This website provides a central source of information about all aspects of the
staff survey being conducted by the ICSC during October 2012.The survey itself
has two main components: i) the out-of-area survey and ii) the in-area survey on
purchases of organic/biological products.
The out-of-area survey seeks to identify countries where UN common system staff
members incur expenditures outside of the country of their duty station. Its
purpose is to update the list of countries used in the estimation of the
out-of-area index, one of the major components of the Post Adjustment Index.
Out-of-area expenditures include purchases outside the country of the duty station,
such as payments for direct imports, tuition costs, remittances to dependants
and the maintenance of dwellings in the home country.
The second survey relates to expenditures incurred by staff, inside the country
of duty station, on organic/biological foods and beverages. The purpose of this
survey is to determine the relative importance, in the overall expenditure
pattern of UN staff members, of these organic/biological brands relative to the
conventional or regular brands of the same items.
Answers to specific questions you may have about the survey can be found by
referring to the relevant section of this website, as listed below:
- Instructions for Survey Participants – details on the survey deadline, where
to access the survey online and how to submit your completed questionnaire.
- Questions and Answers – the rationale behind the survey, definitions of survey
specific terminology and details of how the results will be implemented.
- Role of the Survey Coordinator – an outline of the tasks to be undertaken by
survey coordinators, designated within each UN organization and/or duty station.
- Survey Documents – links to English, Spanish and French PDF versions of the
survey, alongside other useful documents for survey coordinators and staff at
Should you require any further information or assistance, please complete the
form available on the Contact Us page.
The results of this survey will be implemented in the 2015 round of
place-to-place surveys. As the accuracy of these results depends on the level of
participation of eligible staff, you are strongly encouraged to fill out
the questionnaire accurately and completely.