The salary of a peacekeeper

The United Nations payments system is very complex, because it pays lots of different persons, from national staff to directors and heads of mission.

Essentially, staff in a peacekeeping operation can be divided in three components: military, police and civilian.

Military salary

According to U.N., "Peacekeeping soldiers are paid by their own Governments according to their own national rank and salary scale. Countries volunteering uniformed personnel to peacekeeping operations are reimbursed by the UN at a standard rate, approved by the General Assembly, of a little over US$1,028 per soldier per month."

This does not mean, however, that all military personnel will receive the same. This amount (US$ 1,028) is for the lowest rank, which are the soldiers..

Military observers, generally from the rank of Captain and above, will receive more, once they are paid in Mission subsistance allowance (MSA), which varies from mission to mission. In general, they are paid around US$ 150 per day. If there are more risks or living conditions are worst (or more expensive), the payment will be higher.

Police salary

There are basically two categories of police personnel working in peacekeeping operations: Formed Police Units (FPU) and Individual Police Officers (IPO).

FPU members are paid by their own governments, since they are "auto-sustained" units. This means that they will not use U.N. structure or logistics resources. In this case, U.N. pays the country government, and the government pays FPU personnel according to their own rules. Thus, we can't specify an average of salary.

In the other hand, Individual Police Officers will receive the same MSA as military observers, which can vary from US$120 to around US$200 per day. Again, this depends on each mission and these values can be verified in the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) website.

So, what are you waiting for? Start studying and prepare yourself to be a peacekeeper!