The Human Resources Network Report provides a summary of the twice yearly meetings of the network.  The report contains the list of participants, the issues under consideration by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and decisions taken, and updates on the activities of the working groups.

Report of the 31st Session (20 – 23 July 2015, Vienna)

Update from the Field Group, discussion of topics under consideration by the ICSC, Mandatory Age of Separation, Update from the HRN Working Group on Disabilities, Workshop on Stress Management and Medical topics, Update from UN Cares, Briefing from the Working Group on Duty of Care, Update on new initiatives for Joint Classification and Reference Checking, Progress update on the initiative for support of Geographic Mobility. 

Report of the 30th Session (4–6 March 2015, Madrid)

Discussions addressed the following topics: Mandatory Age of Separation for existing staff; ICSC Compensation Review; Workforce Planning and Succession Planning; HR Network management; Update from CEB and HLCM session including joint HLCM / HLCP session; Update from the FB Network including the Working Group on ASHI; Update from the IAMSN and the Working Group on Duty of Care; Update from the Field Group; Occupational Health and Safety Directive (Medical Directors Working Group); Update from UN Cares.

Report of the 29th Session (16-18 July 2014, Rome)

Discussion of topics under consideration by the ICSC; Proposal on synchronizing the post adjustment classification review cycles at headquarters duty stations and other group I duty stations, report on mandatory age of separation for existing staff, health Insurance, base / floor salary scale, margin management, review of the common system compensation package.

Report of the 28th Session (19-21 February 2014, Torino)

Briefing and update from the Field Group (FG), UN Cares, and new talent program for female leaders; development of new HRN Work Plan; Project on Harmonization of Vacancy Announcements and Selection Process; Regionalization of relocating grant levels; HLCM priority topic Mobility; Inter-Agency Mobility; Dual Career & Staff Mobility Programme; Medical Topics: vaccination policy, Mental Health, Special Dependency Allowance, Performance Indicators for UN Medical Services, and Staff Heath Care in Field Duty Stations; Issues under discussion by the ICSC; HLCM priority topic Performance Manage

Report of the 26th Session (13-15 February 2013, Budapest)

Issues for the HR Network's considerations such as: the outcome of the HLCM Retreat and its impact on the programme of work and working modalities of the HR Network; ICC Observer organization to be party of the Inter-Organization Agreement on Mobility; Report from the Field Group; Employment of persons with disability; Mobility, including RC issues; mandatory age of separation; JIU report on compliance withmultilingualism; UN Cares update; other HR issues raised on UN common system benchmarking of staff surveys; review of the income ceiling for retirees in respect of a UN pension; education

Report of the 24th Session (February 2012, UNOG)

Outcome/follow-up to HR Directors’ Strategic Meeting; Payment of fees by organizations with observer status at the HR Network; Statement on cost-sharing principles; Consolidation of the CEB Secretariat; Pay freeze; Dual Career and Staff Mobility Programme; Work-Life Balance; Harmonization of Business Practices; Security Staff Screening and Vetting Policy; UN Stress Counsellors; HR Network Workplan; Update from Field Group; UN Cares; Inter-organization Mobility Agreement; ICSC issues such as: Education grant; UN/US net remuneration margin: review of the methodology; Resolutions and decisions

Report of 23rd Meeting (September 2011, ITU)

ICSC Framework for Human Resources Management; Review of the pay and benefits scheme; Review of personnel working for UN common system organizations on non-staff contracts; Harmonization of Business Practices – HR Projects; Harmonization of vacancy advertisements and selection processes at Country level for GS and NPO positions; Harmonization of key elements of performance appraisal systems; Report from the Working Group on Inter-Organization Agreement concerning mobility; Update on the Mandatory Age of Separation; Review of EMSEA by ICSC; HRM Framework, and the pay and benefits system; Sit

Report of 21st Meeting (March 2011, UN, New York)

Outcome/follow up on HR Directors’ Strategic meeting; Briefing and follow up on HLCM Spring 2011 session; HR Network 2011-2012 Work Plan; HR Network Standing Committee on Field Conditions; Election of HR Network Chairpersons; Issues under ICSC consideration such as: GA resolutions/decisions, WG on mobility/hardship and hazard pay, pensionable remuneration, identification of the highest paid civil service under the Noblemaire principle (phase I), ACPAQ, conditions of service of the GS and other locally recruited staff, review of ICSC framework for HRM; Rest and recuperation framework; Design

Report of 18th Session (June 2009, New York)

Mandatory age of Separation; Standards of conduct for the international civil service; Review of separation payments; Update on staff survey; Considerations related to reviewing the Job Evaluation Standards for the General Service and related categories; Review of procedures for the classification of duty stations according to the conditions of life and work – A road map; Progress report on development of a Senior Management Network; Recommendations of the HLCM Steering Committee on Safety & Security of Staff – Outcomes of the three Working Groups; Updates from Working Groups on Appendi

