Internal Risk Officer Job Vacancies – Mercy Corps

Job Title:     Internal Risk Officer
Mercy Corps
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:
Internal Risks Manager
About US:
Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and
works to catalyze change through the Ugandan private sector, civil society and
government to create resilient, economically inclusive, healthy, and secure
communities. Our work focuses on building resilience and enabling economic
growth, improving opportunities to attain better health and nutrition,
improving governance and conflict management, and bridging humanitarian
response with longer term development outcomes. We implement programs in
Acholi, Karamoja and West Nile Sub-regions, as well as eastern Uganda and the
greater Kampala area with funding from USAID, Sida, US State Department, SDC,
DFID as well as other private donations.
Job Summary:  The Internal Risk Officer will assist the
Internal Risks Manager (IRM) in reviewing, documenting and establishing
effective financial and operational controls over country program’s
administrative and programmatic activities in its field offices and programs
sites. The Internal Risk Officer will examine, review and analyze records,
reports, financial statements and management practices to ensure adequate
internal controls are in place to mitigate risks in compliance with laws,
regulations, donor requirements and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Risk and Compliance:
Under the guidance of the IRM, regularly perform
reviews of various transactions and supporting documents to ensure transactions
are in compliance with Mercy Corps policies and procedures and grant agreements
and regulations;
For both the country and field offices, under
the supervision of the IRM, perform internal control reviews of in-country
processes including cash management, procurement, logistics, and stock management
including food commodities, assets management. Assist in the preparation of
action plans to address findings and monitor the status of action plan
Assist the IRM in the preparation of a Country
Office Risk Register in conjunction with program managers and ensure quarterly
updates. Assist the IRM in the development and monitoring of the entity wide
Risk Management Action Plan as well as the Fraud Risk Management Action Plan.
Assist the IRM in conducting regular
anti-corruption and fraud prevention trainings to all staff.
Stay current on the active programs and grants
of Mercy Corps Uganda as well as their specific regulations and requirements.
Under the guidance of the IRM, assist in the monitoring of grant-specific
compliance trackers.
As needed, assist the IRM in drafting prior
approval, waiver and other compliance requests to the donor on behalf of Mercy
Corps in coordination with HQ Compliance, the country Finance Manager and
individual program managers/directors.
Perform other related special projects and
duties as determined and assigned by the IRM.
Corruption Incident
Under the guidance of the IRM, ensure all
reported incidents are reported to the HQ and logged in the Country Office
Corruption Incident Register.
Prepare and maintain the Country Office Fraud
Register and Dashboard.
Under the direction of the IRM, perform
corruption enquiries and investigations to determine the facts, circumstances
and scope of any allegations raised.
Under the direction of the IRM, collect, analyze
and document results of investigations and prepare investigation reports with
relevant observations and recommendations.
Ensure that all relevant evidence gathering and
storage protocols are observed and that all relevant documentation is properly
filed and stored.
Perform any other duties as determined and
assigned by the IRM.
As part of our commitment to organizational
learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are
more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect
all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit
Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support
all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to
international standards guiding international relief and development work,
while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the
design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Team members are expected to conduct themselves
in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies,
procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The ideal candidate must hold a · Bachelor’s
University degree in finance, accounting or a related business field is
required; CFE, CPA or ACCA is a plus;
At least three 
years of related work experience with a business or not-for-profit
Strong background in investigations, accounting,
compliance or internal control reviews; experience in investigations and/or
auditing strongly preferred.
Ability to work with various administrative and
program levels in the organization; Strong organizational, analytical and
research skills.
Strong communication skills-able to tailor
communication to required audience
Knowledge of donor rules and regulations
including USAID, ECHO, DFID, etc.
Demonstrated experience in financial and
operational data analysis;
Ability to interact effectively with
international and national personnel. A demonstrated ability to multi-task,
meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program
activities is necessary.
 A high
professional standard of investigations, risk management and ethics as well as
the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor
policies and procedures is essential.
The ability to take financial and other
information (evidence) and present it in a meaningful and impactful report is
How to Apply:
All candidates should send their applications online through
the Mercy Corps recruitment portal at the link below.
Deadline: 4th
March 2020
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