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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/DGD/FT238
Title: Compliance and Risk Management Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 5 June 2013
Application Deadline: 26 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/DGD Offices under the Director-General (HQ/DGD) /
HQ/ODG Office of the Director-General (HQ/ODG)
HQ/CRE Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics Office
Located within the DGO cluster, the mission of CRE (Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics Office) is to systematically identify organization-wide risks, and by topic area, maintain a risk register record, evaluate it according to its likely impact and probability, and proactively have it managed by risk management owners. The CRE will seek to periodically review, assess and integrate internal control compliance into all policies and managerial decisions. The CRE will promote and uphold the highest organizational standards, codes of conduct and core values. Through the ethics function the goal is for all staff to observe and perform their functions consistent with the highest standards of integrity required of WHO staff members and international civil servants. The CRE will liaise 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, and ethics needs across the three levels of the Organization.
Description of duties:
In collaboration with organizational entities (e.g. LEG, IOS, HRD, FNM, ITT and other units and departments at HQ and the regions):
- Propose organization-wide policies and procedures for risk management and contingency planning in accordance with existing risk management plans of different business owners, develop appropriate tools to record, monitor and report on a wide range of organizational risk areas in a systematic manner, facilitate securing of internal support to mitigate identified risks;
- Identify internal constraints which undermine the integrity of, and capacity of being compliant within WHO's programme and operations, and provide recommendations on appropriate corrective measures, review the current approaches available on assessing, measuring, and mitigating risks in aspects of programme and operations;
- Design and institute risk mitigation measures and tools in key organizational areas, which will include procurement, human resources, finance and security in collaboration with the primary focal points of these respective units;
- Review the HQ's Business Continuity Planning framework, and monitor subsequent updating of the Organization-wide BCP framework;
- Integrate risk management process into oversight and compliance framework, develop Organization-wide risk managemnt accountability frameworks and ways in which accountability can be monitored and measured against;
- Regularly monitor and report to the Director CRE the status of the risk register and be alert to emerging internal risks, as well as the effectiveness of the instituted risk measures;
- Coordinate the implementation of the annual work plan for risk-based office reviews, provide clear and consistent updates, analyses and reports on risks and threats to Director CRE with actionable recommendations;
- Provide pertinent advice, analysis and timely and accurate information on risk events and threats to ensure effective crisis communication with the key internal stakeholders and audiences in collaboration with defined internal focal points;
- Support the development of internal capacity building for risk management at all levels of the Organization;
- Develop training tools in risk management applicable to the Organization.
Advanced university degree in business administration, public administration, finance, law, economics or related field.
Experience and or training in risk management, strategic planning, results-based management and reporting, formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating workplans and programmes.
- Conduct broad contextual analysis;
- Convey information and opinions in a structured and credible way;
- Advocate and provide policy advice at senior management levels;
- Maintain confidentiality and exercise judgment with respect to sensitive information;
- Use mature professional judgment in reporting independently significant issues directly to senior executives and to the board of directors;
- Achieve consensus on weakness identified in processes for evaluation and risk management and ways to remedy them;
- Focus on impact and results and respond positively to feedback;
- Advanced user of computers and office accomplishment of the objectives of the Organization;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and collaborative work style.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Moving forward in a changing environment
5. Setting an example.
Minimum 10 years of combined experience at the national and international levels in complex Organizations, in the area of general management, internal control frameworks and related monitoring processus and systems. Experience in understanding complex interrelationship of factors that create risks to successful accomplishment of the objectives of the Organization. Advanced user of computers and office software packages and experience in handling of web based management systems and experience in using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as "Oracle".
Demonstrated experience in designing, policy development and implementing risk managment and internal control frameworks within the UN system or in the private sector is a significant advantage. Experience with working in a multi-national setting with people form different cultural backgrounds.
Expert knowledge of English is required. Expert knowledge of French would be an asset.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates. A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80'629 at single rate
USD 86'791 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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