The Human Resources Network completed two projects focusing on harmonization that are funded by the High-level Committee on Management Plan of Action. The first, a comparative analysis and review of the human resource management policies and practices of the organizations of the United Nations system, contains recommendations on recruitment and selection processes, performance management and job grading and classification. Follow-up to the study, which will occur within the next year, will initially focus on implementing the job classification standards of the International Civil Service Commission along with a pilot project focused on treating staff as internal candidates for posts in some pilot duty stations. Another follow-up study, a review of personnel working for United Nations common system organizations on non-staff contracts, is also currently under way.

In addition, an inter-agency working group led by WFP completed a review of the benefits and entitlements in the event of death, injury and disability due to malicious acts and service-incurred incidents. The goal of the study was to produce, for the first time, a comprehensive United Nations system map of all current benefits, entitlements and insurance related to service-incurred injury, illness, death and disability, and to examine the current gaps in coverage.

Further activities include finalizing a policy statement on employment of persons with disabilities in the United Nations workplace and, under the Dual Career and Staff Mobility Programme, the launching of a pilot programme on negotiating work permits for United Nations staff members’ spouses and partners with host Governments in Italy and Malaysia. In addition, the Network conducted its biannual review of the level of the education grant and submitted its recommendations to the International Civil Service Commission. Finally, CEB issued the annual report on personnel statistics in May 2010 (CEB/2010/HLCM/HR/24).