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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Florence
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-19

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Senior Adviser Ethics in Evidence Generation - P5

Florence (United States of America)

We are seeking an Ethics specialist to act as an institutional focal point for ethical evidence generation ‘(EEG’). This role will help to establish a new UNICEF institutional ethics review board and to provide ongoing technical advisory support on EEG to UNICEF’s 190+ offices and National Committees around the world.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, respect

How can you make a difference?

  1. Establish a UNICEF Ethics Review Board and function as Secretary of the Secretariat 
  2. Provide ongoing technical advisory support in ethical evidence generation and use, acting as an institutional focal point in this area 
  3. Capacity development in Ethical Evidence Generation and Use for UNICEF staff and partners
  4. Internal and External Engagement with Relevant Partners 

For details on Job Description please click here Download File Senior Adviser Ethics in Evidence Generation ext.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Advanced university degree in social or political science, international relations, ethics, human rights, child rights or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.  A Ph.D. or equivalent qualification or experience is preferred but not essential

A minimum of ten years of professional experience at the national and international levels, including in the field of international development research/evaluation and child rights

Demonstrable knowledge of principles, regulations, guidelines, policies, and ethical standards governing conduct of research with human subjects, particularly with children

At least three years of experience in human research ethics deliberation including membership of formal review committees, particularly involving provision of ethical decision making in respect of research involving children

At least three years of experience in designing and delivering organizational learning, tools, guidance, capacity building and training activities regarding ethical evidence generation with human subjects

Demonstrable understanding of evolving ethical research processes and practices in the digital age.

Strong networks in the research ethics field, particularly amongst those working in the international development and child rights sectors

Demonstrated ability to create and implement effective ethical policies and procedures across diverse and decentralized institutional contexts.

Thorough understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks for the transfer and use of human subject data across diverse international contexts.

Proven experience in communicating complex scientific concepts in a straight-forward manner for non-specialists, through oral and written channels

Proven ability to convey credibility and authority when delivering ethics-related technical advisory support and training

Previous experience in establishing and managing a Human Research Ethics Review Board or Committee would be well regarded but is not essential.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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