Recruitment and hiring of staff is the single most important human resource management activity. UNDP applies an equal opportunities approach in hiring practices and strives to employ a workforce that reflects diversity and gender balance. Recruitment and management of personnel in UNDP are guided by five fundamental principles:
1. Competition: Selection will follow a visible and fair competitive process for all vacancies, regardless of post, contractual modality or hiring unit, except when such a competitive process is not considered practicable;
2. Objectivity: Screening will be conducted with professional rigor, with candidates measured against clearly articulated criteria, job skills and competencies and corporate priorities;
3.Transparency: The recruitment and selection criteria and all phases of recruitment processes will be transparent to staff and candidates to the fullest extent possible;
4. Diversity: UNDP’s workforce will reflect diversity and will strive to include equal numbers of men and women, staff members representing as wide a geographic distribution as possible and individuals from under-represented groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities.
5. Accountability: Hiring managers will be held accountable both for their selection proposals and the manner in which they have followed the processes leading up to them.
UNDP in the Maldives offers two types of contracts to its personnel; Fixed Term Appointments (FTA) and Service Contracts (SC). FTA's are staff contracts given to staff who provide core functions of the organization. SC's are given for non-core support services in the UNDP Office that would normally be outsourced and for development project personnel, where UNDP on request of an executing entity, or implementing partner under the harmonized operational modalities or, where UNDP itself serves as implementing partner of a development project, provides personnel contracting services to support execution or implementation of the project.
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