An experienced career coach with a background in international development helps you understand the sector, identify your options, and position yourself as a strong candidate for jobs in the sector.
You will gain a deep understanding of the dynamics of different development agencies, job functions, hardship locations, recruitment criteria, and career paths.
Hiring a career coach is well worth the investment, that costs far less than not getting your application even noticed by recruiters.
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3 sessions with an experienced coach (USD 560) CV review (USD 75) ebooks (USD 50)
3 sessions with an experienced coach (USD 560) CV review (USD 75) ebooks (USD 50)
1 intro session 6 sessions with an experienced coach
1 session with an experienced coach
1 session with an experienced coach
1 session with an experienced coach
I am a global coach who specializes in working internationally with mission-driven professionals and change-makers. I have been assisting international development leaders for 20+ years as an academic, an executive and as a coach. This experience gives me a unique understanding of what it takes to enter, grow and thrive in this field.
Before starting my practice, I was the Coaching Manager of the World Bank Group, where I directed 1,000+ coaching engagements to assist staff worldwide in preparing for career advancements, enhancing impact, and transitioning successfully to new roles. Previously, I was Head of Learning and Development at the EBRD (London, UK) and a professor at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), where I still teach and coach in the Executive Master in Management of International Organizations. I am also affiliated with the GWU Center of Excellence in Public Leadership (Washington DC) and the University of San Diego School of Leadership.
I am an ICF certified coach (PCC level), hold a PhD in Business Administration and have coached client from 30+ nationalities.
Chibesa Angela Mwape is a mother of three, writer, blogger, and Certified Career Coach- CPCC who has always had a passion for making the lives of others more meaningful and leaving a positive impact on them through the alignment of their personal and professional goals. With an undergraduate degree in Communication Science and Masters Degree in HR, Chibesa has had experience living and working in five different countries outside her own passport country including Ghana, Denmark, USA, Kosovo, and Kenya since 2004.
With extensive Africa experience spanning 13 years, Chibesa has written about career progression & job search, and successfully coached individuals as well as small groups on career development. Additionally, she has empowered clients with effective job search tools and strategies in over fifty locations in Africa and helped them to the navigation of an ‘out of the box’ perspective. Her clients have endorsed her for her high energy, passion and simple but practical coaching approach. Chibesa is a cultivated coach equipped with the most expedient tools, skills, and resources for coaching success.
She is the owner of a one-stop online career progression boutique providing career enrichment services to an executive, individuals, and groups. She most recently worked as a Global Employment Advisor with a U.S. Department of State program in Kenya, dubbed the Global Employment Initiative in Africa and has previously worked with the World Bank as a Global Mobility Analyst. Before that, she consulted for Passport Career, an online, country-specific, global job search platform.
*Only available on Wednesdays and Thursdays 8-10am (EST)*
Salma has worked in different communication roles in the UN all over the world over the past 15 years. This includes strategic communications, video production, social media, writing for the web, media liaison and event management. Salma has worked with UNICEF, UNOCHA, UNDPA, UNESCO and UNDPKO on major national and international projects and has extensive experience of working with the UN in the field as well as Headquarters.
Her work has taken her from Kabul to Kenya, Yemen to Syria, Egypt to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Salma has worked with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow, UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown, UN Peace Ambassador Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai and her longterm teacher Mariam Khalique. Prior to working with the UN Salma was a journalist with the Associated Press TV, BBC and ITV.
Salma was voted one of the most inspirational women to hail from Birmingham and her works featured in the book Once Upon a Time Women Who Dared to Dream. https://theemmapress.com/books/once-upon-a-time-in-birmingham/
Salma is also a finalist for the national UK Asian Women of Achievement Awards (Social/Humanitarian category). https://www.awaawards.com/our-alumni-category/2019/
Jens has more than 25 years of human resources, project and organizational management experience spanning over the multilateral institutions, government, NGO and the private sector. Since 2003 he has been in senior HR functions, e.g. Deputy Director HR and Head, Talent Management in the OSCE in Vienna, and Director Human Resources at the European University Institute in Florence. After an interim position with Germany's leading corporate branding company, he is now the HR Head of Wikimedia Germany. Jens also has 9 years of service with UNV/UNDP and has been teaching at Free University Berlin, Hertie School of Governance, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa, and the UN Staff College.
