How the SDGs are making generalists in demand again

Youth volunteers in Conakry, Guinea. Photo by: Nicolas Douillet / UNDP / CC BY-NC-ND

World leaders descended upon New York last week for discussions on a wide range of global development issues at the United Nations General Assembly. Peacebuilding, migration, climate change, and accelerating political momentum for the Sustainable Development Goals were among the six priority areas on the agenda.

The SDGs were the central theme of conversations throughout the week as a reminder to governments and other sectors of their commitments to achieve these goals by 2030. Since the adoption of the SDGs two years ago, they have become integral to the work of all U.N. agencies — but perhaps none more so than its lead development agency, United Nations Development Program. The 17 goals guide the agency in its policy and funding decisions as it strives to implement them in its work.

With 169 specific targets addressing a diverse yet interconnected range of development issues, achieving the SDGs requires expertise on everything from gender equality to life below water.

Devex spoke to Liz Huckerby, chief of integrated talent management at UNDP, to discuss how the SDGs are changing talent needs at the agency and how this is impacting the type of professionals they hire.

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    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a reporting and communications associate at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.