Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the global relief and development agency of the Catholic Bishops of the United States. The agency employs 7,000 employees in 100 countries around the world, serving over 125 million people in emergency response, agriculture, education, food security, HIV and AIDS, microfinance, peace building and water/sanitation programs. Founded during World War II, today its programming value approaches $900 million per year. CRS is recognized as one of the leading not-for-profit agencies in the world. Catholic Relief Services considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, age, marital status or physical or mental disability.
The Advisor is part of Overseas Operations Operational Excellence (OPEX) department that coordinates improvement of field operation systems and processes. It provides expertise in financial stewardship, supply chain management, compliance & risk management, information systems, and field operations, to help CRS staff make optimal and beneficiary-focused decisions.
OPEX develops and promotes “best in class” service to stakeholders by
1) Identifying operational challenges and opportunities;
2) Supporting technology and tools;
3) Building capacity:
4) Increasing accountability and transparency; and
5) Managing risk
OPEX supports field programs to optimize the management of resources, enhance compliance, streamline and scale up CRS’ relief and development solutions, and ensure the integrity of CRS operations, to serve over 125 million beneficiaries every year.
The Risk & Compliance Advisor is responsible for Overseas Operations key risk areas of Global Fraud Allegation Management, Annual Risk/Loss Reporting and others as assigned.
* Lead Global Fraud Allegation Management (FAM) portfolio by driving compliance assistance to the Country Programs (CP) and Regional Offices (RO).
* Perform FAM historical analysis, interpret results, and provide recommendations to leadership.
* Organize reporting to Overseas Operations Leadership (OOL) team and Audit Committee of the Board.
* Manage Overseas Annual Risk Reporting and Analysis and facilitate review by department directors. Follow-up on any identified issues, questions and/or concerns. Ensure timely closure of outstanding issues.
* Where requested/assigned, represent Overseas Operations in global working groups for risk and compliance matters
* Perform other duties in risk and compliance as assigned by the Director
Internal: Field-based risk, compliance and audit staff; OverOps staff at all levels, OGC personnel, Overseas Finance, Internal Audit.
External: Minimal, INGO communities of practice
Education: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, in relevant field of study.
Experience: 3-5 years of prior related work experience as an employee, consultant or intern (cumulatively), with at least one year international experience preferred.
* Ability to think analytically and act methodically
* Strong writing skills, ability to write clearly and succinctly (including commenting and editing writing of not native English speakers)
* Effective communication skills (Email and Skype) in a remote environment and ability to get things done in a matrix environment
* A keen sense of customer care and service
* Strong interest in insuring optimal stewardship of scarce aid resources intended for the poor and vulnerable.
* Mastered ability in receiving and providing feedback
* Ability to improve continuously
* Strong planning/organizational and analytical skills
* Sense of humor
* Computer literacy in MS Office, Excel, and SharePoint
* Working knowledge of either French, Spanish, and Arabic is preferred
* Familiarity with USAID Standard Provisions for U.S. Non-governmental Organizations, USAID Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Non-governmental Organizations, OMB Circular A-133, 2 CFR 200, and 2 CFR 700, is preferred
* Working and academic knowledge related to fraud in NGOs preferred
Note: All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.