Manager (Risk and Assurance)

Vienna, , AT

WWF launched a new strategy that harnesses the strengths of the WWF network in a shared vision, focussing on six major goals – water, wildlife, the ocean, climate and energy, forests, and food – and three key drivers of environmental problems – markets, finance and governance.
In support of this strategy WWF undertook a redesign of its international secretariat that will further unite WWF offices and its near 6,400 staff around the world. This will help WWF to build stronger partnerships across the world with government, business, civil society and individuals. Together, we will deliver on WWF’s ambitious goals.
We are recruiting the role of Manager, Risk and Assurance for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


WWF International office in Vienna

The Role:

  • Develops appropriate and robust tools to manage risk within WWF International and work with Network leads to promote these tools, building on models already in use within the Network, where appropriate
  • Leads the development and ensures regular monitoring of WWF International and Network risk registers, supported by embedding a systematic, transparent approach to risk management in all WWF International functions and Programme Offices (and, over time, across the wider Network)
  • Leads efforts to develop and ensure effective implementation of an Accountability Framework for all key functions across WWF International’s Programme Offices.
  • Ensures the effective functioning of the Assurance Steering Group in fulfilling its responsibility to maintain oversight of WWF International’s assurance activities across compliance, risk management, performance and accountability frameworks, and standard-setting
  • To embed risk awareness within operational practice throughout WWF International, where appropriate, building capacity and providing support and training where required

Main responsibilities:

  • Facilitates and co-ordinates the regular maintenance and review of strategic risk registers and appropriate risk mitigation plans at WWF International and NET, reporting to the Assurance Steering Group and, periodically, to WWF International’s Audit Committee and Board.
  • Builds capacity of all WWF International managers at Secretariat and Country Office level in respect of risk management and effective control, providing coaching and support, as required, in order to embed the approach.
  • Proactively evaluates risks and internal controls, through the review and challenge of risk registers and other means, ensuring adequate escalation procedures are in place for critical issues and emerging risks.
  • Supports the COO in his role as Chair of the Assurance Steering Group, whose purpose is to monitor key risks and provide assurance as to the adequacy and effectiveness of mitigating actions to WWF International’s Audit Committee, Board, NET and other stakeholders.  
  • Leads efforts to design and implement appropriate Accountability Frameworks for all functions and regions, building on the experience of the Finance Accountability Framework for Africa. Once implemented, ensures suitable mechanisms are in place for obtaining assurance over the functioning of such frameworks.
  • Work with Head of Internal Audit, where appropriate, to ensure the highest standards of risk assessment and review are successfully embedded operationally within the organisation, periodically reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of WWF’s Risk Management approach and Assurance Frameworks with a view to achieving continuous improvement.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies:

  • Graduate calibre with recognised qualification in a relevant field e.g. ACCA, IRM, MBA
  • At least 7 years’ relevant experience in the field of audit, compliance or risk management in an international organisation or commercial environment with proven results
  • Track record of implementing effective risk management frameworks and experience of developing assurance and/or accountability frameworks.
  • Maintains knowledge of best practices for risk management and assurance frameworks, through professional development and networking with external peers
  • Good appreciation of organisational and cultural aspects of effective accountability frameworks, including performance management techniques
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals within a broad range of cultural environments and at all levels
  • Strong influencing, advisory and coaching skills
  • Excellent facilitation, report writing and presentational skills. Perfect command of English language; other language/s an asset.
  • Flexible, resilient and able to find pragmatic solutions where resource limitations exist.
  • Able to take a strategic, ‘big picture’ view, making connections between individual issues for the purpose of sharing knowledge, experience and recommendations across the wider organisation
  • Willingness to travel internationally to any WWF location
  • Demonstrates personal integrity and sound professional judgement in all situations
  • Adheres to WWF’s values: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging

How to apply?

Upload your covering letter and CV on LinkedIn as one file.  We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.
Work permit restrictions may apply.
Salary: 52K minimum

Deadline for applications: 2nd October 2017
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.