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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT472
Title: Advisor, Enterprise Risk Management
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
Date: 3 September 2014
Application Deadline: 1 October 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Office of Administration (AM)
The Director of Administration is the chief administrative officer of the Organization and is responsible for providing advice to the Director and senior management on financial and administrative management rules, and practices and for establishing and implementing policies, systems and procedures in order to improve organizational efficiency. PAHO's Enterprise Risk Management Program promotes high-quality risk management activities that seeks to increase the likelihood of achieving PAHO's mission and objectives, encourage proactive management, improve decision making by establishing a reliable basis for decision making and planning, improve operational effectiveness and efficiency, improve the identification of opportunities and risks, improve organizational resilience, improve loss prevention and incident management, and improve organizational learning and performance.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision and technical guidance of the Director of Administration (AM) and the direct supervision of the Administrative Operations Advisor, AM, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Lead, develop, maintain, coordinate and manage the Organization's Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Program, ensuring that it is aligned with the ISO31000 and PAHO Results-Based Management (RBM) framework; lead development and annual planning for ERM activities, budgets, and resources;
b) Lead the assessment of risks to information security risks and information technology assets under the ERM Program;
c) Propose and develop organization wide policies and procedures for risk management and business continuity planning;
d) Establish, communicate and facilitate the use of appropriate ERM methodologies, tools and techniques, including for integrating risk management with their strategy development process;
e) Report and prepare recommendations for Executive Management (EXM) on communicating risk management policies, risk appetite and risk limits; coordinate for submission to EXM responses to requests for information from external constituents (auditors, audit committee, governing bodies);
f) Lead systematic monitoring and management of risks, in order to improve the Organization ability to achieve its mission strategic objectives;
g) Develop enterprise risk reporting requirements in collaboration with all Entities to ensure complete, high-quality reporting for Executive Management, Audit Committee of the Governing Bodies; develop project risk management capabilities within the organization;
h) Provide guidance and assistance to entities with the identification, evaluation, understanding, management, and communication of significant risks across the Organization as well as support for risk management initiatives
i) Develop and review key performance indicators/metrics for risk management and advise management in the early identification of risk trends;
j) Conduct detailed analysis and data mining to identify, validate, and enumerate existing and emerging risks;
k) Build alliances inside and outside PAHO entities to positively influence identification and resolution of significant risks/opportunities, including partnerships with other United Nations (UN) agencies to share lessons learned and risk management practices in all areas, including information security.
l) Provide advise to senior managers to prepare risk self-assessments, including analyzing the stated controls, identifying gaps, and creating action plans;
m) Lead the development and delivery of ERM training programs; assess continuously changes in the program content to ensure ongoing effectiveness;
n) Work with entities to establish, maintain and continuously improve the Organization's risk management posture and capabilities;
o) Implement appropriate risk reporting to the Risk Management Committee, Director, Executive Management and senior entity managers;
p) Ensure effective alignment between the ERM process and the other business processes of the Organization.
q) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Essential: A bachelor's and master's degree in management, information systems management, business administration, or a related field, from a recognized university
Desirable: Specialized studies in any area of risk management would be an asset.
-- Intrainstitutional Action: Leads team efforts toward full understanding of the policies the organization must operate within as well as the Standard of Conduct for the International Civil Service. Leads employees and co-workers toward operating in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
-- Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: After analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge, leads one's area of responsibility toward individual and collective actions. Encourages the importance of continual analysis. Verifies and promotes that action is taken in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Leads others in decisions needed to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of analyzed situations between one and two years ahead.
-- Communication: Leads the development of an environment that actively establishes and proactively engages in productive dialogues that involve multicultural environments. Encourages the skills and behaviors that facilitate productive dialogues. Expresses points of view effectively.
-- Performance Management: Plans and takes concrete steps on one's own initiative to improve job performance and required competencies. Learns from one's mistakes, adjusts goals and courses of action to meet changing needs. Conducts evaluation meetings with subordinates at the times stipulated, using the Organization's instruments and others specific to the area. Consistently motivates the staff members to improve their abilities, gives them tasks and activities that represent a challenge to them.
-- Teamwork: Embraces and leads consensual decision-making, that is, leading the fulfillment of team decisions, even when they may not fully coincide with one's own opinions or proposals. Knows how to manage difficult team situations and promotes consensus building. Takes responsibility for the team's successes and failures.
-- Leadership: Uses complex strategies to promote team morale and productivity. Obtains needed personnel, resources and information for the team. Makes sure the practical needs of the team are met.
-- Accountability: Accepts responsibility for the results, for the work of subordinates, for the tasks delegated, the deadlines, and any deviations from them. Requires and oversees the adherence according to the budget. Monitors the progress made upon reaching the objectives and deadlines. For any deviations on the work plan, looks for corrective actions.
-- Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Identifies the means of and achieves optimization of budget; demonstrates the ability to use resources according to the principles and values of institutional ethics. Distributes resources to projects and activities that are the most needed for the Organization.

Technical Expertise:
- Theoretical and practical expertise at the highest level in aspects related to information technology, risk management and risk management standards, such as ISO-27005 and ISO-31000. Familiarity with Results Based Management concepts and tools.
- Strong organizational and analytical skills to accurately conduct risk assessment on corporate programs and process and recommend interventions to mitigate risk.
- Excellent knowledge and skills in managing and executing multiple complex projects within required timelines and expectations.
- Ability to analyze current risk management systems and possess the capability to develop and plan innovative and appropriate solutions for their improvement.
- Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
- Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.

IT Skills:
Demonstrated knowledge of IT systems and networks; ability to utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project will be an asset.
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in areas related to the management of projects for the processes and operations that support the business of an institution. Of these at least five years of experience working on the management and mitigation of vulnerabilities and risks associated with the operations that support the work of an institution
Desirable: Experience in the development, implementation and managing of projects, preferably in an international organization would be an asset.
Very good knowledge of Spanish or English with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
Additional Information:
PAHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, and 30 days annual leave. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, assignment grant, rental subsidy, and home leave.


Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67,611 at single rate
US$72,605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 50.3 % 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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