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Chief Risk Management (Programme & Operations) Needed at UNICEF

Seniority Level



  • Program Development 
  • Non-profit Organization Management

Employment Type


Job Functions

  • Project Management 
  • Management 
  • Product Management

About the job

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope

The Chief, Risk Management (Programme and Operations) position is located in MENA Regional Office and reports to the Regional Chief of Operations.

The profile of the MENA region requires attention to risks management as recent internal audits findings, aid diversions concerns and discussions with partners on the broader risks’ management practices have highlighted the need to establish a Risks Management Unit under the supervision of the Regional Chief of Operations. The Chief, Risk Management (Programme and Operations) position will supervise two units headed each by a P4 position.

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How can you make a difference?

The Chief Risk Management (Programme and Operations) will lead the Risk Management Unit under the Regional Chief of Operations which will bring together all the components of risks managements in programmes and operations, including the management of implementing partnership under HACT.

The Chief Risk Management (Programme and Operations) will be responsible to ensure that key management, operational and programmatic risks are systematically identified, reviewed holistically, integrated and managed effectively to inform management, operational and programmatic decisions throughout the region.

Summary Of Key Functions/accountabilities

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

  • Lead risks management activities in Operations and Programme.
  • Overall Responsible and oversight over the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) in the MENA region.
  • Lead and coordinate risk-informed and need-based joint Operations-Programme peer reviews across the region, including individual transactions testing when required.
  • Lead the tracking and monitoring of performance indicators.
  • Lead and coordinate RO’s technical support and oversight to COs on audits (internal and external) as well as Donors’ specific reviews.
  • Lead information gathering/facts findings related to alleged wrongdoings as instructed by the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) for cases referred to the Regional Office.
  • Lead development and implementation of the Regional Anti-Fraud Strategy.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An Advanced University Degree in Development Studies, Economics, International Development, Programme/Project Management, Business Administration, Financial Management, Auditing, Investigation or other relevant field is required.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in Oversight roles (audit, internal controls, quality assurance, investigations); Operations or Programme Management and monitoring; at the national and international level some of which with the UN and/or in a developing country is required.
  • Experience working in complex programme and operational environments is required.
  • Experience in data and trend analysis is required.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset
  • Fluency in English is required, both in writing and verbal. Knowledge of another official UN language – Arabic and/or French are an asset.
  • This is a unique position that reflects MENARO’s ambition to look at risk management in a more holistic manner across both programmes and operations. Indeed, the position of Chief, Risk Management (Programme and Operations) will look at a variety of activities/processes and risks that are relevant to both programmes and operations, hence candidates with a versatile profile and experience relevant to both Operations and Programme are encouraged to apply.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

Core Competencies

The competencies required for this post are:

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (3)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (3)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (3)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)

Functional Competencies

  • Deciding and Initiating Action – Level (2)
  • Following Instructions and Procedures- Level (3)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking – Level (3)
  • Analyzing – Level (3)

View our competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children.


The re-advertisement is to enlarge the pool and candidates who have already applied do not need to apply again.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.



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