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1.0 Relevant Regulations and Rules
Staff Rules and Staff Regulations of the United Nations

2.0 Policies
Main Policy

 Related Policies
Recruitment and Selection Framework Policy

Selection procedures for non-rotational positions are described in the Recruitment and Selection Framework Policy.

UNDP Guidelines on Detail Assignments are available here.

UNDP Guidelines on Strategic Placements are available here

UNDP Guidelines on the use of P-6 and P-7 level positions are available here. 

The document Recruitment and Selection for Local FTAs and International FTA Posts not covered by Candidate Pools is available for reference purposes here.

3.0 Procedures
Main Procedures

Selection Procedures for Candidate Pool Positions

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Selection Procedures for other Rotational Positions

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January 9, 2023 - The procedures have been updated to reflect UNDP's transition to its new cloud-based management platform Quantum in January 2023, replacing its previous ATLAS system.

January 01, 2021 - As part of People for 2030, OHR is introducing a mobility policy which enables UNDP to deploy the right people in the right place at the right time, thus ensuring that the organization can fulfil its crucial mission and achieve its objectives in fostering the attainment of sustainable development. More specifically, the policy aims to:

• Enable more effective and efficient staff mobility within UNDP;
• Ensure that staff moves are managed strategically and that each established position is continuously filled;
• Create opportunities for career development and continuous learning, as part of an integrated employee experience, through multi-directional moves driven both by business needs and staff aspirations;
• Strengthen UNDP’s ability to attract and retain a diverse and dynamic world-class global workforce that will effectively meet the Organization’s current and future operational needs.

UNDP’s new mobility policy provides a clear framework for how mobility is implemented and managed in UNDP. It applies to all International Professional (IP) staff members holding a UNDP Letter of Appointment and hired on Fixed-Term Appointments (FTA) and Permanent Appointments (PA). The policy defines mobility as periodic moves of staff to new or re-classified positions within the same or different occupational group/functional area, laterally or to a different level, within the same or different duty station. The policy reintroduces a mobility requirement for most of IP positions as well as a duration of assignment (tour of duty) element. It further creates the categories of geographical, functional and inter-agency mobility.

The policy establishes that most of IP positions are mobile, and classifies these as either Rotational or Non-rotational.

The policy also outlines arrangements for:
Moves of staff in rotational positions, which are proposed to be managed through a corporate centrally managed Annual Rotation Exercise (ARE). There will be two types of AREs – for positions sourced from the Candidate Pools and for all other rotational positions; and
Moves of staff in non-rotational positions, which are proposed to be managed mainly through a regular recruitment process.

The policy will take effect on 1 January 2021 and will be implemented in phases, including an initial designation of rotational positions, planning of upcoming AREs and other activities in accordance with the implementation plan currently designed by OHR/BMS.