Career paths within UNDP

Mobility and a willingness to work in hardship duty stations (including non-family duty stations) is a critical element of career development in the organization and a key element in the selection of LEAD participants. A UNDP career challenges you to work in different countries with varying political, social, cultural and economic conditions. This opportunity is very rewarding and enriching both professionally and personally. UNDP promotes a work/life balance and family considerations are taken into account in the assignment of staff to the extent possible.

After the LEAD Programme, participants can be reassigned to a variety of country offices in the different regions and also to positions at headquarters generally in a 3-4 year cycle. Participants may move between different types of functions, such as programme management, development policy advice, and operations. Participants may also further enhance their experience through secondments to sister agencies in the UN system and the Bretton Woods Institutions.