Article XI of the UN Staff Regulations (from ST/SGB/2003/5)
Chapter XI of the UN Staff
JOINT APPEALS BOARDS
(a) Joint appeals boards shall be established in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi and at such other duty stations as may be designated by the Secretary-General to consider and advise the Secretary-General regarding appeals filed under the terms of staff regulation 11.1.
(b) Each Joint Appeals Board shall be composed of:
(c) The chairpersons and members of the Joint Appeals Board shall be appointed or elected for two years, shall be eligible for reappointment or re-election and shall remain in office until their successors are appointed or elected.
(d) A chairperson may be removed from a Joint Appeals Board by the Secretary-General upon recommendation of the joint staff-management machinery in respect of the staff representative body or bodies of the duty station at which the Board is established. The members appointed by the Secretary-General may be removed by him or her. The members elected by the staff may be recalled by a majority vote of the staff under the jurisdiction of the Board concerned, taken at the initiative of any staff representative body at the duty station at which that Board is established.
(e) Each Joint Appeals Board shall establish its own rules of procedure, which shall specify how its presiding officer and, where necessary, any alternate presiding officers shall be selected from among the chairpersons.
(f) Each Joint Appeals Board may, by a majority vote of all its chairpersons and members, recommend to the Secretary-General changes in the present chapter of the Staff Rules.
(g) The secretariat of each Joint Appeals Board shall consist of a secretary and such other staff as may be required for its proper functioning.
(a) A staff member wishing to appeal an administrative decision pursuant to staff regulation 11.1 shall, as a first step, address a letter to the Secretary-General requesting that the administrative decision be reviewed; such letter must be sent within two months from the date the staff member received notification of the decision in writing. The staff member shall submit a copy of the letter to the executive head of his or her department, office, fund or programme.*
(b) At any time after a request for review has been submitted, but before a panel of the Joint Appeals Board has been constituted to hear an appeal, conciliation may be sought on the issues involved at the initiative of the Secretary-General, the staff member or the presiding officer of the Joint Appeals Board. The presiding officer shall refer the matter for that purpose to a chairperson or member of the Joint Appeals Board. This procedure is without prejudice to the right of the staff member to pursue an appeal under the provisions of this rule if the issues cannot be resolved through conciliation.
(c) Neither a request for administrative review under paragraph (a) above nor the filing of an appeal under paragraph (d) below shall have the effect of suspending action on the contested decision.
(d) An appeal pursuant to paragraph (a) or a request for suspension of action pursuant to paragraph (c) above shall be filed with the Secretary of the appropriate Joint Appeals Board, to be determined as follows:
(f) An appeal shall not be receivable unless the time limits specified in paragraph (a) above have been met or have been waived, in exceptional circumstances, by the panel constituted for the appeal.
(g) At the duty station where the appeal is considered, the designated representative of the Secretary-General shall submit a written reply within two months following the date of receipt of the appeal.
(h) Proceedings before a panel shall normally be limited to the original written presentation of the case, together with brief statements and rebuttals, which may be made orally or in writing, in one of the working languages of the Secretariat.
(i) A staff member may arrange to have his or her appeal presented to the panel on his or her behalf by counsel, at his or her own expense.
(j) Where the competence of the Joint Appeals Board is in doubt, the panel constituted for the appeal shall decide.
(k) In the case of termination or other action on grounds of inefficiency or relative efficiency, the panel shall not consider the substantive question of efficiency but only evidence that the decision was motivated by prejudice or by some other extraneous factor.
(l) The panel shall have authority to call members of the Secretariat who may be able to provide information concerning the issues before it and shall have access to all documents pertinent to the case. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, should the panel wish to have information or documents relating to the proceedings of the appointment and promotion bodies in questions involving appointment and promotion, it shall request such information or documents from the Chairperson of the Appointment and Promotion Board, who shall decide on the panel's request, taking into account the interests of confidentiality. This decision of the Chairperson is not subject to appeal. The Chairperson of the panel shall determine which documents are to be transmitted to all members of the panel and the parties.
(m) In considering an appeal, the panel shall act with the maximum dispatch consistent with a fair review of the issues before it.
(n) Within one month of the date on which the consideration of an appeal has been completed, the panel shall, by majority vote, adopt and submit a report to the Secretary-General. The report shall be considered as constituting a record of the proceedings in the appeal and may include a summary of the matter as well as all recommendations that the panel considers appropriate. Votes on the recommendations shall be recorded, and any member of the panel may have his or her dissenting opinion included in the report.
(o) Notwithstanding the above, if the appeal involves a claim having a cumulative maximum value not in excess of one thousand and five hundred dollars ($1,500) on account of salary, emoluments or any other entitlement under the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules, such claim shall be considered a "small claim" and shall be dealt with accordingly under appropriate rules of procedure which the Joint Appeals Board competent to hear the appeal may have adopted. Such rules may require the designated representative of the Secretary-General to submit comments within thirty days of receipt of the claim from the Joint Appeals Board secretariat.
(p) The final decision on the appeal will normally be taken by the Secretary-General within one month after the panel has forwarded its report, and shall be communicated to the staff member, together with a copy of the panel's report. The Secretary-General's decision and a copy of the panel's report shall also be transmitted to a designated officer of the staff representative body or bodies at the duty station at which the Joint Appeals Board is established, unless the staff member objects.
(q) To enable staff members to exercise their right to make application to the Administrative Tribunal under article 7, paragraphs 2 (b) and (c), of its statute, the Secretary of the Joint Appeals Board concerned shall, at the request of the staff member, communicate to him or her the report of the panel if the Secretary-General has not made a decision on the report within a period of one month after the date on which the report was submitted to him or her.
* Updated 1 January 2006..