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Risk Management Advisor


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: Mid level - IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2023-06-06
Job categories Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2023/HQ/25897
Level ICS-11
Department/office Headquarters
Duty station Copenhagen, Denmark
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration Fixed Term
Application period 28-Apr-2023 to 21-May-2023
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the CRO, the Risk Management Advisor is responsible for reviewing and continuously improving capabilities specific to Policies, processes, roles, technologies, offices and project delivery contexts. The position holder is expected to provide strategic advice on integrating risk management into planning, decision making and  performance management frameworks. To build capacity and drive tangible improvements, they will lead implementation support initiatives for the regional organization and corporate functions, as agreed with line management and local leadership. In carrying out their duties, the Risk Management Advisory is responsible for managing, guiding and quality assuring the work of junior colleagues as well as actively building a global network of risk management focal points.

Strategic risk management advice 

  • In assessing framework improvement needs, lead reviews of Policies, processes, Terms of References and Key Performance Indicators of business critical roles, as well as UNOPS risk taxonomy and risk assessment criteria. Ensure active collaboration with regional and field offices, Policy owners, functional subject matter experts, strategy and change units as well as Internal Audit as part of initiative deployment..

  • Coordinate organization-wide analysis of requirements for risk reporting and IT systems, and guide the organization in using artificial intelligence for risk analysis.

  • Deliver, and guide others in the analysis of, complex portfolio-wide risk exposures and develop risk scenarios ranging from strategic to operational themes. 

  • Coordinate - and provide advice to senior management such as Regional Directors, Country Directors, Engagement Acceptance Committee members - on decision analysis methods to support high quality partnership, engagement and investment commitments.

  • Work with senior management and corporate functions in rolling out threshold-based risk escalation protocols and  map those to performance metrics. Perform quality assurance of Management Team level risk metrics.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of risk responses and perform post mortem analysis of realized incidents.

  • Support UNOPS Insurance Advisor(s) in optimizing risk transfer strategy 

  • Delivery of these activities may require frequent travel between UNOPS HQ and project offices around the world.

Capacity building and knowledge management

  • The Risk Management Advisor shall provide risk management training, coaching and facilitation support to UNOPS and its regional offices. 

  • The capacity building activities may cover but are not limited to the following topics: risk modeling and quantification using Monte Carlo analysis, cause-and-effect analysis, data analytics for improved risk intelligence and Key Risk Indicator (KRI) development, reporting dashboards, awareness of cognitive biases, risk-informed decision analysis, Business Impact Analysis (BIA), mitigation planning and risk transfer strategy.

  • Key to success in the role will be ensuring a field focused approach, and fostering a global Community-of-Practice (CoP) for effective knowledge transfer and capturing of lessons learned.

Team management

  • The position holder will define annual work plans and objectives for team members under management, and hold individuals accountable for the achievement of set targets.

  • Support risk unit’s talent acquisition activities from role descriptions to candidate evaluation and onboarding.

  • Coach and assure the quality of work of Specialists and Analysts in the team

  • Set and foster a positive can-do attitude

  • Provide peer review support for other Advisors in the Risk unit

The position holder is expected to provide regular updates on progress on priorities agreed with the CRO and hold themselves and any reportees accountable for effectively carrying out the appointed duties.  Impact of Results

The successful achievement of results by the incumbent directly affects UNOPS ability to deliver against its mandate and protects UNOPS reputation. The role is imperative to the effective management of risks on an enterprise-wide basis, the quality of key decisions made under uncertainty, impacting the visibility and image of the UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and consequently strengthening its competitive position as a partner of choice.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or PhD) preferably in Risk Management, physics, mathematics, engineering, finance, accounting or related field;

  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) with a minimum of two (2) additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;


  • A minimum of seven (7) years (or more depending on academic credentials) of experience in the design, development, and deployment of risk management programs 
  • Experience in working with senior leadership to support risk-informed decision making, and driving cultural change in risk management (required)

  • Experience in risk analysis, using quantitative and qualitative methods (required)

  • Experience in facilitating cross-functional collaboration and managing projects (required)

  • Experience in embedding risk management into functional Policies on program and project management, procurement, investments and financial management, HR and IT (desirable)

  • Experience in using enterprise systems for risk management (desirable)

  • Experience in evaluating and experimenting with artificial intelligence based solutions to problem solving (desirable)

  • Experience of globally operating development and/or project-based organizations (desirable)

  • Fluent in English

  • Spanish and/or French considered an advantage

  • Certifications in risk management (such as IRM or RIMS) and decision quality (such as SDRM Certificate) considered an advantage

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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.