Site Save the Children
Save the children is hirng a Regional Fraud Lead – West & Central Africa Regional Office.
Contract length: 24 months
Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
The role is anchored in the fraud strategy, working as part of a Global Fraud team to support SCI’s Senior Leadership Team, Trustees and SC Members in discharging their responsibilities in promoting and embedding a zero-tolerance policy towards fraud, bribery and corruption.
The individual will work closely with the Global Counter Fraud Director to ensure the continued development and embedding of an efficient and effective counter fraud framework and culture in the region.
- Accountable for coordinating fraud management activities across the Region including;
- To develop a culture of fraud awareness, reporting and response within the organization aligned with SCIs zero tolerance policy
- Deliver an effective strategy of fraud prevention, detection, investigation and recovery across the organization as a whole, within the Centre and across the SCI landscape in the WCA region
- To undertake / or coordinate investigations of all serious incidents of fraud, bribery or corruption, which will include providing support to and building the capability of Fraud Focal Point staff in the Region.
To act as functional manager to Fraud Focal Points in the Region.
The role may require significant international travel including to challenging locations often with cultural sensitivities.
In the event of a significant or major event, the post-holder maybe expected to work outside the normal job description and be able to vary working hours accordingly. The post-holder may be required to get involved in special projects within the fraud function as appropriate.
Scope of role
Reports to: Global Counter Fraud Director, working closely with the Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director Program Operations and Regional Finance Director.
Staff reporting to this post: Counter Fraud Analyst
Role Dimensions: Stakeholders include members together with country, regional and centre staff and senior leadership teams. Close working will be required with Finance, Legal, Program Operations and Global Assurance.
Although based in the Save the Children West and Central Africa Regional Office, like the other Regional Fraud Leads in Save the Children, the post holder may be expected to provide cross support to other team members and regions.
- Management and support of fraud investigations
- Depending on the level of response required, act as lead investigator or coordinate the creation and supervision of investigative teams on specific fraud investigations where required
- Provide advice and support to senior managers overseeing fraud investigations (at country or region), including guidance on appropriate level of response
- Liaise with members on specific cases ensuring they are kept informed of case progression as necessary
- Input to investigation templates, identify and design best practice guidance as appropriate
- Key regional user and coordinator of the data in the SCI case management system
- Support/enable the embedding of an effective fraud management culture within the organization
- Deliver fraud-awareness trainings to enable decision makers and key front-line staff to understand their accountabilities and responsibilities with respect to fraud prevention, detection and reporting.
- Deliver fraud investigation trainings in the regional office and country offices to staff identified as potential investigators
- Support all areas of the organization in managing fraud-related issues
- Support the Global Director of Counter Fraud to embed fraud awareness and a culture of zero tolerance
- Support the WCA country directors to embed fraud awareness and a culture of zero tolerance
- Provide support and advice to non-specialist employees such as members of the ‘fraud faculty’ and management teams in country
- Represent Save the Children at external professional knowledge groups
- Deliver an effective strategy of fraud prevention, and support the WCA country offices in fraud prevention techniques and controls.
- Engage & Participate with the Regional Risk Committee, in liaison with the Regional Operational Director, and advise Country Office Risk Committee on risks related to fraud and aid diversion
Other specific projects
- Project manage specific projects as detailed by the Global Counter Fraud Director, e.g. strategic donor reviews regarding fraud reporting requirements
- Participate in cross-functional projects as required
- Skills and behaviours (Save the Children Values in Practice)
- Demonstrates leadership in the areas identified above.
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same.
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
Demonstrates highest levels of integrity and honesty
Qualifications and experience
- Bachelor’s degree / formal qualification in a relevant field; (Master’s degree desirable)
- Has relevant experience (audit/risk/investigatory) applicable to the role with knowledge of common analytical tools.
- Substantial experience in forensic investigation with thorough knowledge and/or experience in audit.
- demonstrable understanding of the importance of counter fraud activities and mechanisms for reducing fraud
- awareness of global standards and legislation around fraud and corruption
- excellent investigative ability with proven track record
- aware of current best practices in investigation techniques
- analytical skills
- good oral and written communication skills including report writing
- able to offer practical solutions to management to help resolve incidents including in crisis situations
- perseverance, resilience and tenacity
- Good English and French language required
- ability to work with minimum supervision
- Good team player
- CFE or equivalent formal investigation qualification
- knowledge of regional law and regulatory environments
- understanding of the role and approaches of the international development sector
- experience of crime/loss prevention
- previous experience of delivering training sessions / workshops
If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and cover letter.
Closing date: 18 May 2022 – 23:59 GMT.