Ethics Officer

World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, HR and AdminPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th December, 2019

Job Description


Located within the ODG, the mission of CRE is to systematically identify organization-wide risks, and by topic area, maintain a risk register record, evaluate it according to its likely impact and probability, and proactively have it managed by risk management owners.

The CRE seeks to integrate internal control compliance into all policies and managerial decisions.

The CRE ensures promotion and uphold of highest organizational standards of the Organization, its codes of conduct and core values.

Through the ethics function CRE monitors that all staff observe and perform their functions consistent with the highest standards of integrity required under International Civil Service.

The CRE liaises independently with internal parties across the different levels of the Organization, developing and presenting to the Director-General its annual work plan of delivery of compliance, risk management, ethics needs, through its partnerships and non-state actors unit, CRE conducts due diligence in accordance with the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors across the three levels of the Organization.


The incumbent will work in the Office of Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics (CRE) under the supervision of the Coordinator (Ethics), and Director CRE. The incumbent is expected to provide support to the work of CRE's Ethics team to provide ethical advice and promote/uphold the Organization's ethical principles.

He/she will support the Ethics team in developing advice on a range of ethical dilemmas, support the development of communication materials and policy documents.

Specifically, the incumbent will:

  • Carry out research and analysis on conflict of interest situations, monitoring and reviewing requests of authorization for outside activities, and analysing disclosures of potential conflict of interest issues to prepare advice to staff members and/or senior management;
  • Conduct complex research on organizational managerial and/or legal matters, consulting and liaising with relevant offices as required;
  • Prepare confidential correspondence to individuals seeking advice on ethical issues, and assist Coordinator Ethics in developing creative solutions to address ethical dilemmas and timely and confidential management recommendations;
  • Manage confidential files and track and monitor requests for advice and cases received by the Ethics team;
  • Support Coordinator Ethics in developing and implementing ethics training materials and activities, and in developing and improving public communications and reporting material on Ethics;
  • Conduct research and analytical reviews, data collection and monitoring for reporting purposes, and prepare summaries of findings in text/ presentation and online communication formats to support Coordinator Ethics in fostering coherence of standards, policies and processes with regards to Ethics organization-wide across different issues, and with UN common system bodies; 7. Support the organization of meetings, including external meetings, such as UN and other, draft relevant meeting reports, and support the production of and monitoring of other inputs from the Ethics team as required;
  • Assist with problem solving on related matters, within the delegated responsibilities, as required;
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the Coordinator (Ethics) and Director, CRE.



  • Essential: University degree (ideally at Master's level or equivalent) in law, social sciences (including public administration), public health, human resources management or related field.
  • Desirable: Professional certifications in any of the above-mentioned subject fields.



  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in dealing with multiple stakeholders, and supporting decision making processes in complex organizations, with at least two years' experience at the international level. Understanding of ethics/professional conduct issues.
  • Experience conducting research and analysis of complex situations/processes, including policy analysis and/or legal advice in large organizations.

Desirable: Experience in conflict of interest management, training and provision of confidential individual advice.

Good understanding of the structures and environment of large international organizations, policies and practices, rules and regulations.


  • Maintains integrity and takes a clear ethical approach and stance;
  • demonstrates commitment to the Organization's mandate and promotes the values of the Organization in daily work and behavior;
  • is accountable for work carried out in line with own role and responsibilities;
  • is respectful towards, and trusted by, colleagues and counterparts.
  • Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and other documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.
  • Ability to write clear and concise documents and conduct research.
  • Strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills, and positive mindset to solving problems through creative approaches.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of maintaining confidentiality and discretion, and awareness of how to handle and maintain documents of evidentiary value.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to interact with people at all levels with tact and respect and to understand various contextual settings and political considerations.
  • Ability to work in excel, and data management.
  • Attention to details, conscientious and efficiency in meeting commitments.
  • Motivation by professional rather than personal concerns, taking pride in work achievements.
  • Demonstration of persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
  • Heightened sensitivity to issues of trust and reputation at an individual, as well as organizational level.
  • Ability to prioritize, handle multi-tasking, work to tight deadlines and remain calm in stressful situations.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,233 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3850 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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