Here's how some UN agencies are becoming more family-friendly places to work

United Nations agencies are adapting standard parental leave policies in an attempt to become increasingly family-friendly. Photo by: August de Richelieu / Pexels

BARCELONA — While organization-wide policies guarantee all United Nations staff the same family leave, some agencies have been working to update the entitlements they offer and become more family-friendly employers.

Current policies mean U.N. staff can take up to 16 weeks fully paid maternity leave, starting no later than two weeks prior to the expected delivery date. Paternity leave is just four weeks, or up to eight weeks for internationally recruited staff serving at non-family duty stations, where the long-term presence of family members is restricted, typically for security reasons.

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    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.