Ethics and Integrity Officer

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 03 February 2020

Position Title : Ethics and Integrity Officer

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 3 February 2020

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candiates
  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include all external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


The Ethics and Conduct Office (ECO) promotes a robust ethical culture at IOM based on the Organization’s shared core values. It works to promote and uphold the Organization’s values, including the highest standards of conduct and professionalism, in line with IOM’s Standards of Conduct and related policies. ECO provides impartial advice and counsel to the Organization and all IOM personnel about ethical issues and the Standards of Conduct.

Under the direct supervision of the Head, Ethics and Conduct Office and working closely with the other members of the ECO team, the staff member will be responsible and accountable for helping achieve ECO’s goals.

Core Functions / Responsibilities

  1. Assist the Head of ECO in the fulfilment of the mandate and responsibility of ECO.
  2. Analyse, track and conduct preliminary inquiries regarding retaliation complaints.
  3. Propose, request and implement adequate protection against retaliation measures for IOM personnel, as needed, in collaboration with relevant departments and units, IOM managers, and based on ECO’s initial assessment of retaliation.
  4. Draft prima facie case findings for submission to the OIG for full investigation.
  5. Provide substantive and procedural advice to staff members and missions regarding engagement in outside activities, acceptance of gifts and conflicts of interest.
  6. Develop and implement appropriate conflict of interest and financial disclosure requirements for IOM’s senior managers, working in collaboration with relevant IOM units and departments. Maintain a record and track all relevant submissions.
  7. Draft and update IOM’s instructions, policies, guidelines and procedures and provide advice on internal and external stakeholders’ requests for ECO’s comments on the same type of documents, as needed.
  8. Develop and conduct related ethics training for IOM staff members and managers. Liaise regularly with the Missions and Staff Development and Learning Unit to assess training needs.
  9. Enter data into, update and maintain the ECO case tracking system.
  10. Draft reports of activities and trends analyses based on ECO databases.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience

Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database.


  • Experience in the field of Ethics, Legal, Compliance/Oversight programs or Human Resources with an international organization or a multinational financial institutions;
  • Experience dealing with misconduct in an international setting;
  • Strong knowledge of administrative law;
  • Demonstrated high level of discretion, professionalism, confidentiality and integrity;
  • Demonstrated experience in training and managing heavy and diverse workload;
  • Field experience is a distinct advantage.


  • Ability to analyse legal issues in an organizational context


IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish. For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

Required Competencies

Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Internals of the Organization and NMS candidates will be considered as first-tier candidates. This vacancy is also open to second-tier candidates.

The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

This vacancy is archived.

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