Report of 17th Session (March 2009, Madrid)

Performance management – updated framework and use of steps; Work/Life Balance; Review of separation payments; Update on the UN/US grade equivalency studies; Gender balance; Development of the exit interview questionnaire; Feasibility of inter-agency roster of qualified women; Review of the General Service survey methodologies; 2008/2009 Work plan; Mobility Accord; Guidelines on “disabilities” in the workplace; Review of the mandatory age of retirement; Salary Survey cost-sharing for 2010-2011; Staff and Stress Counsellors’ Group; Management Leadership Programme (UNSSC); Junior Professional

Report of 16th Session (July 2008, New York)

Base/floor salary scale; Evolution of the United Nations/United States net remuneration margin; Mobility/hardship scheme: review of the operation of the revised scheme, review of the levels; children’s and secondary dependant’s allowances: review of the levels; Assessing the implementation of the Job Evaluation Master Standard for the Professional and higher categories; Progress report on the Senior Management Network; Education grant: (a) Review of the methodology for determining the grant; (b) Review of the level of the grant; Review of the gender balance in the United Nations common syst

Report of 15th Session (March 2008, Rome)

Update on the United Nations/United States grade equivalency studies (General Schedule and other pay systems); Children’s and secondary dependant’s allowance: review of the methodology; Survey of best prevailing conditions of employment in Vienna; Review of the Job Evaluation Standards for the General Service and related categories; Review of the pay and benefits system: assessment of the pilot study of pay-for-performance/broad banding; Mobility; Performance management and evaluation – innovative practices; Education grant: review of the methodology for determining the grant; Effectiveness

Report of 14th Session (July 2007, Geneva)

Oral updates from Working Groups: Education grant; Long-term care; Appendix D; Salary Surveys; Briefing and update: Safety and Security update by the Department of Safety and Security of Staff; Update from the Medical Doctors Network on its meeting in April 2007; Update from the IT Network on their last meeting; Briefing from the FB Network; Issues for discussion: The system-wide implications for HR management of the recommendations included in the report of the High Level Panel contained in A/61/583) (discussion on business process exercise and action plans); UN Contracts – issues of conce

Report of 13th Session (March 2007, New York)

The system-wide implications for HR management of the recommendations included in the Report of the High-Level Panel contained in A/61/583; The development of the senior management network; The review of the administrative guidelines for an Influenza pandemic; draft JIU Report on the “Age Structure of Human Resources in the Organizations of the United Nations system”; Staff Management relations; Compensation and benefits: Review of the pay and benefits system: modernizing and simplifying allowances: Separation payments; Considerations related to reviewing the Job Evaluation Standards for th

Report of Videoconference (October 2007)

Briefing on HLCM 14th Session, 20-21 September 2007; Update on 3 HR Network Programmes: UN Cares; Dual Career and Staff Mobility; Senior Management Network (SMN)/Senior Management Leadership Programme (SMNP); Working Groups – Composition: ICSC Working Groups: Education Grant ; Mobility and Hardship Review; Broad-banding and Pay for Performance – Pilot organizations; Reform of General Service/Job Classification; HR Network Working Groups: Appendix D; Long Term Care; Disability; Proposed Programme of Work 2007/2008; Expert Group Meeting on “Measures to accelerate the improvement in the status

Report of Videoconference (October 2006)

Working Groups: Education Grant Methodology; Conditions of Service at non-family duty stations; Leave Entitlements; Local Salary Cost Sharing Methodology; Special Session on Gender; Staffing of CEB Secretariat; Outcome of the HLCM. Working Groups: Education Grant Methodology; Conditions of Service at non-family duty stations; Leave Entitlements; Local Salary Cost Sharing Methodology; Special Session on Gender; Staffing of CEB Secretariat;Outcome of the HLCM.

Report of 12th Session (July 2006, New York)

Review of the outcome of working groups: All leave entitlements; Survey and report on the status of National Professional Officers; Results of the UN/US grade equivalency studies; Summary of the UN/US margin methodology; Evolution of the UN/US net remuneration margin; Total compensation comparisons under the Noblemaire principle: total comparison - stage II (Belgium); Education grant: review of the methodology for determining the grant;

Report of 11th Session (March 2006, Vienna)

Accountability and transparency; Safety and security of staff; United Nations System Staff College; Gender mainstreaming ; Joint session of HLCP and HLCM; Review of the pay and benefits system: Standing of field missions: review of conversion of contractual instruments; Conditions of service of the Professional and higher categories: Children’s and secondary dependant’s allowances: review of the levels; Survey of best prevailing conditions of employment in Rome and New York; Job Evaluation Standards for General Service and related categories; Common scale of staff assessment for locally rec

Report of 10th Session (July 2005, New York)

