Risk and Compliance Specialist

13 June 2024



USAID’s Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) is one of USAID’s core partners implementing the $350 million Agriculture Resilience Initiative – Ukraine (AGRI-Ukraine) that was established in 2022 to bolster Ukrainian agricultural exports and alleviate the global food security crisis exacerbated by the war. Under AGRI-Ukraine, ERA partners with public and private companies to complement and leverage urgently-needed grain transportation and transshipment investments.


ERA also directly supports the Government of Ukraine, including the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI), the State Customs Service and Ukrainian Railways, to upgrade 42 of Ukraine’s border crossing points (BCPs). Modern and more efficient border infrastructure and customs procedures will reduce export costs and increase export capacity, enabling  Ukraine to scale trade and advance its path to EU integration.

About the job

The Risk and Compliance Specialist 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 Specialist can be in Kyiv or Lviv and reports to the Risk and Compliance Officer.


Risk Management:

  • Prepare risk assessments to identify potential financial, operational, and compliance risks impacting project initiatives.
  • 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 as directed.
  • Implement crisis management and business continuity plans to ensure the organization’s resilience in facing unforeseen challenges.

Compliance Oversight:

  • 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 as directed.
  • Support internal and external audits and investigations, ensuring all audit findings are appropriately addressed and corrected.
  • Update the Field Operations Manual (FOM) and publish the changes as per instructions therein.
  • Help coordinate in-house learning sessions to build team capacity in areas of weakness.
  • Provides consultation to staff and management on compliance matters.

Risk and Compliance Specialist 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

 About you

  • 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 proficient level of English and Ukrainian is required for this position.


Contract length: 12-month employment agreement with a possibility of extension.

Benefits Package:

  • 28 calendar days of annual leave
  • 10 days of internal well-being paid leave per annum
  • Medical Insurance for ERA staff and their families
  • Life Insurance for ERA staff
  • Coverage of all expenses for the business trips
  • Military reservation is possible and granted if you are on a relevant military register

Start date: July 2024

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English to ukraine@dai.com

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Closing date for applications: July 23, 2024