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Summary of Conditions of Service: Internationally Recruited Staff
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The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) Organization, located in Vienna, Austria, is committed to the highest ethical standards, efficiency, competence and integrity. In addition, the Commission is dedicated to a policy of equal employment opportunity and therefore particularly encourages women to apply. Our remuneration package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, health insurance plus additional entitlements for internationally recruited staff, such as housing allowance, home leave and health insurance.
All staff members of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission holding fixed-term appointments are subject to the CTBTO Staff Regulations and Rules which embody the fundamental conditions of service and the basic rights, duties and obligations. As international civil servants, staff members are subject to the authority of the Executive Secretary and should not seek nor should they accept instructions from any Government, person or entity external to the organization. In the interest of the Commission, staff members enjoy certain privileges and immunities which do not exempt international civil servants from observing local laws.
Initial appointments for these categories of staff are usually for a fixed-term period of three years, of which the first six months form a probationary period. A maximum of two extensions of two years each is foreseen to a seven years maximum service. All extensions are subject, inter alia, to satisfactory performance and to a continuing need for the function. This service limit policy allows ex-staff members who return to their home countries to implement in the Member States the expertise gained while working with the Commission. In addition, the policy ensures that the Commission continuously employs new experts with state-of-the-art knowledge and experience.
Grade Levels
In general, employment in the Professional and higher categories requires a university degree and appropriate prior work experience in the relevant field. There are four grades in the Professional category (2 at the junior level to P 5 at the senior level) and one in the Director category. Positions at grades P2 to P-3 usually require zero to five, at grades P-4 to P-5 normally seven to ten and in the D-1 category typically 15 years of relevant work experience. In addition, there are few posts in the General Service category, at G6 level, for which the Commission may recruit internationally.
Salaries
The salaries of Professional and higher categories staff are comprised of the net base salary and the post adjustment. The net base salary scale is the same as the one used by the United Nations Common system (PDF). Post adjustment is an amount paid in addition to the net base salary, which varies according to the cost of living at the duty station, which is subject to change.
There are two rates of net base salary, single and dependency rates. Staff members having with a dependent spouse or a dependent child will receive salary at dependency rate of salary.
Internationally recruited General Service staff will receive the same salary as locally recruited General Service staff. They are also entitled to international benefits.
Allowances
Dependency Allowance
A spouse will be considered as a dependant, qualifying staff member for the payment of salary at dependency rate, if gross occupational earnings during a calendar year do not exceed a certain threshold. Staff members who have a dependent child under the age of 18 may qualify for an additional dependency allowance. A child for whom a staff member provides main and continuing support can be recognized as a dependant until he/she reaches age 21, provided proof is shown that the child is in full-time attendance at school, university, or a similar educational institution. Any periodic grant payable from a public source in respect of a child recognized by the Commission as a dependant shall be deducted from the dependency allowance payable.
A staff member who has a dependent child but either no spouse, or a spouse whose earnings will exceed the established threshold, will also qualify for the dependency rate of salary instead of a separate dependency allowance in respect of that child.
Education Grant
An education grant is payable, if supported by documentary evidence, in respect of each child who is in full time attendance at an educational institution up to completion of four years of post secondary education or attainment of the first degree, whichever is earlier. The grant will not be paid beyond the scholastic year in which the child reaches the age of 25 years. The grant is not payable for attendance at a school free of charge or one charging nominal fees at the duty station.
The grant covers 75% of tuition fees and other allowable costs of attendance, up to a certain maximum. It covers 100% for an eligible child who due to physical or mental disability is unable to attend a normal education institution. There are also provisions for education grant travel once a year between the place of your children's education and Vienna, subject to certain conditions and cost limitations.
Rental Subsidy
A rental subsidy may be paid when a staff member's rent exceeds a so-called rental threshold, which is the amount of rent a staff member must pay himself/herself before receiving any subsidy. The other parameter is the reasonable maximum rent level which depends on the staff member's grade and family situation. The rental subsidy cannot exceed 40% of the actual rent and is payable for a maximum period of seven years.
