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How the Ombudsman can help with your performance conversations

Ongoing and meaningful performance conversations are at the center of the UN Performance Management and Development System. The new approach envisages year-round conversations between supervisees and supervisors to ensure professional growth, learning and improvement...

The ACABQ: a beginner’s guide

“Experience matters when you deal with budgetary and administrative issues, particularly in the context of the UN,” asserted Mr. Abdallah Bachar Bong. He currently chairs the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), a subsidiary organ of...

The vital work of conference officers at UNHQ

Watch any meeting at UNHQ on the Webcast and the proceedings are flawless. Each delegate seated behind the proper nameplate, simultaneous interpretation at the touch of a button, keynote speakers from far-flung locations beamed in via VTC and crucial documentation...

How dignity lights up the workplace

One answer to the question above involves discussions of the role that dignity plays in the workplace. This article illustrates the links between dignity, the Values and Behaviors Framework and the work of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services (“UNOMS”)....

Delivering humanitarian assistance at the darkest hour

Martin Griffiths is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Although based at UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva has been his and his...

How the promotion system in the UN can be improved

Promotion and career progression in the UN often has a number of barriers. This article looks closer at these challenges, and at the lack of connection between the current performance management system and individual career growth. The article will also provide...

I’m showing racism at the UN the red card

You have been selected by the Secretary-General to be his Special Adviser on the fight against racism in the workplace. What aspect of your background made him choose you? Firstly, he would be the one to ask, but I believe that just from being a South African, I...

Do we need typists?

You probably have no idea what a DPU is. You would be forgiven for thinking this is an obscure component on your smartphone, or a new AI bot capable of instantly producing an academic paper on quantitative easing. But what if I told you that DPU stands for ‘Desktop...

INSIDE VIEW

The ACABQ: a beginner’s guide

“Experience matters when you deal with budgetary and administrative issues, particularly in the context of the UN,” asserted Mr. Abdallah Bachar Bong. He currently chairs the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), a subsidiary organ of...

The vital work of conference officers at UNHQ

Watch any meeting at UNHQ on the Webcast and the proceedings are flawless. Each delegate seated behind the proper nameplate, simultaneous interpretation at the touch of a button, keynote speakers from far-flung locations beamed in via VTC and crucial documentation...

How dignity lights up the workplace

One answer to the question above involves discussions of the role that dignity plays in the workplace. This article illustrates the links between dignity, the Values and Behaviors Framework and the work of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services (“UNOMS”)....

Delivering humanitarian assistance at the darkest hour

Martin Griffiths is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Although based at UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva has been his and his...

How the promotion system in the UN can be improved

Promotion and career progression in the UN often has a number of barriers. This article looks closer at these challenges, and at the lack of connection between the current performance management system and individual career growth. The article will also provide...

I’m showing racism at the UN the red card

You have been selected by the Secretary-General to be his Special Adviser on the fight against racism in the workplace. What aspect of your background made him choose you? Firstly, he would be the one to ask, but I believe that just from being a South African, I...

Do we need typists?

You probably have no idea what a DPU is. You would be forgiven for thinking this is an obscure component on your smartphone, or a new AI bot capable of instantly producing an academic paper on quantitative easing. But what if I told you that DPU stands for ‘Desktop...

Combatting racism through strategy and pragmatism

With an ongoing campaign to ‘Lead on Anti-Racism at UNOG’ that has just earned her the Secretary-General Award for Workforce Diversity, we spoke to Marie Diur, Chief, Interpretation Service at the United Nations Office in Geneva.  Elated and more...

Life as the UN’s paymaster

UN Controller Chandramouli Ramanathan tells us how he balances the UN’s books, explains our mission to funders, and keeps everyone paid on time, wherever they are. How much money do you manage? We have roughly $14 billion in annual revenues. I say “roughly”, and this...

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