Review of the pay and benefits system: (a) Monitoring of the pilot study on broadbanding/reward for contribution; (b) Assessing the implementation of the new Job Evaluation Master Standard for the Professional and higher categories; (c) Mobility and hardship allowance, hazard pay and strategic bonuses; (d) Education grant: Review of the methodology for determining the level of the grant; Evolution of the United Nations/United States remuneration margin; Survey of best prevailing conditions of employment in Montreal; Considerations related to reviewing the Job Evaluation Standards for Genera

Report of 9th Session (February 2005, Geneva)

Review of the pay and benefits system: Modernizing and simplifying allowances: Spouse benefits; Children’s and secondary dependant’s allowances; Mobility and hardship allowance, hazard pay and strategic bonuses; Contractual arrangements; Progress report from piloting organizations on implementation of the pilot studies on broadbanding/reward for contribution; Base/floor salary scale; Survey of best prevailing conditions of employment in Paris; Total compensation comparisons under the Noblemaire Principle: Results of the United Nations/United States grade equivalency studies; Total compensat

Report of 8th Session (July 2004, New York)

Review of the pay and benefits system: Mobility/hardship allowance, hazard pay and strategic bonuses; Education grant: review of the methodology for determining the level of the grant; Implementation of the pilot study on broadbanding/reward for contribution; Progress report on the implementation of the new Master Standard for the job evaluation system relating to the Professional and higher categories; Contractual arrangements; Evolution of the United Nations/United States net remuneration margin; Base/floor salary scale; Review of the level of the education grant; Review of the Noblemaire

Report of 7th Session (March 2004, Paris)

Review of the pay and benefits system: Modernizing and simplifying allowances; Overview of common system allowances and benefits; Mobility and Hardship allowance; Staff Attitude Survey on the Mobility and Hardship Allowance (Report from ORC); Education grant: review of the methodology for determining the level of the grant; Implications of enlargement of the European Union on the operation of the Mobility and Hardship scheme and on the post adjustment system; Development of modalities for strategic bonuses; Implementation of the pilot study on broadbanding/reward for contribution; Review of

Report of 5th Session (March 2003, New York)

Framework for Human Resources Management; Review of the pay and benefits system: Validation and promulgation of the revised master standard; Strategy for rewarding contribution; Broad-banding/performance pay pilot study; Contractual arrangements; Base/floor salary scale; Review of the methodology for surveys of best prevailing conditions of employment at headquarters duty stations; Review of the methodology for surveys of best prevailing conditions of employment at non-headquarters duty stations; Administrative and budgetary matters: proposed programme and budget for the biennium 2004 -2005

Report of 4th Session (January 2003, Geneva)

Review of General Assembly resolution RES/57/285 on the common system; Reform of pay and benefits: Validation and promulgation of the Master Standard; Modalities for the pilot study of broad banding/reward for contribution - Consideration of model to be selected for pilot, Operating mechanisms, Financial Controls, Volunteer Organizations, Reward-for-contribution; Further development of modalities for the Senior Management Service - Defining membership, Validating core competencies, Reviewing supplemental competencies, Developing learning/assessment strategies; Contractual arrangements; Mobi

Report of 3rd Session (July 2002, New York)

Framework for Human Resources Management: (a) Review of the pay and benefits system; (b) Contractual arrangements; (c) Mobility; Evolution of the UN/US net remuneration margin; Base/floor salary scale; Review of the level of the education grant ;Hazard pay; Mission subsistence allowance; Paternity leave; Survey of best prevailing conditions of employment for the General Service and related categories in Geneva and Vienna; Exchange of views on issues to be considered by HLCM; Matters arising from the meeting of the Inter-agency Security Management Network; Information and communications tech

Report of 2nd Session (April 2002, Geneva)

Framework for Human Resources Management: (a) Review of the pay and benefits system: Report of the Working Group to the Commission (i) Realigning job evaluation to support organizational performance; (ii) Planning a broad banded salary structure for the United Nations common system; (iii) Pay for performance: developing a reward strategy for the United Nations common system; (iv) A United Nations Executive Service; (v) Recruitment, retention and relocation bonuses; (vi) New approaches and the current pay and benefits system; (vii) Relevant labour markets and the Noblemaire Principle; (viii)

Report of 1st Session (June 2001, New York)

Review of the pay and benefits system; Standards of conduct for the international civil service; Base/floor salary scale; Evolution of the net remuneration margin; ICSC Programme Budget 2002-2003; Introduction of the Euro; Contractual arrangements; Survey of best prevailing conditions of employment at Rome, Geneva and New York (language teachers); Sustainable employability; Recruitment concerns; Staff/Management relations; Ad Hoc meeting on social policy issues in the UN system workplace; Ad Hoc Inter-Agency Meeting on Security; Task Force on UN staff and their dependants living with HIV/AI

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