UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh sits with a group of women leaders on the floor of a multipurpose centre.
The RC/HC Talent Pipeline
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The RC/HC Talent Pipeline

The RC/HC Talent Pipeline is a talent initiative jointly managed by the United Nations Development Coordination Office (DCO) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which builds upon and replaces the IASC HC High Potential Pool.

The RC/HC Talent Pipeline aims to build a diverse pool of high calibre candidates who demonstrate strong potential for Resident Coordinator and/or Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator functions, and to develop them for those roles. Placement in the RC/HC Talent Pipeline does not guarantee an invitation to the Resident Coordinator Assessment Center (RCAC), which remains a prerequisite for applying for RC and RC/HC positions. 

Who can apply? 

We are looking for leaders who demonstrate the values, attributes, knowledge and competencies outlined in the RC Leadership Profile:

  • Values: integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity.
  • Foundational attributes: passionate, courageous, emotionally intelligent, humble, open to learning, creative, flexible, resilient and accountable. 
  • Knowledge: wide range of knowledge across the development, humanitarian, human rights and security domains.
  • Competencies: capacity to analyse complex environments and identify pathways for impact (Systems thinking); build trust with a wide variety of partners and facilitate collective action (Co-creation); drive a culture of achievement and impact for the 2030 Agenda and human rights (Focus on impact); foster innovation and lead change (Transformational change).

In addition, candidates must meet all the following eligibility requirements:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in development studies, international relations, political science, economics, social sciences, human rights, law, or closely related fields (for otherwise suitably qualified candidates, a first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced post graduate university degree);
  • Be at the P-5 level or above, or at an equivalent level of seniority outside of the UN system;
  • A minimum of twelve years of substantive experience and results in leadership roles at the international level; including at least two years of cumulative experience in development, human rights, peacebuilding, political affairs and/or humanitarian work at the  country level;
  • Ability to serve for at least one tour of duty (i.e., five years) before reaching the mandatory retirement age (65 years) at the time of RCAC participation, if invited;
  • Excellent performance records in the last two performance cycles; 
  • Fluency in English.

Eligible candidates may also be evaluated against the following desirable criteria: 

  • Recent international country-level experience in a leadership position (i.e. managerial and/or senior-level representational experience).;
  • Experience serving on UN Country Teams/Humanitarian Country Teams, or equivalent;
  • Experience in inter-agency coordination, or equivalent; 
  • Experience in developing strategic partnerships with governments, intergovernmental entities, the private sector and other stakeholders;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language.  

Placement in the RC/HC Talent Pipeline should normally not exceed 3 years and within that time, candidates must be able to meet the minimum eligibility criteria of the Resident Coordinator Assessment Centre (RCAC).

Placement in the RC/HC Talent Pipeline does not guarantee an invitation to the RCAC.


How are RC/HC Talent Pipeline members selected?

Once a year, DCO and OCHA issue a joint call for expressions of interest to the RC/HC Talent Pipeline. Candidates can apply directly, but applications from UN staff must be endorsed by their entity.

Applications are reviewed against the eligibility criteria and selected candidates undergo a rigorous assessment focusing on the core elements of the RC Leadership Profile as well as reference checks. Those identified by the inter-agency Admission Panel as having the highest potential are included in the RC/HC Talent Pipeline.

this graph shows the steps to reach the RC/HC Talent Pipeline from the application satge


At this moment it is not possible to apply to the RC/HC Talent Pipeline. The next call for expressions of interest will be launched in 2022.

What do RC/HC Talent Pipeline members benefit from?

Members of the RC/HC Talent Pipeline will be offered opportunities to develop their knowledge, competencies, and experience across the pillars of the United Nations’ work (development, peace & security, human rights, humanitarian) and across programme, policy and coordination roles. 

These may include :

  • Training courses;
  • Executive coaching;
  • Mentoring by successful RCs and RC/HCs;
  • Shadowing assignments, secondments;
  • Stretch and other temporary assignments.

The duration of members’ stay in the pipeline will vary depending on their needs, and should normally not exceed 3 years. Once pipeline members are deemed ready, they are encouraged to apply to the Resident Coordinator Assessment Centre, which is a pre-requisite for applying for RC vacancies.

Membership of the RC/HC Talent Pipeline does not guarantee admission to the Resident Coordinator Assessment Centre.

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