Global Call for Nominations to Senior Leadership positions at the United Nations Peace Operations

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by Impactpool
in partnership with the United Nations

The Secretariat of the United Nations is requesting nominations for the generic position of Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) Political and/or for the Rule of Law in United Nations field missions/peace operations. The target audience is leaders having a minimum of 20 years of proven high level governmental, non-governmental, international and/or regional experience in conflict, post-conflict, peacebuilding and/or development. Nominations of women candidates are strongly encouraged.

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Impactpool supports the Secretariat of the United Nations in finding exceptional leaders with the skills, values and drive to head United Nations field missions. These operations vary in size and purpose - you may find yourself leading the UN efforts to broker and monitor peace agreements, stabilising a volatile security situation or laying foundations for sustained peace and recovery after conflict.

Who can nominate?

Member States: may submit a gender-balanced list of up to four nominees (e.g. if submission of two nominees, one must be a woman; if a list of four is submitted, at least two women must be nominated).

Organizations (e.g. UN entities, international and regional organizations, NGOs): may also put forward candidates. The parity consideration pertaining to Member States applies.

Self-nominations: candidates who meet the profile and criteria outlined below are entitled to nominate themselves.


Candidates are required to have:

  • A minimum of 20 years of proven high level governmental, non-governmental, international and/or regional experience in conflict, post-conflict, peacebuilding and/or development;
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills;
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence and political acumen;
  • Excellent communication and advocacy skills;
  • The ability to build consensus amongst stakeholders and coordinate the work of complex multicultural and multidisciplinary field missions;
  • Impeccable personal integrity and respect for human rights;
  • Demonstrated cultural and gender sensitivity;
  • Fluency in English. Given the areas of deployment of UN field missions, nominations of French and Arabic speaking candidates are encouraged.

Nominations of women candidates are strongly encouraged.


If you are interested and have at least of 20 years of relevant experience, demonstrated leadership skills and a mix of management and operational skills, vision and political acumen we would like to hear from you. Click below to find more details about the nomination process. 




This article is published as part of the Global Call for Nominations to the Generic Pool of SRSG and DSRSG Candidates, click here to learn more.

Photo: Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d'Ivoire Aïchatou Mindaoudou Souleymane / UNOCI

This article was developed in partnership with the United Nations and serves to increase the dissemination and visibility of the Global Call for nominations.
There is no cost associated with submitting nominations and neither the United Nations nor Impactpool charge a fee at any stage of the process.

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