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Ethics Officer


  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Amman
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting
UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change. If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you. The Ethics Officer reports to the Chief Ethics Office.
Contributes substantively to developing and improving policies, directives, guidelines, procedures and other internal documents to support an appropriate ethical framework; reviews and provides input on policies, standards, guidance, and practices relevant to supporting a culture of ethics and compliance; supports the development of and drafts the annual Ethics Office strategy and work plan; proactively suggests activities in line with overall strategy, objectives and corresponding budget proposals; keeps abreast of new developments and best practices in ethics to ensure continual enhancement of related UNRWA policies, programmes, and training initiatives. In coordination with the Chief, Ethics Office and in collaboration with the relevant Departments and Fields , contributes substantively to designing, developing and delivering training and outreach to increase awareness on ethical issues; drafts outreach materials such as brochures, posters and regular messages for publication; updates the Ethics Office Intranet Page and the external web page to reflect new developments in Ethics policies, training programmes and activities; manages the Ethics Focal Points Network by providing advice, guidance, support, preparing for monthly meetings and keeping records. In direct coordination with Chief, Ethics Office, provides support in administering and proposing amendments/ revisions to the annual conflict of interest disclosure for international staff (United Nations Financial Disclosure Programme (UNFDP)) in accordance with rules and procedures established by the Agency and the UN system; provides assistance to the Area Staff Declaration of Interest Programme (ASDIP) as necessary. Provides confidential ethics advice and guidance to management and individual personnel on ethical issues, including but not limited to workplace issues, conflicts of interests, gifts and honors, and outside employment and activities; supports the Case Management System by recording and analyzing trends and recommending measures to improve the system. Coordinates with Chief, Ethics Office on and conducts prima facie assessments of retaliation cases in accordance with the Agency’s Whistleblower Protection Policy, and in coordination with the Ethics Officer, drafts PaR assessments and recommends temporary protective measures as applicable. Supports the development of key ethics risk indicators and ensures effective risk management practices which encompass the identification, mitigation and monitoring of risks relating to the work of the Ethics Office; supports the Chief, Ethics Office with the work of the Research Review Board (RRB), Women Advisory Forum, Organizational Culture Change, and other initiatives; supports the work plan of the Sexual Misconduct Taskforce Coordinator in relation to developing awareness-raising tools and campaigns and ensures streamlining those with other Ethics-related training and materials. Drafts the Ethics Office annual report, quarterly reports and briefing notes containing recommendations on possible actions to promote adherence to high ethical standards in all aspects of the organization’s functioning. Participates in relevant inter-agency United Nations and other international fora and discussions.
UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply. - Relating and Networking - Planning and Organizing - Analyzing - Creating and Innovating - Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Solid training skills - Learning and researching For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:
Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in law, international law, public administration, human resources management, behavioral sciences, with a focus on ethics or a related field.
Job - Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
At least five years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in areas relevant to the management of ethics issues and integrity training, such as law, corporate compliance, employee relations and staff misconduct and investigation is required. Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, a candidate for an international post must have a minimum of two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number is required. Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in law, international law, public administration, human resources management, behavioral sciences, with a focus on ethics or a related field is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Familiarity with the UN system, rules, regulations and standards of conduct is desirable.
Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension. The incumbent may be required to travel to other locations within UNRWA’s area of operations. Only applications that have been fully completed in UNRWA's online e-recruitment system inspira will be considered and no late applications will be accepted. The Personal History Profile (PHP) should be completed with full work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening. Join our eco-friendly organization dedicated to environment sustainability and targeting to be plastic free by 2025. Equivalency: A first level university degree in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. NB: work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. For more details on UNRWA, please visit: Nations
United Nations Considerations
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her. UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups. At UNRWA, 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. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. UNRWA Considerations UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA 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. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment. 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.
No Fee
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