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The Ethics and Integrity e-learning course is composed of a set of modules designed to enhance your awareness about the standards of conduct, also known as ethics, that you need to know as a UNICEF personnel. 

Through discussion, examples, and case studies, the course will familiarize you with the obligations placed upon you by the Charter of the United Nations, the UN Staff Regulations and Rules, and other administrative issuances; seeks to equip you with the knowledge to make ethical decisions more confidently; and will provide resources available on themes explored in the training. 

Learning objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • Understand the meaning of ethics in UNICEF and UN context; 

    • Identify the standards of conduct applicable to UNICEF personnel; 

    • Identify the various ways to address and report any potential ethical breaches and learn where to seek help; and 

    • Describe the ethical standards you follow in your work and private life. 


This course is mandatory for all UNICEF personnel. All newly recruited UNICEF personnel will be required to complete the course as part of their induction including consultants, interns, and volunteers. Current staff members that have not completed this course, are expected to do so as soon as possible.


It should take you about 90 minutes to complete this self-paced course. 


This course is divided into 4 modules, which are each further divided into lessons. Lessons cover ethics at UNICEF, review basic expectations for ethical behaviour of UNICEF staff, provide detail on how to address issues of misconduct or violations of UNICEF rules, and how to seek help. Modules contain a mix of case studies, short examples, and scenarios created to reinforce messages specific to the lesson. Lessons also refer to and provide information on specific rules and policies. The course is guided by two hosts, with voiceover.  The course finishes with a summary and then a course assessment. A certificate of course completion can be printed upon successful completion of the assessment and course evaluation.


This course is composed of a Course Introduction, Summary, Assessment, and the following 4 modules and lessons:

Module 1: Introduction to Ethics in UNICEF
Lessons: Values and International Civil Service; What does it mean to act ethically?

Module 2: My Ethical Behaviour as a UNICEF Personnel
Lessons: Professional and Personal Integrity; Avoiding Conflicts of Interest; Using Information and Resources Responsibly

Module 3: Addressing Misconduct
Lessons: Awareness of Misconduct; Reporting Misconduct and Protection Against Retaliation

Module 4: The UNICEF Ethics Office
Lesson: The Role of UNICEF’s Ethics Office