Since 2018, USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) has focused its activities on eastern Ukraine. In 2022, it expanded its geography of cooperation to other regions due to Russia’s full-scale invasion and occupation of part of Ukraine. In 2023, given the military and political circumstances and challenges, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) changed ERA’s priorities.
ERA is one of the implementers of the U.S. Government’s Interagency Agriculture Resilience Initiative – Ukraine (AGRI – Ukraine), which aims to support Ukrainian agricultural production and exports and help address the global food crisis exacerbated by Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine. USAID supports the Government of Ukraine, including working with the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI) and the State Customs Service, through ERA, to modernize border crossing points to improve grain trade and exports, passenger traffic, and perceptions of Ukraine. ERA is also implementing the Economic Stability and Recovery Initiative (ESRI), which focuses on job retention and creation and assists small and medium-sized enterprises.
USAID ERA prioritizes work on AGRI and rehabilitating EU-facing border crossing points (BCPs). The AGRI component is extending its technical assistance to Ukrainian Agri-traders and logistics companies supporting them in increasing capacity and potential of grain export logistics. The BCP component includes complex construction management and procurement of equipment and service for BCPs to become more efficient in processing big cargos of grain and other commodities through the border.
About the job
The Risk and Compliance Officer is integral to the Finance and Operational Team. They will ensure the project strictly follows USAID regulations, guidelines, and organizational policies. This role is pivotal in managing and mitigating financial and operational risks while safeguarding the organization’s compliance with all relevant standards and requirements. The Risk and Compliance Officer can be in Kyiv or Lviv and reports to the Senior Finance and Compliance Manager.
- Conduct comprehensive risk assessments to identify potential financial, operational, and compliance risks impacting project initiatives.
- Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies and action plans, collaborating with relevant stakeholders to minimize identified risks.
- Continuously monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of risk mitigation measures, providing regular reports and updates to senior management.
- Prepare and implement crisis management and business continuity plans to ensure the organization’s resilience in facing unforeseen challenges.
- Ensure strict compliance with USAID regulations, guidelines, and policies, focusing on accuracy for allowable costs, procurement procedures, and financial reporting.
- Monitor adherence to the terms and conditions of contracts and agreements, including grant agreements, subcontractor agreements, and procurement contracts.
- Establish and maintain robust internal controls in alignment with DAI policies, USAID rules and regulations, and the terms of our contracts.
- Conduct regular financial and operational documentation reviews to ensure completeness, accuracy, and compliance with USAID, DAI, and local legal requirements.
- Support internal and external audits and investigations, ensuring all audit findings are appropriately addressed and corrected.
Risk and Compliance Officer Essential Skills
- Communication skills
- Basic understanding and acumen
- Leadership skills
- Ability to influence management.
- Technical accounting expertise
- People skills
- Ability to commission, deploy, and monitor effectiveness.
- Efficiency and time management
- Bachelor’s/ master’s in finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or a related field.
- Experience in audit regulations, compliance requirements, and risk management best practices.
- Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Prior experience with USAID-funded projects and risk management in the international development sector is highly desirable.
- A fluent level of English and Ukrainian is required for this position.
Contract length: 12-month employment agreement with a possibility of extension.
Benefits: all benefits envisaged by the Labor Code of Ukraine, corporate medical insurance for employees and immediate family members.
Start date: November 2023
All applicants must send a cover letter and updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English to email@example.com
Closing date for applications: October 27, 2023.
For further information about DAI GLOBAL LLC, please consult our website era-ukraine.org.ua.