Sr. Director, Enterprise Risk Management

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Sr. Director, Enterprise Risk Management

Job Category: Other

New York, NY


ob Description


The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. 

To achieve our mission, the IRC operates in crisis-affected areas, which are by nature high risk environments. In order to recognize, manage, and mitigate these risks, the IRC must ensure that processes, policies, and supporting infrastructure are sufficiently robust. This role will be responsible for developing the risk framework and processes necessary to meet the IRC’s strategic and organizational objectives.  

Job Overview/Summary:

This role is responsible for developing and maintaining enterprise risk management across the IRC.  This is a challenging position which requires a knowledge of the contexts in which we work, ability to apply risk frameworks and standards, experience with planning and implementation, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well in a distributed, multicultural environment. 


Major Responsibilities:

  • Drive and maintain the IRC’s enterprise risk management process across the organization
  • Develop/enhance IRC’s risk management processes, tools and templates and facilitate the identification, assessment and reporting of risks across the IRC’s departments and regions
  • Develop and maintain risk monitoring and reporting structures, including reporting dashboards, risk registers, templates and supporting documentation
  • Provide subject matter expertise and support to senior leaders and managers at HQ and in the field to execute their risk management responsibilities
  • Produce risk reports working with key contributors and support the analysis of significant risks and the appropriate mitigation measures
  • Ensure that risk reporting aligns with organizational performance and strategy reporting, to support decision making and management oversight at the most senior levels of the organization
  • Enhance risk management awareness and capabilities across the organization
  • Work closely with Internal Audit, the Safety and Security teams, and IRC’s Risk and Compliance Committee to ensure an enterprise risk management approach
  • Support senior leaders to drive a risk culture across the organization and ensure the effective operation of enterprise risk management
  • Identify and analyze sector trends to continuously improve the IRC’s risk management approach, including the identification of gaps in processes and capabilities


Job Requirements:

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required with preferred areas of study in Security, Conflict, Risk, International Development, or Business
  • At least 8-10 years of relevant risk management experience in INGO or humanitarian aid field contexts with an understanding of safety and security issues in conflict and post-conflict environments
  • Experience in overseeing, supporting and/or establishing an ongoing ERM process
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating processes and decisions with cross-functional, senior stakeholders
  • Strong project management skills
  • Previous experience working in an NGO, non-profit or in the humanitarian sector
  • Understanding of the challenges related to implementing organizational changes
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and ability to anticipate barriers and opportunities
  • Capability to manage multiple demands and to adapt to new challenges and shifting priorities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office, documents management solutions and reporting tools

 Preferred Additional Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Security, Conflict, Risk, International Development, or Business
  • Risk management consulting experience
  • Strong understanding of risk management standards and frameworks (e.g. ISO 31000, COSO framework) and their applications
  • Risk Management certification
  • Knowledge of French or Arabic an advantage

Working Environment:  

  • Standard office work environment
  • Some travel as needed 

Application Instructions

Please apply on our website.