Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  • Women and men who meet the minimum requirements for Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) roles, including a minimum of 20 years of relevant professional experience. 
  • Externals and Internal UN staff members are eligible. Internal staff members must have served at the D1-level or above in order to be considered eligible and must meet the other eligibility requirements.
Nominating entities, including Member States, Organizations within and outside of the United Nations, can nominate up to four individuals. We kindly request a parity of nominations, or a higher number of women than men be submitted, to increase gender parity efforts.
The Global Call campaign closed on 31 October.

The Global Call campaign closed on 31 October.

In the case of official nominations (from Member States or Organizations), nominating entities will be asked to submit online basic personal information of the candidate they wish to nominate. This includes name, nationality, gender and email address of the nominee. The nominating entity can fill out additional fields, should it have access to more information on the nominee.

After submitting the minimum required information, an email will be sent to the nominee to complete and review the application package. The nominee will be required to fill out all mandatory fields, provide a CV and share three references.

It will be the responsibility of the nominee to finalize the application and submit it before the end of the Global Call outreach campaign. Applications can be saved and reviewed before submission.

For any questions or issues with the nomination process, please email leadership@un.org for assistance.

No, you do not need to re-apply as your profile is in the leadership database. You are welcome to send us an email with an updated CV in order to ensure we have your most updated information on file. Please send this to leadership@un.org.

No, the database includes all former and currently serving Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) in United Nations peace operations. You are welcome to send an email with an updated CV, PHP or resume in order to ensure we have your most updated information on file. Please send this to leadership@un.org.

All nominations received will be reviewed on a rolling basis. An internal screening process will be conducted, following which suitable profiles will be added to the United Nations senior leadership database (LEAD), which is the pool of potential candidates. All nominating entities and nominees will be informed of the outcome of the process. Inclusion in the leadership database does not guarantee an appointment. Shortlisting for specific positions -- as and when a vacancy arises -- will draw from this pool and supplement the Secretariat’s own search and consultations. Candidates found suitable for a specific vacancy may be invited to participate in a competitive assessment process.

The Global Call campaign aims to increase and diversify the pool of potential candidates for Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) posts. It is not a roster of pre-cleared candidates. Members of the LEAD do not receive notification of upcoming vacancies. When a specific vacancy arises, the Secretariat conducts search and consultations to identify suitable candidates for these appointments. The pool for potential SRSG and DSRSG candidates is a primary source for identifying senior talent appropriate for upcoming positions.

The Global Call and the Senior Women Talent Pipeline (SWTP) are two different outreach initiatives serving different purposes and targeting different career levels. Whereas the SWTP focuses solely on female candidates for senior management positions in the field (mainly D1 and D2-level), the Global Call is open to men and women and focuses on candidates for senior leadership roles (primarily at the Assistant Secretary-General level and Under-Secretary-General level). As such, provided that you meet the minimum requirements of each initiative, you can be part of both pools.

The Global Call is a targeted outreach initiative focusing on the most senior level of mission leadership. If a candidate does not meet the minimum requirements for the Global Call but is interested in working for the United Nations at the Director-level or below, then it is possible to apply to vacancies advertised online on the United Nations careers website INSPIRA and to apply to the Senior Women Talent Pipeline.

Kindly note that the Leadership Support Section is not involved in selection processes conducted through INSPIRA nor in the management of the Senior Women Talent Pipeline.

The Global Call focuses on mission senior leadership; residential posts mainly graded at the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) and Under-Secretary-General (USG) levels. Other ASG and USG-level positions within the United Nations are shown separately on the Secretary-General's Senior Vacancies page.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) are appointed by the Secretary-General. When a specific vacancy arises, the Secretariat conducts its own search and consultations to identify suitable candidates for these appointments. The Leadership Database is one source for identifying talent. Shortlisting for specific positions, as and when a vacancy arises, will draw from this pool and supplement the Secretariat’s own search and consultations. Candidates found suitable for a specific vacancy may be invited to participate in a competitive assessment process.

For other questions or comments regarding the Global Call, please contact leadership@un.org