Career support in short
  • Several week-long Orientation and Development Programmes for entry-level professionals
  • A wide menu of workshops at the Career Resource Centre/New York
  • One-on-one career consultations with senior career counselors
  • 10 years of Mentoring at the UN
  • On-line courses and books on career development
  • Regular information sessions for spouses/ partners of UN staff, including on “dual career”
  • Bi-annual pre-retirement information sessions

Staff development chart

From the moment you join the United Nations’ dynamic team of staff members, you can be certain of one thing - our support system will ensure that you are not left alone to figure out your career. The development of every staff member is very important to us – helping you to grow helps us to become better at what we do. We are therefore committed to providing all the available tools to respond to your needs.

We are serious about career support at the United Nations and our approach is firmly rooted in a solid and interactive partnership between the staff member, the manager and the Organization. Although you are primarily responsible for your professional and personal development, and are the key driver in your career planning process, managers are always there to provide you with the necessary direction, information as well as a work environment to positively and qualitatively support your career development.

The Organization provides real and valuable opportunities through a competency model based on a diverse range of programmes that include a wide selection of career planning and development workshops. These exciting opportunities and tangible career support services are naturally extended across all the Organization’s established job networks:

  • Political, Peace and Security
  • Management and Operations Support
  • Economic and Social Development
  • Information Systems and Communication Technology
  • Legal
  • Public Information and External Relations
  • Conference Management
  • Safety and Security

This covers both substantive and technical skills as well as key competencies.

Through Career Resource Centres or Training Centres, the following services are available:

  • Career and life planning information
  • Learning opportunities
  • Mobility support
  • Confidential career coaching
  • Guidance with career consultants as well as Human Resources experts
  • Workshops to develop skills in networking, performance management and competency based interviewing;
  • as well as information sessions on diverse human resources management and development issues.
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