Reviewed personnel policies in establishing an integrated management system.
Initiated a review of the present staff Rules and Regulations, which will result in amendments to reflect changes already approved by the UN General Assembly and remedy other loopholes.
Began developing new policies that would cover a wide range of topical issues, such as a performance appraisal reporting system, promotion guidelines, recruitment policy for consultants, and other short-term staff.
Initiated an improvement of classification procedures in keeping with the classification methods set out in the ICSC common standards. Two staff members attended a job classification workshop under the auspices of ICSC in Geneva; 95 job descriptions and 17 job classification proposals were prepared.
Promoted the harmonization and predictability of criteria and guidelines for staff recruitment and performance appraisal.
Staff Administrative and Social Services
Social Security Section
Established a Standing Committee for the management of the various WIPO insurance schemes, to enable improved monitoring of existing medical and accident insurance plans and examine proposals for new insurance coverage such as loss-of-earnings and life insurances.
Selected a medical doctor for the forthcoming in-house medical unit.
Formed a Working Group to study the feasibility of establishing a crèche for the children of WIPO staff members and presented its proposals to the Director General for further action.
Improved assistance to staff members and their family members faced with medical or family-related problems by providing counseling and practical aid with both medical and administrative difficulties.
WIPO officials attended the 88th session of the CCAQ, held in Rome in April 1998, during which important proposals concerning long-term non-medical care were discussed.
The above activities should eventually lead to better health care and other social services available to the staff members.
Benefits and Entitlements Section