Judgment No. 591
1. THE APPEAL IS ALLOWED AND IT IS ORDERED THAT A NEW ASSESSMENT BE MADE BY THE APPLICATION OF THE ICSC MASTER STANDARD.
2. THE ORGANIZATION SHALL PAY TO THE COMPLAINANT 2,000 UNITED STATES DOLLARS AS COSTS.
The post classification system suffers from a lack of parameters and criteria. The Board of Appeal for want of categorical elements of judgment to support reclassification, concluded that the post should remain at the same level. "This seems to be putting the onus on the complainant of finding a way out of a situation created by the obscurity of the system for which the organization is responsible."
post classification; criteria
The complainant's post was left at the same level. In deciding this, the Director erred in principle: in the absence of criteria, he should have remitted the request to the appropriate unit for reconsideration after himself providing clear parameters. The International Civil Service Commission has established a job classification system. The organization has completed post descriptions in accordance with that system. Three and a half months after the impugned decision, the complainant's occupational group was classified using the ICSC system. The complainant is referred to the organization for a new assessment of his post on the basis of the ICSC system.
complaint allowed; icsc decision; decision quashed; case sent back to organisation; enforcement; no provision; post classification; flaw; criteria
"The classification of a post depends upon an assessment of the type of work performed and the level of responsibility. It is an assessment which can only be made by persons whose training and experience equip them for the task of evaluating and grading posts. The Tribunal, therefore, will not substitute its own assessment or direct that a new assessment be made unless it is shown that the organization acted in the matter on a wrong principle."
post classification; judicial review; discretion; limits