Director Risk Management

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Apply by 20 March 2018
Executive-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 8 March 2018

Job Description

JOB Purpose:

To provide independent high-level risk oversight and reporting of the Bank’s credit, market and operational risks to the President and the Board of Executive Directors in accordance with its role as second line of defense. To be responsibility for developing the institutional risk appetite framework of the Bank in line with the Board of Executive Director’s risk tolerance level and developing high-level risk frameworks that establish the broad strategic risk parameters for the institution. To ensure that IDB maintains a sound risk profile, strong financial standing and creditworthiness consistent with maintaining IDB’s AAA credit ratings. To be responsible for the management of capital requirements via economic capital adequacy model.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Formulate the Board of Executive Director’s acceptable risk appetite for the bank through the development of Risk Appetite Framework
  • Develop a high-level Asset-Liability Management framework, which establishes the broad strategic principles for the management of balance-sheet risks and sets the broad risk parameters to guide the other complexes in developing their operational and financial policies
  • Perform Economic Capital Adequacy assessment for the Bank, establishing guidance on optimal asset allocation for IDB’s balance sheet and the maximum risk profile for different asset classes
  • Contribute to developing a comprehensive Credit Risk Management guidelines involving methodologies for determining exposure limits for all counterparts and providing broad risk parameters pertaining to other risk variables
  • Undertakes risk assessments of all counterparts such as countries, financial institutions, corporations, and project finance, pertaining to IDB’s financing operations, investment activities and treasury operations
  • Performs its high-level oversight role by conducting independent periodic compliance review of IDB’s exposure against institutional limits and its exposure to asset and liability management risks at balance sheet level as well as procedural compliance in accordance with the bank’s policies and guidelines
  • Review draft policies developed by Finance Complex and other complexes where policies have implications on the Bank’s overall risk profile
  • Assess IDB’s risk profile and ensure compliance with risk limits set in risk management frameworks and policies and guidelines.
  • Independently reports to ALCO in cases where breach of limits or other variances have not been reported by concerned departments
  • Escalates to President where concerned departments or Committees remedial actions are deemed inadequate
  • Manages the implementation of operational risk framework in the Bank, in the areas of people, processes and systems and for external events
  • Oversees the preparation and submission of quarterly independent risk report with comparative indicators and benchmarks for discussion by Management and the Audit Committee of the IDB’s Board of Executive Directors
  • Promote a risk culture to operations and financial units and serve as a technical reference for strengthening their capacity and awareness for risk management
  • Act as the focal point within the IDB in its relations with external rating agencies for the rating of IDB including preparation and collation of the rating file for each external rating agency

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates provision of advisory services and technical guidance in risk management matters related to all IDB organizational units
  • Provides motivational and inspirational leadership for the department, and communicates to direct reports clear performance expectations
  • Manages the performance and resources of the department through delegation of responsibility, setting stretch objectives and providing regular feedback on results at a department level, promptly addressing areas of underperformance
  • Monitors and assesses the skills and capabilities of the department, and determines the actions needed to increase the department’s impact and resolve capability gaps
  • Coaches, mentors and develops the direct reports and the top talent/high potentials in the department
  • Acts as a role-model to communicate to the department’s staff IDB’s values and leadership competencies; provide direction and support in times of change


Academic Qualifications and Background

· Master’s degree in Economics / Finance / Risk Management / Mathematics / or related discipline

· PhD in Economics / Finance / Risk Management / Mathematics / or related discipline

· Professional Risk Management Qualification such as FRM or PRM.


  • Fluent in oral and written English language - Required
  • Fluent in oral and written Arabic and/or French languages - Preferred

Work Experience

  • 17+ years of finance/risk mitigation experience in a banking sector
  • 10+ years in Risk Management
  • 5+ years of senior managerial/ supervisory experience
  • 5+ years of similar experience in similar roles in Multilateral Development Bank or Islamic Bank

Have broad international work exposure and experience in dealing with Rating agencies

Work experience in managing broad range of risks from Market &ALM to Credit Risk

Job technical Skills

· Knowledge of risk tools and models

· Knowledge of Asset and Liability Management

· Knowledge of Asset and Liability Management for an Islamic Bank

· Knowledge about the risk implications of Islamic Finance lending and funding products

Working Conditions:

  • Job will be based in IDB’s headquarters in Jeddah, KSA
  • Travel as needed

About the Organization

Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is a Multilateral Development Bank established in 1973 with the purpose of fostering economic development and social progress of its member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries in accordance with the principles of Islamic Finance. The IDB remains amongst the most highly-rated MDBs and the highest in the Muslim World. The ‘AAA’ rating enhances the Bank’s financial capacity to fulfil its development mandate and play a leading role in the development of the Islamic Finance Industry.

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