Risk and Compliance Officer (NOB - Sana’a), Sana’a, Yemen

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Yemen

City: Sana’a

Office: WFP Sana’a, Yemen

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


These jobs are located in Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) covering both the risk and compliance responsibilities. In RBs, the job holders are part of a team and will report to the Regional Risk and Compliance Advisor or Regional Risk focal point. In COs with lower risk profile the job holders may operate individually and report to the Country Director or the Deputy Country Director with functional supervision from the Regional Risk and Compliance Advisor where present, or the Chief of the Enterprise Risk Management Unit. In lower risk environments, job holders operate individually or may be part of a risk & compliance team. In higher risk environments job holders operate as part of a team and report to Senior Risk and Compliance Advisor/Focal point.


Provide effective support in the establishment of effective risk assessment and risk management activities; application of controls and compliance with policies and procedures; and contribution to the overall effectiveness of operations and optimization of WFP resources by championing the mainstreaming of WFP’s risk and compliance framework.

Under the direct/technical guidance & supervision of the Risk and Compliance Advisor (RCA), the incumbent will provide support in the establishment of effective risk assessment and risk management activities; application of controls and compliance with policies and procedures. Contribution to the overall effectiveness of operations and optimization of WFP resources by championing the mainstreaming of WFP’s risk and compliance framework. The incumbent is required to exercise discretion, personal and professional integrity and to maintain absolute confidentiality of information/data revealed in the course of undertaking his/her duties.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive, within delegated authority):

Contribute to embedding risk assessment in planning and decision making through developing and/or monitoring of key risk appetite metrics and risk indicators, and regular updating of risk registers, including progress towards implementing the risk mitigation actions.

Provide support to managers in analysing and strengthening existing processes on risk & compliance issues and on maintaining an effective internal control environment to support operational efficiency.

Provide assistance in ensuring that the use of all WFP resources is in conformity with approved CO strategic plans/project plans, WFP rules and procedures, and donor funding agreements.

Contribute to ideas on enhancement of adequate internal control systems with clear accountabilities, including performance and risk management systems, monitoring and oversight processes and techniques, tools, processes to support their implementation.

Contribute to the development of compliance Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by 1st Line of Defense colleagues for managing the risk and compliance process, including criteria for conducting risk and compliance missions, training materials and modules, etc.

Support relevant managers in their regular and ad hoc risk assessments in regional, country and field offices risk assessments to: identify and evalutate risks, assess effectiveness of the internal controls, and assess the potential for fraud and corruption in operational activities.

Contribute to risk management effectiveness across the office and all aspects of WFP’s operations.

Support managers in their fact finding reviews and fraud risk assessments. Collect and analyse data on fraud incidents, fraud risk metrics, and fraud risk appetite, support training in AFAC standards.

Contribute to accountability across functional units, prepare comprehensive reports summarising the status of compliance of internal controls, key oversight themes, and using risk information (e.g. risk indicators, incidents) to highlight areas out of risk appetite and contribute ideas on required actions in areas of risk & compliance vulnerability.

Support managers in the preparation of risk information for management to share with external stakeholders such as UN system-wide engagement, donors, and partners.

Assess information/training needs and prepare and deliver training programmes or information sessions for colleagues and partners in RB or CO to enhance understanding of risk management and compliance with WFP policies, rules, regulations and procedures.

Support risk management focal points in region/country offices.

Demonstrate managerial and functional skills by effectively managing staff and building staff capabilities for high performance results.

Other duties, as required.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (Specific Key Accountabilities):

Collect and analyze data on fraud incidents and fraud risk metrics.

Coordinate the Annual Performance Planning and Risk Register preparation as well as the mid and end year review processes across all functional units of the Country Office, document and share progress towards implementing the risk mitigation actions with managers.

Schedule and lead discussions at the YECO and field Offices with relevant stakeholders on selection and/or reporting against Key Risk Indicators (KRIs), setting and/or reviewing risk appetite thresholds and draw the attention of the RCA and managers to scenarios where risk levels have exceeded the agreed thresholds.

Ensure timely update of the YECO Key Risk Indicator Dashboard and undertake quarterly consolidation, analysis, and presentation of data in the format of a quarterly risk monitoring report.

Coordinate the planning and execution of Fraud Risk Assessments including updating of the risk register as warranted and preparation of the associated assessment report with clear recommendations to address any identified gaps and follow up on their implementation.

Coordinate the quarterly Risk & Oversight Committee meetings. Gather information and documentation as needed, support the Risk and Compliance Advisor in presenting the findings, incidents etc. during the meeting.

Support the coordination of audit and other oversight missions to WFP Yemen.


Has gained programme/project management experience.

Has conducted monitoring and reporting activities, demonstrating knowledge of results hierarchy, performance metrics and measurement.

Participated in risk analysis and risk mitigation strategies development and/or implementation.

Ability to demonstrate diversity and respect at workplace and appreciate different view- points as a means to conflict resolution and problem solving.

Ability to multi-task in a challenging work environment and deliver results within agreed timelines.

Experience with Humanitarian Agencies, INGOs, UN is desirable.



Advanced University degree in business/public administration, finance, accounting, international development, audit or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses in audit, performance and risk management or other related fields.

Advanced skills with use of Excel, SPPS, Visio, PowerPoint etc. are desirable.


Three years of relevant progressively responsible experience in undertaking and/or contributing to risk management activities, including assessing and recommending effective internal controls and mitigation actions, in organizations that use modern enterprise risk management frameworks, techniques and systems.


A strong command of written and spoken Arabic & English.

Fluency (level C) in English language.

Fluency (level C) in Arabic language.


The applicant should be a Yemeni national

Only candidates who are short-listed will be contacted

Applications must be submitted online with:

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WFP staff who are still under probation period are not eligible to apply for another FT position.

WFP staff on FT contracts must have completed one year in the current position to be eligible to apply for another FT position.

By submitting your application, you have read the Terms of Reference for this position and agree that any false, wrong or incomplete information might lead to your disqualification in this recruitment process.

Successful candidates vetted as viable candidates through the application process will be retained on internal roster for a two-year period and may be given further consideration for future similar specific position advertised in the duty station.

WFP never uses external recruitment agencies and recruitment is always is free of charge. WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. The selection of staff are made on a competitive basis and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. Only applicants whose profiles meet the advertised job requirements will be considered and only within the announced deadline.

Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1629396653805