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Department of Political Affairs

Recruiting senior women

 

UNAMA's human rights chief, Georgette Gagnon, takes questions from the media in Afghanistan.We are actively looking for qualified senior women to join our staff.

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 

Who is eligible?

Women with an advanced level university degree, with at least 15years of relevant professional work experience in one of the areas listed above, and fluent in English and/or French and Arabic. French and Arabic speakers are highly sought because many of our field missions are in countries where these are the primary working languages. You do not need to have prior UN experience. We have asked Member States to help us identify women with the above eligibility criteria for the talent pipeline. Women staff members at the P-5 level and above in the Secretariat and 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.

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 curriculum vitae (or PHP) and be emailed to the Recruitment Section, Field Personnel Division, Department of Field Support, at programmemanagementog@un.org  by 14 March, 2014.