Head of Risk & Compliance 

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The Opportunity

Save the Children is inviting applications from suitably qualified personnel to fill the position of  Head of Risk & Compliance  (1 position) to be based at the Country Office. The role holder is responsible for providing leadership and coordination of all major risks affecting our programming and operations; ensuring that we can deliver for children in Malawi safely, legally, in compliance, and with limited delays. In an ever-changing operating context, Save the Children must be able to regularly and rapidly assess risks to the organization’s mission for children. This includes financial, reputational, strategic, and delivery risks. The role holder is expected to drive a holistic risk management process for the country office, ensuring risks are properly planned for and mitigated. The role holder will also be responsible for auditing our internal controls and compliance, leading on fraud prevention and response, and ensuring sufficient safeguarding measures are in place to protect our staff and people, especially children, with whom we work.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal job description and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or auditing plus a certification or a Masters degree in the same discipline.
  • Demonstrable experience at a senior level within both the commercial and NGO sectors, is preferable
  • A strong interest in international development/humanitarian work
  • Broad spectrum programme experience, with strong analytical skills
  • Excellent business partnering and relationship building skills
  • Proven ability to have a highly strategic focus, whilst dealing competently with operational matters
  • The ability to understand and break down complex technical problems, both translating them into layperson’s terms as well as finding solutions which work
  • Strong personal organisational and self-management skills with an ability to lead and work in teams and motivate others
  • Experience of managing teams, as well as indirect relationships
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Willing to travel to support members directly or to relevant events as required.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

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