The Global Call campaign closed on 31 October


The Global Call for Nominations for the positions of Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) in the United Nations peace operations is an outreach initiative conducted by the United Nations Headquarters.

Candidates who meet the minimum requirements will, following an internal review process, be included in the senior leadership database (LEAD), the United Nations pool for potential senior candidates. Only those found suitable for specific posts, as and when they arise, will be invited to participate in a competitive selection process.

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The Global Call initiative aims to increase and diversify the pool of potential candidates for SRSG and DSRSG positions, including with a view to advancing gender parity and geographical diversity at the United Nations senior leadership level.


Who can nominate or be nominated?


Member States and Organizations (internal and external to the United Nations) can officially nominate up to four individuals with the potential to serve at the SRSG and DSRSG-level in United Nations peace operations. 
Self-nominations are also accepted.

Internal staff members can also be nominated or nominate themselves. Given the level of United Nations Senior leadership appointments only staff members serving or who have served at director-level (D1/D2) or above, who meet the eligibility criteria, will be considered

In support of the gender parity goals set by the Secretary-General and with a view to furthering geographical diversity, nominations of women and nationals from under-represented countries are strongly encouraged. Specifically, we ask Member States and other nominating entities to kindly submit a “Parity +” list (i.e. a list of up to four nominations including an equal or higher number of female nominees).

The Global Call is open to men and women. Women nominated through the Global Call might also meet the requirements of the Senior Women Talent Pipeline (SWTP), which is a separate initiative geared solely towards women who are non-staff members and are interested and eligible for senior management positions in the field (director-level positions usually graded at D1 or D2-level). Inclusion in the SWTP does not exclude nominees from being part of the Global Call pool and vice-versa.

Currently or previously serving SRSGs and DSRSGs as well as individuals who were successfully included in the pool following the 2017 Global Call outreach campaign, do not need to (re)submit their nomination. The profile of these individuals is already included in the database. They are welcome to send an updated CV, PHP or resume to


Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, currently Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. In this photo, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of MINUSCA on arrival to Bangui. By UN Photo/Nektarios

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, currently Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.
In this photo, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of MINUSCA on arrival to Bangui. By UN Photo/Nektarios Markogiannis


How do you nominate?


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 for assistance.


What are the nominations requirements? 


In soliciting nominations for the SRSG and DSRSG pool and in recognition of the highly complex nature of these posts, the Secretariat is seeking individuals with:

  • A minimum of 20 years of relevant professional experience, including at least 5 years at senior and representational level in conflict, post-conflict, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, development settings, and/or experience in governance, mediation, facilitation and/or negotiations at the national and/or international level;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of reconciliation, conflict resolution, humanitarian, peacekeeping, development, human rights, rule of law and/or governance issues;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in leading complex organizations, such as intergovernmental, international non-governmental or multinational private sector entities;
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence, political acumen and diplomatic skills;
  • Excellent communication and advocacy skills;
  • Proven ability to inspire, build trust, confidence and consensus amongst stakeholders and foster partnerships at the local, national or regional level to create opportunities and promote processes to advance peace and security;
  • High commitment to the values and guiding principles of the United Nations, including impeccable personal integrity, respect for and commitment to human rights and demonstrated cultural and gender sensitivity;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Familiarity with the United Nations system, including peacekeeping, humanitarian and developments settings, as well as knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this Call for Nominations, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language, in particular Arabic, French, or Spanish, is an advantage given the areas of deployment of United Nations field missions.


What will happen after the submission?


All nominations received will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early submission of applications is thus encouraged. An internal screening process will be conducted, following which suitable profiles will be added to the United Nations senior leadership database (LEAD), the pool of potential candidates for SRSG and DSRSG positions. 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.