Purpose of mobility allowance
To encourage movement from one duty station to another, staff will be paid an incentive in the form of flat amounts based on a cluster of moves ranging from one to seven.
Internationally recruited staff on an assignment of one year or more who have had five consecutive years of service in the United Nations system may qualify for the mobility allowance.
The allowance is not payable to short-term staff, staff who either receive a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) or who are assigned to peace-keeping activities and are on mission subsistence allowance (MSA), United Nations Volunteers, consultants, holders of Special Service Agreements (SSAs) or those working under similar contractual arrangements.
Payment of the mobility allowance
At A-E duty stations, the mobility allowance is paid as of the second assignment and is increased for each move up to the seventh assignment after which it continues to be paid at the rate of the seventh assignment.
At H locations, the mobility incentive begins only from the fourth assignment, and reaches a maximum on the seventh and subsequent assignments.
In order to qualify for payment at H locations, staff must have had at least two previous assignments at A to E locations.
After five consecutive years at the same duty station, the mobility allowance is discontinued.