Background

The Committee received a progress report of the Working Group on Mobility and looked forward to the presentation of a draft text of an Inter-Agency Mobility Accord at the fall session of HLCM.  It was recognised that, although the Accord would be a valuable tool, there was a real need for all organizations to take concrete action on this issue, in particular: to accept staff from other organizations, to value secondments and to change staff rules and regulations, where necessary or appropriate so as to treat applications from any UN staff member for a position as an internal candidate, regardless of their current organization.  UNESCO highlighted the work of UNDG in this regard, with reference to efforts to harmonise policies and to recognise the experience of released staff in terms of career management and development.

Discussion

Recalling the need to ensure that effective incentives are in place to facilitate the movement of staff across the System, in particular to difficult and high-risk duty stations, the results of a recently completed worldwide UN system staff opinion survey on the mobility and hardship allowance would be soon presented to the HR Network.   The CEB secretariat also recalled that the ICSC would be taking up the issue of mobility and hardship allowance at its forthcoming session.

Action

The Committee:

  • Agreed that initiatives to enhance inter-agency mobility should be sustained;
  • Requested the CEB secretariat to conduct a questionnaire-based exercise to determine the baseline for organizations with regard to efforts to increase or facilitate inter-agency mobility and then to present its findings, in the form of a matrix, to the fall session of HLCM;
  • Agreed that the matrix, once developed, should be updated on an annual basis.