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Job Description - Donor Compliance Advisor - Maternity Cover Job Title:;Donor Compliance Advisor - Maternity Cover Location: Dublin, Ireland Contract Duration: 9 months (Maternity Cover) Reporting to: CTO Business Development

GOAL is looking for a talented and motivated individual to join our donor compliance team. This is a great opportunity to work in an International NGO and help GOAL in delivering its programmes that transform lives every day.

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods. GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.

Job PurposeThe Donor Compliance Advisor is part of the HQ Compliance Team who are responsible for ensuring that GOAL has the systems, processes and training in place to support staff in meeting institutional donor compliance requirements. This is a critical role in the organisation because of the importance and centrality of donor contract management in maintaining GOAL’s cash flow, managing risk arising from non-compliance, and maintaining good external donor relationships. The team collaborates closely with other functions in HQ and with compliance functions in country offices in order to support effective donor contract management. The team works with the Country offices to ensure improved standardisation and quality in donor contract management and compliance. Duties and responsibilities

Compliance Advisory:

  • Review and Support the Donor Compliance officer in their review of GOAL’s donor contract grant agreements which have been escalated for detailed review, where required providing feedback in relation areas of risk in contract terms of donor compliance.
  • Support Desk officers on donor negotiations re contract clauses that need to be adapted or removed.
  • Support to desk officers re preparation and submission of Waiver and derogation requests to donors
  • Review and Support on the preparation and/or review of GOAL’s sub-grants with local and international NGOs, ensuring areas of donor contracts are passed to partners with risk and training areas communicated to the GOAL Desk officers and management.
  • Liaise with Desk officers, Legal and Privacy focal points to update of procedures and donor checklists to review donor contract grant agreements.
  • Support re Audit preparation re HQ donor audits where needed re donor compliance areas
  • Conduct Induction of Management staff re GOALs Donor Compliance function
  • Support the Donor Compliance Officer in the update of GOAL’s compliance guidance and tools to ensure compliance with GOAL’s donor regulations throughout the country programme operations.
  • Support the Donor Compliance Officer in the reviewing of updates to GOAL’s internal manuals and assessing compatibility with donor regulations and input as required to the revision of the manuals
  • Support the Donor Compliance Officer in preparation and review of enhanced due diligence for potential new donors, partners and other stakeholders including screening where required and preparation of reports for management decision making.
  • Review and approval of Anti-Terrorism and Sanction check True match report recommendations.
  • Keep current and up to date with the donor rules and regulations of GOAL’s donors.
Compliance Assurance
  • With Donor Compliance Officer review and produce feedback to Country compliance focal points from submitted compliance reports and any ad-hoc escalation and follow up on completion of open items.With CTO and Donor compliance office, update the Compliance reporting tool – design and pilot phase. Assist with the production and analysis of global donor compliance reporting trends information for management information purposes

The successful candidate must be able to successfully multitask, work to changing priorities and be a proactive communicator in this dynamic work environment. They should also have the communication and presentation skills required to translate complex rules and regulations to non-technical staff.

Requirements (Person Specification)Essential

  • At least 3 years Experience and / or understanding of working with institutional donors and contracts, and donor contract management incl. ECHO, USAID, EU, DFID, UN Agencies;
  • Experience of reviewing complex clauses and provisions and negotiations with external parties
  • Good resource management and planning skills;
  • Attention to detail and ability to see beyond system problems and initiate solutions;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Excellent general administrative skills and previous office experience;
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills, often with people at a distance;
  • Ability to work well with diverse teams, and under pressure, often managing multiple requests and liaising with staff at different levels;
  • Self-motivated and team player;
  • Strong computer and IT skills, including basic MS Office applications, internet based research and navigation.


  • Written and verbal communication skills in Arabic, Spanish or French;
  • Experience of, or demonstrable understanding of, donor contract management and compliance, in particular around contracts and reporting;
  • Prior work in Legal contract review, preparation and management
  • Experience of capacity building, preparation of materials and delivery direct and/or remote training;
  • Knowledge and awareness of GOALs strategic objectives and international operations’

SafeguardingChildren and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Accountability within GOAL

Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

• Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.• Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.• Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

General Terms and ConditionsThis Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

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