Senior Risk Management and Compliance Adviser

Closing date

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The incumbent will be part of a the UNHCR Risk Management Network and will collaborate with the Chief Risk Officer to ensure strengthening of risk culture across the organisation. Special attention is paid to coherence, identification of systemic risks/issues requiring a corporate-wide response and sharing of good risk management practices and lessons learnt.

The incumbent shall engage with internal stakeholders, including with the regional bureaus and headquarter entities, as appropriate, to align reforms and initiatives and to share risk information. Keeping the Representative/Director informed, the incumbent shall also engage with external stakeholders including government offices, partners, donors, and (for in-situ posts) contractors and refugee/host communities, to maximize collective efforts to manage risk, and strengthen compliance and the quality of services provided to persons of concern.

For in-situ and roving positions (while on mission), the incumbent will be in the first line of defence, supporting the Representative as the risk owner. S/he shall review the adequacy of risk management and compliance systems, structures, procedures and capacities within the operation, make recommendations as appropriate, and assist management in their implementation.

For regional positions, the incumbent will coordinate operations within their region in matters related to risk, compliance and oversight, as part of the second line of defence. S/he will assess the adequacy of risk management within the operations and provide advice, guidance and challenge to first line owners of risk who make and execute risk decisions. At the regional bureau level, the incumbent will work closely with, and provide guidance to the Head of the Strategic Planning and Management Service, the Senior Strategic Planning and Management Coordinator(s), and/or the Regional Controller and other senior colleagues on emerging risks and related issues.

The incumbent may manage relevant functions relating to risk management. S/he reports directly to the Representative/Bureau Director, with a functional reporting line to the Chief Risk Officer, except for roving officers who will report directly to the Chief Risk Officer.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


All Senior Risk Management and Compliance Adviser positions

  • Advise and support the Representative/Bureau Director on risk management, integrity, compliance, and oversight matters, assisting him/her in discharging his/her responsibilities and accountabilities to manage risks and ensuring an effective implementation of UNHCR¿s risk management strategy and policy and strengthening the risk culture in the operation(s) / bureau.

  • Ensure risk management considerations are integrated into decision making, planning, resource allocation, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and contingency activities across the operation(s) /bureau.

  • Assist the Representative / Bureau Director in maintaining and improving integrity and ethical conduct among UNHCR workforce and partners; improve detection of potential integrity related breaches.

  • Contribute to decision making processes in the operation(s) / bureau by providing risk perspectives and objective risk-based analysis and information, especially on high risk and key priority areas.

  • Promote collaboration between different functions within the operation(s) / bureau to ensure cross-cutting risks and issues are addressed effectively; elp review adequacy of the systems, structures, procedures and capacities in high risk areas.

  • Support the work with internal and external oversight entities, report on specific trends and cross-cutting matters; assist in the implementation of oversight recommendations to improve risk management, compliance and quality of outputs, and to ensure effective internal control framework in support of operational efficiency.

  • Support management in ensuring compliance and oversight with policies and procedures.

  • Represent UNHCR in relevant internal and external task forces / meetings on risk management, integrity and oversight matters; prepare / review and input to management reports to stakeholders; interact with counterparts in the UN/IO, NGO and the broader humanitarian community, as well as with government counterparts, on risk management matters.

  • Contribute to the development of the operations¿ / bureau¿s communication strategy by highlighting risks and opportunities; and identifying possible impacts of the overall communication and external relations strategy and its execution, with special attention to potential reputational risks; ensure regular and timely information flow within the operation on matters related to risk management, oversight and compliance.

  • With assistance from and in coordination with the ERM Service, Global Learning and Development Centre, and other headquarter services, as required, build the capacity of UNHCR teams and partners by raising awareness of and skills in risk management, with the aim of strengthening the culture of integrity and accountability; provide advice and support to all personnel on matters related to risk management.

  • Promote and disseminate policies, guidance, good practices and lessons learnt related to risk management in the operation(s) / bureau and within the risk network; provide support and input for global risk management guidance, tools, methodologies and initiatives.

  • Provide regular updates / reports to the Representative(s), Bureau Director and Chief Risk Officer on matters related to risk, compliance and quality, including on emerging risks and opportunities; escalate risks, as required.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For P5 - 12 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 11 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 10 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Business Administration; International Affairs; Political Science; Risk Management;

or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


At least 6 years of experience in a senior managerial/leadership positions involving, amongst other things, responsibilities relating to risk management, compliance and quality of results. Knowledge of and working experience with Enterprise Risk Management frameworks. Experience in liaising with governmental and / or diplomatic authorities as well as international institutions and partner organizations. Excellent judgement with proven ability to deal with complex interrelated issues and strong analytical and problem solving skills to develop solutions that address root causes. Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal and writing skills. Strong management skills in collaboration, team building, capacity development and with ability to deliver quality results on time. Exposure to and experience in UN or humanitarian field operations and emergencies in various geographical locations and multiple functional areas. Demonstrated high level of integrity, objectivity, impartiality and fairness.

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

How to apply

Interested candidates are requested to apply at by clicking on 'Vacancies' and entering job ID 25158.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Closing Date

Please note that the closing date for vacancies advertised in this addendum is Thursday 4 March 2021 (mid-night Geneva time).