WBG Chief Ethics Officer – Ethics & Internal Justice Systems

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    3 weeks ago
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    Audit and Oversight, Ethics and Compliance, Evaluation, Legal Affairs, Management and Strategy
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Alongside the Internal Justice Services units, EBC is one of the two major departments comprising the Ethics and Internal Justices Vice-Presidency (EIJ VPU) of the World Bank Group. The EIJ VPU reinforces the WBG culture by integrating functions related to addressing concerns and grievances arising from non-compliance with Staff Rules and promoting our corporate values. The EIJ VPU will strengthen compliance by ensuring that Ethics Business Conduct (EBC) and the Internal Justice Services (IJS) better serve staff.
EBC promotes the development and application of ethical standards by all World Bank Group staff. To foster an ethical and value-based culture, EBC’s mandate includes the following key areas: 
• Policies: Standard setting through the design and stewardship of ethical policies, practices, decisions, and behaviors; EBC is also responsible for defining the Core Values of the WBG and 2 for drafting the Code of Ethics, and the rules, procedures, and guidelines regarding ethical behaviors and conflicts of interest. 
• Misconduct investigations: EBC reviews allegations of misconduct and carries out fact-finding investigations leading, when relevant, to a report to the  People and Culture Vice President (PaC VP) who may on that basis, decide to impose sanctions on the staff who perpetrated misconduct 
• Promoting best practices and developing ethics awareness: EBC cooperates with other international organizations, and with research or academic institutions to identify and promote best practices and to disseminate expertise, inside and outside the WBG, regarding the most current and prominent ethical issues.
• Advisory: Advising staff and institutional units by sharing ethics expertise, spotting trends, and providing counsel on conflicts of interest and compliance-related issues. 
• Declarations of Interest Programs: EBC administers both the Senior Leaders program, with publication of key elements on the internet, and the confidential staff program whereby over 5,000 staff comply with the obligation to file. 
• Training: EBC designs and delivers both facilitated and e-learning courses to promote adherence to the WBG Core Values and desirable behaviors, and to prevent conflicts of interest, harassment, sexual harassment, and other forms of misconduct or unacceptable behaviors 
• Anti-Harassment Coordinator: EBC addresses inappropriate behaviors related to harassment or sexual harassment even when such behaviors do not rise to the level of misconduct or in the absence of sufficient evidence to prove misconduct 

The EBC Strategic Plan 2022-25 is focusing on key priority areas, including:
• fostering prevention; including developing leader-specific training and new outreach offerings, such as a module on bystander interventions

• enhancing compliance; including developing a registry of outside activities and developing lessons learnt not only on the basis of misconduct or inappropriate conduct allegations but also on the basis of Advisory cases and discussions with Senior Leadership

• ensuring accountability; including identifying and addressing inappropriate management styles on the basis of allegations of harassment received by the AHC and enhancing the monitoring function that the AHC has implemented as a prevention mechanism against retaliation

• contributing to an ethical workplace culture, including through establishing permanent presence in regional hubs; and 

• promoting excellence in EBC, including by developing data analytics and developing our relationships with external organizations.

Reporting Relationship: The Chief Ethics Officer, who heads EBC, reports to the EIJ Vice President. They shall be appointed for a period of five years and this appointment may be renewed by the EIJ Vice-President for one additional five-year term.

