Senior Advisor, Risk Management

CGIAR System Organization, Montpellier, France

Skill Required:, Project ManagementProject/ Programme ManagementResearch and AnalysisStrategic Alliances
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th August, 2019


Job Description

Working within CGIAR’s extended enterprise model, where multiple entities come together in a common endeavor to achieve impact, the Senior Advisor, Risk Management has primary responsibility for stewarding and supporting: (a) ongoing development of an effective risk management and internal control framework, policy and practices within the System Organization; and (b) coordinated System-wide initiatives relating to an aligned approach to risk management.
The Senior Advisor, Risk Management is a new role for the CGIAR System, requiring excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish credibility rapidly with a diverse range of internal and external professionals, including board and committee members, executive management teams, and a diverse pool of talented staff at all grades.
The incumbent will enjoy being in a rapidly changing environment with the opportunity to develop the role in a way that strengthens alignment in governance practices, transparency in decision making, and overall trust within and beyond the CGIAR System. Broad areas of responsibility include design and/or further development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of component elements of an effective CGIAR Risk Management Framework in relation to the System Organization, as well as on a System-wide basis.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:

Required:

  • Advanced university degree (masters or equivalent) in relevant field
  • Minimum of 10 years’ post-qualification progressively responsible experience in the field of public administration, development and/or international relations
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of best practice risk management frameworks, methodologies, and emerging practice
  • Experience in dealing with a broad range of strategic and operational risks gained in a comparable environment
  • Leadership skills, and the ability to manage risk-focused activities in an international extended enterprise
  • Proven ability to operate credibly and effectively at Board/senior executive level, contributing across a wide range of business issues Successful track record of working with sensitive issues in complex organizations and delivery in an environment of significant change

Preferred:

  • Formal accreditation in risk management
  • Experience in compliance and/or ethics functions
  • Project management qualification

KEY COMPETENCIES:

Required:

  • Ability to manage relationships and work collaboratively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Politically astute with strong negotiation and strong relationship building skills
  • Gravitas in communication at all levels, with excellent written reporting and oral communication skills in English
  • Demonstrated experience leading up and across teams in a cross-functional, matrixed work environment
  • Comfortable with strategic planning, as well as an eye for operational and analytical detail
  • High level of attention to detail Preferred:
  • Working knowledge of the national language of a country that hosts a CGIAR System entity
  • Good proficiency in the use of MS Windows-based software packages, including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases

PERSONAL TRAITS:

  • Enthusiasm and energy to work at pace as a member of a small, high-performing team
  • Integrity and credibility
  • Reliability and attention to detail
  • Driven, energetic and passionate
  • Appetite to tackle issues personally without delegating
  • Flexibility and ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to function in complex organizational settings

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