Review of the Common System Compensation Package |
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This past March (2013), the Commission launched a Comprehensive
Review of the United Nations common system compensation package to
examine all elements of staff compensation together with other HR
elements falling under its mandate. The Commission’s goal is a revised
compensation system that is coherent, sustainable and addresses the
concerns/expectations of all of its stakeholders—staff, organizations and
The Review will take place in stages, beginning with an in-depth
examination of the history and rationale for the various elements
contained in the present compensation package. Next, alternative
approaches will be considered and assessed for applicability to the UN
common system. The Commission has already begun to study current
trends and the practices in expatriate compensation used in other
international organizations, NGOs, and the private sector.
Three working groups, each with a specific focus, have been formed to
facilitate the Commission’s work. The composition of the working groups,
which include Commission members, representatives of the common
system organizations and the three global staff federations, provides for
and ensures the full participation of all stakeholders. The three working
groups will consider:
(1) The remuneration structure;
(2) Competitiveness and sustainability; and
(3) Performance incentives and other human resources issues.
To maximize input prior to the meeting of the first working group, the
Chair and Vice Chair of ICSC met with the organizations’ Executive Heads
and Human Resources Directors to seek their views. A parallel
undertaking was the global staff survey to identify important areas of
concern linked to both compensation and performance management
issues. Outcomes from these meetings and the findings from the survey
will be available to the first working group meeting scheduled to take
place from 2 to 6 December 2013.
Results from the meeting of the first working group as well as progress
reports from the other working groups will be reported to the
Commission at its spring session in 2014.
27 November 2013
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