3. Mobility/hardship allowance(a) Staff members in the Professional and higher categories, including projectpersonnel and internationally recruited General Service staff members, whoare appointed or assigned to a duty station for one year or more shall beeligible for the payment of a mobility/hardship allowance. The allowance shallbe paid according to the staff member's entitlements with respect to thefollowing components of the allowance:(i) The mobility element, as an incentive to staff of organizationsparticipating in the United Nations common system to acceptreassignments to different duty stations;(ii) The hardship element, as an incentive to staff to serve at fieldduty stations with varying degrees of hardship;(iii) The non-removal element, as compensation for the nonremovalof household goods.(b) The staff member's entitlement to the allowance are reckoned in terms ofpercentage points of a base salary rate, as defined in paragraph (d) below.With respect to each of the three elements, the percentage points may beaccrued as follows:(i) Mobility element:a. At H duty stations, nil for the first threeassignments, 4 percentage points for the fourthassignment (provided that at least two of theprevious assignments were at field duty stations)and 6 percentage points for the fifth andsubsequent assignments;b. At all other duty stations, nil for the firstassignment, 10 percentage points for the secondassignment and 2 additional percentage points for
ecruited General Service staff. For staff who have no dependent spouse orchild, the allowance is calculated at 75 per cent of the base salary rateappropriate to their grade.(e) The mobility/hardship allowance is payable to all eligible staff, includingthose serving in their own country and is non-pensionable. The allowance isnormally paid in a lump sum at the beginning of each 12-month period that thestaff member is expected to remain at the duty station or pro rata asappropriate.(f) The allowance shall be payable at the dependency rate to a staff memberwith recognized dependants, irrespective of where the dependants actuallyreside. When both husband and wife are staff members entitled to theallowance, it shall be paid to each of them in an amount calculated on thebasis of his or her own salary level.(g) Staff members who are assigned to a particular duty station and are thenplaced in travel or mission status while in receipt of a daily subsistenceallowance (DSA) shall be eligible for the mobility/hardship allowance inrespect of the duty station to which they were originally assigned and not inrespect of the duty station at which they are in travel or mission status.Mobility element(h) Entitlement to the mobility element is subject to the requirement that thestaff member concerned should have had five or more consecutive years ofservice in an organization participating in the United Nations common system.This requirement may be considered as met if the staff member hasaccumulated five years of service within a period of six consecutive years.Continuity of service is not considered as broken by periods of special leavewithout pay, but full months of any such period are not to be credited asservice for the purpose of this allowance.(i) In counting the number of assignments for the application of the mobilityelement, the following guidelines will be taken into account:(A) An assignment will not be counted as such unless it involvesthe installation of the staff member at the duty station (i.e.payment by the Organization of travel expenses and the
assignment grant) except in the case of an initial appointment forone year or more where no travel expenses and assignmentgrant have been paid;(B) Any period of service on travel or mission status while inreceipt of DSA will not be counted as an assignment. However,if such status is extended beyond one year at the same dutystation, that period will be so counted;(C) If a staff member is posted to a duty station for an initialperiod of less than one year and the period is subsequentlyextended so that service at the duty station equals or exceedsone year, such service will be counted as an assignment;(D) In the case of consecutive assignments of less than oneyear at different duty stations during which the staff member ispaid post adjustment under staff rule 106.04(c)(i) or 206.12(d),the combined periods of such assignments may be counted asone assignment;(E) If a staff member is assigned to a duty station for a period ofone year or more and the period is subsequently reduced on theinitiative of the Organization to less than a year's duration, suchservice should normally be counted as an assignment.(j) Transfers, secondments and loans to other organizations participating inthe United Nations common system are treated in the same way asmovement within the Organization for the purpose of the mobility element, i.e.in order to be counted as an assignment, such transfers, secondments andloans should be for a period of one year or more and involve a change of dutystation.(k) After five years of service at the same duty station, the mobility element isreduced by 10 percentage points on the matrix; and if the duty station is oneof the H duty stations, the mobility element will be reduced to nil. This limitedperiod of five years may exceptionally be extended by the Organization up to
one more year, if the staff member: (a) remains at the duty station on theinitiative of the Organization; or (b) is expected to be reassigned before theend of the sixth year.Hardship element(l) The hardship element is payable from the initial appointment or the firstassignment of a staff member to any of the duty stations classified in the B, C,D or E category, provided that the staff member meets the general conditionsof eligibility for the allowance. It remains applicable for the entire duration ofthe staff member's service at the duty station and for as long as that dutystation remains classified in the category concerned. Upon a change in theclassified category, an appropriate adjustment of the percentage points for thehardship element and the resulting amount of payment will be made.Non-removal element(m) The element for non-removal is applicable for a period of five years at oneduty station, provided the staff member is not entitled to a removal ofhousehold goods, irrespective of the length of his or her total consecutiveservice with an organization participating in the United Nations commonsystem or at the duty station. This period may, exceptionally, be extended forup to two more years at the discretion of the Director-General.