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Attracting senior women

We are actively looking for qualified senior women to join our staff.

We are actively looking for qualified senior women to join our staff.

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UNAMA's human rights chief, Georgette Gagnon, takes questions from the media in Afghanistan.

We are looking for senior qualified women with proven leadership skills, integrity, and commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter to create a 'talent pipeline' of Directors in UN Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions.

We seek seasoned managers who have worked in the areas of conflict management, governance, political analysis, media/strategic communication, law, amongst others, to compete for senior positions in our field missions. These roles are mostly at non-duty family stations in conflict or post conflict settings, at the D-1 and D-2 levels in the areas of:

  • Political/Civil Affairs
  • Public Information and Communication
  • Rule of Law and Security Institutions
  • Senior Resources Management Positions
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Service Delivery
    • Director and Deputy Director Mission Support

Who is eligible?

Women with an advanced level university degree, with at least 15 years of relevant professional work experience in one of the areas listed above, and fluent in English. Additional fluency in French or Arabic is strongly desirable. You do not need to have prior UN experience, but it is generally required to have experience in conflict-affected or post-conflict countries or humanitarian emergencies. We have asked Member States to help us identify women with the above eligibility criteria for the talent pipeline. Women at the P-5 level and above in the United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, as well as women in our partner intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are also welcome to express their interest directly. This initiative is part of the Secretary-General's effort to improve the representation and retention of women in the UN system.

Career support activities for women staff members at the P4 to D1 levels are currently being developed.

Why would I want to join this initiative?

Members of the talent pipeline will benefit from regular updates on field mission vacancies for which they are qualified, as well as guidance on the application and assessment process. Note that being a member does not constitute an automatic offer to a post, and all members of the talent pipeline would apply to specific openings via the UN Careers website.

How do I express my interest?

Referrals or applications to the talent pipeline should include a cover letter and a detailed curriculum vitae (or PHP) (which should describe, amongst others, the different positions encumbered, managerial and budgetary experience as well as experience in post-conflict countries or emergencies ) and be emailed to the Recruitment Section, Field Personnel Division, Department of Field Support, at TalentPipeline@un.org.