Risk Assurance and Internal Controls Specialist - 19059-FT - $118,404

  • Added Date: Thursday, 14 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 05 April 2019

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Office of the Controller, Department of Program Planning and Finance, Administration and Management Sector

Grade - P4

Contract Duration - 2 years *

Duty Station

: CH-Geneva

Publication Date

: 11-Mar-2019

Application Deadline

: 05-Apr-2019, 11:59:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE: please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.

1. Organizational Context

a. Organizational Setting

The position of Risk Assurance and Internal Controls Specialist is located in the Office of the Controller within the Department of Program Planning and Finance. The Office of the Controller is responsible for compliance with the Organization's Financial Regulations and Rules, as well as risk management, internal controls, policy development and management of cost efficiencies. It also provides the Secretariat of the Program and Budget Committee (PBC).

b. Purpose Statement

The incumbent will champion and advocate the application of WIPO's risk and internal controls management policies, practices and tools, and contribute to the increased integration of Results-Based Management and risk management in WIPO through improved risk identification and expert advice in enhancing, developing and implementing the required procedures and tools for this purpose. Tasks will include substantive risk analysis and preparation of reports and recommendations, implementing action for complex issue resolution and quality improvement, and the provision of substantive advice and guidance in risk identification and management.

c. Reporting Lines

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Assistant Controller.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

a. Champion and advocate good risk management practices, as well as the use of tools available for risk management, including project risk management, and internal control in WIPO;

b. Coordinate and perform substantive risk reviews with programs, as well as ensure independent follow up on quality reviews for risks and mitigation measures (actions and controls);

c. Reinforce integration between risk management and program performance management through appropriate awareness raising, system enhancement and/or development, and policy enhancement;

d. Identify and address gaps, specific and evolving functional requirements as well as the need to reinforce integration with other systems in WIPO through (i) proposals for changes to current policies/procedures and related system support/configuration, and (ii) driving the implementation of such proposals;

e. Prepare substantive risk analyses and reports on risks and internal controls, together with relevant recommendations and implementing action for complex issue resolution and quality improvement;

f. Consult and engage with other organizational functions as required to promote awareness raising and cultivate productive relationships to enhance and facilitate risk management in WIPO and develop and undertake training activities on risk management and internal controls as required; and

g. Perform other related duties as required.

3. Requirements



Advanced university degree in Business, Finance, Economics or related discipline. A first-level university degree plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Certification in risk management.


Project management qualification.



At least seven years' relevant professional work experience, including demonstrated experience with risk management, project risk management or internal controls.

Experience working in an international organization.


Experience of working with an ERP system (e.g. Oracle or PeopleSoft) within the context of results based management, risk management, or related reporting.



Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

Job Related Competencies


Knowledge of applying risk management and/or internal controls in an international setting.

Demonstrated understanding of the principles of results-based management, and its inter-linkages with risk management.

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Excellent drafting skills.

Strong project management skills.

Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.

Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to work within strict time constraints and to meet deadlines.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and ability to competently use newly encountered software applications.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

4. Organizational Competencies

1. Communicating effectively.

2. Showing team spirit.

3. Demonstrating integrity.

4. Valuing diversity.

5. Producing results.

6. Showing service orientation.

7. Seeing the big picture.

8. Seeking change and innovation.

9. Developing yourself and others.

5. Information

Mobility:WIPO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director General and may be assigned to any activities, office or duty station of the Organization. Accordingly, the selected candidate may be required to move from time to time to new functions and/or to another duty station.

Annual salary:

Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment. The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. The figures quoted below are based on the March 2019 rate of 67.6%


Annual salary


Post adjustment


Total Salary


Currency USD

Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Additional Information

* Initial period of two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance. No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule 4.9.5.

Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged. Please click on the following links for the list of unrepresented Member States and the list of underrepresented regions and the WIPO Member States in these regions.

The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.


By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.

In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.

Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening. Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.

Additional background checks may be required.

This vacancy is archived.

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