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Job: Ethics Officer (The Global Fund – Geneva )

Job Title: Ethics Officer

Employer: The Global Fund

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Ethical conduct is a hallmark of the Global Fund, it applies to all those involved in the operation and governance of the organization.

The newly created Ethics officer role will promote strong ethics and integrity-related values, systems and practices at the levels of both Global Fund governance and operations.

The Ethics Officer will not only be responsible for providing assurance on the extent to which the Global Fund has fully and effectively implemented its ethics and integrity-related policies, codes and requirements, but he will also lead efforts to promote ethical values, monitor their implementation, respond to potential ethical misconduct and proactively manage the continuous improvement of the Ethics programs.

Key Responsibilities (among others)

  • Ensure Sound and Effective Ethical Risk Management by:
    • Advising the Executive Director and/or the Committee on potential modifications to ethics-related systems and policies to close gaps and improve controls;
    • Monitoring the effectiveness of compliance systems for holding individuals and entities accountable for violations of ethical and integrity-related policies and codes, and propose modifications as appropriate.
  • Advice and Support across Global Fund Operations by:
    • Providing regular advice, guidance and support to Governance Officials on ethics and integrity-related issues;
    • Ensure coordination between the Committee and the Executive Director when issues are raised involving individual(s) holding both operational and governance roles;
  • Collaboration and Advocacy with:
    • The Chief Risk Officer in his/her risk assessment to ensure ethical risks are identified, and reflected in the appropriate tools and registers;
    • All relevant functional areas of the Global Fund to build and maintain full and effective ethics and integrity systems;
  • Support Investigations of Ethical Misconduct by:
    • Promoting and supporting compliance with the Whistle-blowing Policy and Procedures for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
    • Undertaking preliminary assessment of potential ethical and integrity-related misconduct by Global Fund Governance Officials, employees and members of advisory bodies;


Required Skills / Experience / Competencies

The successful candidate must:

  • Have an advanced degree in ethics, law, business administration, corporate governance, or other relevant related fields;
  • Have at least 10 years of experience in the areas of organizational ethics, corporate responsibility and/or corporate governance, with demonstrated experience in:
    • Creating and implementing ethics and compliance programs in multifaceted environments;
    • Advising complex organizations on ethics-related issues at all levels including boards of directors, executive management and external stakeholders; 
    • Advising international organizations and for-profit and/or non-profit entities in the areas of leadership, ethical values and organizational culture; 
    • Leadership skills;
  • Have fluency in written and spoken English, with a working knowledge of French desirable.


Corporate Competencies

The Ethics Officer must:

  • Demonstrate the Global Fund’s core ethical values of integrity, duty of care, accountability, and dignity and respect;
  • Understand and promote the mission, strategy and priorities of the Global Fund; and
  • Display understanding and sensitivity to all values underpinning the mission of the Global Fund.

Functional Competencies

  • Client orientation with a constructive approach to resolution of problems;
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to interpret rules and guidelines, and ability to conceptualize policies;
  • Ability to demonstrate sound and independent judgment, prudence and maturity in complex and sensitive cases;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with officials from the operational to most senior governance levels;
  • Excellent drafting skills, and excellent communications skills (oral and written);
  • Ability to work with utmost discretion in handling sensitive and confidential matters; and
  • Respect for deadlines and ability to function under pressure.

The Ethics Officer will be expected to demonstrate the competencies outlined in the Global Fund’s Corporate Leadership and Management Framework.


Term, Role Reporting Line and location

The Ethics Officer will be appointed for a 3-year term that may be renewed no more than once. He will have a dual reporting line, reporting into the Board, and to the Executive Director.  This role will be located in Geneva and may require frequent travel.


The Global Fund

The Global Fund is a 21st-century organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 140 countries.

We operate with three core principles: partnership, country ownership and performance-based funding. All partners need to take part in decision-making. People actually implementing grants know the best way to fight disease in their country, and come up with the most effective solutions. Funding should be provided where it can achieve the best results. By challenging barriers and embracing innovative approaches, we strive for maximum impact.

Working together, we have saved millions of lives and provided prevention, treatment and care services to hundreds of millions of people, helping to revitalize entire communities, strengthen local health systems and improve economies.

Global Fund staff, all based in Geneva, Switzerland, come from all professional backgrounds and from more than 100 different countries, united in their dedication to the defeat of these epidemics.

Recruitment Process
An online assessment and a pre-employment background check will be part of the recruitment process.


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