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What is Danger Pay?
Danger pay is a special allowance that has been established for internationally and locally recruited staff members who are required to work in the duty station where very dangerous conditions prevail. The Chairman of the ICSC is responsible for authorizing the application of danger pay to a duty station based on the recommendation of UN DSS and WHO.
The duration of danger pay is granted for periods of three consecutive months. The payment of danger pay is discontinued when dangerous conditions are deemed to have abated.
List of countries/duty stations where payment of danger pay has been approved, with effect from 1 July through 30 September 2015
Amount of Danger Pay
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
- CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF -
Katanga Province - only Tanganyka and Haut-Katanga districts,
including the following duty stations and locations - Bendera, Kabalo,
Kalemie, Kongolo, Manono Moba, Mitwaba and Pweto
North Kivu Province - including the following duty stations and locations - Beni, Butembo, Goma, Kanyabayonga, Kitchanga, Kiwanja, Lubero, Masisi, Ngungu, Rutshuru and Walikale
Orientale Province - only Bas Uele, Haut Uele and Ituri districts,
including the following duty stations and locations - Aba, Ango, Buta,
Bangadi, Dungu, Duru, Faradje, Isiro, Aru, Aveba, Bunia, Komanda
South Kivu Province - including the following duty stations and
locations - Baraka, Bukavu, Fizi, Kalehe, Kamanyola, Kilembwe,
Lulimba, Minembwe, Minova, Mwenga, Sange, Shabunda, Uvira and
- ETHIOPIA - Somali Region, except Jijiga, Shinile and Adfer Zones of the Somali Region with the duty station of Jijiga
- GUINEA - Applicable to staff who are required to report to work in the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) operations (see footnote for details)1
- IRAQ, REPUBLIC OF - the entire country, excluding Kurdistan Region of Iraq comprising Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah provinces except their respective border areas, 20 km inside Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with Iran and Turkey
- KENYA, REPUBLIC OF - North Eastern Province, including the following duty stations – Alinjugur, Dadaab, Fafi, Garissa, Liboi, Mandera, and Wajir, excluding Wajir International Airport
- MALI - Northern Mali, including the duty stations Gao, Kidal, Tessalit, Tombouctou (Timbuktu) and Mopti region
- NIGER - Diffa Region
- NIGERIA - North Eastern Nigeria, including the following duty stations - Damaturu (Yobe State) and Maiduguri (Borno State)
- PAKISTAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF - Balochistan Province, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Province (formerly, North-West Frontier Province) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas
- SIERRA LEONE - Applicable to staff who are required to report to work in the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) operations (see footnote for details)1
- SOMALIA - the entire country, excluding the following duty stations - Berbera, Gebiley and Hargeisa
- SOUTH SUDAN, REPUBLIC OF -
Central Equatoria State - including the duty stations of Juba and Yei
Jonglei State - Entire state, including the duty stations of Akobo,
Boma, Bor, Lankien, Pibor, Pochalla and Yuai
Lakes State – only Awerial, Yirol East, Rumbek Centre, Rumbek East and Rumbek North counties, including the duty station of Rumbek
Northern Bar El Gazal State - Aweil East and Aweil North counties,
including the duty station of Aweil and Gokmachar
Unity State - Entire state, including the following duty stations -
Bentiu, Jam-Jang, Koch, Mayom, Paryang, Pulmok, Panyijar, Rubkona and Yida
Upper Nile State - including the following duty stations – Akon, Bunj, Gendrassa, Jaman, Kodok, Melut, Maban, Malakal, Nasser, Pagar and Renk
Warrap State - including the duty stations of Kuajok, counties of Twic, Gogrial West, Gogrial East, Tonj North and Tonj East including duty stations of Turalei and Wunrok
Western Bar El Gazal State - including Boro Medina, and all locations north of the road Kafia-Gabir-Kosho-Raja and excluding Raga town
Western Equatoria State - including Ezo, Tambura and all locations south of the road Morobo-Yei-Maridi-Yambio-Nadi-Tambura, excluding Maridi Town and Yambio town
- SUDAN, REPUBLIC OF - the Darfur Region of Sudan, including East, West, South, North and Central Darfur, Abyei Administered Area, South Kordofan State and Blue Nile State south of Damazine and excluding the town of Damazine
- SYRIA ARAB REPUBLIC - the entire country, including UNDOF Area of Operations, except the occupied territory west of the "Alpha Line" in the "Area of Limitation"
- YEMEN, REPUBLIC OF
1.Staff who are required to work in the EVD operations in Guinea and Sierra Leone in the following categories:
- Medical staff directly involved in the provision of clinical care to confirmed/probable EVD cases;
- Medical staff directly involved in the actual screening of suspect cases;
- Laboratory staff involved in the drawing or processing of potentially hazardous speciments;
- Any cleaning staff involved in the management of hazardous or potentially hazardous waste at an Ebola treatment centre laboratory
or screening facility;
- Logisticians involved in the burial procedures and/or specimen handling (excluding the transport of specimens);
- Other staff who work directly with communities in the designated two-country isolation zones or other "hot spots", as specified by WHO."↩"
- Amount Internationally recruited staff: USD 1,600 (fixed-rate) per month;
- Internationally recruited staff: For periods of less than a month, the amount of danger pay is prorated on the basis of 365 days (i.e. the daily rate is calculated by dividing the annual amount of $19,200 [12*$1,600] by 365 days and multiplied by the actual number of days spent at the duty station);
- Locally recruited staff: 30% of the net midpoint of the applicable 2012 General Service salary scale.
Calculation of danger pay for locally recruited staff:
Modalities of payment of Danger Payer Pay
- Add the total net annual salary at lowest level/step, to the total net salary at the highest level/step (excluding long-service and longevity steps, if any) of the applicable 2012 General Service salary scale;
- Divide result of (1) above by 2;
- Multiply result of (2) above by 30%, to get the annual rate;
- Divide result of (3) above by 365, to get the daily rate.
- For both internationally and locally recruited staff, danger pay will be paid on a monthly basis;
- For staff members who spend one complete month in the area where the allowance is applicable, the monthly amount is paid irrespective of the number of days in the month;
- For international recruited staff, danger pay is payable for time away from the duty station on rest and recuperation travel (i.e. five consecutive calendar days of authorized leave and travel time) and for time away from the duty station on official duty travel up to a maximum of seven consecutive calendar days including weekend and holiday falling during that period. Danger pay is not payable for days spent away from the duty station on annual leave or any type of special leave;
- For locally recruited staff, danger pay is payable irrespective of whether the staff concerned are required to report to duty. No deduction of payment is made for any temporary absences from the duty station as long as staff members remain in the qualified locations. Staff members on maternity, paternity, annual or sick leave continue to be eligible for danger pay as long as staff members remain in the qualified locations and for time away from the duty station on official duty travel up to a maximum of seven consecutive calendar days including weekend and holiday falling during that period. Danger pay is not payable for days spent away from the duty station when on annual leave or any type of special leave.
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