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Technical Officer (Risk Management and Compliance)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
    • Legal - Broad
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-28

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Located within the Director-General Office (DGO Division), the mission of The Office of Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics (CRE) is to support the Organization in its effort to improve transparency and accountability through enhanced compliance and enterprise risk management. The CRE seeks to integrate internal control compliance into all policies and managerial decisions. The CRE ensures promotion and uphold of highest Organizational standards of the Organization, its codes of conduct and core values. Through the ethics function CRE monitors that all staff observe and perform their functions consistent with the highest standards of integrity required under International Civil Service. The CRE liaises independently with internal parties across the different levels of the Organization, developing and presenting to the Director-General its annual work plan of delivery of compliance, risk management, ethics needs. Through its Due Diligence and Non-state Actors (DAN) unit, CRE conducts due diligence in accordance with the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors across the three levels of the Organization.


Under the general supervision of the Unit Head (Compliance and Risk Management), and in collaboration with Organizational entities (e.g. network of regional risk management and compliance officers, Legal, Oiffce of Internal Oversight Services (IOS), Human Resources Talent (HRT), Department of Finance (FNM), other units and departments across the three levels of WHO), and with other Technical Officers in the unit, the selected candidate will:

  1. Undertake continuous evaluation of the maturity of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and compliance programs in the organization through regular surveys, benchmarking, identification of risk indicators and related trend analyses);
  2. Proactively identify corrective actions needed to improve the ERM and compliance maturity;
  3. Engage with relevant internal stakeholders to track and follow up actions and progress made in relevant areas;
  4. Support budget centres and programmes to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in all aspects of programmes and office operations, assess them and advise on adequate responses to achieve programmatic and Organizational goals;
  5. Contribute to awareness raising and capacity building activities of the office by designing and implementing fit for purpose annual training and communications programmes in the various locations of the Organization: by conducting training workshops, seminars, preparation training materials and methodologies;
  6. Monitor the status of the corporate risk register and related internal controls and take appropriate measures to ensure it is regularly updated for reporting;
  7. Draft technical reports, analyses and review written deliverables on various aspects of the ERM and compliance framework;
  8. Develop and enhance tools and guidelines;
  9. Provide support to the regions, on compliance and risk management issues, through the network of regional risk management and compliance focal points;
  10. Support the Organization's effort to enhance and implement its compliance strategy (including fraud and corruption prevention) in operations;
  11. Support the Organization's effort to embed risk management and compliance in future ERP developments;
  12. Perform any other duties as assigned by the Head Unit, Compliance and Risk Management.



Essential: A first university degree from a recognized university in business administration, management, accounting, finance or a related field.
Desirable: An advanced university degree (Master's degree or above or equivalent degree) from a recognized university in business administration, management, accounting, finance or a related field. A certification from a recognized professional body in the area of internal controls, risk management, compliance, fraud, audit or related would be an asset.


Essential: A minimum 5 years of combined experience at national and international levels in the area of implementation of public health or international aid projects or programmes which includes experience in at least two of the following areas: monitoring and evaluation, financial management (including donor audits), compliance (including internal controls and anti-fraud ), risk management. Experience in the UN or International NGOs (INGOs) context.
Desirable: Successful experience in a reputable audit firm or UN oversight bodies. Experience in humanitarian emergency assistance. Experience in collecting and analyzing various approaches to data analysis of large datasets, including reporting data.


Excellent understanding of internal control frameworks. Good knowledge of the principles and practices of programme and project management in public health or international aid and related monitoring and evaluation standards. Good knowledge of administrative requirements for effective implementation of projects and programmes such as audit, compliance (including internal controls). Excellent analytical skills and report writing, literature reviews, data analysis and project management. Excellent communication skills to engage a wide variety of stakeholders. Excellent ability to articulate and present thoughts and convey messages to non-expert audiences in an engaging and innovative manner. Experience in working in teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Proven ability to organize and prioritize multiple initiatives and meeting deadlines within a fast-paced environment with multiple and competing demands. Ability to manage information productively and translate them to practical and relevant actions.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 62,120 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4519 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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