3 Sep 2010

Staff ructions at UNDP office in Samoa

2:55 pm on 3 September 2010

The Samoa based United Nations Resident Co-ordinator has denied her office is in crisis, despite nine staff leaving in the past six months.

The Samoa Observer reports anonymous claims from staff that they're overburdened and micromanaged by manager Nileema Noble who, they say has a dictatorial attitude.

However Ms Noble says the staff changes are an opportunity for the UNDP office to revitalise as new openings mean chances for others to move up within the system.

Ms Noble confirmed the resignations but puts them down to restricted salary scales and staff advancing their careers.

She says she will do everything to keep the office open and says Samoa is on track to achieve its Millennium Development Goals but some indicators need more work.