Geared to mid-level UN staff, this unique digital learning programme will help you refine your leadership and management skills. The programme will enable you to develop yourself and work better with others. In honing how you apply the key behaviours of the UN System Leadership Framework, the programme will help you transition to increased leadership roles. 

Introduction

UN Emerging Leaders e-Learning builds upon the signature elements of the previous face-to-face UN Emerging Leaders Experience and introduces new features to create a rich, lasting learning experience, that is:

  •  Driven by the leadership vision of the UN System Leadership Framework, which has been adopted by the Chief Executives Board (CEB) for all UN personnel regardless of their level, duties and location;
  • Strongly anchored in a value-based leadership approach, and a leadership culture called for in the UN System Leadership Framework, which is applicable across mandates and areas of operation in the UN;
  • Reflective of the changes in the UN system, enabling and inspiring transformational and behavioural change through a rich immersive learning experience;
  • Integrated with content on managerial competencies, fundamentals of people management and emotional intelligence;
  • Accompanied by two individual coaching sessions to help translate the learning into improved performance and practical insights.

The Programme will enable middle managers to tap into their leadership potential, and prepare them to approach transitions with courage, confidence and trust. By completing this Programme, participants gain practical skills and benefit from a wider professional network to better lead and influence.

Click here to read the summary results and testimonials of the 2022 edition and here to read the spotlight interviews to learn more about the Programme.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a common reference to a value-based leadership approach and be able to deliver on the UN’s mandates;
  • Explore personal leadership styles, recognizing strengths to build on and what challenges to overcome;
  • Apply mindsets and transformational leadership behaviours using the UN System Leadership Framework;
  • Take specific actions to develop and sustain an effective relationship with their supervisor that supports both of them working at their best;
  • Enhance their communication skills to build and sustain lasting relationships with team members and stakeholders;
  • Act with increased self-awareness and emotional intelligence;
  • Explore how unconscious bias, discrimination, social norms and identities impact relationships at work, and how they can, as UN leaders, foster an inclusive environment;
  • Cultivate stronger connections by networking with UN colleagues working in various duty stations.
Course methodology

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a common reference to a value-based leadership approach and be able to deliver on the UN’s mandates;
  • Explore personal leadership styles, recognizing strengths to build on and what challenges to overcome;
  • Apply mindsets and transformational leadership behaviours using the UN System Leadership Framework;
  • Take specific actions to develop and sustain an effective relationship with their supervisor that supports both of them working at their best;
  • Enhance their communication skills to build and sustain lasting relationships with team members and stakeholders;
  • Act with increased self-awareness and emotional intelligence;
  • Explore how unconscious bias, discrimination, social norms and identities impact relationships at work, and how they can, as UN leaders, foster an inclusive environment;
  • Cultivate stronger connections by networking with UN colleagues working in various duty stations.
Course contents

1)  Online learning path will be focused on the following key selected modules: 

  • Orientation: 19 October 2023, 2.00-4.00 pm CEST (2 hours)* 
  • UN System Leadership Framework: Webinar on 26 October 2023, 2.00 - 4.00pm CEST (2 hours)* 
  • Managing Emotions: An Intro to Emotional Intelligence: Webinar on 2 November 2023, 2.00-4.00 pm CET (2 hours)* 
  • Leading through Communication: Webinar on 9 November 2023, 2.00-4.00 pm CET (2 hours)*
  • Managing Up: Webinar on 15 November 2023, 2.00-4.00 pm CET (2 hours)* 

* Some modifications to the agenda and time schedule are possible. Find your local time zone: click here. 

  • The programme’s engaging online micro-content is designed to respond to the needs and challenges of managers and leaders across the UN system. The two hour-long weekly webinars are delivered by renowned subject-matter experts from UNSSC’s academic network and across the UN system. 
  • Participants can expect consolidation of takeaways through reflective practices and social learning that facilitates information exchange and peer-to-peer learning in a moderated forum. 
  • Each module is released weekly allowing for a structured approach to learning. 

2)  360-degree Assessment and Individual Coaching Sessions 

We strive to ensure that the learning opportunities we offer are meaningful. 

  • UNSSC uses a 360-degree Assessment tool specifically tailored and aligned to the UN System Leadership Framework. 
  • Two one-hour individual coaching sessions are to assist participants to review 360-degree assessment results, to make sense of your learning, to help reflect on personal development goals and to address priorities. 

3)  Virtual Classroom Training (up to three hours of online activities for real-time engagement per day for six days)   

  • Day 1, 20 November 2023: Leadership styles and influencing, Zoom Meeting from 2.00-5.00 pm CET (up to 3 hours) 
  • Day 2, 21 November 2023: Practicing emotional intelligence and leadership culture, Zoom Meeting from 2.00-5.00 pm CET (up to 3 hours) 
  • Day 3, 22 November 2023: Diversity and Inclusion- key to leadership, Zoom Meeting from 2.00-5.00 pm CET (up to 3 hours) 
  • Day 4, 27 November 2023: Communication, story-telling and public speaking as your leadership tools, Zoom Meeting from 2.00-5.00 pm CET (up to 3 hours) 
  • Day 5, 29 November 2023: Leading for Motivation, Collaboration and Engagement, Zoom Meeting from 2.00-5.00 pm CET (up to 3 hours) 
  • Day 6, 30 November 2023: Leadership journeys in the UN. Reaching our destination. Closing, Zoom Meeting from 2.00-5.00 pm CET (up to 3 hours) 

*Virtual Breaks are factored into the live sessions of the virtual classroom training. 

Target audience

UN staff at the P3 level primarily, and P2/National Professional Officers level, with managerial experience and responsibilities both at headquarters and in the field. By nomination and open enrolment.

Cost of participation

The programme fee of $3,400 covers:

  • Four-week online learning path with micro-content designed to respond to the needs and challenges of middle-managers and leaders across the UN system accompanied by weekly webinars and a moderated forum;
  • 360-degree Assessment aligned with the UN System Leadership Framework;
  • Six intensive days of virtual classroom training composed of:
    • Live sessions with leading experts/leaders;
    • Interactions between participants, instructors and peers;
    • Individual and group activities;
    • Takeaways and commitments;
  • Unlimited access to the dedicated online learning platform with: Curated Resources Repository (recording of webinars, virtual sessions, activities, readings, tools, videos related to the content of the programme, moderated forum, leadership challenge, behaviour buddy system, etc.)
  • Two 60-minute individual coaching sessions 

Certificates from the United Nations System Staff College will be awarded to participants who complete the course.

Testimonials
Sharmila Lareef-Jah
Emergency Preparedness and Response - World Health Organization (WHO)

“Simply put, the UN Emerging Leaders program is THE game-changer. It changed my life in multiple ways and has provided me with invaluable knowledge, skills, and competencies to use in both my professional and personal life. Upward and onwards!”

Abou Abass
Judicial Affairs Officer - United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

“The UNLE e-training is amazing. It is something I have been looking for. I love the fact that it is based on the UN System Leadership Framework, and I think this is super important. This training needs to be popularized all over the UN. The UN staff needs to translate the values and principles of the Organisation in their daily life. UN truly needs transformational and principled leaders, with competence and integrity. This kind of training helps achieve that important goal.”