Jobs in Abuja Operations Specialist (Risk Compliance) at UNICEF

Operations Specialist (Risk Compliance) at UNICEF

Operations Specialist (Risk Compliance) at UNICEF

Operations Specialist (Risk Compliance) at UNICEF

UNICEF operates in some of the most challenging places in order to reach the most disadvantaged children on earth and protect their rights, helping them reach their full potential.

By fighting for every child, everywhere, every day, in 190 nations and territories, we hope to build a better future for everyone.

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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Operations Specialist (Risk Compliance)

Job Number: 557079
Location: Abuja
Contract Type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Level: P-4
Categories: Operations

How Can You Make a Difference?

  • In this role, under the supervision of the Deputy Representative Operations, the Operations Specialist will be responsible for strengthening risk assurance and compliance efforts in the context of a large/medium/small scale country office.
  • You will also 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.
  • In addition to this, the successful candidate will ensure the achievement of risk management objectives following organizational rules and regulations, acceptable ethical behavior; internal control; information and technology security; sustainability; and quality assurance.
  • Moreover, he/she will provide analysis and reports on the adequacy and effectiveness of risk management and internal control.

Key Responsibilities

  • Risk management support: Provide guidance and support the office in the annual risk assessment process and monitor the reliability of reports and their compliance with applicable rules and regulations
  • Compliance support: Review the office systems, procedures, and processes for compliance with organizational rules and regulations and Enforce and strengthen internal controls
  • 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
  • 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
  • Create awareness/capacity building: Establish a system to document and report weaknesses in internal control and implement actions aimed at addressing internal control gaps.
  • Any support needed from the regional office: On request, support the Regional Office in conducting review exercises in countries where Risk and Compliance positions are not established.

To qualify as an advocate for Every Child, You will have:

  • An Advanced University Degree 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 assets.
  • At least 8 (eight) years of continuous professional work experience in Internal Audit, Internal Control, Risk and Compliance, or another directly relevant area, several of which are in internal audit. Experience in financial management, particularly developing and implementing financial control systems, ERM, audits, and internal control preferably with international organizations, NGOs, and the UN.
  • Field experience /familiarity with the Emergency context
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or the local language of the duty station is considered an asset.

Functional Competencies:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships – Level 2
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness- Level 2
  • Drive to achieve results for impact – Level 2
  • Innovates and embraces change – Level 2
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity – Level 2
  • Thinks and acts strategically – Level 2
  • Works collaboratively with others – Level 2
  • Nurtures lead and manage people – Level 2

Core Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

Other Skill:

  • Emotional Intelligence.

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.

Application Closing Date
16th January 2023 (W. Central Africa Standard Time).

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments are also 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 medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Operations Specialist (Risk Compliance) at UNICEF

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