Anna has 20+ years experience in the UN (UNICEF & WFP) and International Organisations, in progressively responsible roles within Human Resources Management in field and HQ duty stations. This includes experience as a Recruiter, Young Professionals Coordinator, and HR Operations Manager. Anna thrives in multicultural environments as a 3rd generation global nomad, and knows how international life opportunities can challenge and impact work/life choices.
Anna now works as a Solutions Focused Coach, HR Consultant, Blogger, and Small Business Owner. She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and a Certified Coach (ACC).
Wolfgang has some 38 years of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping and special political missions experience, both in the field and at UN headquarters in New York. He knows what it takes to get hired by the UN, having served as chairperson and member in hundreds of expert and regular recruitment panels interviewing and selecting candidates up-to the D-2 level. He is trained in the competency based interview technique of the UN, its core values, core competencies and managerial competencies including its indicators required to pass interviews. He also knows what it takes to advance careers in the UN having himself started at the lowest FS-2/1 level and progressed through the ranks up to the highest Director D-2/6 level. Human Resources and Training were Sections under his direct leadership and management.
After retirement from the UN in August 2018 he continued to be involved with UN peacekeeping, serving as a mentor at the UN’s Senior Mission Administration and Resources Training (SMART) programme held in Brindisi, Italy for Middle and Senior UN Managers, as well as reviewing the implementation of the UN’s Management Reform and it’s impact on UN Peace Operations as an independent consultant with the International Peace Institute (IPInst.org). He is currently engaged as an Independent Consultant, Mentor, Coach and International Guest Speaker.
Ronda, through her experience and research on international development NGOs and social enterprises, is committed to using career coaching to transform lives, communities, and the world. For more than 20 years, with a primary focus on international development and social services, Ronda has worked with hundreds of people, helping them to translate their skills into rewarding work and meaningful lives. Past clients have found their calling by working with US Government Agencies such as USAID, multilateral organizations like the World Bank, NGOs, non-profits, and other social impact organizations. Several clients have also started their own social enterprise, leveraging their unique talents, skills, and perspectives to make the world a better place. Her main focus is to help those who want to make a different design a career path that leads to maximum impact as well as a balanced and healthy life. Ronda holds a Doctorate of Management from University of Maryland University College, a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, a Bachelor of Arts in World Studies from the School for International Training, and is a Global Career Development Facilitator.
Veronika has extensive experience with recruitment, career transitions, and international moves, having worked in the private staffing industry, almost a decade with HR matters in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and consulted for WHO's HR Global Services Center.
She is a Professional Coach, an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), and has coached clients on life, health and career matters since 2015. Her coaching is aimed to be strategic and action-oriented.
She equally enjoys helping early-stage professionals and aspiring leaders as she does seasoned professionals looking for career support, whether it is a transition to, from or within the international development field.
Veronika is located in Sweden, and is Only available to coach clients located outside of the EU.
Veronika is available for new bookings as of August 1.
I am a coach and consultant with 20 years’ international managerial experience in IT, HR and institutional development areas with the United Nations’ organizations (UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNWFP, WB) and international organizations (CTBTO, OSCE). It means that I hired and developed staff and teams, delivered capacity building programmes that helped thousands of experts, managers, and diplomats to enhance their personal and professional development in local and international contexts. My international career has taken me around the world, to numerous field offices and Headquarters in Europe, Asia, and North America. I gained an MBA from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria, and Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, USA. I am a qualified CO-ACTIVE COACH®.
John has been coaching for more than 20 years. He recently co-designed the coaching and mentoring education programme for the global Humanitarian Leadership Academy. John was formerly Global Practice Leader at World Vision International where he pioneered the charities’ global leader orientation, talent and succession management, and education processes, leadership assessment and leadership coaching services. Previously, as Global Consulting Development Leader for Hewitt Associates (now Aon) John led the global consulting focused “Hewitt University” and European organizational development consulting practice. He has worked with clients including The CHS Alliance, Vision Fund International, World Vision International, numerous INGOs, UK and foreign governments and in partnership with Development Decisions International, Cranfield and Ashridge Business Schools.
John has a Master’s degree in Management Development; post-graduate Diplomas in Management and Career Guidance; holds a Certificate in (Cognitive Behavioural) Coaching and is an accredited and experienced MBTI, Life Styles Inventory and Insights Discovery practitioner. John has considerable international experience gained in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America.
