New Staff Members

Welcome to the UN family! In order to support your transition into the Organization, we invite you to attend OHRM's two day orientation programme. This should provide the necessary information you will need to assimilate easily, and informatively, into our workplace.

The two-day Orientation Programme for New Staff programme (conducted six times a year) aims to welcome our newest colleagues to the UN. The programme covers a wide-range of topics, while providing essential information about the Organization, including presentations from the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Office of Human Resources Management, Staff Union, Ethics Office, the Office of the Ombudsman, Focal Point for Women, Department of Security and Safety, Pension Fund and Records Management section.

The Orientation Programme for New Staff is organized by the Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development Section of the Office of Human Resources Management. For more information on the programme please contact New Staff Orientation.

Starting your e-PAS

Performance management is an ongoing process to focus and align your work goals with the goals of the United Nations, clarify performance expectations and ultimately, ensure that your performance stays on track throughout the year. Below you will find more information to help you be successful in this process as a staff member.

Link to UN Performance Appraisal System

Performance Management Workshop Series

The PAS team is offering a package of full day and lunch time mini workshops related to performance management. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please contact the PAS team (3-9888, 7-1089) or send an e-mail to

The e-PAS Orientation for New Staff
Familiarize yourself with the Performance Appraisal System (PAS); Learn how to complete your e-PAS including: your Individual Work Plan, Mid-Point Review, End-of-Cycle Appraisal, and other vital information on the overall performance management process.

The e-PAS Walk Thru
Save time completing your PAS by learning answers to your questions; Overview of how PAS works; General Q & A on the different stages of PAS.

Performance Management (Full Day Workshop) for Managers and Supervisors
Understand the principles of performance management: work planning, on-going feedback, mid-point review, and end of year appraisal; Assess one's experiences with performance management and develop actions to overcome obstacles and challenges; Learn to conduct collaborative meetings with staff members at mid-point review and end-of-cycle appraisal using a step-by-step approach.

Setting Challenging Performance Goals and Expectations (Mini-Workshop)
Learn how to develop goals for an individual work plan; Practice writing "SMART" goals; Explore opportunities for linking work plan goals to development opportunities.

The PAS Development Plan Setting Your Career Development Goals (Mini-Workshop)
Define the components of the Development Plan section of e-PAS and get ready for work planning and career development meetings; Explore ways to enrich current jobs; identify transferable skills to facilitate career mobility; identify skill building work assignments; negotiate a learning assignment with a supervisor; and much more!

Having Difficult Performance Conversations (Mini-Workshop)
Explore the issue of providing feedback to your supervisor on issues that affect your productivity and performance; Learn ways to deal with difficult conversations and how to apply this during a performance review.

Conducting Successful Performance Discussions for Supervisors (Mini-Workshop)
Learn the guidelines for writing performance expectations, providing ongoing performance feedback, writing performance comments, and preparing follow-up action plans to improve performance.

Giving and Receiving Feedback in Performance Discussions (Mini-Workshop)
Develop a greater understanding of the feedback process, and explore ways to reduce tensions in feedback sessions that form part of performance reviews.

Motivating for High Performance for Supervisors (Mini Workshop)
Increase your understanding of factors contributing to underperformance, including managerial and staff behaviors that contribute to underperformance; Outline strategies for motivating and managing for high performance.