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Risk Advisor (Head of RMU) – Mogadisho 28 views

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Job Identification:                               8899
Locations:                                               Mogadiscio, Somalia
Posting Date:                                         02/03/2023, 04:12
Apply Before:                                         15/03/2023, 20:59
Job Schedule:                                         Full time
Agency:                                                     UNDP
Grade:                                                       P5
Vacancy Type:                                        Fixed Term
Practice Area:                                        UN Coordination
Bureau:                                                    Regional Bureau for Arab States
Contract Duration:                              1 Year with Possibility for extension
Education & Work Experience:      Master’s Degree -10 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 12 year(s) experience
Required Languages:                         Proficiency in oral and written English.
Vacancy Timeline:                              2 Weeks
Mobility required/no mobility:      mobility required

Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Under the overall leadership of the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia (DSRSG/RC/HC), the Integrated Office (IO) works to enhance quality control, promote transparency, and ensure value for money by providing expert advice, risk management, oversight, and enhanced coordination of UN operations in Somalia. The IO hosts the Pooled Fund Secretariat (Enablers III) which provides support to the Somalia Joint Fund and the wider international community including on:

–           The implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, the National Development Plan (NDP-9) and Agenda 2030 commitments

–           Coordinating work on the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus and cross-cutting issues that assist those most in need: durable solutions for displacement affected populations, environment and climate, youth, gender, and resilience.

–           Providing efficient and proven solutions through system-wide services such as risk management; accountability to affected populations; regional coordination offices; and tailored thematic and policy advice to UN agencies and Government.

–           Improving coherence, coordination and complementarity of UN programming, good offices, and advocacy in line with Agenda 2030 and the UN Somalia Cooperation Framework.

The UN Somalia Risk Management Unit (RMU), part of the Enablers III pooled fund project within the IO, is agile, flexible, and responsive to the evolving needs of its diverse clients including UN system organizations, donor partners, government, and NGOs.  The RMU has an adaptive management and risk mitigation approach. It continuously assesses and manages risks involved in the implementation of programmes through coordinating forums, offering expertise and advice, and managing tools that contribute to evidence-based decision making. The RMU aims to enable robust risk management systems, enhance accountability, strengthen the use of country systems and support localization of aid delivery in coordination with development and humanitarian stakeholders.

Under the overall supervision of the DSRSG/RC/HC, reporting to the Head of the IO on a day-to-day basis, the Head of the RMU will design, develop, implement, and maintain a risk management framework and approach. The incumbent will supervise international and national professional personnel focusing on different aspects, as outlined above and in the functions stipulated in the following parts of these terms of reference.

Position Purpose:

The Head of the RMU will perform the following functions:

  • Equip the UN system and local partners with robust risk management approaches and skills.
  • Develop and operationalize the UN Somalia Joint Fund risk management strategy.
  • Guide the UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes on delivering funds through country systems.
  • Enhance information sharing, knowledge management and best practices assimilation on risk management.
  • Supervise and manage RMU personnel.


Equip the UN system and local partners with robust risk management approaches and skills:

  • Develops, implements, and maintains policies and guidelines to identify, monitor, mitigate, and report risk related to use of UN managed funds.
  • Contributes to decision-making, management, and implementation of programmes funded by UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes (AFPs)
  • Establishes and strengthens partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders including UN, donors, government, and civil society.
  • Identifies and engages relevant stakeholders to facilitate targeted deep dives, bespoke reviews, and any additional directives from senior leadership.
  • Undertakes strategic, programmatic, project and partner risk assessments and analysis, including due diligence on behalf of the UN AFPs.
  • Promotes the application of advanced risk analytics to measure and monitor risk exposures and programme requirements.
  • Provides other risk management advice and related technical assistance as required.

Develop and operationalize the UN Somalia Joint Fund risk management strategy:

  • Promotes risk management discussions across Somalia-led aid architecture groups
  • Coordinates the development of the fund adaptive risk management strategy, in collaboration with the UN SJF Manager and other related Somalia funds.
  • Supports and monitors the implementation of the UN SJF adaptive risk management strategy, including through the risk management dashboard, including regular review of risks (nature, likelihood, impact on fund).
  • Advises SJF fund manager and participating UN organizations on risk related matters including recommended treatment measures.

