WHO – World Health Organisation is Recruiting Risk Officer (Salary $64 121 USD pa)

Closes 27 Feb 2024

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Under the direction of the AFRO Compliance and Risk Management Officer, CRMA shall manage AFRO’s compliance programme on a day-to-day basis and provide support on all compliance and risk management issues in the African region.


Risk management support

1. Support the Country Office’s within African region in risk management and compliance initiatives (such as the risk register and the internal control self-assessment checklist), and coordinate their implementation in the country office and support the senior management in the preparation of feedback to AFRO/HQs.

2. In collaboration with Senior Compliance Officer, Regional WCO management teams and relevant technical, functional units provide support in the monitoring of risk mitigation action plans. 

Compliance Management

Support the development of p risk and compliance annual program of work that covers functional areas (procurement, travel, HR, Imprest, cash management etc.), including the Emergency Programme’s as relevant.

Perform t post facto reviews and analysis of all aspects of the programme and administrative and identify internal constraints which undermine compliance within WCO’s programmes and operations and propose corrective measures.

Develop risk and compliance reports for the Senior Compliance Officer’s review and present observations to Regional Country offices management teams. Follow up and report on the implementation of the actions.

Perform regular follow up on the progress of implementation of recommendations.

Coordination of Oversight and Assurance

As directed by the Senior Compliance Officer, follow-up on the timely implementation of oversight entities’ recommendations (Internal and t and External Audit).

Closely engage with Regional Country Office focal points and take appropriate actions with WCO units to address any issues arising from the monitoring of recommendations. 

Fraud Risk Management support

Support the implementation of the WHO Policy on Prevention, Detection and Response to Fraud and Corruption and provide training and capacity building. Alert management on any fraudulent issues as well as unethical behaviors detected or reported.

As mandated by IOS through the AFRO CRMA support the investigation of reported and suspected cases of fraud in the WCO 



Essential: University degree in Business Administration, or Finance, or Accounting or Law or other related field such as auditing. Certification in risk management/auditing/compliance.

Desirable: Possession of an internationally recognized accounting qualification such as Certified Public Accountant or similar certification. Certification in risk management / auditing/ compliance would also be considered an advantage.


Essential: A minimum of five (5) years of experience in auditing, internal control, risk management or financial management. Experience in assessing internal controls.  

Desirable: Work experience in developing countries. Audit experience with an international public accounting firm. Experience working in an international organization. Public sector experience.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 64,121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1,453 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

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