Types of Appointment
Fixed Term Appointment
Definition: A fixed-term appointment is a time-limited appointment of one year or more. Fixed-term appointments do not carry any expectancy of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment. A fixed-term appointment may be extended, under the conditions set by the Secretary‑General, provided that the total duration of service under consecutive fixed-term appointments does not exceed five years. Exceptionally, service on such appointments may be further extended for up to one additional year, under the conditions set by the Secretary-General.
Probationary period: A fixed-term appointment is conditioned on a probationary period of a minimum of one year, counting towards the total duration of service under consecutive fixed-term appointments, which may be extended to up to two years when so required to permit a precise evaluation of a staff member's performance and conduct or his/her suitability as an international civil servant. A decision to terminate a fixed-term appointment at the end of the probationary period stipulated in the letter of appointment for reasons of unsatisfactory service is not considered as a termination within the meaning of the Staff Regulations.
The contract of employment awarded to a successful candidate is called a fixed-term contract.
Temporary appointment is a time-limited appointment of less than one year to meet short-term needs, such as peak workloads and other specific time-limited requirements. If the temporary appointment is of less than one year it may be extended, provided that the total duration of uninterrupted service under consecutive temporary appointments is less than one year. In all cases, temporary appointments to be granted to a staff member shall be limited to a maximum of two consecutive periods of eleven months.
The contract of employment awarded to a successful candidate is called a short-term contract.