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    United Nations SecretariatYoung Professionals

    Programme (YPP)Janos Tisovszky

    Acting Director,

    United Nations Information Service

    (UNIS) Vienna

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    United Nations:Introduction

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    UN Charter

    The purposes of the United Nations are to:maintain international peace and security;

    develop friendly relations among nations;

    achieve international co-operation in solvinginternational problems; and

    be a centre for harmonizing the actions of

    nations in the attainment of these commonends.

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    UN Secretariat (1)

    Carries out day-to-day work of the Organizationand services its principal organs

    Staffed by international civil servants

    Headquartered in New York, Geneva, Vienna,Nairobi, with offices and field missions around

    the world

    44,000 staff members

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    UN Secretariat (2)

    Headed by the Secretary-General of the United

    Nations, Ban Ki-moon Vision: Building a stronger

    United Nations for a better

    world

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    United Nations: Areas of Work

    Development Peace and Security

    Human Rights Humanitarian Affairs

    International Law

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    Development:

    Millennium Development

    Goals

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    Millennium Development Goals

    1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

    2. Achieve universal primary education

    3. Promote gender equality and empower women

    4. Reduce child mortality5. Improve maternal health

    6. Combat HIV-AIDS, malaria and other diseases

    7. Ensure environmental sustainability

    8. Global partnership for development

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    International Peace

    and Security

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    Preventing and Resolving Conflicts

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    Peacekeeping: Current Missions

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    Human Rights

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    Human Rights: Dignity and Justicefor all of us

    Universal Declaration of Human RightsUniversal principles in a living document

    Foundation of international Human Rights

    Law

    Worlds most translated document: 360

    languages

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    Human Rights: Actors

    Primary responsibility: the individual State United Nations:

    General Assembly

    Charter-based bodies: Human Rights Council

    Special procedures: Special Rapporteurs, Independent

    Experts, Working Groups Treaty-based bodies

    High Commissioner for Human Rights

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    Humanitarian Affairs

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    Humanitarian Affairs: Did youknow, the UN

    Feeds 90 million people in 73 countries in2011 (WFP)

    Assisted children in 290 humanitarian

    situations in 98 countries in 2010(UNICEF)

    Is a global leader in vaccine supply,reaching 40% of the worlds children(UNICEF)

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    Priorities

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    Priorities and the way ahead

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hasoutlined five imperatives:

    Five generational opportunities to shape the

    world tomorrow by the decisions we maketoday

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    Five imperatives

    Sustainable development Prevention

    Building a safer and more secure world Supporting nations in transition

    Working for and with women and

    young people

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    Young ProfessionalsProgramme (YPP):

    Context

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    Expectations of UN staff

    For expectations of UN Staff, see:Charter of the United Nations

    Staff Rules and Regulations

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    Values, Competencies, Mobility

    Core values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for

    Diversity

    Core competencies and managerialcompetencies

    Mobility:Functional and geographic

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    YPP: the Process

    Written Examination Oral Examination

    Placement

    Assignment, Orientation and Development

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    YPP 2011

    Job families: Administration

    Humanitarian Affairs

    Public Information

    Statistics

    Member States Participating: 77

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    YPP: WrittenExamination

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    General Paper

    Summary and several questions inInternational Affairs,

    To be answered in either English orFrench;

    Eliminatory

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    Specialized Paper

    Essays and short questions in thesubstantive area

    To be answered in any of the UNofficial languages.

    The essay part of this paper iseliminatory

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    YPP: OralExamination

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    The Examination: Oral Part

    Competency-based interview andpossibly an oral presentation.

    UN Secretariat will cover the travel

    expenses of examinees invited to theoral examination

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    Values and competencies

    Values:

    Shared principles and beliefs that underpin

    the Organizations work and guide actions

    and behaviours of staff

    Competencies:

    Skills, attributes and behaviours directlyrelated to successful job performance

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    Values and CompetenciesCore ValuesCore Values CoreCore

    CompetenciesCompetencies

    ManagerialManagerial

    CompetenciesCompetencies

    Integrity

    Professionalism

    Respect for

    Diversity

    Communication

    Teamwork

    Planning and

    Organizing Accountability

    Creativity

    Client

    Orientation Commitment to

    Continuous

    Learning

    TechnologicalAwareness

    Vision

    Leadership

    Empowering Others

    ManagingPerformance

    Building Trust

    Judgement and

    Decision-making

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    Competency-based interviews

    Past, demonstrated behavior is the best

    indicator of future performance

    Questions ask about past professional

    experiences that can demonstrate that theapplicant is competent

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    During the interview: do not Answer in the hypothetical

    Talk about we, rather talk in the I

    Espouse theories or values (waffling on)

    Make blanket generalizations nor statements about thefuture

    Interrupt the panel

    Ask questions about benefits and entitlements

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    Exercise: Teamwork Describe to us a successful teamwork work

    experienceo What was the situation?

    o What was your role?

    o What made the team successful?o How did you handle any disagreements within the

    team?

    o What were the results?

    o What did you learn from the experience? If you had to

    do it again what would you do differently?

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    ExercisePlanning and Organizing

    Tell us about a time you had to organize or plan amajor event

    o What was the nature of the event?

    o What was your role?

    o How did you plan and organize the different actions to

    carry out?

    o How did the event turn out?

    o Reflecting back, what did you learn from the

    experience? If you had to do it again what would you

    do differently?

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    ExercisePlanning and Organizing Tell us about a time where you had a number of

    demands being made on you at the same time? Howdid you handle it?

    o What was the situation?

    o What was your role?

    o How did you plan and organize the different actions to

    carry out?

    o What were the results?

    o What did you learn from the experience? If you had to

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