Who works at the secretariat?
Around 500 people are employed at UNFCCC. We are from over 100 countries,
with a blend of diverse cultures, gender and professional backgrounds that
enrich and enhance our work.
What do we offer?
The remuneration of staff in the Professional and higher categories is made
up of two main elements; a base salary and post adjustment.
The Professional and higher categories comprise five Professional levels (P-1
to P-5), two Director levels (D-1 and D-2) as well as the levels of Assistant
Secretary-General and Under Secretary-General. The scales are expressed as
gross and net base salaries and applied uniformly, worldwide, by all
organizations in the United Nations common system. Although salaries are
expressed in United States dollars, in most duty stations staff are paid part
of their salary in local currency . The base salary is obtained by deducting
staff assessment from gross base salary. The current salary scale is to be
found under the following link:
Post adjustment is a cost-of-living adjustment designed to achieve
equivalent purchasing power for all duty stations. As the cost-of-living
varies significantly between duty stations, post adjustments are set at
different levels at each duty station so as to compensate for these
differences in living costs and also the USD exchange rate. The post
adjustment is expressed in a percentage and is considered as indicative since
variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency
Post adjustment is a non-pensionable amount which is paid at a single or
dependency rate, and is not subject to staff assessment. Together, base
salary and post adjustment form net remuneration. The Vacancy Announcement
provides the monthly post adjustment percentage that was current at the time
of publishing. For further details about post adjustment, see
UN ICSC web site.
Staff members accrue annual leave at the rate of 2.5 working days per month or
30 working days per year.
Sick Leave / Maternity Leave
UNFCCC offers sick leave and maternity leave benefits in accordance with the
established United Nations rules.
For Professional and higher category staff, dependency benefits are provided in
the form of higher net salaries and allowances for staff with dependants
(dependency or "D" rate) than for those without dependants (single or "S"
rate), and by flat-rate allowances for children and secondary dependants. To
qualify as a dependant, a child must be under the age of 18, or, if in
full-time attendance at university, be under 21 years of age.
The rates of dependency allowance applicable to General Services category staff
are provided in a form of a flat rate, set out in an appendix applicable to the
duty station. To qualify as a dependant, a child must be under the age of 18,
or, if in full-time attendance at university, be under 21 years of age.
UNFCCC provides a health insurance plan (UNSMIS) for the reimbursement of a major portion
of the expenses incurred by the staff member in accordance with the established rules.
Coverage extends to all of the staff member's recognized dependants.
The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) provides retirement,
disability and survivor's benefits as well as lump sum withdrawal settlements
to members of the Fund.
The conditions for entitlement to a benefit, as well as the determination of
the amount of the benefit, are governed by the Regulations of the Funds.
Elements for such determination are the length of contributory service, the
amount of the final average remuneration ( based on the best 36 months of
pensionable remuneration during the last five years of contributory service),
the applicable rate of benefit accumulation per year of contributory service
and the age on separation. The staff member's contribution to the pension
scheme amounts to 7.9% of the pensionable remuneration (which varies according
to the grade and step). The secretariat's contribution is double that of the
staff member, ie. 15.8%
The United Nations Joint Service Pension Fund's web site is www.unjspf.org
Depending on the category and the length of the appointment, there are
additional benefits that may be applicable in accordance with the United Nations rules.