What the proposed UN compensation changes mean for you

Flags in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York. If the proposed modernizations to the U.N. compensation package are approved, it would hit single parents hard, as well as geographically mobile staff, staff in the field and staff with working spouses. Photo by: JC McIlwaine / United Nations

In early August, the International Civil Service Commission convened in Vienna to determine a “simplified, modernized, fit-for-purpose” compensation package for the United Nations system. Instead, the independent expert body, established by the U.N. General Assembly, presented a “complicated, pieced-together package,” according to one source close to the matter who wished not to be named.

A review meant to modernize the compensation system has “bowed to political pressure from certain member states bent on cutting costs,” U.N. Staff Union President Barbara Tavora-Jainchill told Devex.

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    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.