Amaya has lived and worked overseas for more than 20 years working in UNICEF and UNAIDS and liaising closely with the Secretary General’s office, WHO and OHCHR. She has worked directly in Asia, Africa and Europe in public health, education, and child protection sectors. She has a PhD in behaviour change and has specialist skills in public health and community engagement which she has applied to challenges such as girls’ education, alcohol and drugs, HIV, Ebola, violence against children, immunisation, and the broader pursuit of child and adolescent health.
As a career coach with particular expertise in executive coaching (Institute of Workplace Training & Development & Oxford University, UK), she has diverse clientel and is attuned to cross-cultural issues. Her approach is practical, focussing on taking steps to move forward while deepening understanding of unhelpful patterns and how to manage or interrupt them. Part of her secret to success is her ability to apply the latest research on building skills and confidence to support the progress so many people are seeking in their personal and professional lives.
Beate holds a M.Sc. in Human Resources Management from the New School For Social Research, New York, USA, with a Certificate in Organizational Development; a M.A. in Translation French and Spanish from the University of the Saarland, Germany and a M.A. in Linguistics/Terminology from the Université Laval, Québec, Canada. She looks back at a successful career in Human Resources, having worked twenty-five years in HR at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York and Copenhagen where she was instrumental in the relocation and build-up of the JPO Service Center. Beate also worked several years in the private sector in Germany. She has experience in the various HR areas with emphasis on recruitment, staffing, learning and leadership development. In 2010/2011 she trained at the leading Coaches Training Institute (CTI), accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), to become a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC). In 2013/14 she graduated from a ten month Leadership Development Program with CTI. In 2019, Beate also certified as a coach in the Process Communication Model ® (PCM). Since her retirement from UNDP in 2014, Beate works as a professional coach at the national and international level. Beate shares the conviction that we are all naturally creative, resourceful and whole. She is committed and grateful to support others in developing their full potential. She is particularly passionate about individuals seeking professional transformation and helps them on their journey to realize the envisioned change.
Helen is passionate about coaching ambitious and accomplished global citizens transition to their desired life dream. A contagiously optimistic coach, trainer and speaker, she has advanced countless career paths for individuals at the United Nations, in the non-profit and private sector. She was the HR Strategic Partner at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), formerly Director of Talent Management at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). She also worked for UNICEF, the United Nations, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and, in the private sector, for Reuters, Sotheby’s, and Seagram’s. She focused her career on recruitment, leadership development, coaching and training and now specializes in coaching women through life and career transition.
Helen has extensive facilitation and training experience, leading countless trainings and workshops in French and English on four continents.
She has lived and travelled internationally — from London to Lome, Oslo to Ouagadougou, Niamey to New York.
Helen is a certified coach, Team Diagnostic Survey (TDS) Foundational practitioner, and licensed Career Counsellor. A Smith College graduate, she holds a B.A in Theatre and History, an M.A in H.R. Management from Webster University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Columbia University.
Kat is a PCC, leadership and executive career coach. Kat brings 20 years of international experience in human resources, learning, and development, and as a coach and trainer. Providing cross-cultural leadership and career coaching and training. She is proud to have been an Impactpool coach since 2016.
She coaches and trains in both the for-profit and multilateral sectors on leadership, assertiveness and communication across cultures, and wellbeing in global careers. She is a career consultant with UNFPA, a leadership coach with Seton Hall University Buccino Leadership Institute and previously worked with the UN Secretariat in Human Resources, with UNDP as a Career Transition Consultant and Columbia University. She has extensive experience coaching expatriate managers, women and rising leaders for successful global careers.
ICF Certified in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance and Masters Degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Social Science; Certified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator and other assessments. As an avid networker she thrives on connecting people and serving on several non-profit boards in leadership positions. An immigrant to the US, she grew up in Finland, speaks English, Swedish and Finnish and is a mother of two teens.
Kat is not available for sessions 13-18 July.
At the age of 25, he was a P2, and by 30, he was already a P3, with field experience and within three different UN system organizations. This fast-growing career taught Michele various insights that now brings to his clients, especially to senior clients. He is an innovative talent and career coach whose mission is to empower people through open, honest, and thought-provoking conversations. His coaching style blends his passion for people and igniting their inner motivation. He works with various UN agencies, the private sector, and C-suite clients. He genuinely cares for his clients to achieve what they are born for! Also, he is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).