International relocation is recognized as one of the most stressful life events. According to the 2015 BGRS Global Mobility Trends Survey report 65 % of failures were attributed to spouse or partner dissatisfaction in the new location. 51 % of employers report that employees have turned down international assignments. 21% of employers report that assignees have returned home and are costing the organization between $250,000- $2.5 million for every prematurely terminated contract. 


What We Do

United Nations Kenya Local Expatriate Spouse Association (UNKLESA), whose membership consists of expatriate spouses and partners from all UN affiliated programmes and offices, aims to join efforts in provide country specific information and resources that address the employment and career interests of qualified expatriate spouses and partners.

In supporting UN spouses and partners, UNKLESA enables the UN System to recruit and retain highly qualified professionals among its internationally mobile personnel.

UNKLESA was established in 2004 following the UNDG Joint Guidance Note on the Employment of Expatriate Spouses.” The Association’s mandate and activates derive from the UN Dual Career and Staff Mobility (DC&SM) programme.

The United Nations Dual Career and Staff Mobility (DC&SM) programme aims to improve the overall effectiveness of United Nations system organizations by improving the wellbeing and welfare of family members accompanying UN staff on assignments abroad. The programme is an inter-agency initiative of the CEB Human Resources Network, bringing together 17 international organizations to pool their resources into finding solutions to the issues faced by UN system families, particularly those in so-called "dual career" situations. By improving the working and living conditions of UN system staff members and their families the quality of organization’s work is improved, helping to more effectively work towards meeting the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals and other priorities of the UN system.

The association is part of an international network of UN Local Expatriate Spouse Associations (UNLESA).