Job Opening

Department/Office: International Seabed Authority
Duty Station: KINGSTON
Posting Period: 15 October 2021 - 26 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-ISA-163136-R-Kingston (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Kingston, Jamaica in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. The Chief Compliance Assurance and Regulatory Management (CARMU) will report directly to the Secretary-General.

Purpose Overview:

The International Seabed Authority is seeking a senior regulatory compliance and risk practitioner experienced in the extractive or related industries sector to lead the Authority’s compliance team and act as Chief CARMU for its regulated entities.

To act as the senior lead for compliance assurance and risk management as they relate to activities in the Area.

To promote a culture of compliance assurance and sound risk assessment and management by proactively managing regulatory compliance and risk management programmes effectively in line with Authority’s Strategic Plan and regulatory requirements.

To develop a robust and consistent cross organizational approach to delivering compliance assurance that supports the Authority’s objectives and builds credibility with the Authority’s stakeholder base
Manage a team of compliance assurance professionals.


a. Lead the development of the Authority’s compliance assurance and risk management framework and culture

b. Develop, in combination with other functional units, an appropriate programme of assurance that demonstrates the effectiveness of the Authority’s risk management approach and addresses any weaknesses

c. Work across the Authority and its contractor base to build a collective understanding of risk exposure and the value of opportunity and risk management in future success

d. Lead the Authority’s risk and assurance teams, including integrating the assurance activities and oversight from across the Authority and its transformation programmes

e. Establish a network of national Member State and sponsoring State regulatory contacts and expertise

f. Design a compliance assurance implementation strategy to ensure that the Authority’s contractor base comply with their regulatory and contract obligations, regulatory reporting and regulatory relationship management

g. Develop a regulatory policy framework for the consideration of and approval by the Council, including the policy approach to regulation, clearly defined roles and responsibilities of the Authority’s organs and delegation of authority

h. Devise and implement programmes for regulatory compliance, including a programme on the responsibilities and expectations of regulatory requirements

i. Manage a robust regulatory reporting programme; manage a comprehensive monitoring and audit programmes, and evaluate compliance controls; maintain a calendar of compliance obligations and holding workstream owners accountable; managing cross-functional compliance issue management projects

j. Conduct cross functional compliance assurance training and awareness

k. Draft and implement procedures, processes, systems, governance and internal controls for the compliance programme, to ensure contract commitments and legal conditions are met

l. Develop guidance and training material for regulated entities and stakeholder base

m. Develop a risk-based non-compliance decision matrix

n. Serve as the primary point of contact for all regulatory compliance matters, and build relationships with the contractor base and key stakeholders

o. Prepare and submit timely and accurate regulatory compliance performance reports as required by the Secretary-General or organs of the Authority, including the Council and the Legal and Technical Commission

p. Help owners of regulatory obligations in other teams understand the obligations and standards expected by regulators to build scalable mechanisms and controls

q. Implement and scale a risk management programme for the effective identification and management of risk; implement risk policies and assessments, and implement effective risk governance and oversight practices within the risk appetite for the Authority

r. Expand or build-upon the Authority’s mining, environmental and health and safety information and management systems to provide comprehensive coverage across a contract life cycle (from application through to closure including compliance activity)

s. Assess the regulatory impact of the regulatory framework and making any recommendations for its adjustment


Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.


An advanced university degree Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent in Law or Business Administration is required.

Work Experience

Minimum 10 years combined relevant experience in a government regulatory agency or in-house regulatory compliance role (preferably in the mining sector)
Relevant professional qualification in assurance, risk or a related discipline
Experience building and managing efficient and effective team
Ability to work with high-level stakeholder
Strong negotiation and influencing skills, along with significant technical credibility


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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