Staff assessment scheme

Introductory note.The main lines of the existing system of salaries and allowances were established as the result of a 1949 enquiry by a Committee of Experts (the Flemming Committee) set up under the auspices of ACC, after consultation between the UN Secretary-General and the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ).

Assignment allowance

Introductory note. Assignment allowance was introduced on the recommendation of the Salary Review Committee (1956) (see UN document A/3209, para. 286), following proposals of the organizations for reconciling divergent conditions of service in different programmes.

Computation of entitlements

(l) At the 24th session (March 1963: CO-ORDINATION/R.430, para. 27 and Appendix D) CCAQ agreed that any non-resident's allowance and language allowance should be added to the base pay, to arrive at the total take-home pay, before fixing the appropriate step in the Professional grade in the case of promotion from the General Service to the Professional category.

Base salary scales for General Service and related categories

Preliminary remark : CCAQ has on several occasions attempted to deal with General Service entitlements to salaries and allowances in bulk - i.e. it has considered entitlement to a particular allowance not in the context of that allowance for Professional staff but in the context of all other allowances for General Service staff. In this edition of the Handbook, as in the previous one, each entitlement is treated in the context of the specific allowance concerned.

Post adjustments

Introductory note. Before 1 January 1957, "salary differentials" served the same purpose as post adjustments; the latter are sometimes referred to as "duty-station adjustments".

(1) A special CCAQ session was held in March 1957 (CO-ORDINATION/R.244) at which agreement was reached as regards the new system of post adjustments, which replaced the old "differentials" system, on guiding principles and procedure for fixing and altering post adjustments. The agreement, which forms Annex I to the above document, dealt with:

Review of pay and benefits system

(1)     At its 92nd session (March 2000: ACC/2000/5, para. 8) CCAQ confirmed the importance it attached to the overhaul of the pay and benefits system and the underlying job classification system as a key area in human resources management reform. CCAQ expressed its appreciation to the ICSC secretariat for presenting a number of issues for discussion (ICSC/51/R.10) which it considered to be the first stage of a broader long-term process.

Non-resident's allowance

Introductory note. This allowance was introduced on the recommendation of the 1949 Committee of Experts (Flemming Committee). The relevant resolution of UN General Assembly (resolution 470(V)) gave the Secretary-General authority to "where he deems it appropriate, establish rules and salary limits for payment of a non-resident's allowance to General Service staff members recruited from outside the local area".

Structure of categories

(1) The structure of categories of staff applied in the common system results from recommendations of the Flemming Committee of 1949. That Committee, in fact, recommended four categories: (a) General Service, (b) Special Service, (c) Substantive Service, (d) Directors and Principal Officers.

Definition of non-resident and relationship to entitlements other than non-resident's allowance

(1) At the 12th session (April 1952: CO-ORDINATION/R.124, Section III B.13) the Committee agreed guiding principles which might bring about some uniformity as regards terms of employment of non-local staff in the General Service category.

(2) At the 19th session (March 1958: CO-ORDINATION/R.264, paras. 36-61) the Committee noted variations in practices of organizations represented in certain areas.

Definition of dependants

[See also Annex II.]

(1)     At the 14th session (April 1953: CO-ORDINATION/R.142, paras. 47-50) CCAQ considered that because dependants were recognized by the organizations for a number of different administrative purposes and under varying definitions, a standard definition of dependants could not be made for all the different purposes.

Language allowance and compensation for language requirements

(l) At the l5th session (April l954: CO-ORDINATION/R.l62) CCAQ agreed that FAO could grant language allowance at Rome to staff members for the Italian language on a "proficiency-plus-use" basis, where the staff member was recruited for work in one of the official languages.

(2) At the first part of the 21st session (April l960: CO-ORDINATION/R.325, paras. 32-38) the Committee reviewed existing practices and reaffirmed that:

Education Grant

Introductory note. On 13 February 1946, UN General Assembly resolved (on the recommendation of the Preparatory Commission) that an education grant should be payable to expatriate officials who sent their children back to their home country to school.

Special post allowance (acting salary)

Introductory note. The staff regulations or rules of most if not all organizations provide that a staff member may be required to carry out temporarily, without extra remuneration, the duties of posts of a higher grade than his own. If, however, he carries out such duties for a specified time (or in some cases if the higher level duties are performed in field areas) additional pay is granted. This is generally known as special post allowance, or sometimes as acting pay. CCAQ has discussed this allowance as follows: