Danish Refugee Council Risks & Compliance Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Danish Refugee Council Risks & Compliance Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 200253

Category: Accounting and Finance, Development and Project Management
Location: Addis Ababa
Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Salary: xxxx

Job Description

Title: Risks & Compliance Specialist(Re-Advertised)

Location: Addis Ababa

Reports to: Support Services Manager


Start of Contract & Duration: 12 Months

Posting date: February 28, 2019


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants.

The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009. With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.

Project Background

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is leading an international consortium to deliver a £21 million program to protect would-be migrants and refugees from unsafe irregular migration through and from Ethiopia Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia as well as Djibouti.

The 4-year program, funded by the Department for International Development, UK (DFID, UK), will address the barriers to reducing unsafe irregular migration from Ethiopia and ultimately reducing unsafe regular migration through and from Ethiopia, taking into consideration attention to the most vulnerable group -- women, girls and unaccompanied irregular migrants -- and coordination with key stakeholders.

The program is anticipated to be innovative, cross-sectoral and solutions-oriented with strong emphasis on research, learning and adaptive management.

This appointment is subject to the DRC in successfully securing funding from DFID, UK.

​​Overall purpose of the role:

The Risks and Compliance Officer will assist the finance and grants management teams in ensuring the program is implemented in compliance with DRC and donor requirements in order to manage risk and reduce where possible.

S/he will ensure the internal controls are robust enough to minimize exposure. S/he is the focal point for the Consortium on compliance matters.



  • Stay abreast of donor policies and guidelines.
  • Develop guidance documentation on policies and guidelines to ensure actual and correct understanding by DRC team members and consortium partners.
  • Respond to queries by DRC team members and Consortium partners on compliance to applicable regulations
  • Develop and implement a compliance monitoring system to ensure all offices and partners of the Consortium are following DRC and donor policies and procedures
  • Carry out quarterly reviews to ensure that DRC and the Consortium partners adhere to policies and procedures; this includes but is not limited to finance,
    logistics, administration and human resources ; this involves financial and non-financial transactions and documents reviews and feedback to line managers for action
  • Development of a training and capacity building plan on risk
    and on donor and DRC compliance
  • Develop training material and conduct trainings for compliance
  • Maintain a Consortium partners tracking file to monitor reporting status, disbursement status and other deadlines.
  • Develop and implement an archiving monitoring tool to guarantee consortium documentation is secure
  • Conduct regular field trips to provide technical support and guidance to the
    Consortium partners
  • Prepare monthly internal risks & compliance report.

    Risks Management

  • Conduct due diligence to identify risks related to the program
  • Focal point for risks management for the program, update of the Issues Log, follow-up on corrective actions.
  • Implement agreed mitigation measures relating to financial and contractual risks to the program, and ensuring effective reporting of risks, mitigation measures, and changes in risk rating
  • Compliance Self Check implementation and develop recommendations and action points to improve identified gaps
  • Follow up on audit recommendations
    Work closely with Head of Support Services to provide effective support in Counter Fraud measures to address Fraud Risk

    Job Requirements

    Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum 7 years proven progressive experience in finance or compliance related positions
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working for INGOs
  • Proven experience in working with financial management of projects funded by humanitarian donors
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of financial compliance and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work under pressure

    Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)

  • Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in financial management, business administration or related field

  • Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Amharic - fluent

  • English – fluent

  • French is an asset

    ​All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.

  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.

  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.

  • Demonstrating integrity: Acting in line with DRC's vision and values

    How to Apply

    To Apply

    Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

    We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.dk under Vacancies.

    Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than March 14, 2019.

    For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk.

    Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

    Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics

    We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.

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