A guide to UNFPA's 2018 Leadership Pool

The UNFPA humanitarian relief team in Mahendra Jyoti village in Nepal's Kavre district, one of the areas hardest-hit by the April 2015 earthquake. Photo by: Santosh Chhetri / UNFPA Nepal

Through its annual Leadership Pool, the United Nations Population Fund is planning for its talent needs in the coming year. The talent pool initiative, which is currently open for applications, recruits professionals for international rotational posts while also seeking to create a more diverse leadership team throughout the agency. First introduced in 2013, the Leadership Pool was designed to “ensure better diversity, better quality of candidates, and a broader reach,” says Michael Dahl, chief of talent management at UNFPA. This year sees the sixth “call for expressions of interest”’ in the Leadership Pool, which is open to both external and internal candidates and is expected to once again attract several thousand applicants, says Dahl.

The 2018 pool is recruiting representatives, deputy representatives, and international operations managers to support UNFPA’s rotational policy and be deployed across a range of contexts, including hardships posts. If you are interested in applying to the Leadership Pool, here’s more information about the assessment process and which profiles are in demand this year.

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