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Regional Compliance & Assurance Manager (RCAM)

Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Finance and Administration
Description:At LWR & IMA, our mission is Working Together to End Poverty and Build Healthy Communities in those countries where there is the greatest need. LWR & IMA operates in 19 countries globally, involving multiple partnerships, challenging humanitarian and development contexts, and extensive geographic scope. Given its business context, risk is an inherent part of LWR & IMA\'s activities, and this requires LWR & IMA to have an effective risk management strategy to: (a) manage risk with the aim of achieving its mission; (b) safeguard its staff, children, vulnerable adults and beneficiaries from harm, abuse and exploitation; and (c) safeguard the interests of its clients and donors.

Internal Audit & Enterprise Risk Management Department "IA/ERM" , provides independent and objective assurance and consulting activity that is guided by a philosophy of adding value to improve the organization\'s operations by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the organization\'s risk management and internal controls.

LWR & IMA is seeking a Middle East and Asia Regional Compliance & Assurance Manager "RCAM" to execute the IA/ERM work plan and provide compliance support to country operations at a regional level. This position is not an expat position and may be based in any of countries in Middle East and Asia where LWR & IMA has a country office.


Risk & Compliance Management

• Fraud Risk Assessment of Country Operations: Conduct a systematic fraud risk assessment of LWR & IMA countries that forms the foundation of LWR & IMA\'s Fraud Risk Management Program. This will help management decide how to allocate its fraud mitigation resources, including the design of preventive controls at field offices and annual internal audit coverage.
• Training and Awareness: Deliver trainings tailored to LWR & IMA\'s operating context and covering relevant fraud topics (including case studies) and internal controls for staff in Country Offices, regional gatherings and other events.
• Annual Internal Control Self-Assessment (AICSA): Train and follow up with country offices on performing the AICSA. This helps Country Offices to put in place control improvements where gaps are identified by AICSA\'s. The result of Country Office\'s AICSA and fraud risk assessments will also form the decision on where to schedule internal audits for the subsequent year.
• Project Risk Management: Review and analyze country project risk registers and translate them corrective action plans for management follow up actions. Follow up on a quarterly basis for any significant changes or new project risks and related mitigation strategies.
• Support and prepare country offices for external audit when needed.
• Explore and recommend innovative approaches in delivering risk and assurance services.
• Serve as LWR & IMA institutional donors\' compliance subject matter expert for the Regional Team and Country Office Senior Management Team.
• Through use of Phoenix system for project management, track and monitor subrecipient compliance requirements such as annual certifications, FFATA filings, subrecipient monitoring visits by country team, and related correction action plans, and timely advize regional and country office team of any non-compliance matters.
• Through use of AuditBoard software for internal auditing, review and validate corrective actions taken by Country Offices in the region as part of closing audit findings.

Internal Auditing

• Willingness and ability to travel up to 20% of time, possibly to remote regions which may include adverse conditions and/or disaster zones to audit programs located in global locations, ability to withstand extremes of temperature and altitude
• Responsible for the conduct and planning of all aspects of internal audit engagements.
• Leads entrance and exit meetings. In the normal course of an audit, the Senior Auditor communicates the purpose of the audit, defines information required from auditees, explains findings and recommendations, and designs practical and sustainable follow-up requirements.
• Conducts performance assessments of audit team members after an engagement, and coaches audit team members in their development of skills and capabilities.
• Performs reviews of assigned organizational and functional activities in accordance with professional audit standards.
• Provides an opinion in the internal audit report on the adequacy of internal controls, management\'s risk response, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and adherence to LWR & IMA policies and procedures.
• Performs site visits as required at subrecipients\' offices to assess their capacity to implement effective internal controls.
• Performs site visits of LWR& IMA and subrecipient supply chain and warehouse functions to inspect the condition of commodities and to evaluate internal controls systems.
• Performs investigations to detect and deter corruption, fraud, and waste.
• Performs assessments of information technology general controls.
• Produces timely findings and recommendations that are developed and are presented in the required format and referenced to supporting documentation in the workpapers.
• Prepares and indexes workpapers, ensuring that files are organized, legible, and logically developed to support the internal audit report\'s conclusions.

Qualifications:• B.S degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance, CPA or MBA preferred
• Knowledge of U.S. accounting standards for non-profit organizations required (GAAP), knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Accounting Standards (IAS) a plus
• Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations such as 2 CFR 200, AIDAR, FAR, Standard Provisions etc.
• Fluency in both English is required. Proficiency in Arabic is desired.
• Knowledge of DFID rules and regulations such as supplier\'s compliance requirements.
• Knowledge of applying risk concepts to identify risk events to business objectives, identifies business improvements and opportunities, and effectively analyzes cause-and-effect of relationships.
• Extensive involvement in resolving fraud matters, including investigations.
• Exceptional analytical and innovative problem-solving skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines and competing priorities
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work effectively with others at all levels of the organization
• Effective presentation skills including the ability to successfully present complex subject matter to LW & IMA\'s Leadership Team, Board of Directors, staff, and others
• Exceptional client-service orientation
• Superior analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.
• Exceptional project management skills.
• Proven ability to coach and develop team members.
• A sincere interest in supporting the mission of LWR & IMA and upholding its core values.


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