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Risk & Assurance Manager ERCO - Field Risks

Requisition ID:  17805
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

Reports to (role)

  • Head of Risk Global

What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Purpose of the position


The Risk & Assurance Manager for field risks works in the Ethics, Risk and Compliance Office - ERCO (formerly the Global Compliance Office) that is based in the Office of the Director-General and reports directly to the director-general. It contributes to building an effective Assurance across the organization through a coordinated, structured and systematic approach to risk management, internal control, investigations and behavioural ethics, for the benefit of the ICRC, its staff members, and the people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence that are at the centre of the ICRC’s mandate and mission.


The Risk & Assurance Manager for field risks coordinates specific institutional processes or workstreams related to building and strengthening field Risk management and Assurance capabilities (people, processes and tools) with a strong impact on the ICRC’s culture of accountability and working practice. S/he provides expertise and support to field Delegations and Regional / Country Risk & Assurance managers in various risk management and assurance processes as defined by the ICRC Risk Management and Internal Control frameworks and related operational guidelines to design, implement and monitor effective risk management practices (including risk-based internal controls).

Main duties & responsibilities 1/2


  • Organize, coordinate and facilitate the field risk management and assurance processes or related workstreams (field risk analysis and field risk registers) to ensure quality requirements, deadlines and deliverables are met and in line with institutional frameworks, guidelines and processes;
  • Provide guidance, advice, challenge and support to risk owners and risk managers, Heads of Risk & Assurance in the field as well as Operations Coordinators at HQ to identify trends and emerging risks, assess risks and their level, define target risk exposure and Key Performance or Risk indicators (KPIs/KRIs), design mitigation measures and controls, establish time-bound risk response plans and assign ownership for the mitigation plans;
  • Design, develop and refine field risk management and assurance processes, tools and systems, including methodologies, guidance, tools, and templates. In particular, further develop, adapt and maintain a field risk dashboard to enable aggregation and comparison of risks and related mitigation measures between Delegations, Regions and at worldwide level;
  • Ensure the coordination, support and guidance of Regional / Country Heads of Risk & Assurance in the field. Develop and implement processes and operational guidelines, knowledge bases and tools to support the work of those Risk & Assurance experts with the goal of ensuring a coherent, coordinated and qualitative growth of the network. Ensure smooth collaboration and collaboration between field Heads of Risk & Assurance, and between them and HQ Risk and Assurance coordinating function and other Assurance functions;
  • Develop areas of the learning and communication material to develop a risk-aware culture and upgrade risk management and assurance skills among field managers and staff. Design adapted learning modules related to risk management and Assurance, and ensure coherence with the Framework. Carry out briefing and training sessions to different audiences (other Heads of Risk & Assurance, field risk owners & risk managers, Delegations management and staff);
  • Manage and maintain core documentation related to the field risk management and assurance frameworks, guidelines, policies and tools as well as risk registers, tables and repositories to ensure information is accessible, usable, and up-to-date;

Main duties & responsibilities 2/2


  • Analyse field risk trends related to categories of risks and impact on the organization, and on management and mitigation of risks over time to identify risk exposure and efficiency of the risk management practice;
  • Develop / design BI dashboards and other databases or Excel for analytical and reporting purposes;
  • Collaborate with other Risk and Assurance functions and relevant internal stakeholders to share best practices and knowledge, identify potential synergies to address transversal risks and issues and work on global initiatives for the improvement of risk management practices and internal control system;
  • Contribute in own domain for the consolidated reporting to the governing bodies, senior management and staff on outcomes of field risk and assurance processes and the escalation of significant related issues;
  • Contribute to the internal and external reporting of the Office (ERCO) such as Planning for Results (PfR), Annual reports, donor reporting and other communications.

Education and certifications required


  • Master’s degree in business administration or other similar degree (e.g. international law, humanitarian law, political sciences, etc.);
  • Certification in risk management (RIMS, Risk Analyst, certified Risk Manager, associate in Risk Management) and/or compliance management (Certified Public Accountant (CPA, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), etc.) is a plus or equivalent ground experience;
  • Computer proficiency including Business analytics tools;
  • Fluent command of English; knowledge of French and/or other foreign language is a plus.

Experience required


  • Typically 10-12 years' overall professional experience;
  • At least 5-7 years’ work experience in risk management and compliance role or audit;
  • At least 5 years’ work in the Humanitarian sector or recognized international organizations (experience with the ICRC is a strong plus);
  • International experience.

Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Open-ended
  • Grade: C1
  • Activity rate: 100%
  • Estimated start date: 01.11.2021
  • Application deadline: 24.09.2021


The ICRC values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.