Standing Committee Chair
Standing Committee Chair - Social Security/OHS
Paola Franceschelli - In 2018 I joined the FAO Union for General Service Staff (UGSS) at a difficult time for our organization and was elected as Executive Secretary. In this role, I have supported GS colleagues in various initiatives and Staff-Management meetings. Being closer to the Union’s work made me more knowledgeable and passionate about it. Participating in the FICSA Councils has provided new motivation, given the global dimension of the work that I am so interested in.
Last February I was elected Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Security. I am most interested in all matters discussed there, in particular the UN Global Mental Health Strategy and its implementation across the UN system. I joined FAO in 2004 after having worked in the financial markets for 8 years, in Rome and Paris, as money broker. I have travelled extensively, learned several languages and have been involved in political movements and NGOs.
Since my interest in different cultures and people is predominant, I have attended a 3-year course in Counselling, which pulled together several subjects I love: anthropology, psychology, history, dance and the Arts. At the end of the course I practiced my counselling skills as a volunteer for different NGOs supporting human rights. I have spent 16 years in FAO working in the same environment related to genetic resources, first in the Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources and then in the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. I still enjoy these matters thoroughly because of the policy dimension that characterizes the Governing Bodies of both the International Treaty and the Commission.
Standing Committee Vice-Chair
Standing Committee Vice-Chair - Social Security/OHS
Standing Committee Vice-Chair
FICSA also participates in the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN), which holds meetings twice a year to consider policy and practical matters related to the safety and security of staff.
IASMN in chaired by the UN Department on Safety and Security (UNDSS), which reports to the General Assembly on the functioning of the security management system, including the annual report on the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel; annual lessons learned and best practices reports; any other ad hoc reports as required.UNDSS is responsible for the consolidation, harmonization and promulgation to all duty stations of essential security policies, standards and operational procedures, including United Nations Security Operations Manual and guidelines, and the instruction package for implementation of the revised minimum operating security standards and safety best practices.It also deploys mobile training teams/training officers to conduct/support safety and security training programmes of other agencies, funds, programmes and organizations of the United Nations security management system as required.
STANDING COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
Pensions including items for the Pension Board sessions such as the impact of currency devaluation on pension benefits; benefits for divorced spouses; purchase of additional years of pension; investment policy, etc.
HIV/AIDS in the UN workplace
HIV/AIDS in the UN workplace including participation in the Task Force to provide input to the development of information and learning material; ensure equitable access to care, treatment and health insurance coverage for all staff; fight against stigma and discrimination.
Long-term care health insurance
Collect and exchange information on the various health insurance policies offered by the UN organizations.
Collect and exchange information on staff well-being policies such as the work-family agenda and promote best practices; monitor absenteeism and causes of disability: collect and exchange information on long-term care policies and advocate for a system-wide long-term care coverage.
Issues related to legal and human rights obtained under labour and employment laws.
Issues related to monetary benefits offered by the employer to its employees for meeting expenditures.
Issues related to rules, regulations and laws.
Staff Safety and Security
Issues related to the functioning of the security management system
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