A special service agreement (SSA) is a contractual arrangement within the United Nations system that establishes a legal relationship between the organization and the person in whom the person is an entrepreneur or service provider and not a collaborator. This modality is often used for very short contracts when the organization does not want to take on the burden of the complex bureaucracy of hiring new staff and deal with complex requirements and benefits. The most common “regular” staff contracts are term fixed contracts (FTAs). These are the jobs you will find in many parts of the system. The duration of fixed-term contracts (FTAs) is usually a year or two. While free trade agreements do not expect renewal, there will be no limitation and/or interruption of service if the organization decides to extend a free trade agreement. Fixed deadlines mean without anticipation of an extension. Many times (almost always?), when there are ways, however, you are good to leave after the expiration of this contract period. As a general rule, fixed term jobs are very good in terms of job security. Although they are not guaranteed, you should have more than enough time to adjust if something happens. An interesting curiosity for fixed-term contracts is that some of them can be funded by projects.
These contracts then have slightly different terms and advantages. In this category, it gets really chaotic. First of all, there is a very wide variety of contracts, and then the conditions can be very different for these. Second, some organizations do not consider consultant contracts to be HR contracts and govern them in accordance with the organization`s purchasing rules. As a rule, these contracts include only low benefits for workers. Consultant contracts are temporary, often short-term and often have a break in service rules. They generally allow for greater flexibility in wage negotiations. Examples include Special Service Agreements (SSA), Individual Contractors Agreements (ICA) and others. In the non-collaborator or consultant category, things get complicated. First of all, there is a very wide variety of treaties.
These contracts are generally referred to as “Consultant Contract”, “Special Service Agreement (SSA)”, “Individual Contractor (IC)” or “Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)”. The terms of these contracts can vary greatly from one organization to another. In addition, more and more organizations do not consider these non-personnel contracts as HR contracts, but manage them in accordance with the organization`s acquisition rules. As a general rule, these contracts contain very few benefits for workers. Consultant contracts are either temporary or service-specific and often short-term. Many organizations have a violation of service rules to avoid continued employment in non-personnel contracts, but all non-personnel contracts have advantages as they allow for more flexibility than personnel contracts. . . .