To effectively deliver on current and future mandates and to meet evolving operational needs, the UN Secretariat must ensure that the right people are in the right place at the right time. So that it can retain and deploy a dynamic, adaptable and global workforce, the United Nations is introducing a new staffing system that will come into force in 2016. Learn more about it on this page.


Important update

Within the context of the management reforms, the Secretary-General has decided to pause the implementation of the Mobility Framework to conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of its benefits and challenges (see ST/SGB/2016/2/Rev.1).

The goal will be to simplify and streamline the framework, as envisioned in his report, “Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations: ensuring a better future for all” (A/72/492).

The review and recommendations will be presented to the General Assembly at its 73rd session.

Mobility is a critical component of the Secretary-General’s vision for a nimble, effective, transparent, accountable and efficient Organization, and will be an important focus of the reform efforts. During the pause, staff members are encouraged to continue to pursue opportunities to be mobile and gain exposure to new areas of work, other departments and offices, and different locations.


What does the “pause” mean?

The new staffing system operationalized under ST/AI/2016/1 introduced semi-annual staffing exercises comprised of concurrent vacancy and managed mobility exercises. The pause in the new system means that there will be no new vacancy or new managed mobility exercises launched in 2018 and no additional networks will be phased into the new system.

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