Leadership and Management Development (LMD)

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Introduction
 
The UN Secretary-General is leading efforts to create a culture that is focused on results, values innovation and better manages risks.
Core to these efforts is building and sustaining leadership and managerial capacity of the Organization at the senior, middle and junior levels. Doing so promotes a responsive, results-oriented culture that supports continuous learning, high performance, creativity, and managerial excellence.
 
In striving to fulfil this mandate, the Secretariat has developed the UN Leadership and Management Journey based on the United Nations System Leadership Framework.
 
The UN Leadership and Management Journey aims to build leadership competencies progressively in scope and complexity, adapting to the increased responsibilities our leaders take on as they transition in the Organization from young talent to senior leadership roles.

 


Curriculum

The Leadership and Management Development curriculum consists of the following programmes:

This programme was developed to support new senior leaders (Assistant-Secretary General and Under-Secretary-General levels) when they join the Organization or when they take up a new role in a different Secretariat entity. Objectives include helping leaders understand the UN culture, its operational nuances, who to turn to for guidance on a range of issues and connecting new leaders with peers who can provide valuable informal advice.

The Programme is comprised of the following components: 

  • Induction briefings: Presentations by subject matter experts on key topics including accountability, delegation of authority, budget, ethics and other areas during a 1-3 day period.
  • Partnering: The partnering component enables a new leader to connect with a peer who can provide informal guidance and help facilitate other introductions.
  • Executive Coaching: Short-term sessions with an external executive coach enable leaders to strengthen leadership skills, including “soft skills” in communication and conflict resolution.
  • Team-building: Leaders may opt to carry out team-building exercises with professional facilitation during the first three months of their appointment.
  • 360-degree feedback (under development): After one year of service, leaders may participate in a 360-degree feedback programme as a developmental activity. 

Who can enroll?
At this time the programme is available to New York-based leaders who are new to the United Nations or simply new to their entity. The Office of Human Resources contacts each new leader shortly before or after the start of their appointment about the programme.
Contact Kate Doyle at doyle3@un.org for more information.

 

The UN Leaders programme, offered by the UN System Staff College, is geared towards Senior Leaders at the D1 and D2 levels. It offers a Transformational and Adaptive Leadership Development approach with an emphasis on Strategic and Systems Thinking and Ethical Leadership. The programme also includes coaching, mentoring, and online learning resources.

Who can enroll?  

  • Senior Leaders at the D1 and D2 levels
  • Fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointments
  • OHR will sponsor participation in this programme for a limited number of staff members.

If interested in enrolling please apply through your Department/Office/Executive Office, or Human Resources Section.
Entities may financially support staff to participate in this course.

Deadline for nominations from Departments/Offices is 3 April 2020.

2020 Programme
The next programmes will be held in:

  • New York: 18-21 May
  • Geneva: 5-8 October

This four-month blended learning programme, tailor-made for UN managers, provides practical tools and knowledge to help managers address complex UN realities and deliver results effectively, both in the field and at headquarters.

It aims to:

  • Create high-performing teams by motivating and coaching staff, supporting their career development.  Monitor and evaluate staff performance and address under-performance in a constructive manner.
  • Translate overall visions into realistic goals by planning strategically, implementing result-based management systems, mitigating risks, and managing resources and funds successfully.
  • Communicate effectively with staff, senior managers and peers. Build and maintain long-term partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Create a UN Secretariat peer network.

Who can enroll?

  • Staff at the P4 and P5 levels, preferably with a Second Reporting Officer (SRO) role
  • Fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointments.

Eligible staff interested in the programme must apply through their Department/Office/Executive Office, or Human Resources Section. The enrollment period for the 2020 Executive Management Programme concluded mid-January 2020. The nomination process for the 2021 programme will be launched in November 2020.

DPO field-based staff interested in participating in this programme should contact the Integrated Training Service/DPO.
 

