Job Summary

Our client is a technology driven financial services company that provides loans, business support, and savings services to low scale businesses. Our main focus is on empowering low-income entrepreneurs across Africa. We seek to provide them with opportunities to grow their businesses, improve their standard of living, and thereby have better outcomes in life. We aim to give them hope for a better life by equipping them with the appropriate tools needed to attain greater financial independence. The Head of Risk Management will undertake the management of the organization's assets, including tracking investment performance and providing financial statement analysis to the Board of Directors; To provide hands-on development of risk models involving market credits and operational risk and ensure controls are operating effectively for operational supports; To anticipate and manage risk by planning, not accepting unnecessary risks, make risk decisions at the right time, and communicate risks when benefits outweigh costs; Perform risk management by analyzing the organization’s liabilities and investments; To take advantage of opportunities to improve operational services at a lower cost; To evaluate risk priorities and allocate resources strategically; To identify potential events that could affect the organization and manage those events within its risk appetite and improve overall risk tolerance.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 6 years

Job Description/Requirements

Enterprise Risk Management:

  • Formulate and implement Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) for the organization
  • Undertake risk assessment and risk mitigation for all business operations and support units to ensure that all major risks are identified and mitigated
  • Ensure that Risk Control Self-Assessment reviews are conducted effectively and comprehensively on schedule with appropriate risk mitigation advice
  • Ensure that the organization has proper, systematic management and compliance with established policies, practices, and procedures related to risk management
  • Establish risk manuals and maintain relevant documentation for audit and inspection 
  • Identify potential risk event, loss, or exposures(both financial and non-financial), evaluate these risks events, and provide recommendations to Management on how to mitigate the potential impact and/occurrence  
  • Assist in identifying improvements in current systems, policies, and strategies and take actions to mitigate emerging enterprise and related risks
  • Ensure regular and timely reporting to the management on the outcome of risk management undertaken to
  • Keep abreast with the latest risk management practices and standards and proactively adopt these standards as appropriate
  • Assist in cultivating an organization-wide culture of risk awareness and management 

Business Continuity Management: 

  • Review, improve and implement enterprise-wide Business Continuity Management Framework
  • Ensure the BCM components and other crisis management, emergency response procedure are in compliance with industry best practice 
  • Develop a comprehensive BCM plan for the organization. 

Business Continuity Plan:

  • Develop, implement and maintain business continuity plan 
  • Conduct risk assessment and business impact analysis
  • Develop and implement related training and awareness programs

IT Disaster Recovery Plan:

  • Participate in IT disaster recovery plans 
  • Evaluate and review IT disaster recovery plans
  • Coordinate consolidation of IT reports for risk management reporting

Crisis Management Plan and Emergency Response Procedures 

  • Develop crisis, incident, or emergency response procedures 
  • Conduct and implement training and awareness programs
  • Must practice proactivity rather than reactivity

Finance:

  • To integrate risk management in key processes such as strategic budgeting and project planning 

Customer Service:

  • To demonstrate a high aptitude for decision-making and problem-solving. 
  • To exhibit integrity, excellent organizational and leadership abilities, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. 

Qualifications: 

  • Sound Enterprise Risk Management principles and philosophy 
  • Good knowledge of best practice standards for Risk Management, Business Operations, and INFORMATION Technology Operations and processes
  • Strong conceptual and analytical thinking skills
  • Good written, presentation, and communication skills, able to prepare statistical and narrative reports
  • Able to work under broad direction but self-motivated to work independently. Has technical responsibility and accountable for work performed and decisions taken. 
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and manage the relationship at all levels

Education & Experience Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Risk Management, Information Technology, Business Administration, or any other related discipline. 
  • More than 5 years of relevant experiences in operational risk measurement and management in an IT or  financial institution 

Remuneration: Industry Standard

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