Human Resources and Policies Division  

Danger Pay


Danger pay is a special allowance established for internationally and locally recruited staff who are required to work in locations where very dangerous conditions prevail, comprising the following: Duty stations where United Nations staff, owing to the very fact of their association with, or employment by, an organization of the United Nations common system, are clearly, persistently and directly targeted or where premises are clearly, persistently and directly targeted, thus presenting an imminent and constant threat to staff and activities; Duty stations where United Nations staff or premises are at high risk of becoming collateral damage in a war or active armed conflict; Non-protected environments where medical staff are specifically at risk to their life when deployed to deal with public health emergencies as declared by the World Health Organization.


Danger pay may normally be granted for periods of up to three consecutive months. The application of danger pay is lifted when dangerous conditions are deemed to have abated.


The allowance is payable as a monthly sum to internationally-recruited and locally recruited staff whenever staff are present in the qualifying location, whether or not staff are required to report to duty at a UN office.

Amounts of danger pay

For internationally-recruited staff members, the amount is currently set at US$1,600 per month. For locally-recruited staff members serving in designated locations, the allowance is calculated locally at the rate of 30 per cent of the net midpoint of the applicable 2016 local General Service salary scale (excluding long-service and longevity steps, if any).

Locations to which Danger Pay applies - Approved List:
Acrobat PDF  (Press CTRL and select)

* Danger Pay list effective 1 April 2018 was revised and the following duty stations in Congo, D.R. were removed as per UNDSS recommendation: Bunia, Dungu, Kalemie and Uvira.

The current ICSC Global list with Danger Pay locations is provided in XML and XLS formats for ease of reference :

Download - ( XML ) ( XLS )

Duty Station IDs removed during our master data consolidation review ( Click here )

Ms. Marta Leichner-Boyce
Chief, Human Resources Policies Division

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