Programme Format

Programme Time Requirement
Nine e-Learning modules Four months (five hours per week - including a two-hour weekly webinar)
360 assessment and individual coaching Individual coaching: one session of 1.5 hours; one session of 1 hour
Face-to-face Residential Workshop Five days
The E-Management Certificate (EMC) is a self-paced programme uniquely designed to respond to the needs and challenges of UN managers, both at headquarters and in the field. It enables participants to be in control of their own learning, by personalizing and creating their own management development journey. The learning content, which is firmly anchored in the UN system leadership framework, spans across four different dimensions of management, including: people management, planning, programme implementation and resource management.

Who can enroll?

  • The EMC is geared mainly towards staff with First Reporting Officer (FRO) functions
  • Open to all staff members

Programme Format
Managers required to follow the EMC track will be able to enroll and complete relevant modules at their own pace.

The programme consists of 37 online modules across four tracks: people; vision; implementation, and resources. A final e-Management Certificate will be issued to participants who complete 25 modules, including all mandatory modules.

In addition to First Reporting Officers, all personnel with a valid UN e-mail account will be granted unlimited access to all modules as reference and support material. This ensures that everyone interested in developing their managerial skills is able to do so.

Programme Curriculum
The course modules are divided into three categories: “Mandatory”; “Strongly Recommended”; and “Additional Modules”.
 

Mandatory 13 Modules
Leadership Framework

People Vision Implementation Resources
Motivation 1 Change Management Delegation 1 Competency-based Interview
Motivation 2 Innovation Delegation 2 Managing for Results
Diversity Leading through communication    
Managing emotions      
Resolving conflict      

 

Strongly Recommended (9 Modules)

People Vision Implementation Resources
Coaching Systems thinking 1 Risk Management 1 Introduction to partnership
Active listening Systems thinking 2 Risk Management 2  
    Decision Making 1  
    Decision Making 2  

 

Additional Modules (15 Modules)

People Vision Implementation Resources
Managing Up Risk Communication Effective Meetings 1 Budgeting 1
Difficult Conversations Resilience to Change Effective Meetings 2 Budgeting 2
  Strategic Planning 1 Project Management Finance 1
  Strategic Planning 2   Finance 2
      Introduction to
Monitoring and Evaluation
      Procurement

 

 

This five-day programme, offered by the UN System Staff College, covers leadership approaches, gender and cultural dimensions at the UN, with the intent to build women’s leadership roles while networking and learning from each other’s experiences.
 
Who can enroll?

  • Female Senior Managers at P4 and P5 levels
  • Fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointments

OHR will sponsor participation in this programme for a limited number of staff members. Eligible staff interested in the programme must apply through their Department/Office/Executive Office, or Human Resources Section.

Deadline for nominations from Departments/Offices is 1 March 2020.

Entities may financially support staff to participate in this course.

2020 Programme
The next programmes will be held in:

  • Vienna: 20-24 April 2020
  • Geneva: 13-17 July 2020
  • Bangkok: 9-13 November 2020

Programme Format
Five-day face-to-face workshop.

The Emerging Talent programme aims to create a network of young managers in order to cultivate their leadership potential to become future senior managers and leaders of the Organization.
 
Who can enroll?

  • Young Professional Programme Staff (YPP) that have successfully completed their two years
  • YPP that have been granted a continuing contract

Eligible staff interested in the programme must apply through their Department/Office/Executive Office, or Human Resources Section.

The enrollment period for the 2020 Emerging Talent programme concluded mid-February 2020. The nomination process for the 2021 programme will be launched in January 2021.

Residential Workshop Dates

  • New York: 30 March - 4 April 2020
  • Turin: 26-30 October 2020

Programme Format
Five-day face-to-face workshop.

 

The Blue Line offers a range of digital learning resources, including all e-Management Certificate modules, a leadership and management toolkit as well as various reference materials to help UN leaders and managers deal with everyday tasks and responsibilities, and challenges as they arise. By being available to all UN Secretariat staff interested in developing their skills, it supports a leadership culture aligned with the UN System Leadership Framework.

This leadership hub will be available to all staff with a UN.ORG e-mail account from 30 March 2020.

 

This curated learning path provides recommended courses that will help staff develop key leadership and managerial skills aligned with the UN System Leadership Framework. Participants will be in charge of their own learning, deciding how and when to take the different course under each track of this leadership journey.