FerMUN: Model UN conference: Press Briefing at UN, Geneva, 8 January 2013 (ITU/ M. Jacobson-Gonzalez)

The HLCM’s human resources management agenda has, as its overarching goal, the continued development of the international civil service as an independent, neutral, highly skilled and engaged resource to meet the ever-changing requirements of the international community.

A key expected outcome of this endeavour is a strengthened leadership and managerial culture and organizational environment that recognize good performance, strengthen linkage to career development, and sanction poor performance. In this connection, as many organizations are striving to adjust their internal mobility policies in support of skill and career development, achieving true inter-agency mobility – including through practical means such as bilateral or multilateral exchanges from job pools – is a strategic objective in which HLCM has chosen to engage.

The fundamental challenge of an HR management reform agenda is to determine how best to attract, retain, and promote the talent necessary to deliver the broad spectrum of programmatic activity in the multitude of geographic locations where the UN system operates.

The most immediate means to pursue this goal is by engaging in a constructive dialogue with the ICSC in the context of its review of the Conditions of Service for UN system staff, and aim to develop a proposal for a competitive and simplified compensation package that enables organizations to attract and retain staff of the highest calibre and reduce transaction costs, relying on scientific evidence from systematic data gathering and monitoring on relevant trends.