Ethics Senior Advisor

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International Public Sector
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Ethics Senior Advisor

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Grade: IS – 6

Deadline of submission: 21 October 2018, 11:59 PM Korean Standard Time

We are looking to expand our team with more highly skilled and adaptable people who are driven by our mandate, people who appreciate challenges and know how to deliver and thrive in a fast moving, dynamic environment.

Position description

The Ethics Senior Advisor contributes to the good governance of the Fund and assists the organization in maintaining the highest ethical standards. S/he is the highest authority at the Secretariat on ethical matters.

The Ethics Senior Advisor helps promote an ethical climate in the organization by offering resources and learning opportunities to staff members to ensure that they perform their functions with the highest standards of ethics as set out in the Fund’s Code of Conduct and other relevant policies. The Ethics Senior Advisor  is responsible for four (4) areas of work: 1) Advocacy and Training on ethical conduct; 2) Provision of advice to staff on conflicts of interest; 3) Creating an avenue for staff to raise concerns prior to elevating them to the Independent Integrity Unit (IIU), if they so wish; 4) Promotion of an ethical culture within the organization.

The Ethics Officer will directly report to the Office of the Executive Director (OED), and will be independent of any official department, office, or entity of the Fund other than the Board and Ethics & Audit Committee. He/She will closely collaborate with the Secretariat’s Compliance Function and the Office of Human Resources.

Duties and responsibilities 

  • Set up the Ethics Office and formulate, review and disseminate ethics related policies, and provide guidance on all ethics related issues in accordance with the Fund’s policies;
  • Provide a facility for staff members to raise any ethical issues. Based on the facts provided by the staff member, provide advice on various courses of action a staff member may take to adhere to the highest ethical standards;
  • Provide guidance to managers, staff members, consultants, and other persons working with the Fund, to ensure that policies, procedures, and practices reinforce and promote the ethical standards called for under the Fund’s policies.
  • Serve as a focal point for raising staff and organizational awareness on ethical conduct and standards within oversight frameworks, strategies and programs as well as human resources management policies;
  • To ensure consistency with relevant rules and regulations, the Ethics Senior Advisor shall seek the views of the Head of HR, General Counsel, Head of Risk and Compliance and Head of Independent Integrity Unit (IIU) or other appropriate authority on the interpretation of rules and regulations in cases where it is unclear, before responding to inquiries;
  • Lead trainings and education to support the ethical behavior of staff. Develop content,  strategies and methods for proper information dissemination to all staff members, consultants and interns;
  • Employ mediation principles to resolve conflicts, and to use investigation techniques to clarify issues as necessary;
  • Stay up-to-date with current tools and methodologies related to investigations of misconduct or non-compliance and identify best practices for implementation;
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of the Staff Financial Disclosure Program. The Ethics Senior Advisor will ensure understanding of, and full compliance with, the financial disclosure requirements and objectives;
  • Assess the adherence of the organisations’ operations and other activities to the Fund’s ethic related policies, rules and procedures;
  • Provide an annual report to the Executive Director; and
  • Maintain strict confidentiality with respect to information and only disclose information on a “need-to-know” basis.

Expected experience and qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in ethics, law, mediation, law enforcement, business management & administration, psychology, human resources or related fields;
  • A professional certification in ethics would be an advantage;
  • At least 15 years of professional experience in the field of ethics, advising and sharing knowledge and information. Experience in a multicultural setting is required;
  • Professional and progressive work experience in public and/or private institutions (or international organization(s) or in an international setting) on systems design of ethical standards, ethics programs, organizational ethics, accountability & compliance frameworks and financial disclosure policies;
  • Good track record in designing and delivering ethics training and disseminating knowledge of all aspects of ethical behavior and practices;
  • Experience in conducting mediations and investigations of non-compliance with ethical standards;
  • Highly developed analytical skills and very sound, tested judgement;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain the highest ethical standards of professional and personal conduct, including ability to undergo a thorough professional, personal and financial background investigation with satisfactory results;
  • Excellent communication.  Has the attitude and skills to be influential and persuasive and proactively bridge potential communication gaps when required; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential for this position; knowledge of another UN language an advantage.

*The person assessed by the Selection Panel as most suitable for the position will be proposed for appointment. The above criteria should be seen as indicators of the experience and skills that would qualify candidates for consideration. Selection among short-listed candidates will also take into account performance at interview, appropriate testing, and references.

Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged.

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