In late 2016 Impactpool sent out a survey to former and current United Nations staff members. All candidates had started their UN career at a junior staff position (P1 or P2) during the past 25 years. With this survey, we wanted to find out what successful UN staff members have in common, and we discovered that there is a lot.
We asked staff of the United Nations where they go to find job opportunities. Our focus was women, and our results shows that printed media belongs to the past, organization’s own job site is still attracting important talents. However, one other source grows faster than any other source and is already the largest talent provider of all.
More and more organizations are working strategically to reach gender parity at all levels in their organizations. How has this affected traditional search firms, if at all? The world is changing, but for some reason some things are more diffiucult to change. Does it have to be that way? At Impactpool we do not think so. In all our services we have a commitment to contributing to gender parity in International Organizations and when it comes to Executive Search, we break norms. Our slogan is "No women, No Fee".
Impactpool's most recent talent survey shows that women who served as an UN Volunteer before their first UN staff position are close to 70% more likely to stay in the UN system compared with colleagues not having any previous UN Volunteer experience. In this article we present data that shows how reaching gender parity at UNV will benefit the whole UN system.
According to research from private sector in the US, women are less likely to apply for a promotion until they are sure they have the experience needed for the role whereas men are more likely to apply earlier. As a recruiter you have to work much harder to ensure that qualified women are willing and interested to take a job compared to what it takes to get a typical male candidate onboard. When you on top of this add that the location of the job is in a hardship location this tends to make it even more complicated to attract women. The problems are known, but there are actually ways to improve the situation. In this article we provide tips how to reach gender parity at the UN and in International organizations