The UNDP Leadership Development Programme
For more info see: http://www.undp.org/ohr/lead/
The Leadership Development Programme (LEAD) is an entry point for young development professionals interested in a career with UNDP. The LEAD Programme provides qualified individuals exciting opportunities to develop their experience, knowledge and skills and to serve as development practitioners in UNDP, while contributing to development work. UNDP works through over 136 country offices to provide development advocacy, advice and assistance to 166 countries and territories in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Arab States, Eastern Europe, CIS, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The LEAD Programme is a key element of UNDP’s succession management strategy. It aims to develop a talented pool of young professionals that is drawn upon by the organization to replenish middle management functions in the short term and senior management functions in the long term.
What is the LEAD profile?
We are looking for motivated and talented young people who are interested in an international career in development and who have a passion to make a difference to the world’s poor. The LEAD Programme provides qualified individuals exciting opportunities to develop their experience, knowledge and skills, to serve as development practitioners and leaders in UNDP, while contributing to UNDP’s development work.
Interested candidates must share the UN values and ideals, have a strong commitment to development, be able to listen to and understand the ideas and concerns of the people we serve, mobilize and share knowledge and resources that inspire and catalyze development, and be able to communicate and work strategically and effectively with others to achieve results. Geographical mobility and willingness to serve in difficult country locations will be critical to selection.
The qualifications and experience that we seek are:
· A master’s degree (or equivalent) in development related studies, economics, politics, public administration, governance, international relations, business administration, environmental management, law, and conflict resolution.
· Proficiency in English and at least one of the following languages: French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.
· Minimum 2-3 years relevant work experience in development, crisis/post-conflict management, consultancy work (particularly in the public sector), work in developing countries, management in multi-cultural environment.
Since this is a programme for young professionals preference will be given to candidates who are under 35 years of age.
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UN Volunteers: General Information
The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) is the volunteer arm of the United Nations. It was created by the UN General Assembly in 1970 to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request of UN member states. It reports to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP ) and works through UNDP's country offices around the world.