Guide the UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes on delivering funds through the country systems:

  • Coordinates and monitors the UN efforts to disburse funds through the Somalia country systems at the federal and member states level.
  • Advises and coordinates assurance activities and assessments to be undertaken by the UN of the financial management systems and recommends actions to be put in place in accordance with the risk profile.
  • In coordination with the UN AFPs and the relevant Government institutions, prepares the annual budget forecast and enables smooth implementation of the programmes through the country systems.
  • Contributes to UN work on anti-corruption and public financial management, public service management and domestic revenue generation, including through IFIs.
  • Addresses policy and technical impediments to the use of country systems, including adherence to Public Financial Management standards, lead capacity assessments of government counterparts at FGS and FMS level.

Enhance information sharing, knowledge management and incorporates best practices on risk management:

  • Coordinates the development and enhancement of class-based and online risk management course in the context of Managing Project Risk and other technical assistance to support capacity building.
  • Advises and provides hands on capacity building of national and state government officials and civil society on matters related to risk management.
  • Promote information sharing across peacebuilding, development and humanitarian (nexus) stakeholders through existing systems and collaborative forums.
  • Drives the implementation and maintenance of RMU-managed analytical systems and prepares timely, accurate and audience-specific reports to the UNCT and other partners.
  • Ensures the development of protocols, procedures, and techniques on information and system protection.
  • Develops lessons learned and best practice knowledge products, based on the implementation of the risk management strategy.
  • Leads team in organizing and conducting risk capacity building to promote a risk culture across the organization.
  • Remains up to date with new and innovative developments in risk management.
  • Represents the UN in country-level and global Risk Management policy discussions and promotes the replication of the risk management practices and tools in other UN operations.

Supervise and manage the RMU personnel and consultants:

  • Provides leadership and support to staff in the RMU.
  • Supervises the performance of reporting personnel, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
  • Ensures the ongoing learning and development of reporting staff and supports career development of the RMU personnel.

Perform other duties as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the office.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 4: Prioritize team workflow, mobilize resources, drive scalable results/strategic impact.

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 4: Easily navigate complexity, encourage/enable radical innovation, has foresight.

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 4: Create systems and processes that enable learning and development for all.

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 4: Proactively initiate/lead organizational change, champion new systems/processes.

Act with Determination: LEVEL 4: Able to make difficult decisions in challenging situations, inspire confidence.

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 4: Construct strategic multi-partner alliances in high stake situations, foster co-creation.

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 4: Create ethical culture, identify/address barriers to inclusion.

People Management

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found on the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Finance – Anti-fraud and anti-bribery and corruption: Understand the policy and best practice relating to anti-bribery and corruption controls and ensures these are implemented and widely understood within the organization.

Understand the fraud risks faced by public bodies and can effectively analyze data to support fraud identification and fraud risk management.

Understand the fraud risks faced by public and non-governmental institutions and can conduct fraud risk assessments and response plans.

Business Management – Risk Management: Ability to identify and organize actions around mitigating and proactively managing risks.

Business Development – Knowledge Facilitation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally.

Partnership Management – Emerging Partnerships: Ability to engage with emerging partners, develop and manage a strategy and develop approaches to developing and managing these new strategic partnerships.

Finance – Due Diligence Management: Ability to conduct a comprehensive appraisal of an organization or opportunity to be undertaken, especially to establish its capacity and evaluate the potential opportunity and its related risks, knowledge of respective methodology and tools.

Finance – Financial Risk Management: Ensure financial resilience through proactive risk assessment, controls implementation, and mitigating action.

Understand risk and reward about collaborative and commercial projects.

Provide a culture of positive risk management.



  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Risk Management, Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, or related field.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years’ relevant experience may be considered in lieu of master’s degree.


  • Minimum 10 years’ (master’s degree) or 12 years (bachelor’s degree) of experience in the risk analysis and management, programme and project management, international / governmental organizations.
  • Knowledge of international standards on risk management (ISO31000, The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), Enterprise Risk Management) is required.
  • Proven experience and qualification in the design, implementation and evaluation of capacity building programmes and initiatives is required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with proven ability in communicating with senior managers is required.
  • Proven experience in establishing and maintaining partnership across aid stakeholders is required.
  • Possess a proven track record in developing risk management framework and coordinating risk measurement models is required.
  • Practitioner level experience in developing risk framework and undertaking risk assessments is required.
  • Experience in public financial management, including financial and fiduciary risk management is desirable.
  • Experience with the United Nations or other international organizations in crisis settings is desirable.
  • Result-oriented, attention to detail, and work on own initiative with high-quality output.

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in oral and written English


Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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