The 2013 Intensive Residential Arabic language programme for field missions has arrived!

Due to the increasing role of the United Nations in the Middle East region, the need for staff with a good command of Arabic language is higher than ever.

Consequently, an intensive residential Arabic language programme has been organized in Amman for field mission staff who work or wish to work in a UN mission where Arabic is commonly spoken. This initiative reflects the Organization’s commitment to promote linguistic balance and multilingualism within the Secretariat and to improve the language capabilities of staff.

The HR Handbook: official Human Resources information at your fingertips

Have you searched multiple sources to look for official information on a Human Resources (HR) subject? How do you know the information you find is up to date?

The HR Handbook is a comprehensive online tool which is regularly updated and comprises legislative and reference documents, including the UN Charter, the staff regulations and rules, Secretary-General’s Bulletins, Administrative Instructions and Information Circulars.

United Nations Annual Memorial Service with special tribute to Fallen Staff and Survivors of UN Canal Hotel bombing - Monday 19 August

The United Nations Secretariat has held an Annual Memorial Service since 2011 to honour colleagues who have lost their lives in the service of the Organization, including the UN Funds and Programmes.
This year, the Service will be held on Monday 19 August 2013, which is the 10th anniversary of the Baghdad Canal Hotel bombing.

Last chance to be heard in the UN Cares Global Personnel Survey

So far only 265 UN Secretariat staff have made their voices heard through the UN Cares Global Personnel Survey. We know that many more want to share your views and let us know how UN Cares is doing. To ensure that the programme continues to serve you and your family well, we kindly request that you complete the 2013 UN Cares All Personnel Survey.
The survey is only open until Friday, 1 November 2013.

Sign-up now for the 2013 United Nations Language Proficiency Examination!

The registration period for the 2013 United Nations Language Proficiency Examination (LPE) is now open. 
The purpose of the LPE is to test staff members’ written and spoken knowledge in any of the six official languages of the United Nations. Staff members who pass one or more examinations may qualify for language-related incentives.
The written part of the 2013 LPE is scheduled to take place as follows:
• Monday 9 September 2013: CHINESE, ENGLISH, RUSSIAN
• Tuesday 10 September 2013: ARABIC, FRENCH, SPANISH