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Risk Manager

Job Description

World Vision does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. World Vision does not concern itself with information on bank accounts.

Position: Risk Management Advisor

Reports to: Program Effectiveness Director

Location: Bamako

Purpose of the position:

The Risk Management Advisor will be responsible for overall risk identification, analysis and management;, and shall recommend and ensure the implementation of measures to minimize organizational risk, as well as ensure compliance with policies, procedures and standards

This post will plan and design appropriate tools to strategically review operating models periodically to determine risk levels, propose approaches and systems to mitigate risks and effectively track progress in the implementation of recommendations on risk mitigation.

The Risk Management Advisor will play an advisory role on risk mitigation and compliance with policies and procedures across all funding types. This advisory role will include, but not limited to, providing advice on risk management, monitoring and reporting on compliance with policies and standards, and their impact on the risk rating of the NO.

Major Responsibilities:

Development and Management of Risk Policies and Framework

Define World Vision’s enterprise risk management framework and establish guidelines for the development and implementation of relevant partnership policies and procedures

Champion the implementation and review risk policy and framework

Conduct compliance & risk assessments.

Support the AC and SLT in its implementation, review and approval of the enterprise-wide risk governance framework which includes the organization risk culture, risk appetite and risk limits

Develop World Vision’s risk identification and annual assessment plan, and facilitate the identification, measurement, assessment, monitoring, and control of the level of risks

Implementation of Risk Management Processes and Practice

Incorporate risk considerations into strategic decision-making and ensure alignment between NO strategy and risk policy

Manage the implementation of all aspects of the risk function, including implementation of processes, tools and systems to identify, assess, measure, manage, monitor and report risks

Manage the corporate risk and control assessment reporting process as well as manage and maintain infrastructure elements

Communicate risk management policies, risk appetite and risk limits, across all levels

Review and provide feedback on the adequacy of risk management, governance and controls

Build a Culture of Risk Awareness and Management in Programme and Project Management

Work with PE &DME leads to ensure all Program and project incorporate risk management in design.

Conduct organization-wide training and awareness sessions on internal control and risk issues; and establish and maintain risk awareness culture within WV Mali, and provide appropriate opportunities for organizational learning, including lessons learned from previous problems, on-going communication, training and development

Verify and report the organization’s ability to consistently comply with standards, policies and procedures especially in Sponsorship; and innovate to increase the efficiency of sponsorship management and sponsorship in program

Annually conduct statistical analysis to evaluate risks and recommend appropriate action to manage such risks

Risk Analysis, Monitoring and Reporting

Lead monitoring and reporting of significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in internal control and ensure that appropriate remedial actions are taken

Undertake bi-annual risk evaluation, which involves comparing estimated risks with criteria established by the organization such as costs, legal requirements and environmental factors, and evaluating the organization’s previous handling of risks

Develop a dashboard for tracking risk compliance and implementation of the organizational effectiveness and audit recommendations for Programs/Projects and the National Office

Conduct special reviews & investigations as may be directed by the SLT through the PE Director and ensure that internal controls are developed and implemented by various departments, Programs/Projects, Clusters and Bases

Develop and submit quarterly reports on risk status of WV Mali strategy, programs and projects with updated risk register with clear mitigation plans to Program Effectiveness Director

Audit Support

Verify on a quarterly basis that the Global and Internal Audit recommendations are being implemented within the agreed time lines and report on progress to WV Mali’s management.

Ensure that work practices are risk based and are in compliance with the Institute of Internal Auditors Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (SPPIA), the US Government Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAGAS) for US Government Funding and World Vision’s Financial Manual Internal Audit policies and procedures.

Participate and serve as the Secretary in the Risk and Audit Committee meetings to enhance World Vision Risk management

Conduct an annual comprehensive review of Program Design Documents, Strategy Implementation Plans, Annual Business Plans, Annual Reports, Activity reports, Evaluation reports, and progress towards achieving CWBTs and make recommendations to on how progress towards CWBT can be accelerated, impact enhanced and outputs sustained

Management of WV Mali Employee Whistle-blower Reporting

Evaluate and analyze new whistle-blower reports when received in accordance with WVI recommended criteria; conduct and advise on whistle-blower investigations; coordinate and lead evaluation; ensure ultimate accountability on conclusions and follow through by line management.

Regular strategic communications to all staff, and other stakeholders as needed.

Ensure investigations are conducted qualified personnel and in alignment with policies.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Business Management or related field with a subject of study in Risk Management or certificate in Risk management. ACCA an advantage

  • 3-5 years’ experience working in Risk Management or related field.

  • Strong writing and communication skills.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Proven ability to cultivate and maintain strong interpersonal and working relationships in a dispersed international context.

  • Experience working in a large international organization and communicating cross-culturally.

  • Experience with translating complex technical concepts and simplifying information for mass consumption and usage to a broad international audience.

  • Experience with translating data into information and analysis that communicates an easily understood concept or message.

  • Membership in a professional risk management association, or willingness to obtain within 1 year.

  • Professional or academic education in Risk management or related field.


  • Experience working in a Risk Management unit in a large international organization.

  • Education or experience related to Ethics and Compliance, Risk Management

  • Background or experience with communications and/or technical writing.

  • Experience and demonstrated success working with and engaging senior leadership.

  • Preferred: Masters in Development , Social Sciences, Project Management or Related Field

Travel and/or Work Environment:

  • Office based with frequent travel to the field

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 60% of the time.

  • On call

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  1. Deep understanding of identification and management of organisational potential and inherent risks

  2. Comprehensive knowledge of risk management practices and principles

  3. Extensive experience in risk-based internal audit with strong knowledge and understanding of governance practices, internal control systems and ability to monitor risk management activities, internal audit and assurance practices

  4. Persistence and ability to overcome resistance or challenge differing perspectives with well-reasoned and logical explanations

  5. Strong communication skills-able to tailor communication to required audience

  6. Solid know-how in sponsorship programs, standards and requirements is highly desired

  7. Familiarity with humanitarian quality assurance mechanisms including Sphere, Red Cross Code of Conduct, Humanitarian Accountability Partnership, Do No Harm, People in Aid Code of Good Practice.

  8. Demonstrated ability in monitoring and tracking compliance with policies and procedures

  9. Experience in audit management

  10. Ability to identify risk areas and prescribe measures to minimize risks

  11. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff and donors

  12. Strong interpersonal and human relational skills

Attitude and Behavior:

World Vision reserves the right to disqualify a candidate who has any record relating to child abuse or opposite behavior to child protection, even after the hiring.

*Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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