CEB MECHANISM:

Human Resources Network

Co-chairs

Ms. Carole Wamuyu Wainaina (UN Secretariat), Ms. Karen Farkas (UNHCR), Mr Mark Levin (ILO)

Alternates

Mr Michael Emery (UNFPA), Mrs Cornelia Moussa (WIPO)

Meeting frequency

Biannual

The HR Network brings together Directors of Human Resources departments from over thirty UN and related organizations at its biannual meetings, which are held prior to those of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).

The Network provides strategic advice and leadership in the management of human resources, focusing on specific strategic issues of interest to HR Directors, as well as preparing views and proposals to the HLCM and ICSC as well as liaising with the Federations of Staff Associations.  The HR Network facilitates Delivering as One by harmonizing and reforming human resource business practices and through enhancing and facilitating inter-agency mobility.  The Network coordinates the implementation of the UN Cares and the UN Dual Career and Staff Mobility programmes across the UN system.

The HR Network has two major roles: a) to provide strategic advice to the Chiefs Executives of the system on human resources management developments, ensuring best practices across the system and b) to prepare, on behalf of the CEB, input and exchange with the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), which is responsible for the regulation and coordination of the conditions of service of the United Nations common system

To support the management of its programme of work, the HR Network has developed four strategies: a) to provide strategic advice and leadership in the management of human resources, focusing on specific strategic issues of interest to HR Directors, preparing views and proposals to HLCM and liaising with other HLCM Networks and liaising with the Federations of Staff Associations; b) to facilitate delivering as one by harmonizing and reforming as much as possible the HR business practices across the UN system and enhancing and facilitating inter-agency mobility; c) to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of HR policies, practices and the compensation package, covering topics such as gender balance, persons with disabilities, inter-agency mobility, and others; d) to coordinate the implementation of programmes for the UN system: UN Cares and the UN Dual Career and Staff Mobility programme.

Inter-Organization Mobility

The revised Inter-Organization Agreement concerning transfer, secondment or loan of staff among organizations applying the United Nations Common System of Salaries and Allowances was ratified by all member organizations. Regarding Resident Coordinator issues, the HR Network recently adopted a proposal to guarantee return rights for RCs and to the extent possible the retention of grade. A new Working Group was recently in September 2012 and the Terms of Reference will be finalised in the near future

UN Dual Career and Staff Mobility programme

On January 1st 2008 responsibility for the UN Dual Career and Staff Mobility programme (DC&SM) was transferred from WFP to the CEB Secretariat. The aim of the programme is to assist globally mobile UN staff members and their families, in networking, spouse/partner employment, obtaining work permits and settling into new locations. A Steering Committee takes decisions on the most important elements of the programme.  The DC&SM programme provides guidance and support for a large number of Local Expatriate Spouse Associations (LESA) launched in several duty stations globally.