The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 30 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.
IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 3,000 staff and workers in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.
The Compliance Coordinator will support the Country Director to oversee internal controls and compliance functions across the country program, including support to the grants team to ensure that sub-grantees/partners are compliant with IRC’s and its donors’ rules and regulations. The Compliance Coordinator will report to the Country Director (CD), and, in the cases of investigations, to the Ethics and Compliance Unit’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) or Senior Director of Investigations (SDI). The Compliance Coordinator’s primary responsibility will be to work across functions to ensure that an appropriate control environment is in place and that standard operating procedures and IRC policies are followed. In circumstances where country staff is charged with implementing control policies and processes that are under the authority of the central owners of these controls (for example, GSC, AMU, HR, Finance, IT), the role of this position is to coordinate the implementation of these controls within the country in a risk-based, comprehensive and coordinated manner, not to exercise superseding authority over the interpretation and enforcement of these policies and procedures. Where weaknesses in controls or application of controls are identified, the Compliance Coordinator will recommend action to remedy the situation to the CD and will also ensure appropriate reporting to central risk owners to ensure central support for country level remediation and also to support enterprise risk management.
In collaboration with country leadership and the Ethics and Compliance Unit (ECU) as needed, the Compliance Coordinator will work with colleagues and field offices to create a culture reflecting the high ethical standards of IRC. The Compliance Coordinator will ensure that EthicsPoint is an effective complaint mechanism, accessible and known to all staff and partners. If an allegation of fraud or unethical behavior is made to the Compliance Coordinator, he/she will inform and report accordingly to the ECU immediately – and act as the main liaison for the country program with the ECU, keeping the CD fully informed. In the case of an investigation, ECU will partner with the Compliance Coordinator to provide clarity of roles in the investigation on a case by case basis. This could include providing documentation, access, or if so directed, conducting the investigation under ECU’s guidance and according to ECU’s standards and protocols. The Compliance Coordinator will be directed by the ECU but will keep country management fully informed unless country management is implicated and confidentiality concerns call for non-disclosure of information pertaining to the investigation to the country leadership. In such a case, the Regional Director will be kept fully informed.
Internal controls and compliance
• Develop a country level adoption of IRC’s risk framework to internal controls monitoring and strengthening aligned with tools and processes in country as well as with Operations, AMU, Finance, Internal Audit and ECU.
• Coordinate the use of a risk register (created pursuant to IRC’s risk framework) for the country program across operations and programs.
• Coordinate and conduct compliance, operational and financial reviews of IRC, partner and sub-partner activities (operation & programs) to assess adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls, risk management and compliance to selected policies, procedures and regulations.
• Produce consolidated internal reports (compliance, operational and financial) with findings and issues identified during these reviews, give appropriate recommendations on improvements to the country program and related partners’ processes, systems and procedures where appropriate.
• Conduct any ad-hoc internal audit assignments as requested by the Country Director or in response to donor specific queries.
• Under the direction of ECU, assist in investigations of misconduct, fraud, corruption, as defined below.
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