge of data analytics techniques and process performance improvement leading practices.
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
  • Strong English writing skills
  • Proficient in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio) and information management systems.

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 responsibilities 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.

EOE/M/F/D/V - CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (For all US and International positions)

Primary Location: HQ-US-MarylandJob: Cross-FunctionalOrganization: Catholic Relief ServicesSchedule: RegularShift: StandardJob Type: Full-time Day JobJob Posting: Aug 27, 2021, 2:18:48 PM


Financial Risk Specialists


Master's Degree


7 to 20+ years

Job type

Full time

Baltimore, MD 21201, US