CRS Moldova is hiring Senior Risk and Compliance Officer

Job Title: Officer I (Senior Risk and Compliance Officer)

Reports to:  Head of Operations

Department:  Operations

Salary Grade: 8


 About CRS  

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion, or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.  

CRS in Moldova and Ukraine    
CRS has operated in different capacities in Moldova since 2004 and in Ukraine since 2017.  CRS works with local partners to implement an integrated, multisectoral program portfolio of humanitarian and development assistance.  In Moldova, CRS is focused on meeting both the immediate and long-term needs of Ukrainian refugees, including cash, education and psychosocial support (PSS) and shelter programs.  CRS is also working with governmental and non-governmental partners to end the placement of children in residential care institutions through the Changing the Way We Care initiative. In Ukraine, CRS’ works in partnership with Caritas Ukraine and Caritas Spes Ukraine, to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians affected by the war.

Job Summary

Under the guidance of management, the Senior Risk and Compliance Officer leads and advises on risk-related activities for the country program (CP), including sub-recipient compliance adhering to CRS policies, local laws, and donor regulations to help ensure effective delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable.  The knowledge and skills of Senior Risk and Compliance Officer ensures risk reduction to staff, the effectiveness of our programming, and the people we serve through the application of the principles of stewardship, integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Roles and Key Responsibilities  

  • Collaborate with the Head of Operations and CP leadership on strengthening internal control systems and processes.
  • Act as an advisor/consultant to management on risk and compliance best practices.
  • Act as security focal point for Moldova office.
  • Support and advise the CP leadership on Fraud and Safeguarding cases and investigations.
  • Identify risk issues and challenges and propose solutions to address them.
  • Coordinate the planning and performance of internal audits, control reviews and compliance assessments, conduct audit activities as applicable. Help analyze results and provide recommendations.
  • Ensure that all processes for Supply Chian and Inventory Management are in place and reviewed regularly.
  • Lead the design and facilitation of trainings and institutional capacity strengthening plans for CRS and partners.
  • Coordinate with external audits and the coordination of action plans to close out audit findings.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Business Administration, or another relevant bachelor’s is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience, ideally with an international organization, with at least 1 year of progressive responsibility in operations and/or programming, including 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, COBIT)

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Accounting and other relevant certification(s) a plus.
  • Familiarity with accounting systems.
  • Proficient in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio) and information management systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Very good relationship management skills
  • Very good analytical, organizational, and systems thinking skills.
  • Ability to make sound judgment.
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics.
  • Proactive, resourceful and results oriented.

Required Languages - English and Romanian/Russian required, Ukrainian is preferred.

  Travel – require 30% travel within the country and to Ukraine.

 Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff.  When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals.  These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Personal Accountability – consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.
  • Acts with Integrity - consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest.
  • Builds and Maintains Trust - shows consistency between words and actions.
  • Collaborates with Others – works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.
  • Open to Learn – seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

  Supervisory Responsibilities: supervisor one assistant  

  Key Working Relationships:   

Internal: Head of Operations, Country Representative, procurement, Finance and admin teams, Program managers, regional team.

External: Suppliers, auditor, donors.

  ***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.   

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.   

  CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.  

  CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested candidates are welcome to apply by sending their CV with email to mentioning in the subject line the title of the position “Senior Risk and Compliance Officer”.