Ethics Officer

UNAIDS - Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

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UNAIDS is an innovative United Nations partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. UNAIDS' Cosponsors include UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank. Visit the UNAIDS Web site at Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/24/FT7

Title: Ethics Officer

Grade: P3

Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Duration of contract: 2 years

Date: 4 April 2024

Application Deadline: 2 May 2024 (18 day(s) until closing deadline) Currently accepting applications

Organization unit: AI/OEX Executive Office (AI/OEX) / AI/EXO Executive Office (AI/EXO) Independent Oversight Functions/Ethics Office

Duty station: Geneva Switzerland About UNAIDS: Serving Communities and Countries to End Inequalities and AIDS We, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, lead the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. By placing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to reduction of inequalities at the heart of our work, we lead the global response to AIDS by: (i) maximizing equitable and equal access to HIV services, (ii) breaking down barriers to achieving HIV outcomes, and (iii) integrating efficient HIV responses into wider health and protection systems. We are committed to creating an equal, safe, and empowering workplace culture where all people in all their diversity thrive. We live our values of Commitment to the AIDS Response, Integrity, and Respect for Diversity. MANDATE OF THE DEPARTMENT: The mandate of the Ethics Office is to promotes an ethical culture based on the UNAIDS core values of commitment to the AIDS response, integrity and respect for diversity, and in accordance with the WHO Staff Regulations and Staff Rules and the adaptations for UNAIDS staff members (as reflected in the Introduction to the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules for staff members of UNAIDS), the Standards of Conduct of International Civil Servants, and related policies. The Office is separate and independent of management.

The Office carries out its work through six strategic functions: provision of ethics advice; protection against retaliation; administration of the declaration of interest programme; provision of ethics training; prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse; and contribution to the development of standards, policies and principles to ensure consistency and fair application of the organisation’s rules.

The Ethics Office is guided by the principles of independence, impartiality, and confidentiality in its dealings with staff members, management, and collaborators. Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position: The incumbent will work in the Ethics Office under the supervision of the Head of the Ethics Office. He/She is expected to support the work of the Ethics Office in providing confidential ethics advice and promoting and upholding the Organization's ethical principles. He/she will support the Head of the Ethics Office in developing advice on a range of ethical dilemmas, the development and implementation of training and support the development of communication materials and policy documents. Specifically, the incumbent will support the Head of the Ethics Office to:

  1. Carry out analyses of conflict-of-interest situations and other ethical dilemmas, including requests for authorization for outside activities, acceptance of gifts and engagement in political activities, and prepare advice to staff members and/or management.
  2. Develop and implement ethics awareness and training activities to foster an ethical culture in the organisation.
  3. Conduct research and analytical reviews of Ethics Office and related data and prepare annual reports and other communication materials for staff and partners.
  4. Analyse retaliation claims and recommend and monitor measures to protect staff and collaborators in accordance with prevailing policy.
  5. Support the organization of meetings, including external meetings, draft relevant meeting reports, and monitor the support the production and monitoring of other inputs from the Ethics Office, as required.
  6. Keep abreast with new developments and best practices in ethics and compliance programmes to ensure a continual enhancement of UNAIDS ethics standards and tools.
  7. Manage confidential files, and track and monitor requests for advice and cases received by the Ethics Office.
  8. Perform other related duties, as assigned by the Head of the Ethics Office. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: Essential: A first university degree in law, business administration, social sciences, public health, human resources management or related field. Competencies: UNAIDS Values
  9. Commitment to the AIDS response
  10. Integrity
  11. Respect for diversity

Core competencies 1. Working in teams 2. Communicating with impact 3. Applying expertise 4. Delivering results 5. Driving change and innovation 6. Being accountable

Managerial competencies: 1. Vision and Strategic Thinking 2. Leading Teams 3. Managing Performance and Resources 4. Developing and Empowering Others 5. Exercising Sound Judgement 6. Building Relationships and Networks

FUNCTIONAL/TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS Experience in ethics/professional conduct issues. Experience conducting research and analysis of complex situations/processes, including policy analysis and/or legal advice in large organizations. Demonstrated experience at the international level. Experience: Essential: At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in dealing with multiple stakeholders, and supporting decision making processes in complex organizations, with at least two years' experience at the international level.

Desirable: Experience in conflict-of-interest management and the provision of confidential individual advice. Languages: Essential: Proficiency in English

Desirable: Knowledge of additional UN official languages. Additional Information: Furthermore, only online applications will be accepted. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. Annual salary: (Net of tax) USD 64,121 at single rate Post Adjustment: 89.70 % of the figure(s) on the left side. This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation. - - - - - -

Applications from people living with HIV are particularly welcome. Applications from women and from nationals of non- and under-represented member states are particularly encouraged. - - - - - -

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to the Staff Regulations and Rules of the World Health Organization (WHO) adjusted, as necessary, to take into account the particular operational needs of UNAIDS, and any subsequent amendments.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. - - - - - -

Note: The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer or promotion of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. The medical criterion for recruitment is fitness to work in the particular post. The United Nations HIV/AIDS Personnel Policy clearly stipulates that no staff and/or potential candidates shall be discriminated against on the basis of real or perceived HIV status. HIV infection, in itself, does not constitute lack of fitness to work. There is no obligation to disclose HIV-related personal information.

UNAIDS is committed to providing a work environment that respects the inherent dignity of all persons. UNAIDS has a responsibility to take all appropriate steps to prevent and respond to discrimination, abuse of authority, and harassment, including sexual harassment in the workplace or in connection with work. UNAIDS has zero tolerance towards abusive conduct. - - - - - -

Please visit UNAIDS's e-Recruitment website at: to review and apply to positions. The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Currently accepting applications UNAIDS has a smoke-free environment

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