Duties and Accountabilities
The WBG Chief Ethics Officer is expected to be an experienced and dynamic individual who is a recognized leader combining technical expertise, leadership skills, and a strong ability to navigate the complexities of a large and diverse organization such as the WBG. 
The Chief Ethics Officer will be responsible for the EBC day-to-day business and management. They will provide leadership to various units in EBC and will be expected to work closely with the Internal Justice Services and colleagues across the institution to help improve effectiveness and efficiency of the EIJ VPU services. They will be accountable for performing, modeling the behaviors, and providing leadership in their areas of responsibility. Accountability means being answerable for managing results, quality, risks, coordination with broader institutional initiatives, and compliance with Bank policies and procedures. The WBG Chief Ethics Officer’s duties are expected to include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Overseeing the effective implementation of EBC’s key strategic priorities;
• Leading the development and application of the highest WBG ethical standards;
• Promoting a sustained “speak up” institutional culture, in which all individuals are encouraged to seek advice and raise concerns regarding ethical issues;
• Addressing inappropriate behaviors, including racism and racial discrimination, within EBC’s mandate and in close coordination, as needed, with other EIJ units;
• Ensuring the highest standards of service  and maximizing the added value of EBC’s input into the World Bank Group’s activities; 
• Supporting the EIJ Vice President in building credibility and reinforcing trust in the EIJ VPU as it implements its mandate;
• Coordinating closely EBC’s engagement with other units in the EIJ VPU, and more broadly with all key stakeholders across the WBG, to achieve the highest standards of Ethics and Internal Justice services provided to World Bank Group staff;
• Building strong partnerships with relevant departments that collaborate with EBC both downstream and upstream;
• Supporting the World Bank Group in reaching its objectives in accordance with high institutional ethical standards;
• Providing leadership in EBC initiatives, communications, and outreach;
• Taking the lead on high-priority special initiatives and projects related to EBC work, and in resolving complex and sensitive issues;
• Developing a strong understanding of international best practice in relevant subject areas;
• Providing periodic reports to the Office of the President on issues and trends relating to the ethics and business conduct functions;
• Serving as EBC’s focal point in the EIJ network, and working closely with other members of the EIJ Vice Presidency to attain sustained improvement in service;
• Supporting the delivery of EBC’s day-to-day work program;
• Providing leadership, direction, coaching, and feedback to develop a high performing and talented team;
• Ensuring adequate flow of information within and across teams;
• Providing leadership and oversight in EBC’s office administration;
• Ensuring that deployment of EBC’s resources is consistent with Resource Management rules, policies and internal controls; and 
• Representing EBC, the EIJ Vice Presidency, and the World Bank Group in internal and external fora.

Selection Criteria

• Minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., economics, finance, public policy, business administration, law, etc.) and 15 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of qualifications and experience;
• Demonstrated ability to address sensitive matters with the highest level of integrity, impartiality, tact and discretion;  
• Institutional knowledge, with the ability to understand and balance operational issues, management priorities, and risk concerns; 
• Demonstrated ability to represent the World Bank Group externally and/or lead discussions at the highest official levels;
• Proven ability to identify and articulate policy issues, tradeoffs, and priorities and to provide technically and strategically sound policy advice;
• Track record of intellectual leadership and ability to integrate his or her own with other fields of expertise;
• Demonstrated ability to manage complexities and identify interdependencies;
• Superior written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to think strategically and synthesize complex issues (translated into effective oral and written briefs);
• Very strong interpersonal skills to work effectively in teams, and with management and colleagues at all levels, with a proven ability to work across functions/boundaries, and to build bridges across different constituencies;
• Ability to navigate complex policy issues with institutional significance, and an ability to forge strong and effective relationships and resolve differences across organizational boundaries;
• Superior organizational and logistical skills, and the ability to follow-up systematically on a broad set of initiatives and decisions; 
• Prior experience in successfully managing a diverse group of highly skilled professionals; capacity to motivate teams to excel within the context of a multilateral organization. Interest to develop, inspire, and empower others; manage, coach and mentor others; to provide consistent, accurate and straightforward feedback regarding strengths and developmental needs; and to steward talent to strengthen the institution. 
• Demonstrated commitment to WBG Core Values and proven track record of fostering a strong and healthy culture of diversity, inclusion, honesty, trust, openness, integrity, and accountability.
• Demonstrated ability to be sensitive to issues around race, inclusion, and intersectionality.
• Language: English (Essential)

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