Responding to the call for improved harmonization in human resources (resolution 62/208, para. 121; and resolution 64/289, para. 45), the High-level Committee on Management launched a pilot project on harmonization of the recruitment process in the field. This project is expected to streamline processes and improve mobility for national and general service staff, and also responds to calls for action in the area of human resources from the lessons learned from the “Delivering as one” pilots.

In the area of human resources, the Committee further built on the adoption, as at 1 January 2012, of the Inter-Organization Agreement concerning Transfer, Secondment or Loan of Staff among the Organizations Applying the United Nations Common System of Salaries and Allowances, reviewing current inter-agency mobility practices to identify bottlenecks and solutions for a full implementation of the newly adopted Agreement. It also agreed to the mandatory right of return for resident coordinators to their home agencies and, to the extent possible, retention of grades received while serving as resident coordinators. Finally, the Committee started exploring the subject of non-financial incentives for resident coordinators, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Group, with a view to developing proposals for consideration by organizations.

To ensure that these initiatives are fully implemented, and that new tools and guidance are being used to support effective programme delivery at the country level, the Committee is continuing its collaboration with the United Nations System Staff College and the United Nations Development Group on support to operations managers in the field. This collaboration also focuses on establishing a stronger link between programmes and operations to ensure improved programmatic efficiency and effectiveness, responding to paragraph 9 of resolution 62/208.

The CEB secretariat also facilitates the negotiations on the agreements between organizations of the United Nations system and international associations of interpreters (International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC)) and translators (International Association of Conference Translators (AITC)). It ensures that the agreements which regulate the conditions of employment of short-term staff performing interpretation, translation and related functions are adhered to by all parties. In 2012, negotiations with AIIC and AITC took place, resulting in the finalization of two new agreements which entered into force on 1 July 2012 and 1 January 2013, respectively. Both agreements are valid for five years. The CEB secretariat remains the focal point for methodological issues. The net rates for interpreters and translators are calculated and published by the CEB secretariat every six months.

Finally, through the High-level Committee on Management and under the leadership of the Department of Safety and Security of the United Nations Secretariat, CEB continued to make steady progress on issues relating to staff safety and security with the active engagement of all members of the Inter-Agency Security Management Network. In the course of 2012, the Committee endorsed a series of new and updated policies on road safety, arrest and detention, close protection, hostage incident management, relations with the host country on security, fire safety, the use of armed private security companies (and the guidelines, model contract and statement of works), special events, security training and certification, improvised explosive devices, security of United Nations premises, and boards of inquiry.