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UNHCR CODE OF CONDUCT REFRESHER COURSE SOK. KARIBU 22-23 AUGUST 2007. *SESSION ONE *. INTRODUCTIONS . Objectives –why are we here. Refresh our memories, deepen understanding of CoC (old and new S/M) Understand links between CoC and related docs.

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session one
*SESSION ONE *
  • INTRODUCTIONS
objectives why are we here
Objectives –why are we here
  • Refresh our memories, deepen understanding of CoC (old and new S/M)
  • Understand links between CoC and related docs.
  • Consider selected commitments and values in CoC
  • Identify areas of improvement in our performance and relations.
ground rules
Ground rules

HOW DO WE INTERACT TODAY

  • Speak for yourself, not on behalf of others
  • Be open to all comments and diverse opinions
  • Be respectful of others
  • Share the floor (speaking time)
  • Don’t criticise others by name or group affiliation
  • Keep what is said confidential
  • Be gender- and culturally sensitive
  • Avoid sarcasm or negativity
  • Phones on silent mode/off
  • Step out less often.
  • Kiss –keep it short & simple
  • Treat the fellow in front as a Facilitator not trainer
  • Etc…
what is a code
What is a code
  • Idea of what an organization/institution believes in and how they commit to act.
  • May be there for many years – ours is young.
  • Has five parts, talks about both values and behaviour.
why does unhcr have a code of conduct
Why does UNHCR have a code of conduct
  • External factors
      • Negative media reports of actual incidents.
      • General negative perception by public
  • Internal factors
      • Need to uphold the highest standards (efficiency, competence and integrity)
      • Guide us in handling situations. Ethical decisions in professional and at times in private lives.
      • Understand obligations placed on our conduct by UN charter on int’l civil service (1954) and staff rules and regulations.
session 2
*SESSION 2 *
  • REVIEWING THE CODE
parts of the coc
Parts of the CoC
  • Introduction – why, who, how
  • 5 core values and guiding principles
  • 9 commitments
  • Notes on COC
  • Signature page
introduction of coc
Introduction of CoC
  • Why- as a guide to handle ethical issues
  • Who – All people working in UNHCR- interns, UNV, UNOPS, TAs, Regular contract holders.
  • How – understanding and applying it
5 core values
5 core VALUES
  • Uphold UN values
  • Primary commitment to refugees
  • Professionalism
  • Non-discrimination
  • Respect cultures while upholding human rights

(In a proverb or phrase)

9 commitments
9 commitments

1. Treat all refugees and other persons of concern fairly, and with respect and dignity. 4 PARAGRAPHS

2. Uphold the integrity of UNHCR, by ensuring that my personal and professional conduct is, and is seen to be, of the highest standard.

2 PARAGRAPHS

3. Perform my official duties and conduct my private affairs in a manner that avoids conflicts of interest, thereby preserving and enhancing public confidence in UNHCR.

3 PARAGRAPHS

4. Contribute to building a harmonious workplace based on team spirit, mutual respect and understanding.

3 PARAGRAPHS

5. Promote the safety, health and welfare of all UNHCR staff as a necessary condition for effective and consistent performance.

2 PARAGRAPHS

9 commitments contd
9 commitments (contd)

6. Safeguard and make responsible use of the information and resources to which I have access by reason of my employment with UNHCR.

2 PARAGRAPHS

7. Prevent, oppose, and combat all exploitation and abuse of refugees and other persons of concern.

4 PARAGRAPHS

8. Refrain from any involvement in criminal or unethical activities, activities that contravene human rights, or activities that compromise the image and interests of UNHCR.

2 PARAGRAPHS

9. Refrain from any form of harassment, discrimination, physical or verbal abuse, intimidation or favouritism in the workplace.

3 PARAGRAPHS

9 commitments contd13
9 commitments (contd)
  • In a phrase, a proverb
9 commitments broad divisions
9 commitments (broad divisions)
  • Refugees-

1-treat with respect,

7- zero tolerance to exploitation/abuse.

  • Personal conduct.

2- maintain highest standards

3- avoid conflict of interest

8- no illegal unethical behaviour

9 commitments broad divisions contd
9 commitments- broad divisions (contd)
  • Workplace

4-build harmonious workplace

8- no harassment, discrimination, abuse

  • Safety, health and welfare

5- individual and common responsibility

  • Information/resources

6- safeguard and use properly

how binding is coc
How binding is CoC
  • It’s a declarative document. Other documents build/expand on the CoC. Not legal
  • Ethical guide for UNHCR staff
  • Detailed guidance and advice
  • Emphasized in S.G.’s bulletin
  • Formulation base for Kenya CoC (PSEA)
session 3 other guides that relate to coc
*SESSION 3*OTHER GUIDES that relate to CoC
  • UN charter – legally binding.
  • Staff rules and regulations – legally binding.
  • Standards of conduct for int’l civil service(1954)

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  • Notes on the code
  • S.G.s Bulletin
  • Inter-agency code - Kenya
  • Policy on harassment
relation of 4 docs to coc
Relation of 4 docs to CoC

Take one doc for 10 min in a group and assess:

  • What dos it cover?
  • Which values or commitments does it link to?
  • What does it add to the code?.

Report back in brief

links to coc notes on the code
LINKS to CoC- Notes on the code
  • Covers the code step by step in detail.
  • Why the code was developed, for whom, legal status.
  • Importance of each statement –examples from UNHCR
  • Reference to staff rules/regulations
links to coc kenyan code
LINKS to CoC- Kenyan code
  • Covers areas similar to UNHCR CoC.
  • Applies to all humanitarian agencies working with refugees and are signatory.
  • Focuses on prevention of corruption.
  • Addresses issues of refugees working for humanitarian agencies
links to coc s g s bulletin
LINKS to CoC- S G’s bulletin
  • Defines sexual exploitation/abuse as misconduct (rules and regulations).
  • Applies to all UN staff
  • Defines staff/managers responsibility in dealing with partners and authorities
  • Defines a minor.
  • Prohibits sexual relations by UN staff with a minor.
  • Link to all 5 values
  • Link to commitment 8, 7 and 1
links to coc policy on harassment
LINKS to CoC- Policy on harassment
  • Focuses on definitions, responses, procedures wrt harassment in workplace, sexual harassment and abuse of power.
  • Links to values 1,3,4,5 and commitments 4 and 9.
session 4 applying the code exercise
*SESSION 4*APPLYING THE CODE Exercise
  • focuses on two of the four objectives

No. 3- consider selected commitments and values.

No. 4- identify areas of improvement in our performance and relations.

  • Discuss the selected scenario in your group – 10 min.
  • Answer questions and report back
bo nairobi applying the code
BO Nairobi-APPLYING THE CODE
  • Plenary discussion on scenarios.

What does the code advises us

How relevant is the situation to BON

  • Does the code answer concerns for us in SOK
  • In what ways are we applying it in our work and lives.
  • Are there areas we need to improve
  • Are there issues in our ethical standards we need to discuss more
asante sana
ASANTE SANA
  • Participation
  • Making a challenging task easy

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