SOS Children's Villages International is the umbrella organisation for the global federation of SOS Children's Villages. As a non-governmental social development organisation, we help children and young people without parental care, families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief and we advocate for children's rights. We work in 135 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people and families each year. To support us with this important responsibility we are now looking for a committed:
Legal & Compliance Advisor - Monitoring & Reporting (f/m)
Location: Innsbruck or Vienna /Austria
Mission of the Position
The Legal & Compliance Advisor leads our activities in the monitoring and reporting area. The Advisor will actively champion speak-up, transparency and a culture of integrity throughout the federation, building upon SOS' core values of courage, commitment, trust and accountability. This includes the design and implementation of policies and procedures that encourage employees to report evidence of breaches of laws or internal regulations. It also comprises coordinating and overseeing timely investigation and effective management of matters, providing direction and guidance to regional and local staff performing investigations around the world, and, if needed, taking an active role in investigation, resolution and follow up of matters. The function is in charge of driving risk assessments in compliance, focusing on corruption prevention, monitoring key control areas, and ensuring that key stakeholders locally are informed on relevant risks and implement appropriate remediation plans. S/he also assists in preparation of reports and metrics for distribution to senior management, auditors, and other stakeholders. S/he also supports the International Director ICL in all aspects of legal advice and counsel, specifically in the areas of corporate law, federation law and legal affairs as well as general contract law.
Tasks and Responsibilities
- Be instrumental in heightening awareness of conducting business (care programmes, projects, constructions, or any other operations) in accordance with recognised integrity and compliance practices
- Further develop, foster and oversee a federation-wide structured process which allows to report and respond to alleged violations of laws, regulations, policies, procedures, standards of conduct etc.
- Supervise, support and/or lead investigations, in particular with corruption implications
- Highlight deficiencies of policies and processes, identify deficiency causes, assess consequences and the associated level of risk
- Design and implement corrective actions and remediation activities to the integrity and compliance programme as well as other federation internal policies, guidelines and processes, and help ensure responsible management that any compliance issues are adequately addressed
- Counsel regional and local leadership teams on the design and implementation of corrective actions and ensure that corrective action standards are consistently applied across the federation
- Periodically assess the integrity and compliance programme or components thereof in the different regions and partner with local operational teams to develop and implement appropriate risk-based recommendations
- Coordinate internal compliance auditing, monitoring and/or review activities to assess the effectiveness of the integrity and compliance programme, identify and rank risks to help define prioritisation of resources and activities
- Identify and report trends, significant matters and compliance issues to senior management
- Support regular reporting obligations
- Work closely with the International Director ICL on ad-hoc compliance strategic initiatives
- Independent monitoring, review and analysis of legal and regulatory developments with possible impact on relevant compliance matters as well as best practice approaches
- Provide independent advice, guidance and/or counsel regarding corporate and federation law and legal affairs, general contract law, and related fields of law
- Be directly involved in critical corporate contract negotiations and transactions to address potential areas of risk and liability
- University degree in law, further education and/or training in the area of compliance is an asset
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in the area of legal affairs, corporate governance and/or internal audit including at least 3 years of experience with focus on compliance, specifically anti-corruption compliance, compliance investigations, monitoring and reporting responsibilities, in an international context
- Experience in the development and implementation of an effective comprehensive compliance, ethics, and/or risk programme and/ or relevant processes and policies
- Exposure to compliance investigations in particular related to corruption.
- Relevant experience in other governance areas such as legal affairs, internal controls, or external or internal audit is of advantage
- Strong process management and strategic planning skills to lead complex projects and collaborate with cross-functional teams
- Ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data, communicate this in writing and verbally
- Analytic skills to identify potential problems/risks and compliance issues quickly
- Sensitivity to confidential matters
- Customer service mind-set combined with networking abilities, interpersonal skills and intercultural understanding
- Knowledge of global anti-corruption laws, skilled MS-Excel and Sharepoint knowledge as well as the ability to influence others to drive actions and unlock problems without creating disruptions is desirable
- Applicants preferably hold a valid Austrian working permit or are eligible to work within the EU
- Highly interesting position with a varied scope of tasks within a leading international NGO
- Our organisation offers an attractive opportunity to support our meaningful mission in providing "A loving home for every child"
- A minimum annual gross salary of EUR 38.800,- (on a full time basis). Actual salary will depend on qualifications and professional experience.
If you are interested in this position, please send your detailed e-mail application by 19 September 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org, SOS Children's Villages International, Human Resources, 6020 Innsbruck/Austria, www.sos-childrensvillages.org/