Daily subsistence allowance (dsa) Implementation of General Assembly resolution 58/270




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DAILY SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE (DSA)



Implementation of General Assembly resolution 58/2701

    1. In paragraph 31 of General Assembly resolution 58/270, the Secretary-General was requested “to discontinue the practice of paying higher subsistence allowance rates to middle- and senior-level United Nations staff members.”




    1. Discontinuation of the practice of paying higher subsistence allowance to staff members at the D-1 and D-2 levels (15%), and at the Assistant Secretary-General and above (40%) applies to all “United Nations staff members”, including staff members of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Secretariats of the ICSC and UNJSPF, as well as the United Nations Funds and Programmes governed by the UN Staff Regulations and Rules, such as UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS.




    1. The elimination of the additional amount of DSA also applies to the DSA portion of the assignment grant.




    1. The discontinuation also applies to consultants, individual contractors and experts on mission.




    1. The discontinuation does not affect persons who are not staff members but have been given the status of “UN officials” by the General Assembly or the Security Council, for instance the Chair and Vice-Chair of the International Civil Service Commission, the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, and the Inspectors of the Joint Inspection Unit.




    1. The discontinuation does not affect staff members of the specialized agencies or other organizations of the UN common system unless it is extended to them by the relevant Agency or Organization.




    1. On an exceptional basis, OHRM may approve ad hoc rates for the staff of the UN Secretariat when there is no accommodation available at the standard DSA rate, or in cases of conferences or group travel, in accordance with section 3.4 of ST/AI/1998/3 as amended by ST/AI/2003/9 (currently ST/AI/2014/2).

1 Guidelines on the implementation of the General Assembly’s decision to discontinue the practice of paying higher DSA rates to middle- and senior-level UN staff members were initially provided under the heading “Implementation of General Assembly resolution 58/270: Daily subsistence allowance – suspension of recruitment for GS posts”. In view of the non-extension of the suspension of external recruitment for GS posts by the General Assembly, the guidelines were updated to include only those provisions applicable to the limitations on daily subsistence allowance set out in General Assembly Resolution 58/270.


Approved on 6 March 2006



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