Thèmes - Recruitment

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A/60/7 63. In this connection, the Advisory Committee requested clarification of the figures provided in section 28C, tables 28C.6 and 28C.9, of the proposed programme budget on recruitment time lines. The Committee was informed that the average number of days a post remains vacant in departments and offices in New York is estimated at 410 days for 2004-2005 and that the target for 2006-2007 is 350 days. The Committee was further informed that the average number of days a post remains vacant is a measure of the time between the separation of a staff member and the assumption of duty by his/her successor. The Committee requests that a uniform standard for measuring recruitment time lines be applied throughout the Secretariat.

64. Over the years, the Advisory Committee has been provided with many statistics regarding the length of time required for recruitment. Sometimes the criteria for measurement change, but they have all pointed to the simple fact that it takes too long to fill vacancies at the United Nations. The Committee believes that bold action is necessary to break this long-standing impasse. It therefore recommends imposing a requirement that all posts which become vacant as the result of planned retirements must be filled within 30 days; otherwise the programme manager involved should be held accountable and his or her performance should be evaluated accordingly. Succession planning is a serious problem, and managers will have to begin the recruitment process well in advance of a planned retirement. As for other vacant posts and new posts, the Committee expects more rapid progress towards the approved target of 120 days. If this is achieved, delayed recruitment factors will need to be reviewed. The Committee recalls, in this connection, that as far back as 1997 the General Assembly had requested the Secretary-General to instruct all programme managers to inform the Office of Human Resources Management of all vacancies immediately and of all foreseen vacancies six months before the posts become vacant (resolution 51/226, sect. III.B, para. 11).
A/60/7/Add.9 4.The Advisory Committee notes from paragraph 4 of the report of the Secretary-General that the implementation of the provisions of General Assembly resolution 59/276 concerning safety and security depends to a large extent on procedural requirements of recruitment. The Committee was apprised of the significant time and efforts required for the cumbersome procedures for recruiting and appointing staff. Although it is indicated in the report that appointments for all new posts at Headquarters and in the field will be made by 1 December 2005, the Committee was informed that there was a delay in recruitment and that the new target for the completion of appointments was likely to be during the period from April to June 2006. Annex I below, provided by the Secretariat, illustrates the current vacancy situation in various organizational units of the Department of Safety and Security and vacancies in the General Service and related categories of posts by duty station. The Committee points out in this connection that expeditious recruitment for all authorized posts should be treated by the Secretariat with the highest priority and with due consideration given to equitable geographical distribution and other concerns expressed by the Assembly. 2005
A/61/485 31. The Advisory Committee also notes that the ONUB proposed training plan includes in-mission French/English and English/French language training for 120 staff. In this connection and in view of the difficulties in making available adequate numbers of French-speaking staff, the Advisory Committee urges the Department of Peacekeeping Operations to continue efforts to meet the need for francophone candidates for civilian staff in peacekeeping operations (see A/60/869, para. 25). The Committee will continue to follow up on this matter. 2006