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Ethics Officer

New York City

  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
  • Closing Date: Closed

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 Ethics Officer will report to the Director through the Senior Ethics Officer.


Under the overall guidance of the Director and direct supervision of the Senior Ethics Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Provision of ethics advice: Provide timely and confidential ethics advice and guidance to the staff; Conduct review of pre-appointment declarations of interest for senior positions; Prepare advisory memos on issues relating to ethics and integrity; Draft ad-hoc reports, position notes and presentations on issues relating to ethics and integrity, including conflict of interest management; Ensure provision of consistent ethics advice through interactions with other Ethics Office staff; Conduct relevant research, including policy research, and provide policy advice; and Conduct review of staff regulations and rules, and other administrative issuances as required.

2. Financial Disclosure Programme (FDP): Assist in administering FDP in line with applicable rules and established procedures; Assist in administering the Voluntary Public Disclosure Initiative on a daily basis and prepare reports as required; Liaise with external vendors to ensure compliance with contractual obligations regarding the review of disclosure statements and recommend improvements to the programme; Provide guidance to staff members and the external reviewers on the provisions and application of the Financial Disclosure Policy and all matters related to FDP; Monitor compliance levels and prepare regular relevant statistics and ad-hoc reports on FDP performance; Work with other concerned offices, such as the Office of Human Resources (OHR), Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) and Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) on matters relating to the FDP, including referrals and requests for advice; Assist in regularly reviewing the implementation of the financial disclosure policy and making recommendations, as appropriate and necessary; Develop position papers and information materials concerning the financial disclosure programme and related matters; Coordinate with the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) and monitor the performance of the IT platform supporting the FDP; and Assist in monitoring the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding and Service Level Agreement with OICT.

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


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules, in particular on ethics, integrity, human resources policies; Familiarity with United Nations inter-governmental and internal processes and familiarity with the work of the United Nations system; Ability to do research on relevant issues, formulate opinions and options, make conclusions and recommendations; 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in public administration, business administration, law or international studies. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

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

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 this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

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


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