Compliance Specialist

  • Contract
  • Yangon


** Background Information – Myanmar


Myanmar is one of UNOPS leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG), the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS Myanmar is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Myanmar, and for the Global Fund’s Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative targeting drug resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

** Background Information – Job-specific

Under the direct supervision of the Director and Representative, the Compliance Specialist is responsible for verifying and evaluating the effectiveness of risk management, operating procedures and controls within UNOPS Myanmar, the reliability of financial and other information and the compliance with the established rules and procedures. As required, the Compliance and Oversight Unit conduct field verifications of expenditures for the Global Fund grant (under the Managed Cash Flow scheme) In that capacity, the Compliance Specialist will more specifically be in charge of the following functions.

** Functional Responsibilities

Compliance and Oversight

  • Implement the annual work plan of the Compliance and Oversight Unit as per agreed work priorities and objectives, taking into account the most effective use of resources;

  • Run review procedures to detect unusual activity; review processes templates and procedures, including those associated with monitoring and evaluation.

  • Ensures the full compliance of the internal procedures and controls mechanism with the UNOPS policies and procedures, donors requirements and Government regulations

  • Documents, evaluates and tests systems and controls to determine their adequacy and effectiveness to ensure (i) compliance with rules and regulations, (ii) accomplishment of management’s objectives, (iii) reliability and integrity of information, (iv) economic use of resources, and (v) safeguarding of assets.

  • Reports on the risks related to the achievement of MMOC financial and non-financial objectives

  • Conduct independent and objective verifications of expenditures processed under the Managed Cash Flow scheme. Conduct Field Monitoring Visits and test payments made through the reimbursement claims for completeness and verification by the beneficiaries.

  • Ensures through spot checks and appropriate systems that relevant procedures and supporting documents are exhaustive and consistent;

  • Monitor and report on the status of implementation of recommendations resulting from verifications mission and the internal/external audits.

  • Prepare and and submit periodic reports on issues and any material weaknesses identified during the review period;

  • Provides regular briefings to the MMOC Director regarding programme/operational matters and general systems control

  • Any other Compliance tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

Knowledge building and knowledge sharing

  • Organizes and facilitate trainings / workshops on lessons and good practices in various reviewed areas;

  • Collects feedback, ideas, and internal knowledge about processes and good practices;

  • Develops and institutionalises mechanisms and processes for compliance and oversight, based on good practices and learning.

Team Management

  • Leads the personnel within the Compliance Unit and ensures effective performance management, coaching, and promotion of learning and development.

  • Fosters a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensures that the highest standards of conduct are observed.

Impact of Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Compliance Specialist directly impact on the effective management and financial integrity of UNOPS. It enhances the organizations financial and programme performance, demonstrating UNOPS’ effective stewardship of donor and partner funds. These promote the credibility of the organization as an effective service provider in project services and management.

** Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • An advanced university degree in the area of finance, audit, accounting or any related field is required;

  • A bachelor degree in the area of finance, audit, accounting or any related field is in combination with additional 2 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or equivalent highly desirable.


  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in financial compliance, audit, internal audit, accounting, and risk management at the national or international level is required and with a Master degree or 7 years of experience with a Bachelor degree.

  • Experience with audits of development aid programmes or the projects funded by international donors and institutions is desirable .

  • Experience in the use of ERP accounting software packages preferably UN accounting systems is desirable.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills is preferable.

  • Good knowledge of donor organizations and experience in working with Public Institutions is preferable

  • Prior auditing experience, either as an auditor or auditee or investigator would be an asset.

Language Requirements
• Fluency in English and Burmese is required.

** Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.**(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)**

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

** Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA

Contract level: LICA-10
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

This is a local position. Only Myanmar Nationals are eligible to apply.

** Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

** Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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