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Risk Officer, Risk Management Unit, NOB, Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN)

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Job Description/Requirements


Risk Officer


Fixed term/ NOB


RBN Risk Management Unit

DUTY STATION (City, Country):

Nairobi, Kenya


12 months


Regional Risk Officer


This job is located at the Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Job holder will be part of the Regional Risk Management Function, responsible for promoting and embedding risk management initiatives at the regional bureau and across WFP’s nine country operations in the region. In RBN, the job holder is part of a team and will report to the Regional Risk Officer.


Provide support in the establishment and enhancement of risk management activities; contribute to the application of controls and compliance with policies and procedures and to the overall effectiveness of operations and optimization of WFP resources.

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

Contribute to embedding risk management in planning and decision-making across the office and all aspects of WFP operations through monitoring of key risk appetite metrics and risk indicators, and regular updating of risk registers, including progress towards implementing the risk mitigation actions. Support the collection of feedback and data on risk performance and contribute potential new implementation approaches. Support relevant managers in their regular and ad hoc risk assessments in regional, country and field offices to: identify and evaluate risks; contribute to the development and design of mitigation actions; assess effectiveness of the internal controls; and prepare risk information for management to share with external stakeholders. Support the discussion with functional experts and risk management focal points on: identifying trends and emerging issues; contributing to the preparation of guidance and/or checklists in conformity with WFP policies and rules on periodic risk and/or control assessments; Utilize available risk management tools to link risk, oversight and evaluation information; review and analyze risk management activities, exposures and mitigation actions in draft Country Strategic Plan (CSP)/Interim CSP including budget revisions. Collect information/training needs and contribute to the preparation of training programmes or information sessions for colleagues and partners to enhance understanding of risk management and compliance with WFP policies, rules, regulations and procedures. Using the Three Lines Model, participate in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) by First Line colleagues for managing the risk and accountability process, including criteria for conducting risk and accountability missions, training materials and modules, etc., to minimize risk to the organization. Contribute to management accountability across functional units, including through the preparation of comprehensive reports summarizing the status of compliance of internal controls, key oversight themes, and using risk information (e.g., risk indicators, incident reporting) to highlight areas out of risk appetite and contribute ideas on required actions in areas of risk and compliance vulnerability. Support the completion of the annual Executive Director’s Assurance exercise survey, collect and review inputs. Support managers to prepare and plan for Internal Audit and External Audit, collect essential documents, organize briefing meetings and follow-up on recommendations. Support the promotion and dissemination of the 2021 Revised Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption (AFAC) Policy and WFP’s adherence to Zero Tolerance for Inaction, including assisting managers in their fact-finding reviews and fraud risk assessments by collecting and analysing data on fraud incidents, fraud risk metrics, and fraud risk appetite, supporting training in AFAC standards. Other duties as required including potentially serving as Business Continuity Management (BCM) and Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) focal point (e.g., supporting OCI avoidance plans and procedures).


Leads by Example with Integrity

Upholds WFP values, principles, and standards

Demonstrates and encourages others to uphold the WFP values, principles and standards

Respects others and values diversity

Values diversity using respectful and inclusive language, and encourages others to do the same

Stays focused and calm under pressure

Stays focused and calm when under pressure, encourages others to do the same, and offers guidance and support to manage difficult situations

Demonstrates humility and a willingness to learn

Demonstrates humility and a willingness to learn and share knowledge, frequently seeking and acting on feedback, and pursuing opportunities to develop

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments

Delivers results for maximum impact

Identifies and aligns objectives to the required outcomes, holding self and/or others accountable for the delivery of results for maximum impact

Delegates appropriately

Delegates responsibly and provides appropriate support empowering others to deliver results

Adapts readily to change

Responds readily to change in different contexts and adapts accordingly

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative

Is inclusive and collaborative

Promotes inclusive teamwork and psychological safety by encouraging colleagues to collaborate by sharing ideas and openly raising issues

Gives timely and constructive feedback

Supports development for others by giving timely and constructive feedback

Builds and shares new perspectives

Seeks out, trusts and listens attentively to diverse views to capture, learn, build and share new perspectives

Applies Strategic Thinking

Communicates and fulfils WFP’s vision

Communicates and fulfils WFP’s vision and operational outcomes to deliver meaningful solutions

Embraces curiosity and new ways of doing things

Demonstrates curiosity, designs and implements new ways of doing things when relevant

Analyses and evaluates data

Gathers data and different perspectives, shares knowledge and uses evidence to inform decision making

Considers the impact of decisions

Implements decisions, considering the risks and implications of actions for teams, projects and other initiatives

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Builds partnerships

Initiates and builds partnerships by identifying and promoting opportunities for mutual areas of interest and benefit

Collaborates to deliver common objectives

Collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives by sharing information and concreating innovative solutions with beneficiaries when appropriate



Advanced University degree in the fields of risk management, law, audit, business/public administration, international development, 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.


Knowledge of governance, organizational structures, strategy and major initiatives of international organizations. At least 5 years of relevant experience in Risk Management, compliance, audit, programme/project management or related fields Has conducted monitoring and reporting activities, has knowledge of results hierarchy, performance metrics and measurement. Has participated in risk analysis and risk mitigation strategies development and/or implementation. Has participated in conversations with other units on impact, timing or planning initiatives, using analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills as well as resourcefulness, initiative, good judgement, tact and diplomacy. Has contributed to risk management activities, including assessing and recommending effective internal controls and mitigation actions, preferably in organizations that use modern enterprise risk management frameworks, techniques and systems.


National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

Deadline For Application:
The deadline to apply for this position is September 15th, 2023

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