Senior Compliance And Risk Management Specialist - United States

Democracy international - Bethesda
new offer (29/05/2023)

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Senior Compliance and Risk Management Specialist
Democracy International (DI) is seeking to hire a full-time Senior Compliance and Risk Management Specialist. As a member of the Corporate Operations Team, this role will be based in DI’s home office in Bethesda, Maryland. We will only consider applicants who are based in the DC area and able to work in-office on a hybrid schedule.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced, highly motivated professional with a demonstrated record of success managing corporate risk who has served as a high-level resource on compliance, contracts, and grants questions for international development organizations .
Essential Job Duties:
Serve as primary point of contact with Program Management team to provide guidance on award requirements and compliance with client regulations (primarily USAID and Department of State).
Help develop, revise, and/or implement relevant processes and procedures with strict adherence to all relevant rules and regulations (e.G., DI’s own policies, USAID policies, FAR, 2 CFR 200 &
Conduct independent, timely review of vendor agreements, subgrants and subcontracts, contract terms and conditions, NDAs, teaming arrangements, and similar documents to assess and manage risk.
Liaise with outside counsel.
Review, compile institutional comments, and negotiate with donors on awards and modifications.
Participate in award start-up and close-out planning and audit processes, providing guidance on and interpretation of applicable contractual and regulatory requirements.
Review and provide support for entity registration activities (both domestic and international).
Coordinate and interact regularly across teams (Program Management, Accounting, Strategy and Technical Leadership, HR, IT, and Security) on issues related to compliance and/or corporate risk.
Lead continuous improvement efforts to strengthening policies and procedures;
make recommendations onstrategies to streamline policies, systems, templates, etc.
Serve as a quality control officer as needed for guidance and support to maintain consistently high standards from outreach to implementation.
Secondary Responsibilities:
Support DI management, accounting, and business development teams to ensure consistency and compliant processes for fiduciary risk management.
Lead staff awareness and training of relevant regulations, company policies, and applicable laws.
Represent DI in external meetings with partners, funders, and other stakeholders, as needed.
Support DI Technical team with subject matter expertise as needed.
Bachelor’s degree required;
master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
Minimum of five years of relevant and progressive experience managing USAID awards;
experience with other USG agencies as well as bilateral or multilateral funders, such as DFID, SIDA, UN Agencies, preferred.
Working knowledge at intermediate or advanced level of U.S. Government regulations, including relevant portions of the FAR and of 2 CFR 200 &
700, as well as relatedUSAID policies and procedures, required;
Familiarity with USAID-funded democracy, rights, and governance (DRG) and/or peacebuilding, conflict management, and transition programs preferred.
Meticulous attention to detail, as well as outstanding critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
Demonstrated ability to generate risk-based solutions, handle multiple tasks simultaneously
Knowledge of and ability to learn and adopt industry best practices.
Experience negotiating and communicating with external parties and colleagues in a professional and effective manner.
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-lingual settings;
overseas experience preferred.
Ability to travel overseas (up to 15 percent of time) as needed.
Demonstrated ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects;
Speaking, writing, and reading fluency in English required.
This position Reports to the Vice President, Corporate Operations.
Environmental Conditions:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Moderate noise (i.E. business office with computers, phone, printers, and moderate traffic).
Ability to work in a confined office space/area.
Ability to sit and/or stand at a computer desk for an extended period of time.
Ability to travel on long plane flights across several time zones and at irregular hours.
Physical Requirements Required to Perform Essential Responsibilities:
While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to;
Stand, sit;
talk, hear, use of hands and fingers, and perform repetitive motions to operate a computer and telephone keyboard.
Reach, stoop, or kneel, to adjust computer and/or telephone equipment.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work.
Hearing abilities required due to telephone.
Light to moderate lifting is possible.
Travel will require moderate lifting, sitting for extended periods of time, overnight flights across multiple time zones;
Regular, predictable attendance is required;
as business demands dictate.
Democracy International is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its employment process for individuals with disabilities to meet any and all physical requirements of our jobs.
Application Process:
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. DI is committed to attracting, hiring, and retaining the best talent, and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. DI will only contact candidates of interest.
All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
As a Federal Contractor, DI must comply with the President's Executive Order 14042 and the follow-on guidance issued by Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on COVID-19 Workplace Safety. Therefore, all US-based DI employees, including remote employees, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
About the Organization:
DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 80+ countries.
DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at DI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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