Background

The Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission briefed CEB on the Commission’s work on the pay and benefits system, staff mobility, hazard pay and General Service salary survey methodologies. In regard to the pay and benefits system, the proposed new master standard for the classification of posts in the Professional and higher categories, to be promulgated on 1 January 2004, would be the key foundation of the Commission’s future work on performance management, broadbanded salary structures and other human resources initiatives. The Commission would also continue to develop further its proposal for the establishment of the Senior Management Service. On mobility, the Commission identified four key areas: development of strategies to change organizational culture relating to mobility; clear definition of the different types of mobility; terms of contract; and spouse employment. It had reaffirmed its decision to increase the level of hazard pay granted to locally recruited staff to 30 per cent of the midpoint of the local salary scale, with effect from 1 January 2004. CEB was also given an update on the Commission’s review of General Service salary survey methodologies.

The representatives of FICSA conveyed the views of staff on a range of issues. On the security of staff, FICSA expected separate and independent audits of the responsibilities of management prior to the attack on the United Nations of 19 August 2003. At the same time, urgent action was needed to ensure: that enforcement mechanisms were in place to guarantee accountability; certified training of staff on security matters; that proper briefings were conducted prior to the taking up of assignments at high-risk duty stations; that contracts were signed before departure on mission; and appropriate insurance coverage for the staff.

Action

CEB took note of the report of the Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission on the Commission’s work in the various areas relating to the conditions of service of staff. It assured FICSA that the views and concerns that had been expressed by it had expressed had been duly noted and would be fully taken into account.