Save the Children Regional Fraud Specialist Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Save the Children International

Job Title: Regional Fraud Specialist – East and Southern Africa Regional Office

Team / Programme: Global Fraud Team

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Grade: TBC

Contract Length: 24 months

Child Safeguarding: Level 2 – either the role holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or they will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore a police check will be required (at ‘standard’ level in the UK or equivalent in other countries

Role Purpose:

Accountable for coordinating fraud management activities across the Region including;

  • to develop a culture of fraud awareness, reporting and response within the organisation aligned with SCIs zero tolerance policy
  • deliver an effective strategy of fraud prevention, detection, investigation and recovery across the organisation as a whole, within the centre and across the SCI landscape in the East and Southern Africa region
  • to undertake / or coordinate investigations of all serious incidents of fraud, bribery or corruption, which will include providing support to and building the capability of Fraud Focal Point staff in the Region.
  • to act as functional manager to Fraud Focal Points in the Region.

The role may require significant international travel including to challenging locations often with cultural sensitivities.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal job description and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Scope of Role:

Reports to: Head of Fraud Management working closely with the Regional Director and Regional Finance Director.

Dimensions: stakeholders include members together with country, regional and central staff and senior leadership teams. Close working will be required with Finance, Legal, Programme Operations and Global Assurance teams.

Although based in the Save the Children ESA Regional Office, like the other the regional fraud specialists in Save the Children, the post holder may be expected to provide cross support to other team members and regions.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

Management and support of fraud investigations

  • depending on the level of response required, act as lead investigator or coordinate the creation and supervision of investigative teams on specific fraud investigations where required
  • provide advice and support to senior managers overseeing fraud investigations (at country or region), including guidance on appropriate level of response
  • liaise with members on specific cases ensuring they are kept informed of case progression as necessary
  • input to investigation templates, identify and design best practice guidance as appropriate
  • key regional user and coordinator of the data in the SCI case management system

Support/enable the embedding of an effective fraud management culture within the organisation

  • deliver training materials to enable decision makers and key front line staff to understand their accountabilities and responsibilities with respect to fraud prevention, detection and reporting.
  • support all areas of the organisation in managing fraud-related issues
  • support the Head of Fraud Management to embed fraud awareness and a culture of zero tolerance
  • provide support and advice to non-specialist employees such as members of the ‘fraud faculty’ and management teams in country
  • represent Save the Children at external professional knowledge groups

Other specific projects

  • project manage specific projects as detailed by the Head of Fraud Management, e.g. strategic donor reviews regarding fraud reporting requirements
  • participate in cross-functional projects as required

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 others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

Qualifications and Experience


  • Substantial experience in forensic investigation with thorough knowledge and/or experience in audit.
  • demonstrable understanding of the importance of counter fraud activities and mechanisms for reducing fraud
  • awareness of global standards and legislation around fraud and corruption
  • excellent investigative ability with proven track record
  • aware of current best practices in investigation techniques
  • analytical skills
  • good oral and written communication skills including report writing
  • able to offer practical solutions to management to help resolve incidents including in crisis situations
  • perseverance, resilience and tenacity
  • Good English language required – Arabic desirable
  • ability to work with minimum supervision


  • Formal investigation qualification
  • knowledge of regional law and regulatory environments
  • understanding of the role and approaches of the international development sector
  • experience of crime/loss prevention
  • previous experience of delivering training sessions / workshops

How to Apply

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Updated: June 10, 2018 — 9:26 am