Senior Compliance Officer


The position is to ensure that CIFOR-ICRAF adheres to all the organizational and donor policies and procedures and local laws, particularly in the implementation of the Restore Africa project in the six countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia) and other project around the world. The incumbent will support institutional ESG compliance for CIFOR-ICRAF. The incumbent will also support risk and compliance related activities for the Restore Africa Program including sub-recipient compliance adhering to CIFOR-ICRAF policies, local laws, and donor regulations to help ensure effective high-quality program delivery.

Duties and responsibilities

1. Compliance monitoring and

  • Support the design and
    facilitation of trainings for due diligence plans for Restore Africa staff and
    partners in consideration of donors’ requirements and partners’ systems and

  • Work closely with HR and
    Internal Audit to operationalize Restore Africa Grievance, protection and
    safeguarding policies.

  • Assume the role of
    Restore Africa ESG-I Focal point, lead coordinate and have overall
    responsibility for ESG-I implementation across the Restore Africa project

  • Collaborate with the
    Restore Africa leadership and Finance and Cooperate services Units (PMU, Legal,
    Operations, FSU) and Internal Audit Unit on strengthening internal control
    systems and processes for the Restore Africa program across the six countries.

  • Work in close
    collaboration with the Finance and Cooperate services Units (PMU, Legal,
    Operations, FSU) and Internal Audit Unit conduct regular internal control
    reviews to assess the effectiveness of controls in operations and program
    management systems and processes for the Restore Africa program in accordance
    with CIFOR-ICRAF Policies and Procedures.

  • Support the planning and
    performance of internal audits, control reviews and compliance assessments,

  • Support external and
    internal audits and the coordination of plans to close out audit findings and
    recommendations related to the Restore Africa program.

  • Support internal
    investigation of reported potential and alleged incidents of incompliance to
    donor, and CIFOR-ICRAF policies and procedures including collusion and
    financial wrongdoing.

2. Risk assessment and management

  • Updating the project
    risk register, and lessons learnt log

  • Support systems
    verification and identification of risk issues, weaknesses/ inefficiencies,
    anomalies, challenges, and propose solutions to address them and improve system

3. Compliance Reporting:

  • Lead the production and
    submission of the environmental, social and governance and impact (ESG-I)
    quarterly reports and other funder due diligence documents.

4. Institutional ESG Compliance

  • Provide input in
    CIFOR-ICRAF policies and processes related to ESG compliance.

  • Document how lessons
    learned from the Restore Africa project can be used to improve CIFOR-ICRAF
    policies and procedures.

  • Advise CIFOR-ICRAF
    management on requirements and new developments related to ESG compliance.

  • Lead the production and
    submission of incidence report in line with funder requirements

Education, knowledge and experience

• Master’s in business administration, Project management or the equivalent with first degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or other relevant disciplines.
• At least four years of work experience, ideally with an international organization, with progressive responsibility in project management, operations and/or programming.
• Experience in audit, compliance, or risk management
• Knowledge of audit standards and compliance regulations and familiarity with international standards for internal control and risk and compliance management (e.g., COSO, ISO)
• Experience with ESG standards

Terms and conditions

• This is a local position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in local currency commensurate with skills and experience.
• The initial appointment will be for 1 (one) year, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
• The duty station will be in New Delhi, India or Nairobi, Kenya.

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CIFOR-ICRAF promotes Gender Diversity – Applications from women professionals are encouraged.

CIFOR-ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity.

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