The mission of the PAHO/AMRO Staff Association, founded in 1958, is to safeguard and promote the best interests of staff in every aspect of their work by engaging in effective communication with management on matters of interest and concern to staff, particularly relating to personnel policy and conditions of service.
The Staff Association is a legal entity that is free and independent of management and operates completely outside PAHO's normal organizational structure. It is not accountable to management and does not report to anyone in the Organization.The Staff Association, through its executive body (the S.A. Executive Committee), has a primary obligation to account and provide feedback to its members and reports every year to PAHO's Executive Committee on the status of the working relationship between staff and management, as well as on other matters of interest to the international public service including aspects of internal justice.
The PAHO/AMRO Staff Association and its duly elected representatives are formally recognized by the Organization as representing the views of the staff at large.
Although the views of the Staff Association are influential and indispensable, it does not have any decision-making authority on issues relating to personnel policies or conditions of service. Nonetheless, it actively participates and provides critical input and advice during consultations with management on proposed changes to PAHO's Staff Regulations and Staff Rules and policies relating to staff questions.
Depending on the type of action, some subjects require strict confidentiality, specifically, confidentiality is assured between staff and the S.A. legal adviser when legal remedies are being pursued as consultations are established directly between the two parties. In addition, there are other types of S.A. activities that must be handled confidentially, for instance, participation in selection committees, reclassification review panels, and harassment and appeal boards.
Consultations with Staff Association representatives are confidential and information may only be shared with people who have a legitimate need to know.
Who can use the services of the Staff Association?
The services of the Staff Association are available to all individuals hired under U.N. contracts in accordance with Staff Rule 420, whether employed on a full-time, temporary or part-time basis. They continue to be available to staff who have retired and who have been members in good standing for a minimum period of five years immediately prior to their retirement.
All PAHO/AMRO staff members have the right to be represented by the Staff Association and the affiliation principles of the Association are based on voluntary participation.
You can contact the Staff Association whenever you are having workplace difficulties or would like to receive information or clarification relating your conditions of service, such as: