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Own the IOM values
Own the IOM values

IOM staff members are expected to adopt exemplary standards of personal behaviour and the highest level of integrity.  Your conduct – even outside work and even if unrelated to duties -- should not compromise the interests of IOM, bring it into discredit or offend their community.  Your loyalty to IOM means putting the good of the Organization above personal, national or other interests.

All personnel employed by or working for IOM worldwide are bound by IOM’s Standards of Conduct contain core values and guiding principles.  IOM’s core values for all persons employed by or working for IOM include:

  • Loyalty
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Impartiality
  • International outlook
  • Freedom from discrimination
  • Freedom from harassment
  • Gender equality

If you have questions about ethics at IOM, please review the IOM Standards of Conduct (IN/15), or contact the Ethics and Conduct Office at ECO@iom.int. Failure to report misconduct may constitute a breach of IOM’s rules and regulations. Failing to report misconduct in due course may be subject to investigation and disciplinary action.

There are many possible situations where you should exercise caution or seek additional advice. There circumstances may include:

  • Conflicts of interest
  • Use of property and assets
  • Staff-management relations
  • Relations with governments
  • Relations with the public
  • Contact with the media
  • Use and protection of information, including on social media
  • Respect for local cultures and customs
  • Personal conduct
  • Outside employment and activities
  • Political activities
  • Gifts, honours and remuneration from outside sources

Here cases of other types of misconduct at IOM that resulted in disciplinary measures:

  • Staff member appeared in the media in a way that connoted a controversial political affiliation.
  • Staff member assaulted a driver while on duty in a community in which IOM operates.
  • Staff member behaved inappropriately outside of work and demonstrated a clear lack of judgment which resulted in his/her arrest by the local police.
  • Staff member used “Facebook” to post inappropriate comments about politician and his/her family.
  • Staff member was visited in his/her office during working hours by an outside visitor where they engaged in intimacies which were inappropriate due to the presence of colleagues.
  • Staff member reported to duty under the influence of alcohol and engaged in an argument with an outside visitor.
  • Staff member used social media to threaten the COM and publicly criticized the COM and IOM, and performed unauthorized outside activities.
  • Staff member engaged in undisclosed outside activities offering the same services offered by the Organization
  • Staff member had unauthorized absences from duty.
  • Staff members actively misled the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) during an investigation.
  • Staff member engaged in insubordination and inappropriate contacts with Government representatives.
  • Staff members failed to immediately report illegal activities of external agents at IOM premises.
  • Staff member disregarded UNDSS directives relating to travelling hours and instructions from the Chief of Mission.
  • Staff member shared personal PRISM password leading to financial losses through fraud (mitigating circumstances).

You represent IOM during your work day as well as your free time. Do your best to guard IOM’s integrity and reputation and avoid misconduct.

You have a duty to report any breach of IOM’s rules and regulations. Staff members reporting in good faith are protected against retaliation.

Last updated: 18 November 2019
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