Recruitment in UNDP Nigeria

Recruitment in UNDP Nigeria is guided by corporate recruitment principles.

UNDP Principles

Irrespective of the form of contracting modality to be used the following fundamental employment principles are the basis for the employment/ hiring of all personnel by UNDP:

o        Selection of personnel must be through a competitive process based on merit
o        Highest standards of competency and integrity must be maintained
o        UNDP independence and objectivity must be safeguarded
o        Gender and National Staff Career Management policies must be applied.
Contract Types:

As a global organization UNDP requires a mix of contract types to cover all individuals employed either for UNDP or on behalf of other agencies and partners. To fill job openings UNDP uses a wide array of recruitment tools for hiring personnel under several contract types. Types of contracts issued to individuals depend on a number of criteria, such as legal basis, or duration of services. UNDP also hires personnel through international or local recruitment shopping. The standard types of contracts for:

1.       Fixed-term or permanent (100/200 series)
2.       Activities of Limited Duration (ALD or 300 series)

Individual contracting:

1.       Service Contracts (SC)
2.       Special Service Agreements (SSA)

Main differences between the various contract types:

1.       Fixed-term or permanent contracts are concluded for traditional staff members, contracted under 100/200 Series Staff Rules. Salaries are established on local scales based on best prevailing local conditions; the international scale based on the best comparator civil service.

2.       Activities of Limited Duration (ALD local/International) for personnel governed by the 300 Series Staff Rules. Duration for ALD contracts is from 6 months to 3 years, exceptionally 4 years. Local salaries are established by reference to local scales, and/or set by reference to international scales.

Individual contracts: 

1.       Service Contracts are for personnel governed by explicit terms of service, based on independent contracting for services.  The personnel contracted under this modality serve on time bound projects.  The duration of the contract must be no less than 6 months. Salaries are based on local market conditions for specific jobs (local UN scales serve as a reference point).

2.       Special Service Agreements are the legal instrument used for the procurement of services provided by a person engaged by UNDP, in his/her individual capacity, to provide expert services, advisory services, technical skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work. The principal consideration for the fees is the nature of the assignment, the complexity, difficulty and extent of the work to be performed and the degree of expertise required to accomplish it.