Background

The Chairman of HLCM outlined the key features of the Senior Management Service and highlighted the rationale and objectives of the initiative which included: strengthening managerial and leadership capacity throughout the system as an integral step to improving organizational performance; building a common corporate culture; facilitating devolution of responsibility; enhancing inter-agency cohesion and coordination and promoting increased mobility and learning across the system; and professionalizing the managerial function.

Discussion

Questions were raised as to who would control the Senior Management Service, the process of selecting candidates and the issue of geographical representation. The Vice-Chairman of HLCM clarified that Executive Heads would continue to have control over the selection of candidates and would also decide what positions in their respective organizations would be included in the Service. The principle of geographical representation was not a factor in the selection of positions for inclusion in the Service. The CEB machinery would be responsible for supporting the establishment of the Senior Management Service and for monitoring and reporting progress in respect of implementation.

Action

The Board approved the recommendation of HLCM to establish a Senior Management Service in the United Nations system as described in annex II to the present report.