Social Security
Provident Fund
Staff members are required to participate in the Provident Fund (similar to a mutual fund) of the Commission administered by BNP Paribas/Parvest. For staff in the Professional and higher categories, the rates of employer's and employee's contributions are 15.8% and 7.9% respectively of the participant's "pensionable remuneration (PDF)". The employee's contributions are deducted monthly through payroll. Upon separation from service, staff member will receive the amount held in the participant's account.
Health Insurance
The Commission provides an attractive health insurance scheme covering medical and hospital expenses. Staff members are enrolled from the first day of their appointment into the scheme. They may also enroll their eligible dependants.
Life and Disability Insurance
The Commission provides coverage only for service-incurred accidents and illnesses. In addition, staff members can elect an optional life-insurance plan for non-service incurred risks.
Leave
Annual Leave
Annual leave is accrued at the rate of two and a half working days a month, i.e. thirty working days a year. Annual leave may be taken at any time subject to the exigencies of service and with the approval of the supervisor.
Home Leave
Staff members regarded as international recruits serving outside their home country, as well as their recognized dependants are entitled to travel to their home country once every two years at the cost of the Commission.
Relocation*
The Commission covers the costs of travel from the place of recruitment to the duty station in the case of internationally recruited staff members and their eligible dependants. The costs of shipping and insurance of household effects are also covered.
Same provisions apply upon separation.
Repatriation Grant*
Upon separation from service, a staff member who has completed at least one year of service outside his/her home country and whom the Commision has to repatriate shall be eligible to receive a repatriation grant. Payment of the repatriation grant shall be subject to evidence of relocation. The amount is linked to the staff member's dependency status and the length of service with the Commission.
*Applicable to internationally recruited staff members.
Summary of Conditions of Service: Locally Recruited General Service Staff
Resources:
United Nations Common System
Pensionable Remuneration
 
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The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) Organization, located in Vienna, Austria, is committed to the highest ethical standards, efficiency, competence and integrity. In addition, the Commission is dedicated to a policy of equal employment opportunity and therefore particularly encourages women to apply.
All staff members of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission holding fixed-term appointments are subject to the CTBTO Staff Regulations and Rules which embody the fundamental conditions of service and the basic rights, duties and obligations. As international civil servants, staff members are subject to the authority of the Executive Secretary and should not seek nor should they accept instructions from any Government, person or entity external to the organization. In the interest of the Commission, staff members enjoy certain privileges and immunities which do not exempt international civil servants from observing local laws.
General Service staff members are initially appointed for a fixed-term period of six months, which forms a probationary period. Subject to the satisfactory performance and the continuing need for the function, an extension of two and a half years may be granted. Further extensions of up to two years are possible. All extensions are subject inter alia to satisfactory service and to a continuing need for the function.
Grade Levels
The Commission normally recruits staff members at five different grades in the General Service category (G-2 at the junior level to G-6 at the senior level).
Salaries
Salaries are determined within the framework of the United Nations Common System, and are usually paid in the currency of the duty station. Salaries are subject to the deductions for social security coverage. The emoluments from the Commission are exempt from income tax in Austria.
Dependency Allowance
For staff members' own or legally adopted children a dependency allowance may be paid, the amount of which depends on the age and number of children. In addition, a dependency allowance in respect of a spouse may also be paid under certain conditions.
Social Security
Provident Fund
Staff members are required to participate in the Provident Fund (similar to a mutual fund) of the Commission administered by BNP Paribas/Parvest. The rates of employer's and employee's contributions are 15.8% and 7.9% respectively of the participant's "pensionable remuneration". The employee's contributions are deducted monthly through payroll. Upon separation from service, staff member will receive the amount held in the participant's account.
Health Insurance
The Commission provides an attractive health insurance scheme covering medical and hospital expenses. Staff members are enrolled from the first day of their appointment into the scheme. They may also enroll their eligible dependants.
Life and Disability Insurance
The Commission provides only coverage for service-incurred accidents and illnesses. In addition, staff members can elect an optional life-insurance plan for non-service incurred risks.
Leave
Annual Leave
Annual leave is accrued at the rate of two and a half working days a month, i.e. thirty working days a year. Annual leave may be taken at any time subject to the exigencies of service and with the approval of the supervisor.
Flexible working hours
Staff members in the General Service Category participate in the flexible working hours system, which may provide for additional days of compensatory time, subject to the exigencies of service.