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First six months

As you complete your first six months in your new role, this is a great time to reflect. What is going well? What could be better – and how might you contribute tpositive change? And what are steps you can take to build resilience, develop your leadership skills, and advance your career?  

Learn about the UN Mentoring Programme in which staff of all levels and backgrounds can participate, and how to register. 

Tcontribute to your own well-being and of that of your team, you may want to consider taking advantage of these United Nations resources: 

For most of us, UN values are not just “what we do for work” but are part of our core beliefs, and there are many opportunities at the United Nations for us to “live the SDGs. 
Below are a few suggestions, and please ask colleagues if they know of more options at your duty station: 

  • Join the Staff 1% for Development fund to contribute to providing micro-grants to community projects in developing countries and get that “feeling of elation of truly making a difference, as described well in a Staff Voices story on iSeek. 
  • Review the latest Greening the Blue Report (2020) and consider what your own office can do to contribute to further progress. 
  • The Be the Change Initiative provides an opportunity for all of us to better “walk the talk” when it comes to the SDGs.  Everyone is welcome to participate. Every little step helps – inform your family, your friends and your community about simple actions they can take in their daily lives, such as examples found in The Lazy Person’s Guide the Saving the World.
Learn about the UN Staff Unions, and find out how to join and get involved.  

The UN Leaders is a mandatory programme for Senior Leaders at the D1 and D2 levels. Participants in this 6-week programme explore leadership in the context of innovation, transformation, collaboration and resilience; reflect on strong and successful leadership approaches and their application, and forge deeper connections with colleagues through peer exchange and collegial support. The UN Leaders Programme includes:

  • 6 weeks of online activities and webinar sessions
  • A personality and 360-degree assessment 
  • Individualized executive coaching, and action planning components

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.


Check out the upcoming International Days and Weeks. How can you connect these to your daily work, or celebrate or recognize these either at work or in your daily life?