Compliance Manager

Lutheran World Relief, Baltimore, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2017

Job Description


LWR’s Compliance Manager manages the processes for international
program compliance with guidelines, policies and procedures required by
LWR policies, donors and governments. The Compliance Manager effectively
manages operational compliance practices, through effective systems,
tools, policies and procedures that enhance organization-wide
compliance. Working in the International Finance Department and in close
coordination with the International Programs Department, the Compliance
Manager, with the Deputy Director of Compliance plays a key role in
strengthening LWR’s compliance capacity and mitigating LWR’s overall
risk profile.


Sub-Grantee and Overseas Office Compliance

· Manage the implementation of compliance standards and ensure key
roles and responsibilities for compliance management are defined and
understood across all overseas offices and HQ Departments;

· Work with other IF and IPD to implement analytical techniques,
assessment tools and procedures for identifying, preventing and
assessing compliance risks;

· With the Deputy Director of Compliance, serve as a key resource to
LWR program and finance staff on donor rules and requirements and
related compliance matters;

· Provide technical assistance to the International Programs
Department (headquarters and overseas) and the New Business Development
unit in the identification and mitigation of compliance risks associated
with new and existing awards/projects;

· Work closely with Regional Finance and Administration Managers to
ensure compliance monitoring for sub-recipients is well-planned based on
risk analysis, including monitoring visits, desk audits and spot checks
to determine LWR overseas office and partner compliance with applicable
donor rules and regulations and LWR policies and procedures, and
subsequently executed;

· Work closely with IPD, NBD and IF on the implementation and use of
effective tools, systems, policies and procedures that ensure consistent
compliance with donor requirements and LWR policies and procedures;

· Review and ensure LWR overseas offices proper use of Corrective
Action Plans to document and address compliance deficiencies and risks;
in coordination with IPD and IF staff, ensure overseas offices’ progress
against those plans;

· Manage the process of entering data (both at HQ and overseas) into
tracking systems to effectively document and monitor compliance issues
and resolutions;

· Play a key role in the efforts to increase the capacity of LWR
field and HQ staff to effectively meet compliance requirements; with IPD
and IF, develop and implement compliance training curriculums.

Internal Audit

· Work with the Deputy Director of Compliance in the management and
implementation of internal audits, coordinating with overseas staff,
headquarters staff, and external consultants;

· Perform as an internal auditor as needed.

External Audit

· Work with the Deputy Director of Compliance in the management of
sample preparation and schedule preparation for the external audit,
coordinating as needed with General Finance, International Finance and

Government Filings

· Prepare government filings, including FBAR, USAID registration, BE, SAM, and others, as instructed by the Deputy Director;

Overseas Banking

· Manage the process of annually verifying LWR’s overseas bank account and signatories;

· Support IPD and ensure overseas bank accounts are opening, changed and closed appropriately.

Organizational Policies

· Assist in the creation or revision of LWR policies related to banking and compliance;

· Create training materials on compliance policies, as requested;
deliver the training or work with IF and IPD staff for them to deliver
the training;


  1. Deep commitment to LWRs core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners
  2. Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Finance or Accounting or
    equivalent experience. Master’s degree is preferred. Certification as a
    Fraud Examiner is a plus.
  3. 5 to 7 years of experience administering U.S. Government grants,
    contracts or cooperative agreements, or other funding arrangements in an
    organization with remote international offices, including progressive
    experience in compliance reviews/audits.
  4. 1-2 years of experience in compliance or internal audit;
  5. Experience with organization-wide risk assessment tools and other
    enterprise risk management systems and procedures. Experience with
    sub-recipient monitoring on USG projects.
  6. Knowledge of U.S. Government rules, regulations, policies,
    procedures, and compliance issues associated with those requirements.
    Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  7. Experience and knowledge of other donor rules and regulations
    including the United Nations, European Union, other governments,
    foundations and other institutional donor organizations.
  8. Knowledge of risk management methods and analytical techniques.
    Proven experience in developing systems, tools, and internal control
    procedures required to mitigate compliance risks.
  9. Experience with compliance and financial management related
    curriculum development and training facilitation for multiple “learning
    audiences” including finance and non-finance groups, including capacity
    building efforts for partner organizations.
  10. Exceptional oral and written communication and representation
    skills. Ability to effectively represent the organization to internal
    and external audiences. Ability to make effective presentations to
    multiple groups including senior management and the Board.
  11. Overseas work experience with an international relief and development organization is preferred.
  12. Organized, detail-oriented with strong quantitative and analytical skills
  13. Ability to prioritize workload, assume responsibility for work, and follow through to completion.
  14. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a
    multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect
    for diversity. Ability to develop and maintain effective working
    relationships with staff at all levels.
  15. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  16. Excellent oral and written English language skills, including the
    ability to clearly communicate complex financial and compliance issues
    into layperson language. Proficiency in Spanish and/or French is
  17. Ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find creative solutions.
  18. Ability to travel 20% of the time.
  19. High proficiency in Excel and other Microsoft Office applications.


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