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Fixed Term Versus Temporary Assignment

Posted: 22 Sep 2019, 06:58
by Kokolicious
I recently (finally!) got two offers with a UN agency after more than 5 years of applying. I am however at a crossroad . One is a position in AFRO, a fixed term P3 , 2 years. The second one is in Europe- a P4 Temporary, 2 years assignment. Based on my experience and education, I am at a P4 level.

What is the difference between fixed and temporary, what do you advice? What are the risks and what factors should I put into consideration in deciding?

Thanks

Re: Fixed Term Versus Temporary Assignment

Posted: 08 Oct 2019, 14:52
by cherrygirl
I would def go for a P3 if it is a FTA. Then I would aim for a P4 FTAs whilst being on the P3 FTA. There are too many risks in the UN system and you can easily loose your job.

Re: Fixed Term Versus Temporary Assignment

Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 07:42
by Shabazz The Disciple
Kokolicious wrote:
22 Sep 2019, 06:58
I recently (finally!) got two offers with a UN agency after more than 5 years of applying. I am however at a crossroad . One is a position in AFRO, a fixed term P3 , 2 years. The second one is in Europe- a P4 Temporary, 2 years assignment. Based on my experience and education, I am at a P4 level.

What is the difference between fixed and temporary, what do you advice? What are the risks and what factors should I put into consideration in deciding?

Thanks
Congrats Kokolicous, I am so happy happy for you, which agencies were these? A fixed term contract is more secure with more benefits than a temporary one, but to be sure ask where the source of income is coming from, nothing is secure in the UN these days. Anyway I am really happy for you. After 5 years of applications, you never gave up

Re: Fixed Term Versus Temporary Assignment

Posted: 01 Nov 2019, 18:58
by pupuce
I'm a bit confused. I understood all P positions were fixed term, and an FTA is by definition temporary? Could someone please explain the difference between a P4 FTA and a P4 Temporary for example?

To OP: I was in your shoes a few months ago and had to choose between a P3 FTA and a ICAA 11 (P4 equivalent). I took the P3. Unless you have any objection moving to Africa (in that case take the position in Europe), that would be the reasonable choice.

Re: Fixed Term Versus Temporary Assignment

Posted: 24 Nov 2019, 20:15
by Kokolicious
Thanks everyone. After weighing several factors, my family and I decided to accept the P-4 in Europe. We think it’s a better environment for our young kids (9 and 12 years old) and the duties align better with my background and career goals. Also a P-3 is way below my current experience and will in fact be a salary cut for me. I asked about the funding source about the temporary position, the hiring manager is very positive that this is a relatively stable funding source. The person that was in the position has had it for 4 years but is leaving because her husband accepted another position outside the region. It’s a big risk but we will see how things go. My friend left a 2year FTA for another UN agency because his contract renewal was very uncertain as the program had funding issues.

Re: Fixed Term Versus Temporary Assignment

Posted: 25 Nov 2019, 21:57
by prdeepak
Hi Kokolicious

Congratulations and all the very best. It is a well-deserved appointment as you did not give up for the past 5 years. If I may ask, was your selection from a roster or was this offer after an interview?

Thanks,
Prati
Kokolicious wrote:
24 Nov 2019, 20:15
Thanks everyone. After weighing several factors, my family and I decided to accept the P-4 in Europe. We think it’s a better environment for our young kids (9 and 12 years old) and the duties align better with my background and career goals. Also a P-3 is way below my current experience and will in fact be a salary cut for me. I asked about the funding source about the temporary position, the hiring manager is very positive that this is a relatively stable funding source. The person that was in the position has had it for 4 years but is leaving because her husband accepted another position outside the region. It’s a big risk but we will see how things go. My friend left a 2year FTA for another UN agency because his contract renewal was very uncertain as the program had funding issues.

Re: Fixed Term Versus Temporary Assignment

Posted: 25 Nov 2019, 23:14
by Kokolicious
Hi Prati, this was not through a roster. I went through a written assessment, then an interview and presentation

Re: Fixed Term Versus Temporary Assignment

Posted: 26 Nov 2019, 00:23
by prdeepak
Thanks kokolicious.
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Hi Prati, this was not through a roster. I went through a written assessment, then an interview and presentation
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