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Enterprise Risk Management & Strategic Planning Consultant


  • Organization: ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization
  • Location: Montreal
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Human Resources
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Closing Date: Closed

Result of Service

Under the guidance of the Chief, Strategic Planning and Regional Affairs Coordination (PRC), the incumbent provides expert advice on all aspects of risk management, internal controls, and accountability on behalf of ICAO and supports the Office of the Secretary General (OSG) in facilitating these activities and reporting to the Council, Committee on Governance (COG), Evaluation and Audit Advisory Committee (EAAC), external and internal auditors, ERM Reference Group, and Senior Management Group (SMG). In particular, the incumbent will lead, oversee, plan, coordinate, and manage the development and implementation of these programmes and ensuring appropriate follow up of decisions, including effectively communicating ICAO senior managers at headquarters as well as in the Regional Offices. The incumbent requires minimal supervision and exercises initiative and sound judgement in the day-to-day conduct of the work.

1. Risk management:

• Build, operationalize, and manage ICAO’s risk management programme.
• Advise and guide all Bureaus and Offices in identifying, assessing, mitigating, reporting, monitoring, and escalating risks to meet ICAO’s risk, strategic, and transformational objective goals.
• Implement the JIU ERM Benchmarks and Reference Maturity Model (RMM) Level for Risk Management in the UN System.
• Integrate risk management into business planning, accountability framework, and results-based management.
• Embed risk management into ICAO processes to ensure the risk register and processes are used as a tool to support decision making.
• Build the risk culture (awareness and buy-in) through the development and implementation of a staff education and training program.
• Remediate EAAC and internal and external audit findings.
• Establish, track, monitor, and report on KPIs to the SMG, SG, COG, EAAC, and Council.

2. Internal controls:

• Maintain a sound system of internal controls to be accountable to the Council under ICAO Article XI of the Financial Regulations.
• Advise, guide, and train staff on all aspects of internal controls.
• Build, educate on, and maintain an internal control library.
• Coordinate and assess the Management Assurance Statement and Declaration (MASD) questionnaire with the Senior Management Group.
• Create an annual Statement of Internal Control (SIC) for ICAO to issue its financial statements.
• Measure the effectiveness of internal controls for continuous improvements.

3. Strategic planning:

- Accountability Framework:
• Undertake the inventory of initiatives and gap assessment on the elements constitutive of a sound Accountability Framework.
• Lead the development and implementation of the ICAO Accountability Framework as an essential piece of governance for ICAO.
• Develop a monitoring and reporting system to capture the implementation of the elements of the Accountability Framework and assess the impact of the initiative.
• Build the accountability culture and high-level roles and responsibilities as a trustful relationship between the ICAO Secretariat, the Council as the governing body, and the ICAO Member States at large to demonstrate commitment and responsibility in achieving ICAO’s mandate, as set by the Assembly.

- Results Based Management (RBM) and Business Plan:
• Be the backup to conduct training on RBM and dissemination of RBM tools among relevant stakeholders.
• Align RBM with risk management and accountability frameworks.

4. Capacity building:

• Strengthen the risk, internal control, accountability, RBM skills, instincts, abilities, processes, and resources for ICAO in order to survive, adapt, and thrive in a fast-changing world of aviation risks.
• Build risk, internal control, accountability, and RBM knowledge through ongoing staff education training as transformation goes beyond performing tasks to changing the mind-sets and attitudes of ICAO staff.

5. Monitoring and reporting:

• Provide ongoing risk management and strategic planning monitoring and reporting on a scheduled basis to the SG, SMG, ERM Reference Group, internal and external auditors, EAAC, COG, and Council in achieving ICAO’s mission and Strategic Objectives.
• Advise and follow-up with Bureaus/Offices on their risk registers, corporate risks, and report both internally and externally on the status of risk mitigation actions including the effectiveness and assurances of internal controls for continuous improvement.

Work Location

Montréal, Canada

Expected duration

The duration of this assignment is 11 months with possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall direction of the Office of the Secretary General (OSG), the Strategic Planning, Coordination and Partnerships Office (SPCP) coordinates high-level and cross-cutting policies and programmes among the different Bureaux and Offices at Headquarters, as well as Regional Offices of the Organization. In particular, SPCP is responsible for the overall coordination of the work of the Regional Offices, as well as the development and maintenance of the ICAO Business Plan, the Corporate Performance Management Framework and the Risk Registry, which form the basis for resource allocation, and monitoring of the Organization’s performance with respect to implementation of key strategic initiatives. SPCP also has the responsibility to facilitate the development of partnerships, as well as to leverage such strategic partnerships in air transport systems’ enhancements in Member States and the mobilization of resources needed to implement necessary improvements.

The Strategic Planning and Regional Affairs Coordination (PRC) Section, within SPCP is responsible for regional coordination, the development and maintenance of the ICAO Business Plan, including the ICAO Triennial Operating Plan and the Performance Monitoring Framework, as well as development and maintenance of the ERM Framework including the internal controls. PRC is also responsible for the Secretariat of the Evaluation and Audit Advisory Committee (EAAC), Accountability Framework and developing policies, procedures and guidelines to coordinate ICAO response to worldwide emergencies that threaten the safety, regularity or continuity of aviation operations.

Qualifications/special skills

A first-level university degree, and work experience/qualification preferably in risk management, international relations, business change management, business administration, or related field.

• Experience in risk management in an aviation or UN organization or agency, is required.
• At least ten years of experience in risk management and internal control frameworks, is required.
• Certification in risk management, is required.
• Knowledge of ISO 31000:2018 and COSO Internal Controls, is required.
• Extensive expert experience in consulting on risk, internal controls, and strategic planning in managing complex stakeholders and engagement, is required.
• Excellent communication, relationship building, and negotiation skills – both written and verbal, is required.
• Experience within the United Nations (UN) Common System organizations, other inter-governmental organizations or public-sector entities, is desirable.
• Knowledge of relevant ICAO operational rules and regulations, is desirable.
• Knowledge of ICAO functions and organizational structure, is desirable.



• Fluent reading, writing and speaking abilities in English.


• A working knowledge of French or another official language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, or Spanish).

Additional Information

Please note that the daily rate for Band C varies from CAD$ 402 to CAD$ 578.

No Fee


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