Risk Management Specialist, Kabul, Afghanistan

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Afghanistan

City: Kabul

Office: UNDP Kabul, Afghanistan

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Sunday, 8 May 2022

UNDP AFG - Risk Management Specialist (P4)

Location : Kabul, AFGHANISTAN

Application Deadline : 08-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)

Additional Category : Management

Type of Contract : FTA International

Post Level : P-4

Languages Required : English

Duration of Initial Contract : One year, renewable

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.


UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. UNDP has been working in Afghanistan for more than 50 years on climate change and resilience, gender, governance, health, livelihoods, and rule of law. Under the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in close coordination with other UN agencies, UNDP is supporting Afghan people’s aspiration for peace, prosperity, and sustainability. UNDP is currently implementing its flagship crisis response programme, ABADEI (Area Based Approach to Development Emergency Initiatives), as part of the ongoing UN-led response to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of Afghanistan’s economy following the August 2021 shift in power.

The ABADEI Strategy is a tailored area-based integrated programming approach to support basic human needs, complementing short-term humanitarian life-saving assistance with the safeguarding of livelihoods and the strengthening of community resilience. It is centered around addressing worsening poverty and vulnerability, supporting community resilience and social cohesion, addressing climatic vulnerability and enabling the rehabilitation of small-scale infrastructure vital for basic human needs. It supports the creation of immediate sources of income through vocational skills training, cash-for-work, cash for market, small businesses and livelihood opportunities with particular focus on agri-business and regenerative agriculture infrastructure and services (critical for food security) that are under threat. It is sensitive to the chronic and newly emerging vulnerabilities of Afghan women and girls and aims at providing them assistance in a manner that does not exacerbate their susceptibility to violence and deprivation of opportunities and rights.

In line with the new Area-Based Approach for Development Emergency Initiatives (ABADEI) Programme for Community Resilience in Afghanistan established by the country office, an adaptive management and risk mitigation system has been put in place to assist the gradual roll-out and implementation of ABADEI activities through continuous risk monitoring, learning, and adaptation loop. At the center of this system is envisaged an Integrated Risk Management Unit (IRMU) that continuously assesses and manages risks involved in the implementation of the ABADEI programme.

The Risk Management Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Risk Management Advisor and s/he is responsible for supporting the Head of the IRMU in implementing the risk management regime and strategies in place through the provision of risk analysis and support.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Risk Management Specialist will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

Risk Management Analysis and advice

Development of Risk Management practices

Evidence-based Action Research and Analysis

Partnership and coordination

Learning, Knowledge Management and Self Development

1. Risk Management Analysis and Advice

Identify, assess, and manage contextual, programme and operational and business risk. This includes the ability to analyze and interpret complex information and data collected, accurately identify issues and trends, make appropriate judgments, and provide relevant recommendations.

Identify the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into respective parts.

Conduct desk review of documents, including partners capacity assessment, partners profile and other relevant documents and documentary evidence of the key personnel and decision-making body as well as undertake his/her own research on due diligence to make specific

Collect, analyze, and evaluate information from a variety of public sources, including UN Security Council, investigation reports, regulatory bodies and law enforcement, or geographic information systems to complete risk profiles.

Identify key contextual and operational risks and mitigating factors of potential development and humanitarian interventions.

Respond to ongoing requirements on verifications, allegations and fact checks and provide recommendations and advise accordingly.

2. Development of Risk Management Practices

Plan and contribute to the development of risk management systems in accordance with international standards on Risk Management.

Contribute to the establishment and enhancement of best practice in the area of risk management.

Lead risk management discussions and contribute to common tools and practices across the UNDP, UN, and other partners.

Contribute to the dissemination of best practices within the aid community in Afghanistan, and more broadly with the UNDP/UN in a ‚community of practice‘.

3. Evidence-based Action Research and Analysis

Design and undertake quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods or experiential research design approaches, as appropriate, to support evidence-based responses to key risk areas faced by the UNDP in Afghanistan; notably in the areas of fraud/corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing.

Design data collection and analysis methodologies to capture lessons learned at programmatic and operational levels, to iteratively feed back into project/programme risk management practices and mechanisms.

Design, develop and introduce frameworks in support of evidence-based and contextualized best practice for the UNDP in managing specific fraud/corruption and AML/CTF risk areas.

Support through evidence-based research findings, initiate and facilitate discussions across aid community partners to develop common and sustainable risk management tools, practices and capacity building programs.

4. Partnership and coordination

Establish and strengthen partnership management with key internal and external stakeholders including UN, donors, and civil society.

Provide technical support and advice on risk management practices to UNDP and its partners.

Establish formal and informal partnership with law enforcement and regulatory institutions through donor liaison and establish working relationships and information-sharing protocols with UN audit and investigation offices and research institutions as necessary.

Coordinate risk management activities across different partners engaged in implementation of risk management practices in Afghanistan.

5. Learning, Knowledge Management and Self Development

In coordination with the RMU team, contribute to the development and enhancement of class-based and online risk management courses in the context of Managing Project Risk and other technical assistance products (guidance notes, etc.) to support capacity building.

Facilitate, deliver, and oversee risk management learning curricula to the UN, NGOs, CSO’s and other partners.

Provide risk management related technical assistance to the UN and its stakeholders, and in collaboration with the IRMU team.

Ensure self-development and remain up to date with new and innovative developments in risk management.

Perform other duties within your functional profile as assigned and deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the office.

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: The incumbent of the post will supervise/manage the Risk Specialist and the Risk Officer through:

Supervising their performance, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance

Ensuring the ongoing learning and development of reporting staff.



Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management: Manage Performance and Ensure Accountability

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

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

Ensures financial resilience through proactive risk assessment, controls implementation, and mitigating action. Understands risk and reward about collaborative and commercial projects. Provides a culture of positive risk management.

Finance - Anti-fraud and anti-bribery and corruption

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.

Anti-fraud: Understands the fraud risks faced by public bodies and is able to effectively analyze data to support fraud identification and fraud risk management; understands the fraud risks faced by public bodies and is able to conduct fraud risk assessment and response plan.

Required Skills and Experience


Application Requirement

All Applicants MUST complete and attach the UNDP Personal History-P-11 Form ( found here) to their applications in the vacancy site.

Submission of personal resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) will not be acceptable and candidates who fail to attach the above required P-11 form will not be considered.

Min. Education requirement:

Master’s degree in International Relations, Law, Investigations, Politics, Economics, Management, or related area.

Relevant Experience:

Minimum of seven (07) years of professional experience in Risk Management, Law Enforcement, Project Management with international/governmental organization is required.

Required Skills:

Knowledge of international standards on risk management (ISO31000, The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), Enterprise Risk Management) is required.

Excellent interpersonal, communicative and persuasion skills.

Proven track record of building and sustaining effective partnerships among different stakeholders.

Ability in providing high quality service.

Demonstrated performance in highly volatile environments.

Proven experience and qualification in the design, implementation and evaluation of training programs and initiatives.

Previous experience and acknowledge in law enforcement, investigation/intelligence, audit, and fraud examination is comparative advantage.

Prior experience in Afghansitan is desirable.

Language Requirements:

Proficiency in English is required - both written and oral.

Proficiency in Pashto and/or Dari is desirable but not essential.

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Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1651576197685