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Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA)

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Staff regulations and staff rules, including provisional staff rules, of the United Nations

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Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA)

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Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA)

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December 13, 2021 - The Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) policy is now available in French. To access the document, click on the French language tab.

February 05, 2021 - The Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) policy is now available in Spanish. To access the document, click on the Spanish language tab.

February 12, 2020 – Paragraph 31 of the policy has been updated to link to the DSA guidance for detail assignments per the Guidelines on Detail Assignments under the Recruitment and Selection policy, Human Resources Management.

September 13, 2018 - The POPP subprocess for DSA (para 31 c) reflects the elimination of AI issuance and the abolishment of IC’s on the topic. Specifically, the special DSA rates for NYC, GVA, and VIE which are available in the ICSC circular and no longer promulgated through an AI.

July 24, 2017 - The policy has been updated to reflect the replacement of the schedule in ST/IC/2015/25 with revised rates for the daily subsistence allowance in New York, Geneva and Vienna. DSA for Extended Periods of Official Business During such extended period of official business travel, DSA shall be paid as follows: 31 c) After 120 days, normally at 60 percent of the first-60-days rate. The after-120-days DSA rates for New York, Geneva and Vienna, are published separately in the annex to UN circular ST/IC/2017/20.