UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Ethics Advisor reports directly to the Executive Director and assists the Executive Director in ensuring that UN Women personnel members observe and perform their functions with the highest standards of integrity through fostering a culture of ethics, transparency, accountability and mutual respect.

The Ethics Advisor leads UN Women Ethics function and is independent of any other official, division, office or other organizational entity.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Ethics Adviser is responsible for supporting the achievement of the objectives of UN Women by contributing to adherence to UN Women rules, values and standards through the provision of advice and guidance, training and outreach, and administration of the Financial Disclosure program and the policy on Protection from Retaliation.

  • Advice to Management: Provide advice to the Executive Director and the Executive Leadership Team ensuring the Organization’s rules, policies, procedures and practices reinforce and promote the highest integrity standards.
  • Ethics Advice and Guidance to all personnel members: Provide confidential advice and guidance regarding ethical behavior, standards of conduct and conflict of interest.
  • Ethics awareness and training: Develop ethics training and awareness programmes on ethical issues, in coordination with the relevant internal stakeholders, so that the ethical culture in the organization is strengthened. Roll out the UN Ethics Office annual Leadership Dialogue.
  • Protection against retaliation: Undertake the responsibilities related to the protection of personnel members against retaliation for reporting misconduct and/or cooperating with duly authorized audits and investigations in accordance with the Organization’s policy on the Protection Against Retaliation.
  • Financial and Conflict of Interest Disclosure: Manage UN Women Financial Disclosure Programme, in line with the Memorandum of Understanding between UN Women and the UN Ethics Office, and in accordance with the Secretary-General's bulletin on financial disclosure and declaration of interest statements (SG/SGB/2006/6).
  • Policy Framework Development: Ensure the review, development and implementation of policies, guidelines, procedures and other internal or corporate documents to support an effective ethical framework.
  • Annual Reporting: Provide annual reports to UN Women Executive Director and the Executive Board on the activities of the Ethics function.
  • Confidential records: Maintain confidential records of guidance and advice given by and reports made to the Ethics Advisor.
  • Representation: Represent UN Women on the Ethics Panel of the United Nations, the Ethics Network of Multilateral Organizations, and other UN system bodies on matters related to ethics.


Core Values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

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Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UN Women’s mission, vision and values
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Maintains diplomacy, tact and strict confidentiality with internal and external partners and clients in a visible and sensitive process.
  • Strong sense of impartiality and objectivity
  • Proven conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills
  • Manages complexities, shifting priorities, and can work effectively without constant supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to present complex processes and issues clearly to a diverse audience.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) from an accredited educational institution in law, public policy, business administration, human resources or one of the behavioral sciences; a first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience at increasing levels of responsibility and reaching managerial level, in the development, management and/or implementation of ethics programmes in a large government, public sector organization or international organization.
  • Experience in providing senior level advice on ethics standards and practices, including, inter alia, accountability and compliance frameworks, financial disclosure policies, and procedures to handle cases of reported misconduct and to ensure protection of staff against retaliation.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of ethics training and other outreach and awareness-raising activities.
  • Experience in analysing and handling, with tact and diplomacy, sensitive and complex issues related to ethics, while maintaining the highest level of confidentiality
  • Experience and/or Knowledge of the ethics function of the UN or other international organizations is an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of UN system, international organizations, or public service, sector ethical policies, rules, regulations and procedures is highly desirable.
  • Impeccable record of integrity and accountability.


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from: Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

Diversity and inclusion:

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)