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Danger Pay


Danger pay is a special allowance established for internationally and locally recruited staff who are required to work in locations where very dangerous conditions prevail, comprising the following:

  • Duty stations where United Nations staff, owing to the very fact of their association with, or employment by, an organization of the United Nations common system, are clearly, persistently and directly targeted or where premises are clearly, persistently and directly targeted, thus presenting an imminent and constant threat to staff and activities;
  • Duty stations where United Nations staff or premises are at high risk of becoming collateral damage in a war or active armed conflict;
  • Non-protected environments where medical staff are specifically at risk to their life when deployed to deal with public health emergencies as declared by the World Health Organization.


Danger pay may normally be granted for periods of up to three consecutive months. The application of danger pay is lifted when dangerous conditions are deemed to have abated.


The allowance is payable as a monthly sum to internationally-recruited and locally recruited staff whenever staff are present in the qualifying location, whether or not staff are required to report to duty at a UN office.

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Danger Pay: COVID-19

To facilitate the organizations' implementation of Danger Pay: COVID-19, FAQs were developed in collaboration with WHO, and will be updated periodically.

Click below to view the FAQs :
(Updated - 5 October 2020)


Amounts of danger pay

For internationally-recruited staff members, the amount is currently set at US$1,698 per month and the list of Danger Pay amounts for locally recruited staff can be found here. For locally-recruited staff members serving in designated locations, the allowance is calculated locally at the rate of 30 per cent of the net midpoint of the applicable 2022 local General Service salary scale (excluding long-service and longevity steps, if any).