Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director in Nairobi, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Identify risk areas, assess the potential for fraud and corruption in operational activities, creating a viable control environment and supporting the enhancement of internal controls;
- Identify areas where corporate regulations and procedures are inefficient or ineffective within the context of the county office operations;
- Facilitate accountability across functional units, prepare comprehensive reports and formulate sound recommendations on required actions in the area of compliance;
- Contribute to the development of new compliance Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and review existing ones and maintain an updated database of SOPs;
- Conduct oversight missions to the field to monitor compliance with WFP rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
- Prepare comprehensive reports on findings and recommendations with the relevant managers for oversight missions to the field;
- Liaise systematically with all oversight bodies to ensure that all compliance issues are understood, implemented, followed-up and escalated as appropriate;
- Undertake timely follow-up of the implementation of audit and evaluation recommendations and associated management actions;
- Act as a focal point in the Country Office for annual performance planning and reviews, risk assessment and updating of risk registers, including progress towards implementing the risk mitigation actions;
- Lead the Compliance Task Force;
- Act as the focal point for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP) contingency planning;
- Perform other duties as required.
Education: First university degree in business/Public Administration, finance, accounting, audit or other related field with training/course in audit, performance and risk management. Advanced university degree or a membership in an internationally recognized accountancy body such as Institute of Chartered Accountants or equivalent is an added advantage.
Experience: Three or more years of progressively responsible experience in audit, investigation, administration or related field.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is a requirement.
Knowledge & skills:
- Strong analytical and conceptual abilities;
- Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of internal controls and proper accounting procedures and systems to recommend improvements where necessary to address current weakness and mitigate risks;
- Ability to lead enterprise risk management activities across HQ and Field operations, recommending and implementing effective controls and mitigation actions to ensure WFP remains best in its class for mature and integrated enterprise risk management;
- Demonstrated ability to identify key audit issues;
- Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity and the ability to work with minimum supervision;
- Courtesy, tact and the ability to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
- Highly developed judgement and interpersonal skills to deal with clients on difficult and sensitive matters;
- Ability to organize, asses and coordinate the work of others;
- Conducted risk analysis and developed risk mitigation strategies;
- Hands on experience in UN or NGO audit/financial environments is desirable.