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Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

Posted: 25 Sep 2019, 14:03
by MT_UNJL
So - still waiting, as we inch up to 600 days since the post I applied for; and 3.5 months since the 'final' interview....
And a colleague on the inside of the Secretariat tells me that there seems to be a complete freeze on hiring / recruitment at UNHQ. This gels with this article: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/un ... 74771.html from a few months back.

Anyone know more?

Keep on holding out for good news!

Re: Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

Posted: 10 Oct 2019, 06:37
by MT_UNJL
Further update - courtesy of Reuters:

Seems to have been a freeze on new hirings --
Guterres said he introduced extraordinary measures last month to cope with the shortfall – vacant posts cannot be filled, only essential travel is allowed, and some meetings may have to be canceled or deferred. U.N. operations in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi and at regional commissions will be affected.
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article ... ext-month/

Re: Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 17:14
by finsalscollons
Thank you for informing, MT_UNJL. Right now, I have six selection processes ongoing and all of them are stalling.

I am used to see a process stalling but all the processes at the same time seems strange, especially because some of them are from different UN agencies, some of them are from the UN Secretariat, etc.

But the information you have given is very useful to understand that.

Re: Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 17:30
by finsalscollons
See also

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/10/76909593 ... s-they-owe

The U.S. owes $674 million for 2019, and $381 million from previous budgets, a spokesman for the Secretary-General confirmed to NPR.

The U.S. generally makes its dues payments in October, and an official from the U.S. mission told NPR that it will pay "the vast majority of what we owe to the regular budget this fall."

Re: Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

Posted: 21 Oct 2019, 20:10
by FingersCrossed
Let's hope this gets sorted out soon.... I just noticed that a position I applied for in the US is 'on hold', although I never received any notice or email about it. Obviously I don't know for sure if it's related but it seems likely that it is :(

Re: Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

Posted: 02 Nov 2019, 16:32
by UN linguist
Yes, there are huge money-saving efforts being undertaken throughout the UN system at the moment, which means that international conferences are being cancelled or put on hold, any international travel that is not absolutely necessary is being cancelled, maintenance work is being kept to an absolute minimum and of course recruitment throughout the system, but particularly in the four HQ duty stations (New York, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi) and the regional commissions, is being frozen to the greatest extent possible. A recruitment freeze and all the other savings are seen as a price worth paying in order for staff who are currently employed not to lose their jobs.

Re: Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

Posted: 03 Nov 2019, 00:39
by finsalscollons
Thank you, UN linguist. Do you know any information about what is being done to solve this budget problem and got back to normality? Will freezing expenses in October be the new normality of United Nations from now on?

Re: Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

Posted: 03 Nov 2019, 14:03
by H.O.P
finsalscollons wrote:
03 Nov 2019, 00:39
Thank you, UN linguist. Do you know any information about what is being done to solve this budget problem and got back to normality? Will freezing expenses in October be the new normality of United Nations from now on?
I have become aware that things will normalise by the next budget. Thankfully the situation is temporary.

Re: Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

Posted: 03 Nov 2019, 16:37
by UN linguist
H.O.P wrote:
03 Nov 2019, 14:03
finsalscollons wrote:
03 Nov 2019, 00:39
Thank you, UN linguist. Do you know any information about what is being done to solve this budget problem and got back to normality? Will freezing expenses in October be the new normality of United Nations from now on?
I have become aware that things will normalise by the next budget. Thankfully the situation is temporary.
Yes, as H.O.P. said, the situation should be temporary, although it will only be a matter of time before it happens again. Member States paying their contributions (and doing so on time) makes the greatest difference to the organization's finances, but of course that's always tangled up with politics and there is always a certain amount of 'horse trading' going on behind the scenes.

Understandably, there is always pressure on the UN from member States to cut costs whenever and wherever possible and periodically there are recruitment freezes, some of which become public (i.e. outside the organization) and some of which don't. Ever since I have worked for the organization (since early 2008) we have been urged to do more with less and there comes a point at which that becomes almost impossible.

Re: Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

Posted: 03 Nov 2019, 16:51
by finsalscollons
Thank you, H.O.P and UN linguist. This is information is very useful for all of us that are in middle of recruitment processes. I am in a middle of 9 recruitment processes and 8 of them are stalled.

I wonder when the current recruitment freeze will end, because even a rejection is much better than being in such an uncertainty. Do you have any estimate?