Interim Head of Risk and Assurance

Oxfam GB, OXFORD (OXFAM HOUSE), United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationPolicy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject ManagementProject/ Programme Management
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd September, 2018

Job Description


The Risk and Assurance function exists to help shape the risk-management strategy and implement that strategy within middle management, to ensure Trustees, the Leadership team, and regulators are confident and assured that accepted risks are being managed effectively.

The department performs four functions:

  • Risk and Assurance Coordination
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Internal Audit

The Risk and Assurance coordination role is new and will help to coordinate aid diversion action plans as well as other project and actions plans across the organisation, designed to help mitigate risk.

The Anti-Corruption team provide training to teams in Oxfam House and country teams globally to explain what various forms of corruption exist, e.g. fraud, and provide some deterrence for staff to commit corruption. Investigations Training is also provided to Focal Points that are based within country teams.

The Corporate Responsibility team helps to ensure that Oxfam GB’s campaigns messages and advocacy work is aligned to business policies, processes and practices and that all our business relationships and processes uphold OGB’s positions. Internal Audit are the third line of defence and work to ensure weaknesses in controls are identified, that agreed actions with owners are established and followed up to ensure improvements are made.

There is a matrix management line from the Head of Risk & Assurance to the Compliance Coordinators in the EA nodes, of which there are three, one based in Africa, one in MENA and one in Asia. The Compliance Coordinators provide business support to the country teams, in the form of policies, processes and systems, to enable countries to improve their compliance.

The Role:

Directly reporting to the Finance & IS Director with a dotted line to the Chair of Trustee Audit and Finance Group the Head of Risk and Assurance will be responsible for the following:

  • Lead a review of current risk-management within Oxfam GB, in conjunction with a third-party consultancy.
  • Lead the development of Oxfam GB’s risk-management strategy and manage its implementation within middle management
  • Implement a case management system for key stakeholders to use and manage all incidents ranging from Safeguarding, Anti-corruption, Bullying and Harassment, and others.
  • Ensure workflows within the case management system are clear, intuitive, user friendly and are designed to ensure accountable ownership, tracking of management of cases, reporting on trends and functionality that provides quick and easy oversight for management
  • Influence, relationship build and manage and network with organisation and confederation wide stakeholders, including Trustees, Leadership team, senior management, country teams and OI management.
  • Ensure working groups for risk related matters (Aid Diversion etc.) are well managed, minuted and actions appropriately followed up
  • Management responsibility of the Corporate Responsibility team, Anti-Corruption team, Internal Audit team, Risk & Assurance Manager and matrix management responsibilities for three Compliance Coordinators based in the EA nodes.

What we’re looking for:

We are looking for an experienced and charismatic leader with the following:

  • Experience of leading risk-management and compliance or assurance functions in an international organisation
  • Experience of working with stakeholders from multiple cultures around the world
  • An individual who views cultural diversity as a strength
  • Excellent communicator to a wide range of audiences, from Trustees, Leadership team, to senior management, country teams and volunteers
  • Embraces change with a positive, can do attitude
  • Proactive, creative and resourceful in implementing innovative initiatives
  • Knowledge and experience of managing key risks to sector, e.g. Aid Diversion, Data Privacy, Safeguarding (desirable)

Additional Information:

Location: Oxfam House, Oxford – role will involve some international travel

Hours: 36 hours per week

Salary: Competitive – depending on experience

Job Type: Fixed Term – until January 2020

Closing Date: 3 September 2018

How to apply:

This is a challenging and rewarding leadership opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional, with a strong commitment to Oxfam’s values and beliefs. If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please download the full job profile and apply online via the link below:

Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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