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Compliance and Oversight Officer

Yangon (Myanmar)

Background Information - Myanmar

Myanmar is one of UNOPS leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG), the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS Myanmar is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Myanmar, and for the Global Fund’s Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative targeting drug resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Compliance and Oversight Unit is an independent, objective assurance provider designed to add value and strengthen MMOC operations. Under the direct supervision of the Director and Representative, the Compliance and Oversight Officer manages the unit and is responsible for evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, operating procedures and controls within UNOPS Myanmar.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Lead the preparation and implementation of the annual work plan of the Compliance and Oversight Unit to ensure work priorities and objectives, taking into account the most effective use of resources; 
  • Develop models to detect unusual activity; Review processes templates and procedures, including those associated with monitoring and evaluation.
  • Assess compliance to internal procedures, controls mechanisms, UNOPS policies and procedures, donors requirements, and Government regulations, and ensure supporting documentation is exhaustive and consistent.
  • Document, evaluate and test systems and controls to determine their adequacy and effectiveness toward (i) compliance with rules and regulations, (ii) accomplishment of management’s objectives, (iii) reliability and integrity of information, (iv) efficient use of resources, and (v) safeguarding of assets.
  • Monitor risks related to the achievement of MMOC financial and non-financial objectives and ensure the alignment of risk management framework with the internal control measures. 
  • Mitigate the risk of misuse of donor funds and ensure that an effective internal control mechanism is in place to prevent and detect fraud. Manage cases of reported, suspected, and occurred fraud across UNOPS Myanmar.
  • Conduct special management reviews and assist in the follow-up on the implementation of the internal/external audit recommendation, updating the audit tracking tool.
  • Ensure accurate and timely preparation and submission of periodic reports on issues and any material weaknesses identified during the review period.
  • Provide regular briefings to the MMOC Director regarding programme/operational matters and general systems controls.

Knowledge building and knowledge sharing

  • Organize and facilitate trainings and workshops on lessons and good practices in various reviewed areas.
  • Collect feedback, ideas and internal knowledge about processes and good practices.
  • Develop and institutionalise mechanisms and processes for compliance and oversight based on good practices and learning. 

Team Management

  • Supervise and lead the personnel within the Compliance Unit, ensuring effective performance management, coaching, and promotion of learning and development.
  • Fosters a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.

Impact of Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Compliance and Oversight Officer directly impact on the effective management and financial integrity of UNOPS. It enhances the organizations financial and programme performance, demonstrating UNOPS’ effective stewardship of donor and partner funds. These promote the credibility of the organization as an effective service provider in project services and management.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the area of  finance, audit, accounting or any related field is required.
  • First level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the area of finance, audit, accounting or any related field in combination with additional 2 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
  • Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or equivalent is highly desirable
b. Experience
  • A minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in financial compliance, audit, accounting, and risk management is required.
  • Experience with audits of development aid programmes or the projects funded by international donors and institution is required.
  • Experience using ERP accounting software packages, is desirable.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of donor organizations and experience working with Public Institutions is desirable.
  • Experience in South East Asia region is desirable.

c. Language Requirement

  • Fluency in English is required.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement

Contract level: IICA-2

Contract duration: One year duration with possible extension subject to performance and budget availability

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Work-life harmonization
We value our people and recognize the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. UNOPS has a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offers flexible working options. This applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types across the globe.

Background Information - UNOPS

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Legal - Broad
    • Banking and Finance
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-06

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