Risk Management Specialist, Mogadishu

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Job Identification : 6904

Locations : Mogadiscio, Somalia

Posting Date : 11/18/2022, 10:49 AM

Apply Before : 11/24/2022, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : P4

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Practice Area : UN Coordination

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Arab States

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 9 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages : Other UN language

Vacancy Timeline

1 Week

Mobility required/no mobility

mobility required

Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The UN Somalia Risk Management Unit (RMU) has been established to support all United Nations entities in Somalia and its humanitarian and development partners towards a common approach for risk informed decision making, do no harm and increased accountability for better impact. This unit is part of the Integrated Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC), ensuring professional, independent and impartial services to UN Organizations and its partners. The Somalia RMU is a unique structure within the UN system globally, increasingly supporting the UN in other high-risk environments in the establishment of bespoke practices and tools applicable to a broad range of evolving humanitarian and development challenges.

The Unit provides a series of services to the UN and its partners including risk analysis and reporting, risk management capacity building and education, establishing common platforms for effective information sharing, facilitating discussions in support of better-informed decision-making, and the dissemination of best practices and lessons learned.

To respond to the RMU needs, the services of a Risk Management Specialist are required to drive innovation and enhance risk management practices, lead the expansion of actors involved in information exchange and knowledge sharing through various fora, coordinate the formalization of related educational activities, while enhancing humanitarian and development activities of the United Nations in Somalia.

The Risk Management Specialist is responsible for supporting the RMU in implementing existing risk management policies and strategies through the provision of risk analysis and support, while having specific responsibilities over key RMU outputs, and staff oversight roles.



Under the direct supervision of the Risk Advisor and the overall supervision of the Head of Integrated Office of DSRSG/RC/HC, the Risk Management Specialist will perform the following duties and responsibilities

Position Purpose:

The Risk Management Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Risk Advisor, and s/he is responsible for supporting the implementation the risk management regime and strategies in place through the provision of risk analysis and support.


Risk Management Analysis and Advice:

    •  Lead and facilitate the implementation of global Risk Management Standards (ISO31000) and Enterprise Risk Management Framework ensuring consistency in methodology, tools and framework for a robust UN risk management agenda.
    •  Identify, assess and manage operational and business risk across the UN operations in Somalia. This includes the ability to obtain, collate, analyze and interpret a wide range of complex information, accurately identify issues and trends from abstract data, make appropriate judgments, and provide relevant recommendations.
    •  Design and develop evidence products needed to assist UN leadership in decision making. Recognize and reflect on the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information received by breaking down information or data into respective parts and formulate the evidence-based production of actionable information to assists decision-making.
    •  Manage highly sensitive information including desk reviews of confidential documents, including partner capacity assessments, partner and entity profiles and other relevant documents and associated evidence to make specific recommendations to UN agencies operating in Somalia.
    •  Research and evaluate information from a variety of public sources, including UN Security Council, investigation reports, regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies and geographic information systems to complete risk profiles.



  •  Redesign the RMU’s ethical open-source information collection capabilities and techniques, including surface and deep web searches, social networks, media monitoring, specific search engine and other search methodologies.
  •  Identify key contextual and operational risks and mitigating factors of potential development and humanitarian interventions.
  •  Respond to ongoing requirements on verification, allegations, fact checks and advise accordingly.

Development of Risk Management Practices:

  •  Ensure innovative, effective and tailored risk management systems for Somalia and developed and rolled out in accordance with international standards.
  •  Provide strategic guidance and advice to establish and improve best practice in the area of risk management and share practices and lessons learned with aid community in Somalia.
  •  Lead risk management discussions and through effective liaison in various fora, expand the actors involved in contributing to common tools and practices across the UN.
  •  Represent the UN Somalia and the Integrated Office in proactive liaison with academia and risk management research institutions to ensure ongoing continual best practice for application by UN Agencies and counterparts in Somalia and the broader region.

