Compliance Specialist (Incident Response)


Save the Children International

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TITLE: Compliance Specialist (Incidents Response)

TEAM/PROGRAMME:Risk and Compliance 



CONTRACT LENGTH: One (1) year renewable


Level 3:  The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


Reporting directly to the Head of Internal Control & Compliance (HICC). The Compliance Specialist is accountable for conducting investigations of allegations involving fraud, waste, abuse, corruption, beneficiary exploitation and abuse, and other misconduct.

In this role, he/she will support SCI programs to ensure continued vigilance regarding the risks associated with violations of SCI’s Code of Professional Conduct and Policies, law/regulations and the further development of complaints mechanisms and investigation capacity. He/She will additionally collaborate with other SCI functional areas and programs to support our partners, sub-grantees and other agencies in encouraging a work environment that minimizes the potential for fraud & misconduct and ensure compliance with organizational policies.

He/she will also collaborate with teams across the country programme, the SCI Regional Office, Global Assurance and Centre for relevant areas. 


Reports to: Head of Internal Control & Compliance (HIC&C).

Dotted Line to: None

Staff reporting to this post: None


  • Undertake investigations of alleged fraud, corruption and other violations of fraud and anti-bribery policy with objectivity, impartiality, and fairness throughout the investigative process and in accordance with generally recognized international investigative standards and SCI guidelines.
  • Prioritizes, plans, and implements investigative work in consultation with the HIC&C, develops terms of reference and investigative plans, and maintains records of all complaints and allegations of fraud and corruption from both internal and external sources.
  • On a timely basis, prepares high quality investigative work products, including Investigation TOR’s, preliminary inquiry reports, work plans, reports of investigation and case closing memoranda, that analyse and clearly present the information collected, are consistent with applicable policies and procedures, and require minimal revision. 
  • Formulate investigation plans, review, and analyse all information to determine its relevance and reliability, conduct interviews of staff and other parties, record interviews, acquire and analyse potential documentary and electronic evidence, conduct investigative research, prepare draft investigation reports, and present investigative results in a clear written form.
  • Prepare reports and ad hoc briefs pertaining to investigations in coordination with the HIC&C and others as appropriate.
  • Prepare recommendations for corrective actions and improved controls and effectiveness or efficiency of SCI operations.
  • Deliver investigation training, remotely and in person, to Country Office (CO) staff supporting investigations.
  • Participate in developing and revising compliance-related best practices and lessons learned from investigative work.
  • Keeps the HIC&C informed on the status of implementation of corrective actions by management.
  • Ensures that lessons learned are considered and incorporated into procedures and policies and participates in fraud/Aid Diversion/Anti-terrorism financing -awareness and other training programmes.
  • Act as CO Fraud Focal Point -FFP (Incident Management) as may be delegated.
  • Contributes to the ongoing development of professional practices within Internal Control & Compliance (ICC)/Fraud Function, including exchange of experience with team members and external counterparts.
  • Performs other duties as may be delegated.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same.
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others.
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters.
  • Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
  • Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence.
  • Displays consistent excellent judgement and maintain confidentiality


  • Bachelor’s degree required in business, finance, accounting, law, international relations, criminal justice, or related field. Fraud management related certification (e.g. CFE) is a plus.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience, with a minimum of 2 years spent working at NGO. 
  • Experience in the non-profit, NGO sectors or grant-supported organizations, regional and international organizations, or the inspector general function within a large government organization a plus. 
  • Experience conducting fraud, collusion, corruption, vendor, and supplier collusion, safeguarding and other types of investigations in challenging environments.
  • Experience working with investigation teams in remote locations and insecure environments.
  • Experience examining forensic, financial, and electronic evidence.
  • Extensive experience conducting interviews of witnesses and subjects in multicultural environment. 
  • Experience in fraud investigation report writing & documentation is key.
  • Experience in fraud awareness and case investigation management.
  • Computer fluency; highly competent using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint 
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
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Perks/benefits: Transparency

Region: Africa
Country: Nigeria
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