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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: /13/FT257
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 17 June 2013
Application Deadline: 8 July 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
CRE Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics Office
Located within the DGO cluster, 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 will seek to periodically review, assess and integrate internal control compliance into all policies and managerial decisions.
The CRE will promote and uphold the highest organizational standards, codes of conduct and core values. Through the ethics function the goal is for all staff to observe and perform their functions consistent with the highest standards of integrity required of WHO staff members and international civil servants.
The CRE will liaise 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, and ethics needs across the three levels of the Organization.
Description of duties:
Under the broad direction of the Director CRE, The Technical Officer (Ethics) provides ethics advice to all staff in all WHO offices. Through the advisory process, the Officer assists staff in making ethical decisions that serve the interest of the Organization.
The Officer proactively explores and advises on the establishment of policies and processes, bearing in mind risk assessment, and with a view to promoting an ethical culture.

Provide confidential advice to staff on ethical issues, including corporate ethical standards and personal conflict of interest situations such as the receipt of gifts, respectful workplace and other ethical concerns.

Advocacy and communication:
Advocate the promotion of high ethical standards with all staff, including managers, in coordination with relevant units such as human resources, legal, finance, procurement, internal audit and investigation, and the ombudsman.

In collaboration with DCO, devise and implement a communication strategy for raising awareness on the core values, ethical standards and expected professional conduct within WHO and post-employment requirements.

Provide information to the public, in cooperation with the Communications 'Department on WHO's commitment to its core values and reputational capital.

Policy support and policy development:
Carry out standard setting and policy support activities, including participation in relevant inter-agency for a, and facilitating, where practical, a harmonized approach with other UN common system bodies.

Identify any gaps in WHO's ethical policies and propose best practice policies to protect WHO's interest.

Develop and manage a certification training program mandatory for all staff on codes of conduct. Work with the human resources department and other units, to provide ethics training and learning opportunities for WHO's senior management, staff representatives and other WHO staff through orientations, induction programs, specialized briefings and through training-of-peer trainers.

Declaration of interest - Staff:
Carry out the annual declaration of interest exercise for staff further to Staff Rule 110.7, in consultation with LEG as necessary. This will include the selective verification of representation statements; reviewing filed statements and advising the Director-General's Office on the resolution of any actual or perceived conflicts of interest, including possible remedial action.

Communicate to staff on the objectives of the declaration of interest policy to encourage full compliance.

Ensure and monitor compliance with WHO's Policy on Declaration of Interest for WHO Experts (the "Policy") and propose improvements to the Policy, as appropriate. Raise awareness among staff on the importance of the Policy and on the need to ensure adherence to it.

Advise technical units, in consultation with LEG, on matters arising out of the implementation of the Policy particularly in connection with the assessment of disclosed interest, the adoption of conflict of interest mitigation strategies and the formulation of public disclosure statements.

In cooperation with HRD, ensure that any person proposed for WHO recruitment who is required to file a declaration of interest does so before the recruitment is finalized. Review the declaration of interest and advise on any conflict of interest that could arise from the recruitment, including any remedial action to be taken before an offer of appointment may be made.

Outside activities:
In consultation with HRD and LEG, decide on any conflict of interest arising from a staff member's outside activities, and the acceptability of a proposed outside activity.

Retaliation claims - Whistleblower Protection Policy
Receive complaints of retaliation, conducting a preliminary assessment of whether the allegations warrant further review, refer prima facie cases for investigation to the Office of Internal Oversight Services and make recommendations for interim protection where appropriate. Make the final determination based on the findings of the investigation, and make recommendations for any measures in cases where retaliation appears to have occurred. The Officer is also responsible for remaining in communication with the complainant and for maintaining all relevant records. He or she will provide communications to staff on the corporate objectives of the Whistleblower Protection Policy.
Advanced university degree in Law, relevant Ethics/Philosophy, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field.

Experience in training of trainers, coaching, mediation and conflict management.
- Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of WHO.
- Provide authoritative advice and knowledge of current best practices relating to ethics and conduct practices, in particular within the UN common system.
- Proven conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills; and an ability to conduct independent research and analysis.
- Ability to demonstrate impartiality and objectivity, being guided by the highest ethical principles.
- Ability to carry out inquiries objectively and neutrally, not acting as an advocate for either management or staff.
- Respect for confidentiality during the conduct of his/her work.

WHO competencies:
Setting an example
Producing results
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
At least 10 years of national and international professional and progressive work experience in complex public and/or private institutions in values and ethics or conduct and discipline, ethics and compliance programmes, codes of conduct or ethics, accountability & compliance frameworks; management of financial disclosure policies and/or whistleblower protection policies.

Experience with working in a multi-national setting with people from different cultural backgrounds. Preferably with WHO and/or other UN agency. Recognized relevant certification and knowledge of current best practices relating to ethics and conduct would be an asset.
Preferably with WHO and/or other UN agency experience.
Excellent knowledge of English required. Excellent knowledge of French an asset.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
A written test may be used for screening purposes.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80734 at single rate
USD 86904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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