What Does a UN Job Offer Tell A Candidate About Their Compensation?

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What Does a UN Job Offer Tell A Candidate About Their Compensation?

Post by rickyaciii » 11 Jan 2020, 21:53

So, for the second time I've gotten past the exams and selected for an interview! P-4 role with UNGC in New York.

Getting ahead of myself, I admit I have been trying to figure out the compensation, but, it's dizzying. So I sort of feel like throwing up my hands and just waiting for an offer letter if I get one to tell me these things.

So... if one is finally offered a role, how is compensation made clear? Or is it never really clear?

I have multiplied the base pay times the post-adjustment, and I understand that as a US citizen I'll be paid back for my taxes (since my country is one of two that taxes UN salaries - jerks). But that is as far as I can get. In the job offer stage does someone tell you how much of the "UN taxes" one pays? What one contributes to pension? How much rental subsidy one gets?

Certainly, but just multiplying the base salary for a P4 by the post-multiplier the salary looks fine (if that truly is "net" after the UN repays me my US taxes). But I am guessing I do not just walk home with this amount of money every month.

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Re: What Does a UN Job Offer Tell A Candidate About Their Compensation?

Post by BigData » 22 Jan 2020, 19:39

There are salary calculators available, this one by the UNDP I found to be very accurate:
https://info.undp.org/gssu/onlinetools/ ... lcInt.aspx

I'm not a US citizen so I am not 100% sure what the process is regarding taxes, but I believe you submit a return as normal and the organisation repays whatever is owed. There is an office in New York dedicated to this process. Therefore the above calculator should show you exactly what goes in your pocket.

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Re: What Does a UN Job Offer Tell A Candidate About Their Compensation?

Post by rickyaciii » 22 Jan 2020, 19:50

Thanks!!!!

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Re: What Does a UN Job Offer Tell A Candidate About Their Compensation?

Post by jane27 » 15 Feb 2020, 16:19

rickyaciii wrote:
11 Jan 2020, 21:53
So, for the second time I've gotten past the exams and selected for an interview! P-4 role with UNGC in New York.

Getting ahead of myself, I admit I have been trying to figure out the compensation, but, it's dizzying. So I sort of feel like throwing up my hands and just waiting for an offer letter if I get one to tell me these things.

So... if one is finally offered a role, how is compensation made clear? Or is it never really clear?

I have multiplied the base pay times the post-adjustment, and I understand that as a US citizen I'll be paid back for my taxes (since my country is one of two that taxes UN salaries - jerks). But that is as far as I can get. In the job offer stage does someone tell you how much of the "UN taxes" one pays? What one contributes to pension? How much rental subsidy one gets?

Certainly, but just multiplying the base salary for a P4 by the post-multiplier the salary looks fine (if that truly is "net" after the UN repays me my US taxes). But I am guessing I do not just walk home with this amount of money every month.
Hi!

You can find it here:
https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?vi ... lang=en-US

Yes, in the job offer that you'll sign, you get to see your category (P4) and step level (usually starts with 2 or 3), but depending on the depth and length of your prior professional experience. You'll also get to see the post adjustment for New York (based on the rate for New York duty station to cover cost of living), housing subsidy (from a certain amount of your rent, applicable for a certain amount), assignment grant, travel and shipment of personal effects, etc.

Salary and entitlements are also different if you're single and if you have dependents (spouse and/or child). If you have dependents, you'll get dependency rate salary, allowance per dependent, and other entitlements, such as educational benefit (for kids 5 years old and up), home visits. There are more entitlements and leaves if you're in a category "E" duty station, specifically field missions, as compared to category "A" duty stations (New York, Vienna, etc.).

Your offer will also explain your benefits, such as health and life insurance, pension contribution, which will also be deducted from your monthly pay.

For the "UN taxes", you'll find it as "staff assessment" that's deducted from your payslip every month. I'm not much familiar how it's calculated, but in my experience, it's about 17% of the base salary.

How's your interview anyway? Or you're just preparing for it? Let me know if you have questions.

All the best!

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