Advisor I, Global Risk & Compliance (Safeguarding)

Catholic Relief Services

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the global relief and development agency of the Catholic Bishops of the United States. The agency employs 8,000 employees in 100+ countries around the world, serving over 125 million people in emergency response, agriculture, education, food security, HIV and AIDS, microfinance, peace building and water/sanitation programs. Founded during World War II, today its programming value approaches $1.3B per year. CRS is recognized as one of the leading not-for-profit agencies in the world. Catholic Relief Services considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, age, marital status or physical or mental disability.

Job Summary

The Advisor is part of the Global Risk & Compliance (GRC) Team. The two primary functions of this team are: a) Provide strategic direction and oversight to OverOps global compliance systems, internal and external, and b) Manage global risk and compliance programs and portfolios, and implementation of compliance & risk strategy for overseas operations. In close collaboration and partnership with the Safeguarding, Partnership and Capacity Strengthening (PCS), and KML Units, the Advisor co-designs and administers CRS’ Compliance Program for Safeguarding in accordance with CRS Safeguarding Policy and consistent with donor requirements. In addition, the Advisor is responsible for global administration of CRS’ Trafficking in Persons (TiP) USG Compliance Plan and Procedure.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate design and global implementation of CRS’ (Sub)Recipient/Partner Compliance Program for Safeguarding using CRS’ internal information management systems (IMS), specifically:
  • Support development and/or improvement of the procedure,
  • Design and deployment of CRS Partner Safeguarding Compliance System within CRS IMS infrastructure,
  • Oversee and manage the (Sub)Recipient/Partner Compliance Safeguarding portion of CRS Global Compliance Dashboard
  • Provide technical assistance, train, and support users,
  • Coordinate compliance, monitoring and internal reporting,
  • Influence disciplined compliance execution and performance,
  • Attend regular coordination meetings with the Safeguarding team and Partnership and Capacity Strengthening (PCS) team regarding the implementation and progress of the Partner Safeguarding Compliance Program.
  1. Administer the USG Trafficking in Persons (TiP) Compliance Program based on the existing TiP Compliance Plan and TiP Procedure, specifically:
  • Maintain and improve the procedure and the plan,
  • Provide technical assistance, train, and support users,
  • Coordinate compliance, monitoring and internal reporting,
  • Includes review and processing of compliance forms and certifications
  • Oversee TiP portion of CRS Global Compliance Dashboard
  • Influence disciplined compliance execution and performance.
  1. Support development of the Global Safeguarding Plan based on the anticipated USAID requirement and administer/monitor the anticipated compliance program.
  2. Perform other duties within the portfolio of the Global Risk & Compliance Unit as required.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in relevant field of study is a plus, but not required.
  • Experience: 3 years of prior related work experience required, preferably with one-year international experience. Prior CRS experience as an employee, consultant or intern preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Salesforce and Oracle Fusion environments
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish preferred
  • Familiarity with Safeguarding requirements and compliance programs
  • Familiarity with third-party monitoring


  • Ability to think analytically and act methodically
  • IT/ Data Logic & Data Analysis skills
  • Proficiency in Office 365 suite (especially Excel, Power BI, Power Apps, Teams)
  • Strong writing skills: ability to write clearly and succinctly
  • Effective communication skills in remote environment (Email, Teams etc.)
  • Ability to get things done in a matrix structure
  • Strong sense of customer care and service
  • Mastered ability in receiving and providing feedback
  • Ability to improve continuously
  • Strong planning/organizational and analytical skills

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Safeguarding, Partnership & Institutional Capacity Strengthening, GRC, OverOps KML, Office of General Counsel, Regional and Country Program staff (especially but not exclusively Deputy Regional Directors for Management/ Program Quality; Country Representatives, Heads of Programming and Operations; Partner Safeguarding Officers/Focal Points); Internal Audit; Global Knowledge & Information

External: None

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

EOE/M/F/D/V – CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer (for all US and International positions)

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