Operations Manager (Risk and Compliance), P-4, Post # 104745, Fixed Term, Port Sudan, Sudan (open to non-Sudanese)

  • Contract
  • Sudan
  • Posted 3 months ago


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, support.

The Risk and Compliance Manager is to be positioned in Offices with significant and complex programmatic and operational risks and challenges which require a dedicated position to support the Senior Managers in making sure that resources are continuously, effectively and efficiently geared towards achieving results for children.

How can you make a difference?


Purpose for the job

Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative Operations/Representative the Risk and Compliance Manager will be responsible for leading the strengthening of risk assurance and compliance efforts in the context of a large/medium/small scale country office.


He/She 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 entity level.


He/she will ensure to lead the achievement of risk management objectives follows organizational rules and regulations, and acceptable ethical behavior; internal controls; information and technology security; sustainability; and quality assurance. Moreover, he/she will provide analysis and report on the adequacy and effectiveness of risk management and internal controls. 

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:


1. Risk management support

  • Lead the process of providing guidance and supporting the office in the annual risk assessment process and monitor the reliability of reports and their compliance with applicable rules and regulations.
  • Lead the monitoring process of risk mitigation action plans including a mid-term review.
  • Lead the office peer reviews process, undertake visits to project sites and field offices to verify the quality of performance.
  • Lead the Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfer (HACT) efforts insuring robust assurance mechanisms are in place, and findings systematically inform the office’s risk management efforts, including: partner performance, partner capacity assessment, and capacity building with staff and partners.
  • Ensure the risk management approach is embedded in any project/proposal, in office governance committees’ review of submissions and in any major decision made by the management.


2.    Compliance support

  • Lead the review process of the office systems, procedures and processes for compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
  • Enforce and strengthen internal controls to ensure that systems are in place to prevent, detect and report non-compliance.  Support the process for the preparation of the annual Statement of Internal Control (SIC) by the office.
  • Review and validate the internal work processes in Programme and Operations to ensure that accountabilities are clear and placed at the adequate levels as per global policies and/or best practices.
  • Lead the establishment of a risk-based system to periodically and systematically review a sample of activities (Programme and Operations) to ensure they are carried out according to established work processes and in compliance with UNICEF policies and procedures.
  • Lead the internal and external audit processes, conduct a quality assurance and follow-up on the implementation of the recommendations and provide feedback to the management.
  • Periodically test compliance with the Table of authority and adherence to the delegation of authorities in line with UNICEF policies and Procedures; and ensure staff understand the roles and responsibilities delegated to them.
  • Lead the process of reviewing the conformity of statutory and non-statutory committees, assess committee members have been trained/oriented on their roles and responsibility.
  1.  Fraud risk Management support
  • Support the management of the office in collecting evidence to respond to OIAI’s queries when initially assessing allegations of fraud and misconduct or during actual investigations.
  • Advise the management on lessons learned from investigations and measures to be taken accordingly.
  • Ensure the implementation of the global anti-fraud strategy, suggest internal fraud prevention mechanisms and alert the management on any fraudulent issues as well as unethical behaviors detected.
  • Lead the process of Fraud risk training / orientation to Partners and suppliers.


  1. Oversight and advisory to the Management
  • Advise the management on actions to be taken to enforce and strengthen accountabilities for a robust, responsive and transparent governance framework.
  • Contribute to effective management process by participating in key governance meetings (particularly CMT, PMT and OMT).
  • Coordinate Risk assessment and control activities with other UN agencies by representing the office in meetings related to Risks and Compliance activities.


  1. Create awareness/capacity building
  • Establish a system to document and report weaknesses in internal control and implement actions aimed at addressing internal controls gaps (SOP, memos…) and building 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.
  • Ensure that management provides staff with access to relevant training and that staff and other personnel understand key UNICEF policies including PSEA, Fraud and Ethics.


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.
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • At least 8 (eight) years of continuous professional work experience in Risk and Compliance or another directly relevant area, several of which in internal audit. Experience in financial management, particularly developing and implementing financial control systems, ERM, audits, internal control preferably with international organizations, NGOs and UN.
  • Field experience /familiarity with Emergency. (Depending on contexts)
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or local language of the duty station may be required.


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • 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’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable females are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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 who 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.


Advertised: 21 Feb 2024 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 06 Mar 2024 E. Africa Standard Time

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