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Nairobi, Kenya

Description :

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose ICRC  exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.




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About the Job

The Risk Management Unit Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the Somalia Delegation’s programmes comply with ICRC institutional and operational policies. S/he leads the delegation on issues related to transparency and accountability in humanitarian operations, in order to reassure donors and affected populations of integrity of ICRC staff and operational partners, and the relevance and effectiveness of its programmes.

This is a national/resident position based in Nairobi.

Duties and Responsibilities

Sets the delegation’s strategic orientation regarding transparency and accountability in humanitarian operations

Designs the framework for monitoring compliance of assistance and support activities/processes with institutional policies and standards

Establishes procedures, working tools and guidelines, in line with ICRC Ethics, Risk and Compliance Office (ERCO)’s frameworks, policies and guidelines, for monitoring the implementation of ICRC programmes and conducting due diligence activities

Organizes and plans monitoring field missions, compiles findings, draws lessons learnt and recommendations and, when needed, advises the delegation on situations requiring corrective measures

Fosters participatory planning and monitoring, by involving primary stakeholder groups (operational departments) in monitoring and evaluating their own activities

In the planning and implementation stages, supports assistance programme teams in assessing the feasibility of proposed projects and the related risks, and in evaluating the projects’ long-term intended impact and suitability to local realities

Supports management in performing risk assessment to identify trends and emerging risks, and defining the target risk exposure and ensures the maintenance of risk registers in line with institutional risk management processes

Ensures clear ownership of key risks is assigned with actionable mitigation plans, performs regular follow-up on progress and facilitates the coordination across all relevant internal actors

Provides advice and technical expertise to risk owners for the implementation of contextualized risk responses including with relevant operational policies, procedures, processes and controls activities for instance due diligence procedure

Conducts field visits to understand the context and assess effectiveness of risk mitigation measures, advises the delegation for the improvement of risk management practices and controls.

Challenges the effectiveness of risk management practices and recommends improvements

Provides guidance, communication and training to managers, staff and key partners to equip them in their responsibilities to manage key risks and implement adequate controls.

Creates risk awareness and promotes the use of documented risk assessment in management decision-making processes

Provides consolidated analysis and report to management and contributes to institutional reporting on risk and assurance activities led by ERCO and escalates significant risks (including control weaknesses) using global performance metrics and reporting tools

Acts as a key contact with RES Control Testing and Monitoring, external and internal audits, regulators’ visits and donor audits/due diligence assessments

Collaborates with other Risk and Assurance functions and relevant internal stakeholders to share best practices and knowledge, identify potential synergies to address transversal risks and issues and work on global initiatives for the improvement of risk management practices and internal control system

Manages the delegation’s Risk Management Unit. Supervises, coaches, trains and mentors risk management unit staff and external consultants

Minimum qualifications and required competencies

Degree in Risk Management, Development Studies, Sociology, Development economics, Economics, or equivalent qualification in a related field of study

Minimum of 8 – 10 years’ experience working in humanitarian operations in the field of risk management, compliance, accountability, audit or monitoring and evaluation and at least 4 years in managerial position

Experience working in Somalia or Somalia programme/Knowledge of Somalia context

Comprehensive knowledge and exposure to a wide range of security, humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and protection issues

Understanding of donor environment and accountability requirements

Experience in leading and managing a multidisciplinary and multicultural team

Possessing a strong degree of honesty and integrity, and a solid sense of ethics including the ability to appropriately handle confidential information

Conceptual, strategic and analytical capacity

Negotiation skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement

Fluent (minimum C1) in English; Somali language is a strong advantage

Computer proficiency

We Offer

A challenging job opportunity within a dynamic work environment in an international humanitarian organization

Training and development opportunities

A competitive salary with benefits, based on the ICRC Compensation and Benefits framework

How to apply :

Apply by sending your cover letter and CV addressed to the Human Resources Manager, ICRC Somalia Delegation, on the email address Your cover letter must indicate your current salary and expected salary range. The closing date is   17th January 2021Clearly indicate the position title Risk Management Unit Coordinator in the subject line of your email.

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