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United Nations Careers: Mid-Career Pathways and Opportunities
Friday, June 25, 2021, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM EDT
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UN Careers

Considering a career at the United Nations? The UN is seeking to expand its talent pool of mid-career women candidates in the areas of political affairs, human rights, public information, administration, and social affairs. Join us for a conversation with UN officials and recruiters on opportunities for women with 7+ years of experience, as well as what different career paths might look like. The discussion will demystify the UN recruitment process at the mid-career level and offer advice on translating skills and tailoring their applications for UN positions. The breakout sessions will focus on: Recruitment and Benefits, Application Tips and Tailoring Your Application, Assessments and Interviews, and Field vs Headquarters Opportunities.

Opening comments from 

Aruna Thanabalasingam, Administrative Law Division Director, DMSPC, United Nations
Suzanne Shanahan, Chief, Enterprise Application Centre, OICT, United Nations

And a discussion with representatives from the UN's Office of Human Resources

Eva JansenJoan Ampah, and Salena Brown

Friday, June 25, 2021 | 12:30 to 1:45 pm ET | Online
Panel discussion 12:30 to 1:25 pm ET
Interactive breakout sessions 1:25 to 1:45 pm ET


Please direct any questions to [email protected] 

Suzanne ShanahanSuzanne Shanahan is the Chief of the United Nations Enterprise Application Centre - Americas, in the Office of Information & Communications Technology at the United Nations. She oversees a global portfolio of large-scale complex enterprise systems to support UN mandates worldwide. Prior to this she spent 22 years in ICT supporting global UN peace operations where she managed the development, deployment, and support of systems and operations used in volatile peacekeeping field mission environments. The focus of her career and commitment to the UN has been an ongoing passion for using technology to achieve lasting peace, strive for equality and human rights and to achieve development in a sustainable way. She also serves as a Gender Focal point and a focal point for digital accessibility for persons with disabilities. 

Aruna ThanabalasingamAruna Thanabalasingam is Director of the Administrative Law Division of Human Resources in the United Nations' Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance. She has significant organizational development and human resources management experience from the private sector and UN system, and has led organizational change and strategic talent management initiatives for both. Ms. Thanabalasingam was with KPMG, Kenya; PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte Consulting in New York, and prior to the UN, she was Director, HR Consulting Practice at KPMG, East Africa. Since joining the UN, she has been with UNDP, UNICEF, and is now at the UN Secretariat. She holds an MA in Organization Psychology from Columbia University; a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analysis from University of Lancaster, UK; and a BA in Policy-Making and Administration from University of Essex, UK. 

Joan AmpahJoan Ampah is currently serving as an Associate Human Resources Officer in the Staffing Diversity and Outreach Section of the United Nations' Office of Human Resources in New York. She is a successful candidate of the UN Young Professionals Program. During her long career within the UN, she has worked in various capacities in Management and Administration and has extensive experience in UN Benefits and Entitlements. She also served as a UN recruiter for many years. Joan is from Ghana and is a graduate from Baruch College, City University of New York with a degree in Human Resources Administration.

Salena BrownSalena Brown serves in the Staffing Diversity and Outreach Section in the UN's Office of Human Resources. She previously worked in the Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development Section, where she designed and developed customized training to meet departments' operational requirements and staff development needs; and has served as a UNV Staff Counselor to the United Nations Missions in Monrovia, Liberia, providing mental health/stress management services for the community of UN Peacekeepers. Salena has a bachelor's degree from Baruch College in Computer Information systems, and a Master's from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (Nyack College). She is originally from Jamaica.

Eva JansenEva Jansen if the team lead of the Outreach Section in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance in the UN headquarters. Previously, she has worked in the Department of General Assembly and Conference Affairs in Geneva, the UN Independent Investigation Commission in Lebanon, and the Office on Drugs and Crime as well as the United Nations Office in Vienna. She also has experience in the private and NGO sectors. Eva is from Austria but spent her early childhood in Saudi Arabia. She speaks German, English, French and some Arabic. She holds a bachelor's degree in Arabistics and a Master of Laws from the University of Vienna. She is married and has one son.