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Senior Compliance Officer – Germany

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Programme Change & Operations Management
50,000 – 60,000 Euros
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Andrew Benton

Our Not-for-Profit client is looking for a Senior Compliance Officer to join them in either Berlin or Bonn
The aim of the organisation is to support the organisation’s global activities and particularly to diversify its donor base and be able to better advocate with European policy-makers on behalf of the people we serve.
The European footprint offices include London, and offices Brussels and Geneva. 

The Awards Management Unit (AMU)
Established in January 2016, the Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global unit with staff based in Germany, New York, London, Nairobi, and Amman. It has responsibility for identifying, securing and managing all funding from statutory/government donors. The unit is organized into five pillars: Donor Relations & Analytics; Grants Management and Frameworks; Compliance and Policy; Programme Development (Business Development); and Training.
The AMU is a bridge between donors and the field: providing expert technical advice to the field, while maintaining portfolio-level visibility to ensure consistency, compliance, and manage risk. This unit ensures that donor compliance policies and procedures are implemented consistently, and supports all staff working across the grants management cycle for all restricted funding from global government sources. 

The Role

  • Act as the focal point for all major compliance matters related to the ECHO funded awards and other donors as assigned
  • Advice internal stakeholders of any changes made to ECHO and other assigned donor compliance regulations and assess the impact on our programmes
  • Engage with country offices and regional teams as needed to provide input and develop solutions on major compliance matters
  • Support the review and development of policies, tools, templates and guidelines as needed to ensure optimal implementation and understanding of compliance requirements among field and HQ staff
  • Provide advice on Subawards and review pre-subaward documentation and instruments to ensure donor regulations are met
  • Develop donor specific subaward and subcontract templates for ECHO and other assigned statutory donors
  • Provide technical support to appropriate internal stakeholders regarding compliance on budgetary issues
  • Participate in the development/revision/review of future Grants Manuals;
  • Prepare training materials and conduct trainings on compliance matters 

The Person

  • Several years of relevant professional experience, demonstrating increasing responsibility with operations and programmes
  • University degree in a relevant area or equivalent relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in interpreting and applying statutory and regulatory language in executing awards and contracts from statutory entities
  • Demonstrated knowledge and prior experience working with ECHO and ideally other European statutory donors (Including German statutory donors) in the function areas of compliance, business development and grants management
  • Experience in reviewing and negotiating donor awards and sub-award agreements/sub-contracts;
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • German and French language skills are an asset
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively and diplomatically negotiate with donors, partners and co-workers and convey complex topics in a way that is accessible to non-specialists
  • Excellent customer service skills and interpersonal skills
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Excellent command of the MS Office programs
  • Keen attention to detail and solution focused/problem solving approach to work