The Staff Council works to have a better system for negotiating and resolving global and local issues and to ensure that staff rights are protected and that rules and procedures are respected.
Staff Management Committee - SMC
The Staff-Management Committee (SMC) was established in line with Article 8 of the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations (SRR), which stipulates: "The Secretary-General shall establish and maintain continuous contact and communication with the staff in order to ensure effective participation of the staff in identifying, examining and resolving issues relating to staff welfare, including conditions of work, general conditions of life and other human resources policies".
The SMC is composed of the UN Management and the leadership of the UN Staff Unions and Associations. Its members interact regularly through video conferences and physically at least once a year for direct negotiations. Management delegation is led by the UN Under Secretary General on Management, assisted by the Assistant Secretary General for Office of Human Resources Management, and supported by the various Directors of Administration and Chiefs of Human Resources of the UN institutions. The SMC discusses and negotiates among other important issues, SRR and various guidelines and administrative circulars governing the UN activities, conditions of service and welfare of staff.
Joint Advisory Committee - JAC
The Staff Council works to have a better system for negotiating and resolving local issues and to ensure that staff rights are protected and that rules and procedures are respected.
After some difficulties at the beginning of 2009, the Staff Union and the Administration of UNOV/UNODC are collaborating in the resolution of the issues affecting the conditions of service and the welfare of staff. The Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) is functional and has addressed effectively various issues, including the UNODC downsizing. The JAC Terms of Reference are available here.
The Staff Union is convinced that more can be done and is proposing to the Administration the adoption of a more effective approach through the establishment of a Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) along the lines of the committees established in various UN offices such as New York, Geneva, Addis Abeba and The Hague.
Human Resources Network - HR Network
The HR Network brings together Directors of Human Resources departments from over thirty UN and related organisations at its biannual meetings, which are held in conjunction with those of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC). It has two major roles:
- To provide strategic advice to the Chief Executives of the system on human resource management developments, ensuring best practices across the system.
- To provide strategic advice and leadership in the management of human resources, focusing on specific strategic issues of interest to
HR Directors, preparing views and proposals to HLCM and liaising with other HLCM
Networks and liaising with Federations of Staff Associations.
High-Level Committee on Management - HLCM
The High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM) is responsible for ensuring coordination in administrative and management areas across the UN System.
HLCM is charged with identifying and analysing administrative management issues of common concern, which require a system-wide response and is authorised to take decisions on behalf of the Executive Heads and to identify, promote and coordinate management reforms that will improve services, achieve productivity improvements and increase efficiency and effectiveness across the United Nations System.