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  • Posted: Oct 30, 2020
    Deadline: Nov 19, 2020
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    Our goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people. Together we strive to combat diseases - infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and noncommunica...
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    Risk Management and Compliance Officer

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device's system settings. 


    Under the strategic direction of the Director, General Management, the COT shall manage AFRO's compliance programme on a day-to-day basis and be the focal point for all compliance and risk management issues in the African region.


    Monitor and facilitate compliance with WHO regulations, rules, policies, and procedures as well as internal and external audit recommendations in the African Region. Follow internationally adopted compliance principles and best practices in the following but not limited to, risk management, financial management, human resource management, administration, and procurement including integrity and transparency, and provides effective and efficient technical support and services to budget centers for risk management and compliance issues.


    Under the direct supervision of the Manager, Compliance and Risk Management (CRM), the incumbent will be expected to work as part of a COT team with some independence to deliver effective risk management and compliance functions in the Region. The incumbent is expected to exercise strong inter-personal skills. He/She will have contacts with WHO Representatives, Directors, Programme Managers, Operations Officers in order to ensure effective, efficient and consistent risk management and compliance initiatives as well as with internal and external auditors on compliance related activities.

    • Carry out post facto reviews and analysis of all aspects of the administrative work in the region, work closely with colleagues in other GMC units responsible for management reports and dashboards in order to: analyze data and identify areas of low compliance; define associated risks; monitor trends; and monitor key performance indicators; develop and contribute to reports on the aforementioned subjects.
    • Participate in compliance reviews of activities of the 47 WCOs and the 6 Clusters of AFRO in selected functional areas (procurement, travel, HR, Imprest, cash management etc.), including the Emergency Progamme.
    • Follow up on open internal and external audit reports. Review internal and external audit reports in order to:  - identify systemic issues and compliance related findings and recommendations; - Follow up and track progress in implementation of audit recommendations; - generate lessons learned from audit reports and bring these into the overall compliance and risk management work in the Region. Assist managers in implementing audit recommendations and rectifying control weaknesses, as needed.
    • Assist the Manager, Compliance and Risk Management (CRM) with investigation/legal matters by preparing interview records, following up on investigation queries and follow up on status of open cases. Follow up on implementation of recommendations made by COT.
    • Provide technical advice to WCOs on maintaining their respective local risks registers. Provide trainings/briefings to staff on the fundamental principles of WHO/AFRO's administrative framework and internal control mechanisms;
    • Evaluate administrative policies, procedures and internal control mechanisms in order to: - identify systemic issues, gaps and constraints and suggest measures to improve; - identify potential overlaps/duplication of work and suggest measures to streamline;
    • Carry out any other tasks, as requested by supervisor.




    • University degree in Business Administration, or Finance, or Accounting or law or other related field such as auditing.


    • Possession of an internationally recognized accounting qualification such as Certified Public Accountant or similar certification.



    • At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in a financial reporting and accounting environment. Accounting and consolidation experience using ERP or similar systems.


    • Work experience with WHO or other UN Agencies would be an asset.

    Use of Language Skills


    • Very good knowledge of English or French with a working knowledge of the other language.

    Desirable:  Knowledge of Portuguese would be an asset.


    In depth knowledge of the use of integrated financial management and reporting systems. - Knowledge of auditing principles and their applications. Understanding of accounting and financial principles.  - Proven ability to carry out compliance reviews and inspections. - Demonstrated ability to work under pressure to achieve multiple deadlines. - Proven knowledge and strong understanding in the area of administration, procurement, and risk management. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, in oral and writing.  Maturity of judgement, tact, integrity and discretion. Ability to apply IT technology when needed

    WHO Competencies

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication
    • Producing results
    • Moving forward in a changing environment

    Other Skills (e.g. IT)

    Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook. Knowledge of an ERP system, in particular downloading data into Excel and performing analysis of huge amounts of data in Excel is required.


    WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,233 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

    This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

    • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
    • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
    • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational

    qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates
    may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

    • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
    • For information on WHO's operations please visit:
    • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
    • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
    • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
    • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

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