As you finish your first month in your new post with the UN, we hope you are feeling comfortable and confident in your new role, and actively contributing to UN mandates. As a new hire, you bring a new perspective and experience that can greatly benefit your team and the larger UN.
Is there anything you still need to know? Please don’t hesitate to ask. For example, if you are a staff member, is your work plan now added and approved in Inspira? If not, please ask your supervisor for support in getting that done.
Non-staff: With your supervisor, update your work plan and timeline, noting what you have already accomplished, and any changes.
Staff: All new staff are expected to have completed workplans approved in Inspira within two months of starting a new position - and even sooner, if possible. Read Performance Management and Work Planning for further information on the Organization’s approach to performance management.
When you receive your first salary statement, you will notice that “staff assessment” is one of the deductions. Below is a brief overview, and more information can be found on the US Taxes page of the Knowledge Gateway.
Staff assessment is an amount deducted from all UN staff members' gross pay according to the UN Staff Regulations and Rules, regardless of their nationality.
US citizens and permanent residents who have signed the “Waiver of rights, privileges, exemptions and immunities” (the waiver) are subject to US income tax on their UN earnings (see latest tax circular sect.I, para.1). In addition, US citizens serving in the US are also subject to self-employment tax on their UN earnings. The UN reimburses those staff members who have to pay the US income taxes due on their UN earnings as well as 6.2 per cent out of a total 12.4 per cent of the Social Security tax portion and 1.45 per cent out of a total 2.9 per cent of the Medicare tax portion of the related self-employment taxes payable by US citizens.
All UN personnel are expected to “demonstrate commitment to zero tolerance of any prohibited conduct and treat all people in the workplace courteously and with dignity and respect, as well as with an awareness of their own behaviour and how it may be perceived and/or received by others” (ST/SGB/2019/8).
Search the United to Respect Toolkit (available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic) - for one action you can take to do this.
You may also want to:
1) Check out the United against Racism page on iSeek
Young UN members understand that there are many common challenges across the UN system and are proactive in addressing them to create a positive change. Young UN created a survey, receiving 859 respondents from 34 UN entities, 91 countries, and across different contract types and time at the UN. UN employees answered questions about their experiences and expectations at the workplace and how the UN needs to adapt for the future of work.
The United Nations Editorial Manual in English is an authoritative statement of the style and spelling conventions to use when drafting or editing United Nations documents, publications, and other written material in English. Although based mainly on the practices and policies that have evolved at Headquarters, the present manual provides editorial guidance for all parts of the Secretariat.