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What is Hazard Pay?

Hazard pay is a form of compensation granted to staff members who have been requested to remain and report for work in duty stations where very hazardous conditions, such as war or active hostilities, prevailed and where the evacuation of families and nonessential staff had taken place.

The Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) is responsible for authorizing the application of hazard pay to a duty station, based on the recommendation of the Under-Secretary-General, Department of Safety and Security. The authorization is normally for a period of up to three months at a time, and is subject to ongoing review. The application of hazard pay is lifted when hazardous conditions are deemed to have abated.

List of countries/duty stations where payment of hazard pay has been approved, with effect from 1 March 2012 through 31 March 2012 :

  • AFGHANISTAN (extended hazard pay is applicable with effect from 7 November 2010)
  • CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF (Bas Congo, Equateur Province, North Katanga District, North Kivu Province, South Kivu Province, Province Orientale (Districts of Ituri, Haut Uele and Bas Uele only), and Mainema Province
  • COTE D'IVOIRE (Guiglo only)
  • ETHIOPIA (in Afar, east of the Dese-Mekela Road and north of the Kombolcha-Djibouti Road and Asseita; in the Somali Region the border area with Kenya including Moyale and Tigray, north of Adigrat, Axum and Inda Selassie towns and Gambela Region)
  • GAZA
  • INDIA (Indian administered side of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir excluding the District of Ladakh)
  • IRAQ (extended hazard pay is applicable with effect from 1 May 2008)
  • KENYA (North-eastern province including Dadaab, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and Ijara; Eastern province districts of Moyale and Marsabit; Rift Valley province districts of Turkana District, including Lokichoggio, Lodwar and Kakuma)
  • LEBANON (South of Litani River, except the Tyre pocket)
  • LIBYA (extended hazard pay is applicable with retroactive effect from 19 March 2011)
  • PAKISTAN (extended hazard pay is applicable with effect from 1 December 2009)
  • PHILIPPINES (Southern Philippines to cover some areas of Mindanao: Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Cotabato City, Lahad Del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga City, Basilan,Tawi Tawi and the Sulu Archipelago)
  • RUSSIAN FEDERATION (Kabardino Balkaria and Caucasus region: Republics of Ingushetia, Chechnya and Dagestan)
  • SOMALIA (extended hazard pay is applicable with effect from 1 May 2009)
  • SUDAN (North Sudan Transitional Areas (including the three Protocol Areas namely Abyei, Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile States) and Darfur)
  • SOUTH SUDAN (except Juba County)
  • UGANDA (Karamoja region)


The establishment or the extension of extended hazard pay of the period covering 1 March 2012 through 31 March 2012 has been approved for the locations listed below:

  • Afghanistan (entire country). Kindly note that the previously authorized exceptional and limited measures for Afghanistan have been replaced with the extended hazard pay effective from 7 November 2010)
  • Iraq (entire country)
  • Libya (entire country) (extended hazard pay is retroactive effect from 19 March 2011)
  • Pakistan (entire country)
  • Somalia (entire country)





Amount of Hazard Pay





Internationally-recruited staff

US$1,365 per month, effective 1 January 2009.

Locally-recruited staff

25% of the net midpoint of the applicable local salary scale.*

* See modalities of payment below for daily and monthly rates.

Modalities of payment of Hazard Pay

For internationally-recruited staff:

  • The allowance is normally paid on a monthly basis.
  • It is not payable for days spent away from the duty station in conjunction with annual leave or any type of special leave and official travel outside the duty station, including weekends and holidays falling during this period.
  • 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 periods of less than a month, the amount of hazard pay is prorated on the basis of 365 days, i.e., the daily rate is calculated by dividing the annual amount of $16,380 by 365 days and multiplied by the actual number of days spent at the duty station.

For locally-recruited staff:

  • Locally-recruited staff are eligible to receive hazard pay only on days that they are required to work and actually do so.
  • The daily rate is obtained by dividing the annual amount (i.e., 25 per cent of the net mid-point of the applicable local salary scale) by 365 days.

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