DRC Regional Risk and Compliance Specialist Kenya Jobs

DRC Regional Risk and Compliance Specialist Kenya Jobs

Regional Risk and Compliance Specialist


DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC East Africa and Great Lakes (EAGL) operation focuses mainly on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, and migrants in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The EAGL Regional office also supports non-operational initiatives, focusing on mixed migration issues, civil society engagement, and advocacy and policy initiatives related to displacement.

Overall purpose of the role:

  • Assist the Regional Grants manager and Regional Director to ensure that all DRC/DDG EAGL operations are implemented within acceptable DRC/DDG and donor guidelines in order to manage risk and reduce where possible.
  • Ensure the Internal Controls and current operating parameters within the region are robust enough to minimize exposure.
  • The Regional Compliance Specialist is the focal point for DRC/DDG EAGL compliance matters.


    General Compliance:

  • Design, Implement and maintain testing systems to ensure that all offices are following DRC/DDG procurement, administrative policies and accepted accounting principles.
  • Carry out internal compliance assessments to ensure that DRC/DDG and donor guidelines are implemented and upheld and that the findings are captured in the risk register/issues log.
  • Establish processes for the compliance team in consultation with Regional Head of Support Services to ensure proper workflow, filing, and archiving of key documents is in place.
  • Coordinate and schedule necessary training of finance and non-finance staff to ensure that DRC/DDG and donor requirements are understood.
  • Quality assurance and provide input on day to day Project Cycle management process flows, As a member of the Risk Management Task force, input into CO and RO risk registers and IL to ensure comprehensive reporting and escalation on risk and compliance.
  • Work closely with Regional Head of Support to provide effective support in Counter Fraud measures to address Fraud Risk


  • Conduct partner capacity assessments, and flag high risk concerns to management and ensure mechanism is in place to monitor for sub-contracted partners.
  • Induct partner organizations in DRC/DDG rules and relevant donor requirements and monitor their performance for compliance.
  • Conduct partner reviews and ensure a system is in place for follow up action.
  • Conduct due diligence of partners and suppliers against main donor databases.

    Programme support

  • Regularly review and suggest improvements to internal control environment on existing processes as well as new proposed internal processes. E.g. Cash transfer procedure offering practical acceptable solutions to programs. Provide instruction on compliance issues at kick-off meetings throughout the region
  • Support Management during start up or office closures to flag and identify risk potential risk and areas of exposure to management.

    Risk Management.

  • Coordinate and Track all high risk areas and identify action required from regional reviews for reporting to SMT as well as follow up with countries on implementation.
  • Receive and review institutional and high risk donor financial reports from budget holders prior to submission to donors.

    Audit and Capacity Assessment Support and Oversight:

  • Lead on external audits in the region and coordinate pre-audit document completion as per regional audit policy.
  • Take Lead and coordinate donor capacity
    and system assessments.


  • Support the Regional SMT by conducting of investigations where necessary
  • Any other task as given by the Regional Grants Manager

    About you

  • To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with a proven track record of developing effective initiatives, programmes, and impact.
  • You enjoy working with teams of committed staff to build collaboration and capacity within the region and building strong relationships.

    In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:

    Striving for excellence:

  • You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process


  • you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

    Taking the lead:

  • You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.


  • You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

    Demonstrating integrity:

  • You act in line with our vision and values

    Moreover, we also expect the following:

    Experience and technical competencies

  • Post graduate degree in Business Administration, Finance or Accounting and additional Professional qualification such as ACCA or CPA is desired.
  • Degree in Accounting and at least 3 years’ relevant experience with an international NGO in grant accounting and/or risk and compliance management
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Proven experience working with the major donors. EC, ECHO, CHF, USAID, UN & DANIDA, among other donors.
  • A pro-active person who is able to work independently and who is at the same time a good team-player
  • Excellent communication skills, calm and a good sense of humor
  • Proven commitment to accountable practices
    Knowledge of working in high risk environments
  • Experience in training non-finance staff
    Advanced MS PowerPoint user
  • Experience in auditing
  • Excellent communication skills in English is required.
  • French language would be an advantage



  • 1st October 2018

    Duty station:

  • Nairobi with frequent travel to East Africa and Great Lakes Office locations.

    Reporting to:

  • Regional Grants Manager, East Africa and Great Lakes


  • 1-year contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and Performance.


  • Salary and conditions in accordance with DRC terms for Kenyan National staff.


  • DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework
  • All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.

    How to Apply


  • Qualified candidates are invited to access the full job description and the requirements for this position under vacancies online
  • Please submit applications online using this link on the online application by 7th September 2018.
  • If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk

  • For more information and job application details, see; DRC Regional Risk and Compliance Specialist Kenya Jobs

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