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In Corrupt UN of Guterres UNEP Scams Detailed by Whistleblowers to Inner City Press

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UN GATE, Feb 18 – How corrupt is today's United Nations under Antonio Guterres? The head man files incomplete financial disclosure, then throws out the Press that asks about it. PGA Csaba Korosi follows suit and bans Inner City Press from his "Civil Society Town Hall," which UN DSS Head Gilles Michaud ignores the appeal the PGA's spokesperson Paulina Kubiak said to file. No answers, so more stories. Here's today's, from whistleblower:

"Hi Matt,  We know you'll get this out there for us. The drama in the UN never ends, just changes positions like the game of musical chairs . . .  It's pointless reporting through the internal channels since Justice is rarely served especially when it's seniors being exposed. What the so called investigating entity (OIOS) does is, they delegate the Case to the accused persons organization, so a team of Legal officers who have no idea what investigation is all about, are the ones who determine the Case!

  There's a previous incident where a hiring manager in UNEP got a crooked colleague to change assessment results of her preferred candidate, one Ms. Atifa Kassam, (who had otherwise failed the assessment) so that she made it to the interview and subsequently got the job, a P3 post. . . fair and transparent recruitment indeed?  Similar story for a GS-4 position (still in UNEP) where all candidates failed the technical assessment, but the crooked lead panelist opted to cook the test results and proceed to the oral interviews with a bunch of his preferred candidates. Correct procedure should have been to cancel the process and start over but . . . so someone somewhere in the UN system is earning a salary in a position they did not rightfully get? That's the United Nations Matt. 

  UN talks of mandatory GGST certification for General Service posts right? The list of staff who've skewed their way through into the system without GGST certification is endless.  Perhaps you could get us answers from USG-DMSPC Catherine Pollard, or ASG-OHRM Martha Lopez and tell us why? (Casing example is one HRO, Feezah Kyambadde, who is well known for bypassing candidates without GGST certification into the system).  And guess what, in UNEP again, one Annette Waweru, facilitated a junior staff getting "exceptional approval" to take the GGST a 6th time . . . and "miraculously" got the post of Finance and Budget Assistant!

Well, "Policy" says only 5 attempts for the GGST is allowed, but how come this staffer got an extra chance? Could others also be given 'that extra chance' to try?. This is what free and fair recruitment is all about? Please get us answers from USG-DOS Atul Khare.  And just so that the world knows, you can be interviewed as early as 3 or 4am for a job in the UN, and still not be selected for it, despite being the best candidate!

 Matt, if you could get your hands on the raw audio recording [Ed.'s note: please send it to us, it will go straight unto Soundcloud after another non-response from corupt UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming) for the interview of this position you'll notice something with the 2 candidate being interviewed. Clearly, she was reading from a pre-written script and in passing, even mentions having had a meeting with the panel chair the previous night! What does that tell you about her selection to the post? Try getting answers from the UNEP Chief of Staff - Rafael Peralta or Chief of HR - Carlos Serrano (good luck if either assents to releasing the truth . . .). The post JO:140108 was for a Director. 

And still on the UNEP Director position just mentioned, using your network, if you could discreetly get in touch with the Japanese Ambassador to the UN in New York, and let him know that their national (Yoko Watanabe, UNDP) with over 20 years experience in the UN, was short changed! She was the best candidate and the panel had agreed on her selection, but her name was changed by the chief panelist at the last minute, and an American with just 2 years in the UN from USAID was selected instead. The raw recordings can prove it and those present during her interview, if brave enough, can attest to what transpired behind the scenes. It'd be a waste of precious time reporting this to the OIOS, nothing will happen. Maybe the Ambassador could take SG Guterres head-on for answers and for Justice to be served for their national.  Shift focus to New York Headquarters where bending rules rather than enforcing them is the norm . . .

Policy, Rules, Regulations are compromised by the very persons in senior positions to enforce them. Example, staff members share their login credentials with Interns and make these poor, overworked, unpaid colleagues do their donkey work for them - including recruitment of staff! Yes Matt, it's happening right in the UN Headquarters. Never mind that the "Policy" says non-staff (interns, UNVs, Contractors and Consultants) should not be involved in recruitment! Casing example is a section called Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Unit headed by one Tomas Kontogeorgos. Could you please check if UN IT boss, ASG Bernard Mariano, is aware what his 'senior colleagues' are up to, sharing their login credentials with interns who are never paid despite their credible output?  Oh boy Matt, there's stench and rot behind the glamour of the UN logo.

  Keep it coming. And watch this site.


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