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Risk & Compliance Specialist


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
  • Closing Date: Closed

If you dream of a future career in governance, risk, and compliance within the humanitarian or development sector, you now have the chance to get experience from and make significant contributions to one of the world’s leading NGOs – the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). That is right! We are currently looking for a highly qualified, motivated Risk & Compliance Specialist to join our Headquarters (HQ) based Operations Department to support our ongoing work with sound governance, risk, and compliance management across numerous compliance and anti-aid diversion policy areas.

Who are we?

You will join the Operational Policy, Tools, and Frameworks (PTF) Section within DRC’s HQ Operations Department in Copenhagen, Denmark. PTF contributes to DRC’s overall programmatic and operational quality in the organisation through its systematic approach to effective risk and compliance management and its ongoing development and maintenance numerous global policies, procedures, tools, and frameworks. It thereby supports DRC’s ability to achieve its objectives and mission while keeping the organisation, its people, and assets safe from harm.

About the job

You will provide expert support for effective governance, risk, and compliance management in DRC’s international operations within the defined areas of responsibility and in close cooperation with numerous internal stakeholders across DRC HQ departments, and regional and country operations. 

You will work to fulfil responsibilities as global lead for several DRC compliance and anti-aid diversion related policies. In so doing, you will provide essential support towards DRC’s firm commitment to humanitarian principles, accountability, and integrity in relation to compliance requirements.


Your main duties and responsibilities will, among other tasks, require that you:


  • Act as global lead for anti-corruption and anti-fraud, anti-terrorism, vetting, sanctions policy areas, including the provision of related tools, guidance, roll-out, awareness-raising, communication, and training resources
  • Pursue the further development of policies in, for example, the areas of Third-Party risk management, money laundering, modern slavery, and human trafficking
  • Provide expert knowledge, advice and support to management and key staff, as well as contribute to external audit processes
  • Contribute directly or indirectly to the development and provision of compliance solutions in pursuit of DRC’s strategic objectives
  • Support engagement and advocacy with donors and other external actors
  • Support and/or conduct administrative investigations and related case management and follow-up
  • Build strong professional network with management and key internal as well as external stakeholders and counterparts
  • When possible, represent DRC in external integrity, accountability, risk, and compliance fora


About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to hold a master’s degree in Law, Compliance, Risk Management, Political Science, or another relevant field. Further, you possess a minimum of 5 years of experience in assisting in the development, implementation, and maintenance of a compliance programme related to one or more of the policy areas listed above and/or other relevant compliance area(s). You must also have excellent communication and written and verbal English language skills (native/bilingual proficiency). Moreover, we also expect the ideal candidate to meet the following criteria:



  • Experience with the development, roll-out, and provision of policy, procedures, tools, guidance, and training resources
  • Experience in conducting and/or supporting administrative investigations
  • Consistent ability to act as trusted adviser and business partner
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment backed by strong teamwork skills
  • Unwavering ethics & integrity in an often-times demanding work environment
  • Excellent stakeholder management, and interpersonal skills supported by ability to establish and maintain strong professional relationships in a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Excellent analytical skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills
  • Highly motivated and proven ability to plan, sequence and prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
  • Advanced user of Microsoft Office


  • Previous experience in the international humanitarian and/or development sector
  • Arabic, Danish, French, and/or Spanish language skills (limited working proficiency or above)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Exposure to audit, external due diligence, and donor relations
  • Previous experience working with data analytics for fraud prevention, detection, and response
  • Experience in a leadership role


In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies to an advanced or expert degree:


Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. 

Demonstrating integrity: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


We offer

Contract length: Permanent

Working hours: 37 hours per week including lunch

Workplace: Borgergade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

Start date: 1 May 2023

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the agreement between DRC and AC (agreement for academics). The position is subject to a Danish national contract for which local terms and conditions apply.


Further information

For questions regarding the vacancy please contact Andrew Garnett, Head of Section, Operational Policy, Tools, and Frameworks:


Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter (one page maximum), an updated CV (four pages maximum) in English and academic records. Certificates, and written references are also welcome in addition to the required application package. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 1 March 2023.

We may conduct interviews on a running basis.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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