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Annual Leave
1.0 Relevant Regulations and Rules
UN Administrative Circulars
Staff regulations and staff rules, including provisional staff rules, of the United Nations

This policy implements UN Staff Rule 5.1.
2.0 Policies
Main Policy
Annual Leave
3.0 Procedures
Main Procedures

Annual Leave

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January 9, 2023 - The policy and 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.

September 15, 2022 - The Annual leave policy has been amended to guide staff on the principles underpinning their annual leave entitlement and to gender neutralize the policy in accordance with UNDP’s Gender Strategy policy. More specifically:
  • Staff members are encouraged to take at least half of the annual leave they are entitled to in each year and to take it in a reasonable period of continuous annual leave;
  • The policy has been updated to reflect that staff can now take seven uncertified sick leave days continuously; and
  • The policy has been updated to reflect the fact that staff who are able to do so are expected to work remotely in the event of office closure, rather than having paid time off.

December 07, 2021 - The Annual Leave policy is now available in French. To access the document, click on the French language tab.

December 22, 2020 - The Annual Leave policy is now available in Spanish. To access the document, click on the Spanish language tab.

June 26, 2015 - Change in procedures to reflect implementation of e-services in 2011 (section Procedures and Roles and Responsibilities) Reviewed and edited (minor edit without substantive changes) in 2014