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Adoption Leave

1.0 Relevant Regulations and Rules
Staff regulations and staff rules, including provisional staff rules, of the United Nations

This policy implements UN Staff Rule 5.3
2.0 Policies
Main Policy
Adoption Leave
3.0 Procedures
Main Procedures

Adoption Leave

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Irina Stavenscaia,James Hanneman
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Summary of Changes/Comments
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 1, 2023 - A Parental Leave policy has been issued which supersedes UNDP’s policy on adoption leave for the administration of parental leave in respect of a child born or adopted on or after 1 January 2023. For a staff member with a child born or adopted on 31 December 2022 or earlier, UNDP’s policy on adoption leave will continue to apply until completion of the respective leave entitlement contained in this policy. The adoption policy is valid until 31 December 2023 and will be retired thereafter.

May 30, 2019 - All of the parental policies reflect editorial changes that align with the Gender Parity Strategy, such as gender neutrality.

In addition, the following paragraph was updated:

9. To ensure adequate child care and bonding with a child following adoption, a staff member can apply for flexible working arrangements (e.g. telecommuting, part-time work) or request special leave without pay, which, as a general rule, should be granted.  In case there is a compelling reason that prevents the supervisor from granting the request, a written justification must be endorsed by the Head of the Office and the respective Bureau. 

While the effective date remains the same, the content has been reviewed and edited without substantive changes in 2014 and 2015.

Reviewed and edited (minor edit without substantive changes) in 2014