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Internal Control Officer

ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross

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Internal Control Officer

Resident Position - 100% - Geneva


ICRC staff members are the organization's greatest asset in implementing its humanitarian mission to protect and assist people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. The ICRC seeks to safeguard high standards of integrity and professionalism, providing the ethical and behavioural framework that all staff are expected to respect in their daily work. The ICRC Code of Conduct contains essential rules of behaviour that reflect the values underpinning the ICRC's mission.

The ICRC has recently decided the establishment of a Compliance Architecture composed of functions, oversight bodies and processes to ensure fair and consistent application of rules, first and foremost with regard to the ICRC Code of Conduct. This architecture will be built on the strengths of existing internal control and compliance mechanisms, while clarifying and streamlining them and ultimately improving their efficiency.

The newly-created Global Compliance Office will cover functions related to risk management, internal control and compliance with the ICRC Code of Conduct, and will be in charge of building and implementing the Compliance Architecture. It will be based at the Office of the Director-General and will liaise with the Directorate, the Internal Audit and the Audit Commission. It will chair a cross-departmental Compliance Group composed of existing compliance functions, aiming to ensure coordination and harmonization of methodologies related to control and compliance activities across functional domains and worldwide locations.

Purpose of the post

The Internal Control Officer serves as a focal point for managers and all functions working on the implementation of a sound control environment enabling ICRC organizational and operational efficiency, reliability of financial reporting and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. He/she plays a strategic role in liaising with ICRC stakeholders to provide guidance and ensure appropriate oversight in this domain. He/she is accountable for enhancing awareness and embedding internal controls consistently throughout the organisation. He/she is responsible for guiding, advising, monitoring and harmonizing internal control processes across all areas of activities, in order to mitigate identified risks and strengthen the ICRC's lines of defence, in close cooperation with the Internal Audit and the Compliance Group. The Internal Control Officer is a key member of the Global Compliance Office and will work closely with the Risk Management Officer and the Code of Conduct Compliance Officer on the detailed design of the global Compliance Architecture.

Main duties and responsibilities
  • Exercises oversight responsibility over Internal Control activities
  • Leads the development and oversees the implementation of the Compliance Architecture with regard to Internal Control, including:
    - Clarify and harmonize job descriptions related to other internal control functions
    - Clarify and streamline internal control activities across departments in close collaboration with the Compliance Group
    - Design and disseminate a global, cross-functional risk-based methodology taking account pre-existing internal control frameworks within the organization
    - Design and implement an appropriate internal control knowledge structure to improve access to as well as maintenance and dissemination of global policies, training and communication materia
  • Champions and supervises the adaptation of control activities related to major risks over ICRC business processes, including:
    - Advise and support ICRC managers in the development, implementation and assessment of their respective control processes, within the field of their responsibilities, and ensure overall consistency thereof
    - Coordinate with the Compliance Group and other functions related to internal control across the ICRC, in monitoring, expertise and lessons learnt on internal controls executed in the field and at the headquarters
    - Cooperate with Internal Audit; coordinate and monitor the implementation of their recommendations concerning internal control processes
    - Liaise with the External Audit team on enhancing reliability of financial reporting, in strong collaboration with Finance Division and other departments concerned; coordinate and monitor the implementation of their recommendations concerning internal control processes
    - Coordinate the self-assessment process of entity-wide-controls at the level of the Directorate
    - Conduct targeted risk based spot checks to assess the implementation and effectiveness of internal controls and compliance mechanisms over headquarters and delegations
    - Ensure global training and internal communication related to internal control
    - Report to the Directorate on an annual basis on assessment of internal controls and improvement measures to cover major institutional risks
Education and experience required
  • Master's degree or equivalent professional certification in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or Economics and membership in an internationally recognized professional accounting body e.g. CA, CPA, ACCA, CIA, CISA or "Expert Comptable"
  • Minimum of six years of relevant experience in either compliance or audit (preferably a combination of the lead audit firms and in international organisations), experience in the ICRC is an asset
  • Knowledge of Swiss regulatory frameworks and of compliance standards (ISO, COSO, FCPA, IDW, SOX)
  • Experience in handling financial reporting issues; familiarity with IFRS is an asset
  • Understanding of application and system access controls
  • Experience in project implementation in a collaborative team-oriented approach (knowledge of a project management is an asset)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications, knowledge of Data Analytics is an asset
  • Fluency in English, with good working knowledge of French
Desired profile and skills
  • Sound personal and professional integrity and affinity for humanitarian activities
  • Ability to adjust to the ICRC's mission and culture, focus on the big picture, understand key priorities and propose realistic solutions
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with experience in building and maintaining relationships with management and other internal and external stakeholders
  • Interpersonal communication, as well as networking and negotiation skills enabling to influence, inspire and motivate others for collaboration, with specific capacity to guide and support senior managers
  • Strong process analysis, risk and control identification and problem-solving skills
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, conceptual modelling and organizational skills; capacity to coordinate, manage, and train others
  • Ability to champion the Compliance Architecture and to both work independently and in close collaboration with the other members of the Global Compliance Office

Type of contract: permanent - Length of assignment: 4 years renewable
The post requires readiness to travel and to visit different contexts and delegations as per needs.
Starting date: Early 2017, as soon as possible
Reporting Line: Deputy-Director-General

Application documents required: Motivation letter and CV

Interested persons fulfilling the above criteria should send their applications by Sunday, 30th October 2016(letter of motivation and CV/resume) to to the following address: application_hq@icrc.org. In the subject line of your email, please write: ''DIR/GEN – Code of Conduct Compliance Officer – Application".

Only applications sent to this email address will be considered. If you do not receive a reply within one month, then please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

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