Management Accountability Officer

World Food Programme, Italy

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th November, 2019

Job Description

At WFP, we are looking for a talented Management Accountability Officer hired at a P3 level to join the Enterprise Risk Management Division in Rome, Italy. In this position, you will report to the P4, Oversight and Internal Control Officer.

In this position, you will be responsible to conduct the analysis of oversight reports, collect and synthesize information from functional and operational management, prepare governing body reports, and prepare summaries, briefings, and presentations to support organizational processes (e.g. consolidated oversight reporting, annual Executive Director’s Statement on Internal Control exercise, among others). You will report to the P4, Oversight and Internal Control Officer.


The Enterprise Risk Management Division (RMR) supports risk discussions, assurance on the WFP Internal Control Framework, and organizational learning in line with the continuous improvement cycle. The Internal Control and Oversight Branch (RMRC) prepares reports and presentations on oversight and internal matters for the Executive Board, the Audit Committee, and senior management including written reports, presentations/oral reports and briefing materials.


As a Management Accountability Officer, you will be responsible for:

  • Prepare the periodic report on high risk issues for the Audit Committee;
  • Prepare the report to the Executive Board on Joint Inspection Unit reports relevant to the work of WFP, including coordination of WFP responses/information in response to JIU recommendations to ensure consistency and accuracy;
  • Initiate discussions with relevant operational and functional management where required;
  • Prepare WFP input to inter-agency comments on JIU reports;
  • Collect feedback from functional management and initiate discussions as needed;
  • Supervise follow-up on outstanding oversight recommendations and agreed actions from Internal Audits, Inspections, PIRs, External Audit, and Joint Inspection Unit reports;
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with WFP recommendation owners and team members tasked with follow-up;
  • Participate in the process of resolution of oversight issues, including issues for which action has not been taken within a reasonable timeframe;
  • Prepare summaries, briefings, and presentations to support organizational processes including the annual Executive Director’s Statement on Internal Control exercise;
  • Make proposals, develop solutions, and communicate with key internal actors;
  • Identify and propose escalation of issues that merit executive management attention/decision;
  • Draft high-quality reports for WFP governing bodies and senior management on AFAC, internal control and oversight matters;
  • Develop and review policies, guidelines, procedures and other documents to support the development of appropriate internal control and accountability frameworks;
  • Oversee or undertake research and analysis on complex internal control and oversight issues to enable the provision of comprehensive advisory services to WFP divisions and country offices;
  • Promote awareness of internal control principles and tools to manage risk and enable well-informed decisions;
  • Other as required.



  • Minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in internal control, management oversight, management support, donor partnerships, audit, compliance, evaluation, risk management or related field.
  • Knowledge of UN governance, organizational structures, strategy and major initiatives.
  • Understanding of UN rules, regulations and policies.
  • Experience writing for governing body and senior management audiences, or/and preparing input to inter-agency processes and supporting inter-agency discussions will be considered an asset.
  • Experience in dealing with results, risks and controls in the cultural and operational environment characteristic of complex public-sector organizations with a socially-oriented mission will be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of the WFP Oversight Framework will be considered an asset.

Education: University degree in International Relations, Economics, Law, Management, Finance, Business Administration, Statistics or related field.


  • Fluency (level C) in English language.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Understanding of the impact of control gaps on the organization’s objectives.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of stakeholders including donors and organizational management.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and determine when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning.
  • Experience supervising small teams.
  • Excellent English writing skills and ability to independently prioritize and plan.
  • Analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving skills.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative, good judgment, tact, diplomacy, and strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information into digestible summaries tailored to stakeholder needs.
  • Proven track record of progressively responsible experience in internal controls, oversight/compliance or risk management.


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