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Risk and Compliance Officer


Post Number : ADM-038

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Sector For Administration and Management (ADM)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Administration

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 20-APR-2020


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism




The Risk, Compliance and Policy Coordination Unit (ADM/EO/RCP) within the Section for Administration and Management will contribute to the strengthening of the UNESCO Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), supported by an increased integration with the internal control framework and the strategic planning processes in the Organization. Through improved coordination, the objective of the unit will be to strengthen a risk culture across UNESCO through a more risk-informed management of programmes, projects and operations.  
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Administration and Management, the guidance of the Executive Officer and the direct supervision of the Chief of Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following activities:


Risk management

  • Support the UNESCO entities (sectors, bureaus, field offices and institutes) in the implementation of the Organization’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Framework). 
  • Disseminate policies and guidance and promote good practices on risk management to reinforce a coherent approach throughout the Organization, through benchmarking within UNESCO, across UN agencies and any other relevant organizations.
  • Support to the Chief of Unit in the review of the adequacy of risk management systems, structures, procedures and capacities across the Organization, and the subsequent development and delivery of measures for their strengthening.
Long Description


  • Contribute to strengthen the Internal Control Framework through inputs to the review of the UNESCO Accountability Framework.
  • Design the methodology and provide support for the Director’s General Statement of internal Control (SIC), taking into account relevant UN best practices and ensuring relevant inputs from UNESCO entities.
  • Establish control and monitoring activities to address gaps not covered by relevant central services, to support the second line of defense functions.
  • Contribute to the work of the Contracts Committee Secretariat to support the compliance for high-value contracts.
  • Coordinate the follow-up on the oversight entities’ recommendations (IOS audit and evaluation, External Auditor, OAC and JIU) and take appropriate actions with the relevant focal points in UNESCO entities to address any issues arising from the monitoring of recommendations.


Policy development

  • Contribute to the development and disseminate appropriate policies, procedures and processes under the purview of the unit by incorporating impacts from the evolving environment, structural changes, the accountability framework and harmonization of UN business practices.


Training and capacity building

  • Develop relevant trainings, workshops and other capacity building initiatives to build knowledge and skills in risk management and reinforce compliance.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in audit, finance, business or public administration or related field.

Work Experience


  • Minimum 4 years of progressively responsible work experience in risk management, compliance, policy development, training and capacity building or related field, of which 2 years acquired at the international level.  




  • Ability to define work goals and attain them;
  • Strong analytical skills with capacity to innovate/create; 
  • Excellent drafting and oral communication skills;
  • Strong inter-personal skills to work within a team in a multi-cultural environment; 
  • Ability to adapt own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements;
  • Client oriented with ability to identify client needs and suggest appropriate solutions;
  • Excellent training and IT skills.



  • Excellent knowledge of English or French, including drafting skills, and good working knowledge of the other language.
Long Description


Work Experience

  • Experience with Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) frameworks and compliance monitoring.
  • Relevant experience in the UN system.



  • Knowledge of an another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Russian).

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts. UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.