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Risk and Compliance Manager, (P-4), Education Cannot Wait (ECW), New York, USA #109551 (REQ#553487)

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: New York
Level: P-4
Location: United States
Categories: Operations, Programme Management, Audit and Investigation

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, education...

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises. We support quality education outcomes for refugee, internally displaced and other crisis-affected girls and boys, so no one is left behind. ECW works through the multilateral system to both increase the speed of responses in crises and connect immediate relief and longer-term interventions through multi-year programming. ECW works in close partnership with governments, public and private donors, UN agencies, civil society organizations, and other humanitarian and development aid actors to increase efficiencies and end siloed responses. ECW urgently appeals to public and private sector donors for expanded support to reach even more vulnerable children and youth. ECW is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations; operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure.

How can you make a difference?

The Risk and Compliance Manager will be positioned in ECW’s Strategy, Planning and Accountability (SPA) team. The SPA team leads on strategic planning (e.g. Annual Workplan), development and delivery of the Strategic Plan 2023-2026, risk and safeguarding. The team is expected to grow to a total of 7 people (including both staff and full-time consultants) within the next six months.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Strategy and Planning, the Risk and Compliance Manager will be responsible for leading the strengthening of risk assurance and compliance efforts in the context of a large UNICEF hosted fund with a $1 billion portfolio of programmes.

The incumbent will be responsible for providing complementary expertise, support, and monitoring related to the management of risk, including but not limited to the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of risk management practices at a process, systems and corporate level. Engagement with UNICEF systems and processes will be critical to the role since the majority of ECW’s internal operations are aligned to UNICEF’s (as per our hosting agreement) and UNICEF performs many of our compliance checks. A key aspect of the role will be ensuring high quality risk reporting to ECW’s Executive Committee, based on risk reporting submitted by ECW grantees. The incumbent will also serve as OIC for the Chief of Strategy and Planning as required.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Risk management leadership

  • Ensure ECW compliance with UNICEF standards and policies as applicable across all key risk areas, including portfolio and programme risk, fiduciary risk and fraud risk.
  • Undertake a comprehensive review of the new Hosting Agreement (once finalized) between UNICEF and its hosted funds to ensure ECW compliance against all relevant risk-related requirements in the Agreement.
  • Oversee ECW’s Corporate Risk Framework and Portfolio Risk Framework. Lead the contracting of a third party (if deemed necessary) to deliver a comprehensive update of both frameworks in line with global best practice, and then coordinate a new process to monitor ECW’s compliance with both frameworks.
  • Lead the production of timely and high-quality risk reports for ECW’s Executive Committee.
  • Lead the timely collation and analysis of risk data from ECW grantees against each ECW risk reporting cycle (currently a 6-month cycle), ensuring ECW gets back on track with its reporting cycle by March 2023. Review grantee risk assessment matrices and lead action on areas of concern.

Oversight and advisory to the Management

  • Advise ECW management on actions to be taken to enforce and strengthen accountabilities for a robust, responsive and transparent risk framework that ensures ECW can fully deliver on its new Strategic Plan 2023-2026.
  • Contribute to effective management process by supporting the Chief of Strategy and Planning to present on risk in key governance meetings (particularly Senior Management Team meeting, Executive Committee Meetings and bilateral meetings with donors).
  • Coordinate and drive progress on risk assessment and control activities with other UN agencies, hosted funds and global funds by representing the office in meetings and collaborating on relevant workstreams.

Capacity building

  • Build the capacity of both ECW grantees and ECW staff to ensure that a sound risk management approach is embedded in all aspects of the project delivery lifecycle.
  • Establish a system to document and report weaknesses on risk and accordingly build the capacity of responsible staff.
  • Analyze cause and effect of policy changes to the operations of the office, anticipate changes and advise on the new way of doing business.
  • Lead the implementation of a continuous learning and development plan for the Risk and Compliance function.
  • Coordinate closely with ECW’s safeguarding consultant (leading on PSEAH and safeguarding risk) on areas of mutual interest and coordinated reporting.

OIC for Chief of Strategy and Planning

  • Deputize for the SPA Section Chief as needed. This will involve: representing SPA views at key meetings; monitoring team delivery of weekly tasks and against ECW’s Annual Workplan; and holding bilateral meetings with individual staff members to support them professionally and personally as required

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Business Administration and Financial Management. Operations Management, Strategic Management, Risk Management, Audit, Investigation, Internal Control, Statistics and Data Analysis or Accounting certifications are considered as assets.
  • At least 8 (eight) years of continuous professional work experience in Risk and Compliance or another directly relevant area is required.
  • Experience in internal audit is an asset.
  • Experience in financial management, particularly developing and implementing financial control systems, ERM, audits, internal control, preferably with international organizations, NGOs and UN is an asset.
  • Previous supervisory experience is required.
  • Previous team leadership experience is an asset.
  • Background/familiarity with humanitarian/emergency/protracted crisis contexts is an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads, and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Your appointment is limited to ECW, a UNICEF hosted fund. While UN staff regulations and rules, as well as UNICEF policies and procedures, apply to you during your appointment, certain provisions therein may apply to you differently due to the limited scope of your appointment. In particular, you will not be subject to rotation exercise as per the Executive Directive on Staff mobility and rotation (CF/EXD/2015-002) or any revision thereof. In addition, during your appointment in ECW, you will not be considered eligible for conversion to a Continuing Appointment as per UNICEF Administrative Instruction on Continuing Appointment (CF/AI/2017-002) or any revision thereof. In the event that your post is abolished, the priority granted and other support provided to staff on abolished posts in staff selection processes will only be extended to posts within ECW and not to other posts in UNICEF.

UNICEF candidates: To return to a UNICEF appointment outside ECW, you will need to be selected in a competitive recruitment exercise. Upon selection for a UNICEF post outside of UNICEF-hosted funds, the period you have served with the UNICEF-hosted fund will count towards the calculation of the tour of duty in your duty station and eligibility for a continuing appointment.  

External Candidates:  To secure a UNICEF appointment outside ECW, you will need to be selected in a competitive recruitment exercise. Upon selection for a UNICEF post outside of UNICEF hosted funds, the period you have served with the UNICEF hosted fund will count towards the calculation of the tour of duty in your duty station and eligibility for a continuing appointment. 

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