First day on the job
Welcome to your first day on the job! We hope your new role will be a positive and rewarding experience. If this is your first staff post in the United Nations Secretariat, today is your “Entry on Duty” (EOD) date.
Today or quite soon, you will receive “Unite ID” log in credentials and a UN email address, which will be needed to access some of these links.
Ask your supervisor or your HR Partner if your duty station has an in-person induction programme for new staff. It is a great way to meet others and start developing friendships. If you have joined the UN through the Young Professionals Programme (YPP), ask your supervisor or HR Partner about the YPP induction programme.
If not already scheduled, ask to meet with your supervisor to discuss your work plan and timelines.
Staff: Upon arrival at the duty station, contact your HR Officer or Assistant to obtain information about the performance management system and to find out who your supervisors are.
Then, in your first few weeks, discuss your workplan with your First Reporting Officer (FRO). Read further about your Role and Responsibilities in Performance Management.
Take a few minutes to read the Organization’s policy and approach to performance management. For further information on performance management, please refer to Performance Management on the HR Portal.
There are several key platforms and applications that you will be expected to use:
The UN Intranet-iSeek is the internal portal to the Organization where you can find all the resources you will need.
Start by visiting Orientation: Essentials for Staff Members - a page that includes brief descriptions and links to:
Check iSeek at the beginning of each work day to:
As updated on iSeek, be sure to review the current priorities of the Secretary-General, as it can be quite strategic to link the work you do with these priorities.
If you are a new hire for OCHA,please take the new induction course ‘Welcome to OCHA!’, which will provide you with an overview of the mandate and vision, core functions and objectives of OCHA. The course targets all new personnel of OCHA as well as the partner organizations working with OCHA to meet the needs of those who are affected by crises. It is available on Inspira in English, French and Spanish.
Additional induction material will be made available on OCHA internal platforms as you start your duties.
As originals or certified copies:
All staff should bring these documents:
1. Passport or National ID – for self and eligible dependent spouse
2. Marriage certificate (if married)
3. Birth certificates for dependent children (if relevant)
General Service (GS) staff should also bring:
4. Original copy of high school diploma
Decide to opt in or opt out of the Voluntary Supplemental Funding Mechanism for Legal Assistance, which is a voluntary payroll deduction to supplement the funding of the Office of Staff Legal Assistance.
► Be an ally for colleagues who identify as LGBITQ+
To learn about essential work related to diversity and inclusion and how to be an ally:
Electoral Policies are a must-read for Staff Members involved in Electoral Affairs work. The United Nations in collaboration with other governmental and non-governmental partners have developed several tools to provide election practitioners with useful resources.