I cannot wrap my head around the inability to create integrated pay and benefits scales that are based on functions and roles rather than place of recruitment or "international/national" status.Yes, integrated salary scales might necessarily vary widely from bottom to top (from night guard to CEO), but a unified system would at least challenge the notion of irreducible differences between "international" and "national" staff, us and them, those coming from "helping" places and those from places being "helped." To better understand the phenomenon, I reached out to my social media networks and learned that -- at least within the United Nations system (one entity among many) -- the differentiation is intentional.If so, are these differences so profound that a unified, graduated pay scale could not serve both purposes? I also find no small amount of irony that a system designed to eliminate discrimination or bias "on the grounds of...nationality" has -- at last in a sense as per subsequent iterations and as applied outside of the United Nations by other organizations -- come to represent a fundamental wall between those of one nationality ("national staff" in country X) and all others.
On this day we also take a moment to honour the brave health and aid workers who are targeted or obstructed as they set out to help people in need, and pay tribute to the government employees, members of civil society and representatives of international organizations and agencies who risk their lives to provide humanitarian aid and protection." — World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.We participated in these systems with only the most whisper-hushed questions, and isn't that how power works?We sip it and believe, or just dream, that it is rightfully ours.This campaign follows on the UN Secretary-General’s report on protection of civilians, which was launched earlier this year.Laying out his ‘path to protection’, the Secretary-General calls for enhanced respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, and protection of civilians, including humanitarian and medical workers as well as civilian infrastructure.