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Mobility and Hardship Scheme

The United Nations common system has in place a scheme to encourage operationally required mobility between duty stations and to compensate for the degree of hardship experienced by staff assigned by their organizations to difficult duty stations.  The main elements of the scheme are an allowance for mobility and hardship and an assignment grant; other benefits include additional education travel, additional reimbursement of boarding costs, the reimbursement of basic medical examinations and extra freight shipment. 

Note: For the purposes of the scheme, "assignment" is defined as the initial appointment to a duty station or the reassignment to a new duty station of one year or more, where the staff member's official travel to the duty station has been paid and assignment grant paid.  All duty stations are placed in one of six categories, H and A to E.  H duty stations* are headquarters and similarly designated locations where the United Nations has no developmental or humanitarian assistance programmes. A-E duty stations are field duty stations.

* Duty stations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America.

For further details on the scheme, please click here to read or download an informal brochure on the Mobility and Hardship Scheme.

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