Head of Risk, Compliance and Assurance

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Head of Risk, Compliance and Assurance


£60,567 per annum (entry of grade scale), plus benefits including Pension and medical allowance and Life Assurance

The Role:

This is an exciting opportunity for a Risk/Compliance leader who wants to help people harness their own power to achieve a feminist, just, green transition in the 45 countries where ActionAid works.

You will lead teams that work on the various aspects of Risk, Compliance and Assurance at the Global Secretariat (GS); this includes SHEA (Safety, Health & Environmental Affairs), Internal Audit, Assurance, and Legal and Data Protection. This role is critical to ensuring that the GS plays a key role in supporting members to be compliant with core ActionAid International (AAI) policies and to monitor and mitigate collective risks for the federation. This integrated approach will ensure that the organisation is able to assess and manage risks and compliance in a holistic manner.

Who we’re looking for:

With substantial experience in an enterprise risk management environment, you should also have relevant risk management and legislative environments and working with regulatory environments in NGO’s. In addition to this, you should have experience in producing a multi-entity and complex risk- register. You be able to comfortably liaise with all levels including Senior Management and Boards and should be able to manage teams based in multiple locations.

You’re a collaborative and courageous leader who exemplifies our feminist leadership and safeguarding approach, including self-awareness, self-care and caring for others, dismantling bias, responsible & transparent use of power, respectful feedback, and zero tolerance for discrimination or abuse

You’re used to working magic with a limited set of resources through your creative ideas, drive for results and ability to galvanise commitment from both internal and external stakeholders.

What we offer:

ActionAid is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive workplace where we recognise a job well done, encourage close collaboration and sharing power, and where safeguarding standards and feminist leadership are exemplified everywhere. At ActionAid, you can look forward to a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment, including


• A workplace that embraces intersectional feminist principles

• Generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay

• Over 4 weeks paid holiday a year

How to apply

To apply please visit our website via the link to start the application process here:


Please upload an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a covering letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Please check your application and make sure you meet all the essential criteria listed in the person specification. In addition, your application will be stronger if you meet at least some of the desirable criteria. If you do not meet at least all the essential criteria, please do not apply as we only consider candidates if they meet the essential criteria listed on the job description.

Due to high volumes of applications received, we can only correspond with short listed applicants. Should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

ActionAid International will not consider unsolicited candidates from recruitment agencies. We reserve the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

About us:

ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice.

ActionAid International welcomes applications from all sections of the community and promotes diversity. Suitably qualified women leaders and people of colour are encouraged to apply.

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