• Risk Analyst at United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

  • Posted on: 5 December, 2017 Deadline: Not Specified
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    UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

    Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

    With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

    A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

    Risk Analyst


    Job description

    Background Information - Job-specific

    The UN Somalia Risk Management Unit (RMU) has been established to support all United Nations entities working in Somalia, as well as partners and donors. This unit works within the Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, which ensures independence and impartiality. The RMU is unique within the United Nations system and has made considerable progress in advancing the risk management agenda for the UN in Somalia. In July 2012 and June 2013 the Monitoring Group Report on Somalia and Eritrea noted the work of the RMU as a best practice and many other countries are learning from its experience and replicating RMU functions, tools and expertise such as UN Afghanistan, UN Syria and other countries.

    To respond to the needs on risk analysis, the RMU is looking for a highly motivated individual risk analyst expert who can positively contribute to the work of the team, and support the humanitarian and development operations of the United Nations in Somalia.

    The Risk Analyst is responsible for assisting the Head of Risk Management Unit in implementing the risk management regime, through the provision of risk analysis and support.

    Functional Responsibilities

    Reporting directly to the Head of Risk Management Unit / O.i.C. and under the overall guidance of the Head of Integrated Office of DSRSG/HC/RC, in collaboration with the Resident Coordinators Office, the Risk Analyst will have the following responsibilities:

    • Identification, assessment and management of operational or business risk. This includes the ability to analyse and interpret complex information, accurately identify issues and trends, make appropriate judgments, and provide relevant recommendations;
    • Desk review of relevant documentation including profile and other information provided and supplemented, as well as conducts his/her own research on due diligence to make specific recommendatios to the UN agencies Funds and Programmes operating in Somalia.
    • Gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of public sources, including UN Security Council, investigation reports, law enforcement, or geographic information systems and other sources to complete risk profiles
    • Quality Relationship Management with key internal and external stakeholders including UN, donors and other funds and programmes, and provide technical support and advice on risk management practices as required, including for the newly established UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund;
    • Act as RMU Focal Point for the UN Somalia Risk Working Group, working with Risk/Compliace Focal Points to facilitate and track the implementation of risk management strategies and actions, and the pursuit of collective approaches to Risk Management across UN Somalia;
    • Provide induction and peer mentoring to new and existing RMU staff.
    • Provide Risk reporting to meet client needs. This includes understanding and implementing the ISO:31000 Risk Management standard and using media most appropriate to the situation and the client’s needs within appropriate timeframes;
    • Entity management and analysis, including creation of profiles and database development to further support and enhance the Contractor Information Management System.


    • Advanced degree (Masters degree) in international relations, political affairs/political science law, police work & law enforcement, defense, security management or related field;
    • A first-level university degree (Bachelors degree) in combination with additional two years experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced (Masters) university degree.


    • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in compliance and risk management, law enforcement, investigation, or any relevant field is required;
    • Professional experience in an international organization and/or in post-conflict environments/developing countries is desirable;
    • Knowledge of international standards on enterprise risk management is required
    • Previous experience in law engorgement and or investigation would be a comparative advantage;
    • Experience in problem solving and decision making in a fast paced environment adopting a flexible and proactive approach and the ability to pre-empt and achieve solution based outcomes;
    • Skills in forensic auditing, fraud examination, risk assessment, risk management, monitoring and evaluation are essential.


    • Fluency in written and oral English is required.
    • Knowledge of Somali language would be an asset


    • Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
    • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
    • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
    • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
    • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
    • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
    • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
    • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

    Functional competencies

    Core Competencies

    • Integrity
    • Professionalism
    • Respect for diversity
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Commitment to continuous learning
    • Accountability
    • Planning and organization skills
    • Results orientation
    • Strong oral and written communications skills:
    • Teamwork skills
    • Client orientation
    • Technological awareness

    Functional Competencies

    • A broad knowledge of a wide range of legislation applicable to the United Nations including UNSCR 1844, UNSCR 1267 and UNSCR 1373;
    • Knowledge of the principles of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis, project management, business planning and reporting, and the ability to apply analytical and strategic thinking;
    • Risk Management – the ability to identify, analyze and manage risks at an operational level and identify and communicate in a timely manner, any risk management issues;
    • Ability to work long hours in fast-paced, often stressful environment;
    • Ability to work in demanding cultural context with transitional government partners, under challenging physical conditions and poor national infrastructure;
    • Knowledge – a demonstrated ability to understand and apply the ISO:31000 Enterprise Risk Management Standard;
    • An understanding or knowledge of UN Somalia operations;
    • Knowledge of Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Strategic Planning, Business Planning, and Financial Analysis/Reporting;
    • Ability to professionally and competently deliver training, seminars and impart knowledge on Risk Management;
    • A proven track record of building and sustaining a range of strong relationships and providing a high quality service;
    • Understands the principles of information security and management and acts with discretion at all times;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism when delivering challenging and unfavorable messages
    • Strong organizational, planning and time management skills in order to multi task competing priorities in a fast paced and dynamic environment
    • Stakeholder Collaboration – ability to foster strong relationships and providing high quality service delivery;
    • Teamwork – an ability to foster a spirit of cooperation and collaboration across the Risk Management Unit, Resident Coordinators Office, the UN Somalia and other development and humanitarian partners;
    • Excellent analytical ability with consistently demonstrating attention to detail
    • Excellent interpersonal, communicative and persuasion skills
    • Knowledge of UN core values, rules and regulations.

    Additional Considerations

    • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
    • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
    • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
    • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
    • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

    It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

    Contract type, level and duration

    Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement - IICA

    Contract level: IICA 2

    Contract duration: 12 months, with possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and funds availability.

    Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya with occasional travels to Somalia, Kenya

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) career website on www.impactpool.org to apply

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