UNDP Graduate Programme Receives Career Development Roundtable Award for Innovation in Recruitment

  • Increase workforce diversity, giving opportunities to talent from under-represented groups.
  • Build a new talent pipeline of committed professionals for #NextGenUNDP and the international development sector through attracting and engaging young people in the work of the organization.
  • Strengthen organizational capacity in areas where there is a current or foreseeable future gap in competencies and skills supporting the 2030 Agenda.
  1. Using digital mobile-friendly tools to effectively engage with young people across the world succeeded in levelling the playing field.
  2. Breaking down the UNDP personal history form into stages allowed for a user-friendly application process and kept candidates engaged while ensuring compliance with UNDP standards.
  3. Listing countries with low international staff numbers in UNDP in the advertisement encouraged their nationals to apply.
  4. Leveraging UNDP’s global country office network and their knowledge of local talent markets allowed us to reach many of our target groups.
  5. Making relevant accommodations for candidates with disability or other needs and ensuring active engagement of UNDP staff in the final virtual assessment centre ensured high calibre and relevance.

“With the Graduate Programme, for the first time we piloted a new approach to recruitment — which has tangibly demonstrated how we can effectively leverage digital solutions in the recruitment process and for high-volume recruitment. Some of the lessons learned from the programme have now been adopted by other programmes.”

— Lykke Andersen, Head of Talent Acquisition, UNDP

Figure: Multi-phase assessment process
Figure: Number of Candidate Nationalities in the Graduate Programme Pool
Figure: The diversity characteristics of the Graduate Programme Pool

“I feel privileged and fortunate to be part of this amazing programme. It was the most engaging and by far the most organized and innovative recruitment program I ever participated in. It was full of learning and fun as well. The feedback provided by the team is valued and earnestly upheld. Thank you, Graduate Programme Team, I am and I am sure all the participants are inspired and satisfied with your professionalism and passion at UNDP.”

- Candidate from the Pool who was successfully matched to a position (as shared through a post-assessment anonymous feedback forum)




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