UNDP structural review ‘winding down’

Administrator Helen Clark addresses UNDP employees in China. Photo by: United Nations Development Program / CC BY-NC-ND 

Restructuring efforts at the United Nations Development Program are on track to be completed by the end of the year and will result with less top brass as well as improved career paths for entry- and mid-level positions.

“The biggest part of the structural review is now winding down,” Jens Wandel, UNDP assistant administrator and director of the Bureau of Management, told Devex on the sidelines of the 2014 AidEx Conference in Brussels. “By the end of the year, all the main components will be in place.”

In early June, the U.N. agency announced plans to create a leaner organization by cutting staff at headquarters and focusing more on country offices. This would entail flipping over the staff distribution ratio between headquarters and the field from 60/40 to 40/60, axing senior positions in New York and opening up more low- and middle-level regional positions.

“We probably got a bit top-heavy,” Wandel said, noting that the turnaround will allow UNDP to establish a better career path for its employees, from entry level up.

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    Diederik Kramers is a freelance correspondent in Brussels covering EU and NATO affairs. A former spokesperson and communications officer for UNICEF and UNHCR, he previously worked as foreign desk and Eastern Europe editor for the Dutch press agency ANP and as editor-in-chief of the Dutch quarterly Ukraine Magazine.