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P & G staff:

Differences and Rules


Definitions and good intentions

Classification of Jobs

Working and Employment Conditions

Union demands


Definitions and good intentions
Definitions and Good Intentions

Art.0.1 of the Staff regulations:

The Staff Regulations (…) regulate the conditions of employment and set forth the duties and rights

of the officials of the International Labour Office.

Kofi Annan, September 2002 :

Action 28.Effective 1 January 2003, all employees of the United Nations Secretariat will be referred to as international civil servants.

Juan Somavia, May 2003 : Whether we are G-staff, P-staff or national professional officers, we are part of one single entity and one single Organization. I remember the Secretary-General saying something of that order a couple of years ago, and maybe we can think about starting to see all staff as international civil servants performing different functions in the same international institution. And we should not discriminate on the basis of distinctions between field and headquarters.

Classification of jobs

Article 2.2 of the Staff Regulations:

Jobs shall be classified in categories and grades, in accordance with the duties and responsibilities attaching to them, as follows:

Classification of Jobs

 (1) DG, DDG, ADG, TFC

(2) Director & Principal Officer category – D2 & D1

(3) Professional category – P1 to P5

(4) NEW – OCTOBER 2001 (GB MARCH 2001)

National Professional Officers category – NO A to NO D

(5) « General Service category, comprising all other grades »

Geographical distribution
Geographical distribution

Local Recruitment: Tougher than ever …

Art.4.3. : (a) The appointment of staff on a wide geographical basis

SHALL NOT be a consideration in the appointment of officials

to the General Service category

Jobs in this category shall AS FAR AS POSSIBLE be filled by

locally recruited officials.

(b)Officials of the GS category (…) shall not NORMALLY be transferred

No such transfer shall take place

without the official’s consent



National officers

That Obscure Object of Desire …

Art.4.3. bis: (a) Jobs in this category SHALL BE filled by locally recruited officials.

(b)Officials of the National Professional Officers category (…)

SHALL NOT be transferred to other duty stations.

MEANS: "Abandonall hope ye who enters here"

Strong ICSC influence

Employment & Working Conditions

  • Obvious differences in contract types

    because of different recruitment procedures (Field)

  • Salaries adjusted for P, less so for G

  • Hardship is not recognized for GS

  • Social security: SHIF not always, MEC usually not

  • Family benefits: local conditions

  • Pensions: better grossing up, but no dollar protection for PR and non-pensionable part

Overtime compensation & language allowances– less and less

Conditions (II)

  • More then limited prospects of mobility

    (Field, but also HQ)

  • Education allowances: NONE

  • Unequal public and peers’ recognition

  • Doubts concerning merit increments

  • Longer waiting period for titularization

Continuity in Grade Structure :

For career prospects, to avoid part of discrimination

Union Demands

  • Access to education grant:

    At least in country of work

  • Mobility:

  • Remove artificial obstacles

  • Security:

  • At parity for evacuation, work out proper insurance mechanisms (P staff: Hardship)

we are all

International Civil Servants !