Position Title: Risk and Compliance Director
Activation Date: 20 October, 2021 Announced Date: 20 October, 2021 Expire Date: 01 November, 2021
About Save the Children:
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
• No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
• All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
• Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
SCI - Afghanistan
Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.
We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers
As a member of the Afghanistan Senior Management Team (SMT), this position leads the application of SCI risk management framework in the CO; it provides the CD with assurance that the CO has a well-informed and forward looking overview of the risks it operates under, that risks are proactively and dynamically managed along and across functional lines, and that learning is embedded into ways of working so as to effectively prevent the reoccurrence of incidents and concerns. The Risk and Compliance Director is responsible for directing and conducting high quality and outcomes-focussed internal control & compliance practices, including internal audit assignments (financial, review, policy and procedure compliance, operational and process compliance), to ensure that SCI and Partner programs are in compliance with both SCI and Donor’s rules and regulations.
The position will lead Child Safeguarding and Adult safeguarding strategic positioning, developing plans to ensure country office is fully compliant including employee awareness, reporting, and responding to relevant issuesThe position will also be the focal point for Child and Adult safeguarding and fraud reporting from staff and partners, and will lead the planning and implementation of relevant investigations. S/he will be responsible to ensure training and continue raising awareness on Child andAdult Safeguarding and Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption with all staff and partners.Ensuring Financial Internal Control and Compliances:
- Assess and further develop the internal control framework and system at Country Office/Field Office level and partners level
- Coordinate with Awards, Finance and Program Managers to reinforce and ensure the program implementations/ activities of SCI and Partners are in compliance with both SCI and Donor’s rules and regulations
- Assist to provide coaching to relevant staff member for the effectiveness of partners internal control system in place.
- Lead Risk Mitigation and Compliance within the SMT
- Under CD’s delegation, chair the CO Risk Management Committee ensuring that the mechanism deliberations are documented
- Identification: Lead identification, monitoring and assessment of key CO risks across locations
- Mitigation: Lead the regular review of the CO Risk Management Plan, including tracking progress and recommending additional mitigation actions to the SMT; ensures alignment between risk mitigation actions and functional priorities.
- Reporting : Escalate risk management issues to the SMT for resolution; submit the RMP to the regional office on a quarterly basis; ensure that feedback is acted upon. Coordinate the LoA process with function and provide assurance to CD that LoA is comprehensive and accurate.
- Learning: Promote best risk management practices across SMT, ESMT and field locations; Train new E/SMT members on risk management.
- Lead in preparation of CO annual internal audit work plan using an appropriate risk-based methodology, including any risks or control concerns or compliance issues identified through monitoring (finance, program). Work plans will address both special needs as well as prioritize areas based on the key risks identified through the risk assessment process.
- Conduct internal audit as per annual plan. The audit plan will include audit of various departments of CO and all field offices, as well as our funded partners. Work with team to draft reports and recommendations for improvements.
- Monitor follow up activity to ensure follow up is in line with agreed recommendations within specific period of time. Update follow up tracker sheet and submit to Country Director every quarter.
- Leading developing audit tools and techniques, provides recommendations to SMT on improvement of internal audit strategy and methodology.
- Maintain fundamental principles and ethics of auditor such as high level of confidentiality, integrity, objectivity, professional competence and behaviour.
- Maintain quality of audit, standard audit working papers and documentation.
- Be alternative focal point with external auditors, ensuring audits are completed in a timely manner and providing assistance as appropriate, including planning and preparation of audit, arrange entrance/exit meeting with the auditor, and regularly follow up the progress of audit findings and recommendations
- Serves as focal point for GA audits and ensure that findings are implemented on time and lead to durable and substantial improvement.
- Work in close coordination with finance for audit planning.
Child and Adult Safeguarding and Anti-Fraud
- Provide overfight to all child and adult safeguarding processes, policies and procedures.
- Provide support in conducting Child and Adult safeguarding aspect of partner assessment, and to develop and monitor relevant capacity building plans to partners
- Support partner to develop and implement Child and Adult safeguarding policy, plans and monitoring mechanisms.
- Act as the focial point for safer partnerships to engage ensure good governance system, internal control systems, and anti-fraud mechanisms are place etc.
- Work with Support Services teams to ensure that all implementing partners/vendors, suppliers and service providers understand their Child and Adult safeguarding and anti-fraud obligations
- Developing tools/ to be implemented across projects to monitor implementation
- Deliver a suite of tailored mandatory core training workshops as to enable country office staff to undertake their roles and mainstream safeguarding functions. Support HR department in delivery of induction trainings.
- Develop and provide tailored training and support to teams delivering programmes across the project locations.
- Build the capacity of the project and partner staff in order make sure that our programmes are designed and implemented safely.
- Build the capacity of the CSG field focal persons in appropriately identifying, responding to and reporting on Child and Adult safeguarding concerns.
- Develop material that will highlight the Child and Adult Safeguarding messages to reach different audiences
- Lead any investigation on fraud, safeguarding or other compliance breaches, required by management.
- Regularly report the progress of investigation to Country Director and ARO
- Track and follow up actions. Provide periodical report to SMT on action plan implementation.
- Analyse trends and suggest proactive measures to mitigate relevant risks.
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
- holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
- holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
- sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
- widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
- values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
- develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- willing to take disciplined risks.
- honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
- Master Degree in relevant fields such as Finance/Accounting, Auditing, Risk Management or in other related field. Extensive and substantive relevant practical experience may be considered in lieu of a Degree.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- 5 - 7 years of relevant working experience in a corporate or INGO environment,
- Strong knowledge of statutory regulation, system design with development and sound knowledge of financial transactions analysis
- Proven significant working experience as a chief risk officer of a humanitarian or development programme
- Ability to manipulate large amounts of data and to compile detailed reports
- Proven knowledge of international and local auditing standards and procedures, laws, rules and regulations
- Understanding of strategic finance issues with strong influencing skills.
- Excellent analytical skills – the ability to analyse complex financial data, design and produce effective management information
- Strong knowledge on Child/Adult Safeguarding and Fraud Prevention, particulary experience in leading the capacity development and incident investigation
- Strong business acumen and the ability to contribute to strategic decisions
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Advanced computer skills on MS Office, accounting software and databases
- Ability to manage a complex and diverse workload and to work to tight deadlines
- Fluency in English (written and verbal)
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Safeguarding our Staff:
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
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