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or her appointment, that the staff member continues to have close family and personal ties in that country and that the staff member's taking home leave there would not be inconsistent with the purposes and intent of staff regulation 5.2.

b. Travel in a particular home leave year to a country other than the home country, subject to conditions established by the Secretary-General. In such a case, the travel expenses borne by theAuthority shall not exceed the cost of travel to the home country. (e) (i) Except in the case of staff members serving on probationary

appointment, a staff member’s frst home leave shall fall due in the calendar year in which the staff member completes two years of qualifying service. Astaff member appointed on a probationary basis shall not be entitled to the frst home leave until he or she has been granted a permanent appointment or an extension of probationary period; however, if the Secretary-General considers that it will not be possible for such a decision to be made within six months after completion of two years’ service, he or she may be granted home leave subject to the other conditions of this rule.

(ii) Home leave may be taken, subject to the exigencies of the service and to the provisions in subparagraph (i) above in respect of probationary appointment, any time during the calendar year in which it falls due. (f) A staff member may be granted advanced home leave, provided that normally not less than 12 months of qualifying service have been completed or that normally not less than 12 months of qualifying service have elapsed since the date of return from his or her last home leave. The granting of advanced home leave shall not advance the calendar year in which the next home leave falls due. The granting of advanced home leave shall be subject to the conditions for the entitlement being subsequently met. If these conditions are not met, the staff member will be required to reimburse the costs paid by the Authority for the advanced travel.

(g) If a staff member delays taking his or her home leave beyond the calendar year in which it falls due, such delayed leave may be taken without altering the time of his or her next and succeeding home leave entitlements, provided that normally not less than 12 months of qualifying service elapse between the date of the staff members return from the delayed home leave and the date of his or her next home leave departure.

(h) A staff member may be required to take his or her home leave in conjunction with travel on offcial business, due regard being paid to the interests of the staff member and his or her family.

(i) Subject to the conditions specifed in chapter VII of these Rules, a staff member shall be entitled to claim, in respect of authorized travel on home leave, travel time and expenses for himself or herself and eligible family members for the outward and return journeys between the offcial duty station and the place of home leave.

(j) Travel of eligible family members shall be in conjunction with the approved home leave of the staff member, provided that exceptions may be granted

Staff Rule, 5.3

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