Collective Risk Management Practices and Mechanisms:

    •  Lead and substantively guide on and facilitate the development of a collective risk management strategy applicable across aid community in Somalia and monitor & facilitate its implementation in close coordination with participating constituencies.
    •  Chair the UN Risk Working Group and Multi-Party Risk Working Group, advise and facilitate information sharing, explore additional risk management outputs (treatment measures, technical tools, guidance, etc.) that may benefit the operations of the programs/projects implemented by the UN and its partners in Somalia.



    •  Lead and facilitate discussions across aid community partners to develop common and sustainable risk management tools, practices and capacity building programs.



  •  Design a knowledge management approach that ensures innovations, common approaches and best practices are shared across the aid community in Somalia.

Partnership and Coordination:

  •  Identify and develop strategic partnerships on risk management for the United Nations including through managing external and internal partnerships and relationships with key internal and external stakeholders including UN, donors and other funds and programmes, and other related private and public institutions;
  •  Provide technical support and advice on risk management practices to the UN and its partners.
  •  Establish and maintain formal and informal partnerships with law enforcement institutions, UN audit and investigation offices and research institutions as necessary.
  •  Coordinate risk management activities across different partners engaged in implementation of risk management practices in Somalia

Learning, Knowledge Management and Self Development:

  •  Lead the design and enhancement of class-based and online risk management course, in coordination with the RMU team and in the context of Managing Project Risk and other technical assistance products (guidance notes, etc.) to support capacity building.
  •  Facilitate, deliver and oversee risk management learning curricula to the UN, NGOs, government officials and other partners.
  •  Provide risk management related technical assistance and advice to the UN and its stakeholders, and in collaboration with the RMU team.
  •  Ensure self-development and remain up to date with new and innovative developments in the area of risk development.

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:

  •  The incumbent of the post will supervise/manage appointed members of the Risk Management Unit through:
  •  Supervising their performance, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance
  •  Ensuring the ongoing learning and development of reporting staff.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results



Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found on the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Business Management – Risk Management: Ability to identify and organize actions around mitigating and proactively managing risks

Business Management – Analytical thinking: Analytical ability with consistent demonstration of attention to detail

Business Development – Knowledge Facilitation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally.

Partnership Management – Emerging Partnerships: Ability to engage with emerging partners, develop and manage a strategy and develop approaches to developing and managing these new strategic partnerships

Finance – Due Diligence Management: Ability to conduct a comprehensive appraisal of an organization or opportunity to be undertaken, especially to establish its capacity and evaluate the potential opportunity and its related risks, knowledge of respective methodology and tools.

Finance – Financial Risk Management: Ensures financial resilience through proactive risk assessment, controls implementation, and mitigating action. Understands risk and reward about collaborative and commercial projects. Provides a culture of positive risk management.

Finance – Anti-fraud and anti-bribery and corruption: Anti-bribery and corruption: Understand the policy and best practice relating to anti-bribery and corruption controls and ensures these are implemented and widely understood within the organization.

Anti-fraud: Understands the fraud risks faced by public bodies and is able to effectively analyze data to support fraud identification and fraud risk management; understands the fraud risks faced by public bodies and is able to conduct fraud risk assessment and response plan.



  •  Master’s degree or equivalent in international relations, law, investigations, politics, economics, management or related field.
  •  Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of Master’s Degree.


  •  Minimum 7 years (Master’s Degree) or 9 years (Bachelor’s degree) of professional experience in risk management, law enforcement, project management with international / governmental organization in highly volatile environment is required.
  •  Proven experience and qualification in the design, implementation and evaluation of training programs and initiatives is required.
  •  Proven track record of building and sustaining effective partnerships among different stakeholders is required.
  •  Knowledge of international standards on risk management (ISO31000, The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), Enterprise Risk Management) is required.
  •  Ability in providing high quality service delivery is a comparative advantage.
  •  Excellent interpersonal, communicative and persuasion skills are comparative advantages.
  •  Previous experience and knowledge in investigation/intelligence, audit and fraud examination is a comparative advantage.
  •  Prior experience in Somalia is a comparative advantage.
  •  Fraud Examiner certification is a comparative advantage.
  •  Prior audit / investigation experience is a comparative advantage.

Language Requirements

  •  Proficiency in oral and written English
  •  Working knowledge of another UN language will be an asset.


Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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