Background

At its seventh session, the Committee had requested that the CEB secretariat conduct a survey to determine the baseline for organizations with regard to efforts to increase or facilitate inter-organization mobility. The survey, which was completed by HR Directors, yielded data on the numbers of inter-organization movements, including secondments, loans and transfers of Professional and General Service staff as well as on current organizational policies, practices and enabling as well as impeding factors relating to inter-organization mobility.

Discussion

The Committee was informed that inter-organization mobility remained rather limited and that staff on secondment, loan or transfer were still the exception in the UN System; survey respondents reported a total number of 795 inter-organization movements which could not be seen as significant compared to the overall staff population of approximately 53,280. While some progress had been achieved, particularly with respect to awareness-building and the communication of employment opportunities across the system, mobility continued to be severely impaired by organizational policies and practices, such as the non-recognition of rewards and promotion received during an inter-organization release period, by security and health concerns, spouse/partner employment issues and staff’s uneasiness over career development and job security. Recommendations included the refinement and alignment of organizational policies and practices, the focus on specific occupational groups, enhanced efforts to promote spouse and partner employment and an emphasis on fostering a common UN system culture through training and learning programmes and communities of practice.

Action

The Committee:

  • Noted that at present inter-organization mobility was limited;
  • Encouraged organizations to promote and support inter-organization mobility through the establishment and enhancement of suitable organizational policies, practices, systems and other measures; and
  • Requested that the CEB secretariat undertake a follow-up survey to the baseline in early 2007 and report back on the findings at the Committee’s spring 2007 session.