Chief, Talent Development Unit, Copenhagen, Denmark

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Denmark

City: Copenhagen, Denmark

Office: UNDP Copenhagen

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Job ID: 33628

Practice Area - Job Family: Management

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 24/11/2020

Duty Station: Copenhagen, Denmark

Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree - 15 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree - 10 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Grade: P5

Vacancy Type: FTA International

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Management

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension


UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With presence in 170 countries and territories, UNDP endeavors to help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress. UNDP personnel are united by a common purpose: to help countries and communities across the world pursue peaceful, prosperous lives, lived in harmony with the planet.

Drawing on the diversity of UNDP0‘s client needs and partnerships, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) in the Bureau for Management Services (BMS is the hub for the global HR function for UNDP, providing strategy, policy setting, guidance and oversight. In addition, OHR provides a broad range of HR advisory and talent management services enabling UNDP to deliver fully integrated development solutions at corporate level. In this context, OHR is focused on the implementation of an ambitious and forward-looking three-year strategy, People for 2030, which will progressively transform UNDP’s culture and enable its workforce capacity to deliver more and better results.

Through People for 2030, OHR aims to be at the leading edge of HR in the international development sector by developing high quality and innovative human resources solutions and driving transformation across UNDP.

In this renewed and dynamic framework, OHR is seeking high caliber human resources professionals with a strong HR background, and the capacity, commitment, and attitude needed to generate a culture characterized by innovation, entrepreneurship and a focus on delivering transformative outcomes.

In this context, and under the direct supervision of the OHR Deputy Director, Talent and People Services, the Chief of Talent Development Unit (TDU) provides substantive leadership to the design and delivery of the UNDP-wide approaches, strategies, and programmes in learning and development as part of the UNDP’s general strategy to build internal talent and capabilities. As such, they work to provide learning and development solutions for UNDP personnel to build their skills, grow and leverage the power of learning across all areas of work. The Chief of TDU leads the design of the UNDP approach to leadership development through the delivery of the high-quality leadership development programmes and solutions tailored to UNDP and individual leaders‘ needs. They also play a key role in promoting and guiding UNDP people managers on enabling a continuous learning culture across the organization and strengthening UNDP’s effectiveness as a learning organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide strategic direction and thought leadership to UNDP’s global people development agenda:

Contribute as a thought and practice leader to strategic thinking in human resources management. Provide insights in UNDP’s thinking on people development in a multicultural organization working on promoting sustainable development around the world;
Partner with senior leaders, HR business partners and representatives of the UNDP business units to facilitate the identification of capability gaps and align talent development solutions with UNDP’s evolving business requirements;
Lead the development and implementation of the UNDP People Development Strategy and Action Plans;
Bring networks and leverage new learning techniques and relationships to open new opportunities for talent development in UNDP; conduct external research and benchmarking to ensure strategy, content and delivery model for all learning and development products are positioned to deliver best-in-class results and best value;
Develop measures, benchmarks, and scorecards to monitor the effectiveness of learning and leadership development efforts; apply these measures to drive progress in talent management and retention; use insights from data and feedback to identify opportunities to better deliver to meet the business needs with close attention to diversity and inclusion;
Consult with HR Business Partners, senior leaders & other key stakeholders and partner with other leaders in ITM and OHR to ensure integration with other core talent programmes including the youth talent initiatives, succession planning, curriculum and concepts.

Lead the design and delivery of best in class leadership development solutions across the organization:

Provide authoritative advice and practical solutions to enable the development of talent for UNDP’s key leadership roles;
Continuously enhance the framework for leadership development based on best practice, lessons learnt, and UNDP evolving needs;
Ensure effective delivery of the leadership development programmes to new and experienced supervisors and managers across UNDP;
Lead the design and development of a programme for emerging leaders in collaboration with the team leading youth talent and the strategic sourcing and succession team;
Enhance the design, procurement and delivery of on-demand resources and tools to enable managers to be successful talent managers;
In partnership with HR Business Partners, coach the Bureau leadership on how to recruit, develop, grow and retain current and future leaders, including development planning for high-potential employees.

Lead the design and implementation of learning, leadership development and career management programmes and projects:

Build and cultivate a culture of life-long learning and development supported by the right tools, services and programmes to support individuals to manage their own development and careers;
Continuously review and rationalize on-line learning programmes and resources to ensure the offerings are current and appropriate;
Guide UNDP’s portfolio of mandatory training courses and oversee the delivery of professional certifications;
Work to ensure that UNDP effectively leverages the modern learning experience platforms and technologies; Engage with best-in-class external providers for provision of learning and development solutions for the organization;
Ensure access to a pool of resources for Bureau to call on, as needed, such as solutions for coaching, facilitation, team effectiveness, culture diagnosis, etc.

Lead the effective management of the UNDP-wide talent development managers network;
Lead the capability building component of the strategy to build a strong modern HR function in UNDP.

Ensure effective management of the TPS Talent Development Unit (TDU), including setting the general direction and work standards and objectives for the Unit and individual members of the team; coach the team members for performance and development, provide relevant guidance, feedback and support, empower and motivate them; develop, monitor and report on the workplans and budgets. Ensure effective management and utilization of the Learning Reserve funds managed by TDU to deliver on the People Development Strategy and Action Plans.

As a member of the TPS and OHR Management Teams, contribute to the development of the holistic UNDP people strategies and plans, and effective leadership of TPS and OHR at large.

Build working relationships with UN agency colleagues and the private sector in learning and development, to formulate common policies, approaches; advocate for UNDP’s approach to learning; share knowledge and best practices; represent OHR, BMS and UNDP at large in relevant UNDP interagency and wider professional fora and networks.

Ensure effective secretariat function to the UNDP corporate People Development Governance Group (PDGG). Support the effective management of the UNDP corporate Learning Reserve; guide the review of the requests for allocations from the Learning Reserve.




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Ability to make new and useful ideas work.


Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement


Human Resources Strategy

Translates corporate strategy in people strategy and plans to give effective to strategic direction.

Human Resources Management

Knowledge of HR management issues and principles and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations

Learning and Development

Translates corporate strategy onto substantive expertise in learning and development to enhance the competence of employees to deliver on UNDP’s strategic goals

Leadership Development

Translates corporate strategy onto substantive expertise in leadership development to enable readiness for succession.

Collaboration & Partnerships

Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic HR relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP.

Management & Coordination

Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.

Strategic Substantive Networking

Ability to substantively engage and foster networks with UN HR practitoners, academia, research institutions, and think tanks.

Knowledge Management

Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use HR information and knowledge.

Required Skills and Experience


A Master’s level degree, preferably in human resources management, business administration, Education, Learning and Development or extensive compensating experience in the area of human resources management.

Or Bachelor’s level degree with at least 5 additional years of relevant work experience.


A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in the public or private sectors (national or multilateral organizations, including UN, academia, non-governmental sector, private and corporate companies with the increasing level of responsibility.

At least three years of which work in talent management, learning, leadership development will be highly desirable with demonstrated experience and success in designing and implementing best in class talent development programmes and leading in complex international entities with globally diverse workforce.

Knowledge of implementing and designing innovative learning programmes through enterprise systems is an asset as is experience in blended learning techniques.

Other requirements:

Commitment to the United Nations system’s mission, vision and values; cultural sensitivity and adaptability

Membership in/familiarity with the professional HR networks is an asset

Language Requirements:

Full proficiency in English. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset. Excellent communication and presentation skills.


UNDP does not tolerate harassment, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, discrimination and abuse of authority. The incumbent of the post will be required to comply with UNDP standards of conduct and relevant policies.


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