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Risk and Compliance Manager, Sierra Leone


  • Organization: CRS - Catholic Relief Services
  • Location: Freetown
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Job Title: Risk and Compliance Manager

Reports to: Sierra Leone Country Representative

Department: Sierra Leone Country Program

Salary Grade: 9

About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary:

You will manage risk functions for the country program (CP) adhering to CRS policies, local laws, and donor regulations to ensure effective delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your knowledge and guidance will reduce risk to staff, to the effectiveness of our programming and to the people we serve through the application of the principles of stewardship, integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with audit, risk and compliance leads in HQ and the regional level and CP leadership on implementing and strengthening internal control systems and continuous process performance improvement.
  • Anticipate and identify risk issues and challenges and the most appropriate solutions to address them.
  • Support implementation of sub-recipient financial management policy (SRFMP)
  • In collaboration with CP management, plan and perform internal audits, control reviews and compliance assessments. Analyze results and provide recommendations.
  • In collaboration with CP management, programming, and/or operation leads, design and facilitate relevant risk training sessions and contribute to relevant components of institutional capacity strengthening plans for CRS and partners.
  • Serve as liaison and support external audits. Coordinate action plans to close out audit findings.

Fraud Allegation Management Role

  • Carry out and lead reviews/investigations at CP and partners level and effectively report the outcomes to supervisor, CP management & EtU as applicable.
  • Ensure key steps throughout the investigative process, including planning, fieldwork, reporting are coordinated effectively with input and guidance from the Region and EtU. That reviews and investigations are performed in line with supervisor’s guidance, CRS Fraud Allegation Management Procedures, CRS Policies, local laws and donor regulations.
  • Develop or contribute to the development of investigation plans/Scope of Work (SoW) for investigations.
  • Undertake investigations & reviews into allegations of violations of policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and applicable rules and regulations.
  • Effectively document and write reports on findings and recommendation to improve processes and internal controls. Propose strategies to strengthen country office control systems and procedures.

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 50 %.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and systems thinking skills
  • Ability to make sound judgment
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
  • Knowledge of and experience working with USG, DFID, and other major public donors
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
  • Experience carrying out audits/investigations, internal control and financial systems review.
  • Skilled in collecting, synthesizing and analyzing data.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • High level of language proficiency English (and other languages French, Spanish, Arabic)
  • Able to make oral presentations and write clear reports.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of data analytics techniques and process performance improvement leading practices
  • Knowledge of accounting systems
  • Coaching and training abilities.
  • Proficient in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio) and information management systems.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration or other relevant field preferred. Accounting or audit certification highly preferred.
  • Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt or Project Management Professional certifications preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience, ideally with an international organization, with progressive responsibility in operations and/or programming. At least 3 of these years entailing audit, compliance or risk management experience
  • Knowledge of audit standards and compliance regulations; knowledge of COSO’s Internal Control Framework or The Institute of Internal Audit’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing

Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Personal Accountability
  • Acts with Integrity
  • Collaborates with Others
  • Builds and Maintains Trust
  • Open to Learn
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Develops and Recognizes Others
  • Leads Change

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.

EOE/M/F/D/V - CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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