Head of Risk and Compliance

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 4 Oct 2020


The role holder is responsible in providing leadership and coordination of risk, Internal Control and Compliance, Internal Audit and Fraud management functions of the country office. Reporting to the Country Director, he/she will champion a culture of compliance throughout the country office and guide appropriate execution of compliance requirements and related internal policies and procedures. The role holder is expected to ensure best practices, raise awareness and play an advisory role in risk and compliance across the CO. He/she is also responsible to continuously assess and review policies and procedures of risk & compliance management.

He/she promotes accountability for risk identification, measurement, monitoring, assessment and control, according to the annual risk management plan.

The role holder is expected to lead the development of an organisational culture that reflects our values, promotes accountability and high performance and frees up people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our Members and donors.


Reports to: Country Director**

Staff reporting to this post: Internal Audit Manager, Internal Audit Coordinator

Budget Responsibilities: N/A**



· Provide functional expertise to support the organisation’s risk identification and assessment processes.

· Utilise detailed knowledge of board risk appetite to ensure that it is fully embedded and operationalised within the CO.

· He/she should be country expert in SCI Risk Framework tools and techniques (including Jort/RMP/ Datix).

· Acts as a risk focal point and provide expert insight to support award risk assessments.

· Lead and facilitate risk management processes and sit on Country Risk Management Committee.

· Provide Surge support for risk prevention expertise to major humanitarian incidents.

· Provide compliance checks/ audit reviews to provide assurance on key risk management controls’.

· Prepare annual work plan of compliance/spot checks/audit reviews on key management controls E.g. field office audits, vetting spot checks

· Prepare TORs for each audit engagement. perform audit procedures by exercising reasonable judgement in the application of audit principles and techniques.


· Through a comprehensive risk assessment exercise, identify areas of high risk within the Country Office operating environment. This will include both internal compliance and also partner compliance.

· Maintain a transparent, honest and supportive communication structure to support effective implementation of different policies and procedures.

· Oversee and coordinate donor and other external audits and evaluations.

· Maintain an audit planning and history log, including findings, recommendations and reclaims.

· Prepare comprehensive written audit reports, including recommendations for corrective action or system improvements programme planning, budgeting and budgetary control.

· Prepare summary reports for SMT review with emphasis on major findings.

· Evaluate risks of potential and incurred fraudulent activity and inform SMT, management and the Finance and support services team for next steps.

· Review/attend key control meetings/ process and ensure that they are working & provide expert input.


· Promote a culture of fraud awareness, prevention and detection in the organisation.

· Be the primary focal point for all inquiries and investigations into suspected fraudulent activities.

· Maintain a log of fraud and corruption inquiries, findings, resolutions and lessons learned.

· Organize and maintain audit binders and relevant documents in collaboration with Archive team.

· Provide independent reporting of risk, incidents & investigations.

· Responsible to lead internal Datix system reporting system for independent reporting of incidents.

· Lead /coordinator of fraud & multi-faceted investigations in collaboration with different functions.


· Track progress of risk actions to provide appropriate annual assurance on risks.

· Track audit/ investigation findings and ensure actions are being taken as per the recommendations.

· Coordinate assurance documentation and risk appetite status to complete RISK Assurance letter.

· Provide training and expert support to staff/partners on FRAUD prevention, internal control/ mitigation design for new projects or processes.


· Supervise and effectively coordinate the Internal Audit team.

· Guide and coach staff for top performance and ensure all HR related functions are performed.

· Provide training to managers and staffs regarding old and updated Government and organization proclamation and rules and regulation respectively.

INTERERNAL AND External Relationships:

· Keep the CO up to date on significant developments within Save the Children IPU, CO, RO, HO and donor communities.

· Keep the CO up to date on developments in the areas of general accounting, auditing, non-profit issues, Government of Ethiopia and other regulations.

· Develop and maintain strong relationship with the Director of Global Audit and internal auditor team for guidance in strengthening audit processes as well as assisting in personal objective setting, audit planning, audit implementation and follow up.

· Participate in organizational activities that promote networking and representation of the unit.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (SCI 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


· A minimum of 10 years’ relevant work experience out of which 5 years of experience in management and leadership positions preferably with development sector.

· Master degree with preferred additional professional certification.

· Proven cross-cultural sensitivity and flexibility required.

· Excellent knowledge of computer systems; proficient in MS Excel, Ms Word, Outlook; familiar with accounting software; strong ability to present, analyse and process numerical information and financial and statistical data.



  • Demonstrable experience at a senior level within both the commercial and NGO sectors, is preferable
  • A strong interest in international development/humanitarian work
  • Broad spectrum programme experience, with strong analytical skills
  • Excellent business partnering and relationship building skills
  • Experience and skills to prioritise and create an audit work plan.
  • Proven ability to have a highly strategic focus, whilst dealing competently with operational matters
  • Ability to create and maintain a high level of effective output; capacity to work hard and remain focused within expected standards of performance with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to understand and break down complex technical problems, both translating them into layperson’s terms as well as finding solutions which work

· Strong organisational and self-management skills with an ability to lead and work in teams and motivate others

  • Experience of managing teams, as well as indirect relationships
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Willing and able to travel to support members directly or to relevant events as required.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • Ability to capture and respond favourably to suggestions for change and improvement
  • Experience in providing training and coaching staff.

Additional job responsibilities

The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to carry out additional duties where reasonable in view of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Health and Safety

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.**

How to apply:

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at


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.

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