Job Description

FAO is committed to fostering an Organisational Culture of ethics and a harmonious and inclusive work environment, anchored in the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, mutual respect and professionalism. The Ethics Office is integral to this effort, and it has an overall mandate to act as an independent organ. The office is working under the leadership of the Ethics Officer who reports directly to the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Reporting Lines The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Ethics Officer.   Technical Focus   Substantial support to policy development and outreach activities.   Tasks and responsibilities  
  • Support formulation of FAO-wide policies and procedures on Ethics matters in alignment with FAO’s organizational strategy, the practical realities of operating in the field, UN Reform, FAO’s work environment, and the public environment with the safety and dignity of those we serve at the core of all the work.

  • Review, advise and support standard setting and policy support activities of other departments including country and regional offices, helping to ensure that the corporate policies are adequately implemented on the ground.

  • Review personal cases and provide advice on issues related to the Ethics office mandate and in particular on conflicts of interest.

  • Monitor current developments and best practices in organizational ethics, and proactively suggest improvements to internal policies and practices.

  • Develop internal and public outreach material in all key policy and functional areas of the Ethics Office to create awareness and mainstream ethical principles across the Organization, facilitating also accountability towards external stakeholders.

  • Propose changes to the Ethics Office intranet and internet websites based also on user-statistics analyses.

  • Support the development of project documents, administrative reports, power point presentations and webinars, to staff and senior management.

  • Support the development of ethics training materials and programmes.

  • Support the development and dissemination of information products for the annual financial disclosure programme (FDP) exercise, such as messages to heads of offices, focal points and filing staff, and announcements or website articles, reports on areas of FDP activity such as filing and verification exercises.

  • Any other task related to carrying out successfully the Ethics Office mandate.

  • Advanced university degree in political science, Law, public Administration, communication or other relevant area.

  • Five years of relevant experience.

  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two, or of either Arabic, Chinese or Russian.

  FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

  Technical/Functional Skills
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work

  • Strong analytical, written and Oral Communication skills, as well as conceptual thinking

  • Proven project management skills

  • Demonstrable report and presentation writing skills

  • Experience with content Management Systems as well as collecting and analyzing user-statistics.

  • Ability to collect, collate and analyse data in an efficient manner

  • Proven ability to produce outputs independently with minimal supervision or guidance, while at the same time seeking innovative ways to mainstream Ethics across the Organization.

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