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New York City

  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Senior Executive level - D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the secretariat of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board. The Ethics Adviser reports to the Chair of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board. The focus of this job is to assist the Board in its interpretation and application of its code of conduct and ethics policy.


The Ethics Adviser shall:

•Receive, review and advise the Board on conflict of interest disclosures and requests for authorization and guidance by Board members, alternate members, representatives and observers under the Code of Conduct or the Ethics Policy, including conflicts of interest and other ethical aspects of their conduct, and take action to confirm that in cases of a breach that has been considered by the Board, the decision of the Board has been complied with by the individual.
•Investigate and refer to the Board Chair filed ethics complaints where appropriate.
•Timely communicate the final disposition of ethics complaints to the Board Chair who shall advise the Board member, alternate member, representative or observer accordingly.
•Provide an annual report on his/her work to the Board in such detail as the restrictions in favour of confidentiality permit.
•Periodically undertake a review of the Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy and suggest any amendments to the Board, or other policies and practices to strengthen the ethical culture of the Board as appropriate and in line with requests of the Board and/or guidance of the General Assembly in this regard.
•Provide orientations, briefings and refresher sessions on the code of conduct and the ethics policy, as appropriate
•The Ethics Adviser may attend regular and special sessions of the Board, ex officio, and be available to provide advice to the Board in order to address any breach of the Code of Conduct or the Ethics Policy.
•In between Board sessions, the Ethics Adviser shall consider any matters referred to him/her by the Board Chair, a Board member, alternate member or representative or the decision of a member organization in a matter referred to him or her.
•The Ethics Adviser may assist in the appointment of Board committee members as required.
•Breaches of the Code of Conduct or the Ethics Policy arising in a Board sub-committee shall be referred by the Chair of the relevant Committee to the Board Chair, who shall refer them to the Ethics Adviser for review and recommendation.


• Professionalism: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment 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.
• 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• 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.
• Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.

Managerial Competencies
• Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
• Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, law, social sciences, international affairs, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of international professional and progressive work experience in public and/or private institutions, including government and/or an international organizations, in the practice of law / legal office, human resources management, ethics (systems in values & ethics or conduct & discipline, ethics and compliance programmes, codes of conduct or ethics, accountability & compliance frameworks, etc) is required.

Experience working in the United Nations common system is desirable.

Recognized relevant certification and knowledge of current industry best practices relating to corporate ethics and business conduct/practice is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. 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.

Special Notice

This position is required only for limited period of time during the year. The UN Joint Staff Pension Board and its subcommittees meets during specific times of the year. The services of the ethics adviser are expected to be required for an equivalent working time of one month (throughout the year) but cannot exceed the equivalent working time of two months. The ethics adviser will be a “When Actually Employed” appointment in line with ST/SGB/283 from 29 August 1996.

The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) is an independent inter-agency body established by the United Nations General Assembly. The applicable human resources procedures are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Fund and the UN Secretariat.

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.

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


This vacancy is now closed.