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     1. What is it?

The IASC High Potential Pool (HC Pool) serves as a talent accelerator process targeting future leaders who wants to move into coordination leadership roles across development and humanitarian settings and need support to get ready to step in these roles.

     2. What does it mean to be part of the High Potential Pool?

Members of the High Potential Pool candidates are screened by an inter-agency IASC panel. Inclusion in this High Potential HC Pool will give access to specific assignments and/or programme tailored to the candidate’s needs, in agreement with their parent organization and within a specific timeframe.

As such members of the High Potential Pool benefit from dedicated support and services through the HLSS:

  • Access to inter-agency leadership development programme (e.g., “Humanitarians on RC track programme”) geared towards the RCAC;
  • Referral to relevant learning opportunities and tailored activities in consultation with parent agency and 
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities.

     3. How are High Potential Pool members selected?

High Potential Pool members are identified through a nomination process. Organizations will identify among their internal potential pools those highly interested and motivated to move into the coordination leadership track.

Nominated candidates will be screened by an inter-agency IASC panel and only shortlisted candidates will be invited to further assessment. Inclusion in this High Potential HC Pool will give access to specific assignments and/or programme tailored to the candidate’s needs, in agreement with their parent organization and within a specific timeframe.

Prior to their inclusion into the Pool, candidates might be asked to complete humanitarian coordination focused learning programmes or activities.

     4. Who can apply?

Leaders who are interested in moving to systemic collective positions and/or to get inter-agency experience.

In addition, candidates will need to demonstrate they meet the following requirements:

  • Committed to take up high-level coordination leadership functions, including RC positions within the next 1-3 years;
  • Principled, courageous, and resilient leader willing to give a voice to the most vulnerable and advocate for human rights issues;
  • Collaborative leader who takes pride from facilitating the work of others
  • Experience in successfully negotiating issues in politically sensitive situations.
  • Leaders (Senior P4 or junior P5 level and on exceptional basis as Directors);
  • Already served or currently serving in a representative role within own organization;
  • Have not yet undertaken the RCAC but they are considering it in the next two years.

     5. How to apply?

Interested candidates should prepare the following application package:

Once you have completed your application package:

  • If you are currently employed by an IASC organization (in case you are currently deployed as Resident Coordinator, this applies if your organization of origin is part of the IASC), contact the HR department within your organization – a list of focal point is available here.

Please note that pre-nomination modalities may vary among organizations and you might have received separate instruction from your organization in this regard.

  • If you are currently employed by a non-IASC organization, or you are unaware of the focal point within your organization, send a complete application package to the dedicated HC Pool mailing address (hcpool@un.org].