Putting ideas to work : Human Resources in UNDP


The recruitment process at UNDP is a continuous process to ensure that UNDP has the right people in the right jobs at the right time.

• Recruitment Principles

Five principles guide all recruitment and selection in UNDP:

  • Competition: a visible competitive process which aims to attract high quality candidates for all vacancies;
  • Fairness: all candidates, irrespective of gender, race and background, are assessed in the same manner;
  • Objectivity: all recruitment and selections are conducted with professional rigor, with candidates measured against clearly articulated criteria and job competencies;
  • Transparency: the selection criteria and process are transparent to all applicants;
  • Accountability: hiring managers and hiring units will have greater direct input into recruitment and selection decisions, matched by greater accountability for those decisions and the processes leading up to them.

Click here for the UNDP Lebanon code of Conduct

• Recruitment Process

On Line Application
Vacancies are posted on the UNDP website for a minimum of two weeks. Our online application is available at our website, and starts with the "Jobs" link under "Working with UNDP" section. We invite you to take a look at our jobs list by clicking here. If you find a job that matches your skills and interests, simply click on "Apply Now". Since we are using an e-recruitment system, ONLY online applications are accepted.

Screening and Interviewing
Please be aware of the following:

  • Selection criteria and competencies needed are stated in the vacancy announcement pertinent to a specific position. After the closing date, the long-list of candidates is prepared based on these competencies. Technical test results may be used as a further assessment tool. The "long list" is reviewed and the ensuring shortlist is finally prepared based on technical testing, corporate priorities, organizational needs, and holistic assessment of candidate profiles.
  • Shortlisted candidates are then invited for interviews with the interviewing panel which is usually composed of four panelists.
  • A thorough reference and background checks is conducted on the recommended candidate
  • The interview panel recommends the selected candidate to an internal committee. The latter reviews the recruitment process and ensures its transparency and competitiveness.
  • The selected candidate must provide a medical clearance before starting his or her duties
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates are contacted.

Employment of Close Relatives

  • A husband/wife of a UN Staff Member may be engaged under an employment contract with UNDP, provided there is no direct supervising relationship.
  • Contracting close relatives of UN staff members or an individual engaged with UNDP under a Contract (father, mother, brother, son, daughter, brother or sister) is prohibited. (Rare exceptions are granted when another person equally qualified cannot be engaged, which requires the approval of the Office of Human Resources in New York)

Working for UNDP

A- Fixed Term contract

• Use of Contract Modality

Employed on core activities of continuing nature, within the office; activities not likely to be concluded within 3 years. For career staff, UNDP invests in individuals' training and career development. For example office staff - continuing functions, such as - finance, HR, programme, and administrative staff, and continuing secretarial functions.

• Main Benefits

  • Base Salary: Salary surveys are based on best prevailing local conditions. Salary is determined based on position level and experience of selected candidate. The local salary scale for General Services and National Officers are published at the UN website: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salaries/lebanon.htm
  • Pension Plan: enrollment in the United Nations Joint Staff Fund by making two contributions; the staff member' s share is 7.9% of monthly salary and UNDP share is double that share.
  • Leaves:
    • Annual leave: accumulates at a rate of 2.5 day/month i.e 30 working days/year
    • Sick Leave: 65 days full pay per year plus 65 days half pay
    • Maternity Leave (16 weeks)
    • Paternity Leave (4 weeks)
  • Other Benefits: Language allowance after passing the UN language exam, Spouse and Child allowance.
  • VanBreda Insurance: Staff member and dependents are covered globally under VanBreda scheme for medical, dental, life, and disability
  • Malicious Acts Insurance Policy (M.A.I.P): Coverage for staff member located at, or travelling to, a designated hazardous duty station subject to compliance with MAIP. The purpose of MAIP is to cover the eligible staff member for death or disability caused by a malicious act, such as war, revolution, and terrorist acts.

B- Service contract (SC- National)

• Use of Contract Modality

Work is not part of UNDP's central core work; is within project context (NIM agency, direct execution, etc.) or in UNDP office on work that could be outsourced, but for which outsourcing is not feasible or desirable under special circumstances. It is issued for a minimum period of 6 months and maximum of one year. Renewal of an SC is subjected to performance, project duration & needs, and budget availability.
Example: Cleaning and office maintenance, driver, messenger service, computer technicians, data entry personnel, NIM and other national project personnel; and National project personnel on behalf of other UN system agencies

• Main Benefits

  • Base Salary: Monthly remuneration rate based on the service contract scale. Local market conditions for specific job (local UN salary survey gross data as a reference point)
  • Social Benefits: 8.33% of base monthly salary is paid in lieu of pension benefits
  • Leaves:
    • Annual leave (accumulates at a rate of 1.5 day/month i.e 18 days/year)
    • Sick Leave (accumulates at a rate of 1 day/month i.e 12 days/year)
    • Maternity Leave (16 weeks)
    • Paternity Leave (4 weeks)
  • VanBreda Insurance: SC holders are covered globally under VanBreda scheme for medical, dental, life, and disability (The policy covers only the contract holder and at no cost to the latter)
  •  Malicious Acts Insurance Policy (M.A.I.P): Coverage for SC holder located at, or travelling to, a designated hazardous duty station subject to compliance with MAIP. The purpose of MAIP is to cover the eligible SC holder for death or disability caused by a malicious act, such as war, revolution, and terrorist acts.

For further information on UNDP's human resources and list of international vacancies, please click here
For any queries, please contact us here (HRteam.lb@undp.org)

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