Associate Ethics Officer

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Ethics Office was established by the Secretary-General as an independent Secretariat unit subsequent to the approval of the General Assembly at the 2005 World Summit (see Assembly resolution 60/1, para. 161 (d)). Having commenced operations on 3 January 2006, and in accordance with Secretary-General's bulletins ST/SGB/2005/22 and ST/SGB/2007/11, the United Nations Ethics Office's functions include: (a) Providing confidential advice and guidance to staff on ethical issues, including administering an ethics helpline; (b) Administering the Organization's financial disclosure programme; (c) Administering the Organization's protection against retaliation policy; (d) Developing standards, training and education on ethics issues, in coordination with the Office of Human Resources Management and other offices, and conducting ethics outreach; (e) Supporting ethics standard-setting and promoting policy coherence within the Secretariat and among the Organization's funds and programmes.

The position is located in the United Nations Ethics Office and the incumbent will report to the Director through the Senior Ethics Officer.


Within delegate authority, the Associate Ethics Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Prepare draft ethics advice and guidance on ethics; Assist in conducting review of pre-appointment declarations of interest for senior positions; Draft ad-hoc reports, position notes and presentations on issues relating to ethics and integrity, including conflicts of interest management for review by the Senior Ethics Officer; Ensure provision of consistent ethics advice through interactions with other Ethics Office staff; Conduct background research, analyze relevant existing rules and regulations and draft initial responses to policy advice, reviewing staff regulations and rules, and other administrative issuances as required; and Assist in the development of relevant contents of ethics briefings, outreach activities, and information materials.

  2. Assist in administering the UN Financial Disclosure Programme (UNFDP) and ensuring coherence with applicable rules and established procedures; Support the Senior Ethics Officer in liaising with service providers to ensure compliance with contractual obligations regarding the review of disclosure statements and recommend improvements to the programme; respond to day-to-day requests and queries from staff filers on the provisions and application of the relevant regulatory framework and all matters related to FDP; Prepare regular relevant statistics and ad-hoc reports on UNFDP performance; Assist the Senior Ethics Officer in coordinating with other concerned offices of the UN Secretariat on matters relating to the UNFDP and in regularly reviewing the implementation of the regulations and policies concerning financial disclosure and making recommendations, as appropriate and necessary; Conduct background research and initiate draft communications, reports and/or presentations for consideration by the Senior Ethics Officer; Assist in administering the Voluntary Public Disclosure Initiative and prepare draft reports as required; Support coordination with the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) on monitoring of the performance of the Financial Disclosure System; and Assist in monitoring the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding with OICT.

  3. Perform other duties, which may include work on coherence, ethics training, outreach and briefings, upon request by and in support of the Senior Ethics Officer and/or the Director of the Ethics Office.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules, in particular on ethics, integrity, human resources policies; Familiarity and experience with information technology support to the UNFDP; Ability to do research on relevant issues. Ability to understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality and handling evidentiary documents; Knowledge of internal justice systems and administrative adjudication processes in intergovernmental organizations. Research, analytical and problem-solving skills, in particular, on ethics-related issues at organizational and individual levels; Knowledge of public sector or business ethics and anti-corruption issues, policies and practices; Ability to assess and evaluate corporate compliance programmes for content and effectiveness;

Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be clients and seeks to understand clients' point of view and concerns; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; and Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; and Ability to communicate effectively and to deliver output with accuracy in a timely manner.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in the field of public administration, business administration or administrative or international law or related area.

A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A first-level degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Job - Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in ethics, compliance, administrative law or a related area, in a governmental or public sector organization is required.

No experience is required for candidates that have passed of the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP)/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Experience in interpreting conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, privileges and entitlements under the relevant Staff Regulations and Rules in a large international organization or provision of ethics advice is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2024. This position is vacant due to the temporary assignment/secondment of the regular incumbent to another office/organization. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

An impeccable record of integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All staff of the Ethics office are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.

While this temporary job opening may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.

Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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