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Compliance Officer


Job Description

Mercy Corps is a leading international non-governmental humanitarian agency with a global mission to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Safeguarding at Mercy Corps is committed to the community members we work with and the beneficiaries we serve. As part of this commitment, Mercy Corps has zero tolerance for violations of our Code of Conduct (Sexual Abuse of Beneficiaries and Community Members (PSEA), Anti-Trafficking Policy, Child Safeguarding Policy, Mercy Corps Ethics Complaint and Whistleblower Policy, Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Policy, and Anti-Fraud and Corruption).

Mercy Corps Yemen would like to announce that the following position is currently open for recruitment:

Position Title:   Compliance Officer

Number of Vacancy:  1

Duty Station:  Sana’a

Position Category:  Full-time     AND   Regular     

Duration of Assignment: till 31 Dec 2021 with possibility of extension based on fund and performance.

Deadline :  29 Apr 2021



Mercy Corps has been present in Yemen since 2010, focusing its interventions include water, sanitation and hygiene; food security and nutrition; and livelihood support. With funding from USAID, UNOCHA, DFID. Mercy Corps also develops value chains within the agriculture sector. Strategies to enhance the resilience of communities to the harsh environmental and social conditions in the country cut across the portfolio. The country program works to pivot its programming in response to exacerbated humanitarian need following from the airstrikes on Yemen which began in March 2015.


Working in the Finance Department under the direction of the Finance Director, the compliance Officer will ensure that all transactions are complied with organizational policies and procedures and donor regulations.. 


  • Under the supervision of the Finance director, s/he reviews / develops all policy and procedure manuals and makes recommendations for improvement and their compatibility with donor policies.
  • Examines the internal working systems for all Sectors of the organization and reports on the efficiency of the internal Audit and Monitoring system on all activities of the organization to take the necessary preventive measures.
  • Review of procurement transactions to ensure compliance with organizational policies and procedures and donor regulations.
  • Review program transactions, contracts and other documents to ensure compliance with organizational policies and procedures and donor regulations.
  • Review of payroll transactions to ensure compliance with organizational policies and procedures
  • Review recruitments, separations, performance appraisals and local handbook manuals to ensure their compliance with organizational policies and procedures, local laws and donor regulations as applicable.
  • Develop an Issue Log for management agreed upon action plan that includes compliance, internal and external audit recommendations to track their timely implementation. Exemplify the role model behavior when it comes to ethics and organizational values.
  • Under the supervision of the Finance director, the previous audit reports to be planned, implemented and reviewed to ensure that the financial reviews and guidelines of the donors and any other auditing procedures have been properly implemented and correctly applied in the projects.
  • Identify and communicate compliance risks associated with program implementation. Work with program teams ensure that program activities are designed to be compliant, while facilitating the achievement of the program objectives.
  • Lead on the implementation of internal audits recommendations at both Sana’a head office and field office(s) based on the agreed Internal Audit plan.
  • Provide technical support to external audit teams during all external audits
  • Review external audit reports and comment on recommendations
  • Keep documents, records, files and reports of his work and constantly updating and maintaining them.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to
  • Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Performance of work beyond normal office hours as required, without additional compensation.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.


None. Accountability


Finance Director


Finance Department, Programs managers, Operation and HR Department


  • At least 3 years finance experience with a minimum 2 years in Audit and Compliance.  
  • A degree in accounting or a relevant business field is desirable. 
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel. 
  • Experience of working with INGOs, in the development / humanitarian sector, with knowledge of donor rules and regulation is a significant advantage;
  • Excellent oral and written English skills

Success Factors:

The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.  A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.  A high professional standard of finance and procurement ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential.  The Finance Assistant must be willing to travel to Mercy Corps field offices and project sites.

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. 

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. 

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

Environmental Conditions

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps' policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues. Must be willing to travel throughout the country and be available for emergencies.


  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.


  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our participants and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging participant communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects

How to apply

  • Send their application in English language, filling all required information and attach a copy of their CV.
  • We highly encourage female candidates to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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