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Program 16

Human Resources Management Division   

(HRMD)

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Background

In carrying out the main activities listed below, the HRMD has relied on fewer staff members, compared with the 1996-97 biennium.  New initiatives and activities started or accomplished were performed while maintaining the routine workload.

Objectives

Recruit and retain highly-qualified personnel and widen its geographical distribution.

Enhance the knowledge and skills of the staff and promote productivity.

Improve work practices and procedures through modern management techniques.

Provide staff incentives and career development based on performance and merit.

Develop communication and information sharing among the staff. Enhance conditions of service.

Sub-program 16.1

Staff Recruitment

Main Activities

Announced 13 competitions for posts in the Professional (P) category and 15 competitions (for a total of 25 posts) for General Service (G) category posts.

Received a total of 291 applications for competitions in the “P” category, which were advertised worldwide, and 521 for the “G” category.  Several of the competitions were still open as of May 31.

Organized tests for the candidates of examiner and proof-reader posts.

Received and processed some 1,500 general employment applications.

Appointed 10 persons at the Professional level.

Results

The above activities enabled the Secretariat, through increased staffing and expertise, to carry out its work, particularly the new initiatives, described in the biennial program.

Short-term Employees Unit

Main Activities

Recruited 45 new persons on short-term contracts and 13 persons on consultancy contracts, bringing the total of persons engaged under short-term contracts, consultancy contracts, and Special Service Agreements to 244 persons from approximately 50 countries.

Prepared approximately 600 contract letters and amendments to contracts and 120 certificates of employment for tax and other purposes.  Prepared statistics on contractual

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