Senior Leadership Talent Pool

Senior leaders, as international civil servants, serve as role models of the United Nations’ core values (Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity) and the desired behaviours of the United Nations System Leadership Framework.

The United Nations invites prospective candidates with the following attributes to join our talent pool for senior leadership positions at the Under-Secretary-General (USG) and Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) level:

  • Recognized leader with extensive knowledge and experience in the key priority areas of the United Nations: promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development, maintenance of international peace and security, promotion and protection of human rights, effective coordination of humanitarian assistance, promotion of international justice and law, disarmament, drug control, crime prevention and combating terrorism.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills to manage a complex organization with staff of diverse cultural backgrounds in multiple locations, as well as the ability to mobilise various forms of support from multi-stakeholders and partners;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with proven skills in change management, reform, organizational development and leading organizational transformations;
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;

Languages:  English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in oral and written English is required for all senior leadership positions.  A working knowledge of another United Nations official language will be an advantage.

Join the Talent Pool

To join our Senior Leadership Talent Pool, complete our online form and upload a curriculum vitae and cover letter outlining your skills and experience in relation to the above attributes.  Candidates who have applied to specific advertised positions or to the Global Calls for field mission leadership positions and were successfully included in the SRSG (Special Representative of the Secretary-General) / DSRSG (Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General) pool need not re-apply to join the Senior Leadership Talent Pool as their profiles will be automatically added to this pool for future vacant posts.  Candidates who are found suitable for specific vacant posts, as and when they become available, will be contacted.

Applicants to the Senior Leadership Talent pool will not be automatically considered for the SRSG/DSRSG pool, unless they specifically apply to the 2021 Global Call, for which there is a separate review process. 

If you apply to the 2021 Global Call, you will have the option to indicate whether you wish to also be considered for non-mission senior appointments.  If your application to the SRSG/DSRSG pool is successful, your profile will be automatically shared with the Senior Leadership Talent Pool.

If you have any questions or encounter any technical problems, please contact us at seniorleadershipvacancies@un.org.