Manager, Risk and Compliance, Asia Pacific (AsPAC) | WWF
Manager, Risk and Compliance, Asia Pacific (AsPAC)

Posted on 09 September 2019

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

WWF launched a new strategy that harnesses the strengths of the WWF network in a shared vision, focussing on six major goals - water, wildlife, the ocean, climate and energy, forests, and food – and three key drivers of environmental problems – markets, finance and governance.

In support of this strategy WWF undertook a redesign of its international secretariat that will further unite WWF offices and its near 6,400 staff around the world. This will help WWF to build stronger partnerships across the world with government, business, civil society and individuals. Together, we will deliver on WWF’s ambitious goals.

We are recruiting the role of Job title Manager, Risk and Compliance, Asia Pacific (AsPAC) for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.





Work percentage:



Contract type:

Open Ended

Mission of the Department:

To ensure Country Offices’ (COs) systematically manage risks and performance and comply with WWF Global Standards and that they have adequate internal controls over all functional areas. To ensure that sound financial and accounting systems are in place, including the implementation of proper financial controls and procedures. In addition, the department also addresses controls and risk management in all aspects of programme delivery including conservation partnerships, human resources, logistics, procurement, communications, marketing, fundraising, finance legal, contract management, and information technology,  

Major Functions:

To assess the level of risks within AsPAC and ensure required actions are identified and implemented to mitigate those. To ensure through regular audits that country offices have effective internal control systems and comply with WWF policies and procedures as well as donor and country regulations. To coordinate actions in response to fraud cases in AsPAC in close collaboration with WWF-International.


Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Leads COs in implementing the Risk Management framework including risk identification, risk analysis and treatment, and ongoing risk monitoring and communication.
  • Inputs in COs’ risk assessment and risk management action plans;
  • Develops an AsPAC-wide risk assessment and mapping, leads the implementation of a mitigation action plan. Proactively evaluates risks and internal controls against changes and trends;
  • In coordination with WWF-International Internal Audit and with the COs’ Compliance Offices/Financial Controllers, leads the development of a region wide self-assessment plan and its implementation to ensure Internal controls are implemented and regular and adequate audits are performed in all COs and particular attention is given to high risk offices/locations and programmes; These plans would be approved by the Regional Management Team (RMT) and reports would be to the Country Directors and to the RMT.
  • Recommend and implement best approach for regular assurance / compliance reviews
  • Monitors COs follow up and implementation in a timely manner of all external audits, internal audit, project specific and self-assessment recommendations;
  • Ensures WWF Fraud & Corruption policy and other related procedures are enforced and well known by staff and other stakeholders in AsPAC;
  • Coordinates and builds the capacity of COs’ Internal Auditors/Financial Controllers on risk management, internal controls, audit skills and fraud detection;
  • Builds capacity of Senior Managers and other staff in terms of risk management and internal controls;
  • In close collaboration with WWF-I, coordinates responses to fraud allegations in the AsPAC region, maintains a fraud register and shares lessons learnt;
  • Works with Head of Finance, AsPAC, to establish regular and ad-hoc updates to WWF I Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee;
  • Identifies ways of improving cost-efficiency and streamlining processes and advises Management at both country and AsPAC levels;
  • Advises on ways to improve internal control systems;
  • Performs other duties as requested by the Head of Risk and Assurance or his/her designate.

Required Qualifications: 

  • An Advanced degree in Finance, Audit, or Management;
  • CIA, CPA, ACCA, CIMA, CFE qualifications or equivalent;
  • At least 10 years’ experience as Financial Controller, Auditor or Finance Manager in a reputable organization; Risk Management experience would be desirable
  • Demonstrated skills in developing, managing, and implementing Audit Plans in large and complex organisations;
  • Experience working with international organisations involved in environmental and/or community issues would be an advantage.


Required Skills and Competencies: 

  • High level of technical auditing skills, knowledge of relevant international standards governing internal audit practice;
  • Excellent advisory skills with high work standards and ability to promote team synergy in a multi-cultural work environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (tact, diplomacy, discretion and impartiality) are essential for this position;
  • Strong team-player with ability to work in virtual teams;
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals within a broad range of cultural environment, especially in the AsPACn context;
  • Ability to train others;
  • Decisive, proactive, collaborative;
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviours in way of working: Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply, Collaborate Openly, Innovate Fearlessly;
  • Adheres to WWF’s brand values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

Working Relationships:


Internal – Works closely with the AsPAC director, and other Regional Officers for AsPAC mainly finance and People & Culture staff, Country Offices Senior Management teams, Country Offices Internal Auditors/Financial Controllers, Finance staff in WWF-International and other regions and the Audit Risk and Compliance Committee.

External – Works closely with WWF-I Internal Audit and Compliance Teams. Links with external auditors, partners, donors.



How to apply?

 ***Read carefully ***


Upload your English covering letter and CV  as one file.

We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.

Deadline for applications: by 25th September 2019


Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Work permit restrictions may apply.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.


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