UN Country Teams (UNCT) Leadership Skills Course: Leveraging UN Country Teams for the 2030 Agenda - March
Building on the repositioning process of the UN Development System, this executive 5-day programme will strengthen skills and capabilities required for UN leaders to drive the nationally owned and transformative 2030 Agenda, particularly in the areas of policy coherence, systems-thinking, strategic communications, and collaborative leadership. An exclusive feature of the programme focuses on experiential learning through a site visit, demonstrating the real-life interconnectedness of the 5Ps—people, planet, prosperity, partnership, and peace. In addition, you will receive a high impact professional and personalised media training at the studios of the German foreign broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
We are all called to lead, to act, to change. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents an imperative for change for the United Nations. Significant changes in the structure, leadership, accountability mechanisms, and capacities of the UN Development System are required to ensure it is positioned to provide countries with the support they need to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN needs visionary and principled leadership across the system to address today’s challenging world. The UN needs leaders who stand up for UN values—leaders who inspire through their commitment to peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance, and solidarity.
This course will enable senior UN leaders to develop specific approaches to respond to the UN Secretary-General’s call for reforms to work towards 'a new generation of Country Teams that are tailored to the specific needs of each country'. Furthermore, this course will enable senior UN officials of UN Country Teams to strengthen their cross-pillar knowledge and experience in the areas of sustainable development and become stronger advocates to meet the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in line with national priorities and needs.
Participants will deepen their knowledge and sharpen their political acumen through engaging discussions with UN senior officials and subject matter experts. There will be opportunities to share practices through interactive peer-to-peer learning and workshops that unpack interagency concerns as well as individual agency contexts and develop solutions that leverage each UN agency’s strengths and expertise. This programme builds demand-driven policy support, cross-sectoral thinking, stakeholder engagement, systems-thinking, collaborative leadership, and communications skills. The course will also present concrete ways to apply these skills and capabilities in complex, highly-demanding country contexts and provide examples of maximising opportunities, minimising disruptions, while leaving no one behind.
Experiential learning methods such as a site visit, as well as a full day media training at the professional studios of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle will complement the intense training programme.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:
This face-to-face course combines inputs and lectures by subject matter experts and senior UN staff with opportunities for knowledge sharing and participatory exercises. Participants are led to apply their learning through experiential learning methodologies such as case studies, an engaging site visit, team discussions, and dialogues with the speakers.
Sustainable Development Vision and Principles; Challenges and opportunities of repositioning the UN Development System; Improving political acumen & negotiation skills; Strengthening strategic communication and advocacy skills.
Cost of Participation
The course fee of 5500 USD covers the following:
Participants are expected to cover all travel and lodging costs related to their attendance at the course.
Certificates from the United Nations System Staff College will be awarded to participants upon completion of the course.
Course Dates and Venue
This face-to-face course takes place 18 – 22 March 2019 in Bonn, Germany
For more information and to register, please go to http://bit.ly/UNCT2019-1
Deadline for enrolment is 4 March 2019.
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