Compliance Advisor

  • Anywhere
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Closing date: 26 Jan 2022

Organizational Setting

The Office of Emergency and Resilience (OER) is responsible for ensuring FAO’s efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises. Within the OER, the OER Compliance Team works to strengthen compliance within FAO emergency and resilience programme to organizational and donor fiduciary requirements, in close collaboration and coordination with relevant offices and units within the Organization.

The OER compliance team contribution to OER vision is centred on the following areas:

  • Supporting decentralised offices’ compliance in emergency and resilience programme management in crisis context (Scale-up and Priority Countries);
  • Supporting organizational compliance processes in OER Headquarters;
  • Promoting online tools and best practices to support compliance in emergency and resilience programming for HQ and field.

Reporting Lines

Working under the supervision of the Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer, Compliance Team Leader and in close collaboration with the OER Compliance team members, other relevant OER teams, Audit, Risk Management and other relevant Oversight teams at headquarters and at regional level, the Compliance advisor will take on either short-term assignments or longer-term missions to support OER compliance work at country, regional or headquarters level.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Compliance advisor will:

  • Support DOs in formulating and analyzing internal documents such as the Risk Log, Internal Control Questionnaire, Fraud Prevention Plans and other relevant data to review internal controls related specifically to operations and humanitarian compliance;
  • Identify tools and processes to ensure integration of risk management, compliance, and quality assurance actions into operations and programme activities;
  • Advise and recommend to the FAO Representative the appropriate strategies to strengthen controls and mitigate potential risks for adequate compliance with FAO operational rules, regulations, codes and internal policies and procedures, and monitoring the effectiveness of controls;
  • Support the FAO Representatives in implementing outstanding audit recommendations;
  • Support the establishment of processes and procedures in operations for adequate compliance with resources partners agreed fiduciary requirements, such as anti-terrorism clauses, due diligence review, PSEA, and so on;
  • Advise and recommend FAORs on the measures necessary to ensure compliance to FAO’s policy framework and responsibilities on the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and on Accountability to Affected People (e.g beneficiary selection and registration, activities of implementing partners and service providers, monitoring, verification and reconciliation of assistance received by beneficiaries, management of FAO monitors, Third-Party monitors, feedback mechanisms, and call centers, etc. depending on office structure);
  • Support due diligence reviews of Implementing Partners and build up local capacity for this;
  • Contribute to capacity building to mitigate risk and ensure compliance;
  • Support as necessary OER headquarter compliance related reporting and monitoring;
  • Contribute to the promotion of online guidance and good practices to support compliance in emergency and resilience programming;
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in business/public administration, economics or a closely related technical field;
  • At least 12 years (Category A), 5 years (category B) and 1 year (category C) of relevant experience in administration, finance, evaluation, audit and/or in programme/projects operations with field experience, and control functions, and with practical knowledge of operational, financial and administrative procedures of the UN;
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English/French/Spanish depending on the duty station and limited knowledge of one of the other two.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to an evolving and complex humanitarian context and within multidisciplinary and different cultural background teams;
  • Relevant work experience in functions related to compliance management and monitoring in the context of a large international organization operating in developing countries;
  • Negotiation skills and ability to deal confidently with tact at management level;
  • Team player with good interpersonal skills, and facilitation/motivational skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight timelines and without direct supervision;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual abilities, communication skills, both verbal and in writing;
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles.

How to apply:

To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline

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