Reports to (role)
Head of the Global Compliance Office
Purpose of the post
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence.
We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949.
The Risk Management Adviser is responsible for guiding, advising, monitoring, structuring and harmonizing risk management practices across the ICRC, promoting sound practices and providing support in strengthening risk management skills across the Organization.
A member of the Global Compliance Office, s / he leads the implementation of the Risk Management Framework approved by the Directorate, in keeping with the Global Compliance Office's vision and objectives to promote a risk management culture, to manage risks effectively and efficiently, and to elevate fair and consistent application of the rules.
Main duties and responsibilities
Coordinate standard risk management mechanisms at the institutional level :
Provide guidance to the Directorate in establishing a strategic risk profile that shows a global risk appetite consonant with the ICRC’s Institutional Strategy, and ensures that strategic risks are incorporated in the annual review of major institutional risks;
Coordinate and monitor the annual review of major institutional risks, guide and advise risk owners about their assessment and response strategies
Ensure integration of risk management practices in the annual review of the strategy and review and revise as appropriate the manner in which risks are presented and reported to the Directorate, Assembly and Audit Commission;
Review with deputy directors the different categories of risk and assess how existing and new risks are categorized;
Support HQ departments in linking operational and institutional risks;
Embed risk management throughout the Organization by supporting awareness raising and the development of tools for analysis and reporting to senior management and governance bodies;
Promote the development of a risk management culture within the ICRC, design and implement change management plans accordingly;
Design global learning modules related to risk management, disseminate them through the ICRC Learning and Development Catalogue, assist expert units and compliance units with designing risk management methods and learning modules in their specific areas, ensure coherence with the Framework;
Respond to donors' questions related to overall risk management at the ICRC;
Provide information and data on and identify trends in major risks for inclusion in the Global Compliance Office reports;
Interact with the Internal Audit and governance bodies with regard to all matters related to risk management;
Building on a recently developed draft operational guidance that focuses on the implementation of the Risk Management Framework at the delegation / country level, the adviser will finalize such operational guidance to align with new Framework, considering all levels and types of risk.
Serve as a central guide to the delegations in the implementation of the operational guidance.
Internally, interacts with the Directorate, Internal Audit Unit, senior management and Governance bodies the Assembly;
works closely with the other functions of the Global Compliance Office (Internal Control, Prevention and Policies, and Investigations), the Project Management Office and the different departments in the Office of the Director-
General; Also liaises with the entities and roles involved in risk management across the Organization, notably the various compliance units at Headquarters and in the Shared Service Centres, and the risk management units in delegations
Externally, interacts with peers in other organizations and with donors.
Education and experience required
Advanced university degree.
Specialized training in risk management (on the job or certification).
Fluent command of English and French.
Typically 12-15 years professional experience.
5-7 years of experience in managing risks (i.e. operational risks, project risks) or in internal control.
Desired profile and skills
Strong analytical and planning skills.
Strong knowledge of risk management practices and principles (e.g. COSO, ISO 31000).
Excellent oral / written communication and computer literacy, interpersonal, persuasive communication and presentation skills with an ability to communicate well with members of the Directorate and the Assembly.
Ability to use appropriate analysis, judgment, and logic when solving issues, providing recommendations, and making decisions.
Advanced stakeholder management and ability to interact collaboratively with internal customers and external partners.
Persistence and ability to overcome resistance and challenge differing perspectives with well-reasoned and logical explanations
Capability in managing multiple projects, including ability to coordinate and balance numerous tasks in a time-sensitive environment, under pressure, meeting deadlines.
Change management and demonstrated ability to positively lead people through significant change.
Ability to make sound business and management decisions to achieve the organizational objectives.
Displaying commitment to continuous improvement of business environment.
Ability to effectively monitor and develop GCO team members and appropriate personnel in the field to ensure smooth operation of the organization’s risk program in accordance with the Risk Management Framework.