Intro Guide to a Career with the UN

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Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Monday, April 29, 2013
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
Columbia University - Altschul Auditorium, Room 417, International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY
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Event Description

The United Nations continues to be the world's most influential international forum, but the path to employment within its multiple bodies and programs is often a challenging task.


In this seminar you will learn:

• How to understand the various bodies of the U.N. system: What are they and which are currently hiring?

• Realities vs. misconceptions: What degree do I need? What are the requirements? What can I expect to earn?

• What U.N. employers are currently recruiting for: Resume & cover letter tips, networking advice, and application guidance

• How to prepare for the UN Secretariat Young Professionals Program

• About training programs, internships, consultancies, & other non-traditional points of entry into U.N. employment


All attendees receive:

• The FPA Intro Guide to a Career with the UN Tool Book

• Enrollment in the Foreign Policy Association Global Jobs email alerts

• Light food and drink during networking/Q&A session

• Complimentary six-month subscription to Foreign Affairs Magazine 


Who should attend this seminar?

• Undergraduate and Graduate Students considering or preparing for a career at the U.N.

• Young Professionals interested in beginning a career at the U.N.

• Mid-Career Professionals transitioning to a career at the U.N.



For those unable to attend any of our Global Career Boot Camps, the course specific Tool Book for each Boot Camp can be purchased for $30 on the registration page. This will include the material covered at the event, from resume writing to field-specific advice. To purchase a Tool Book for any event, purchase the “Tool Book” ticket on that Boot Camp’s Eventbrite listing. You will receive a link to the downloadable Tool Book (PDF) via email within 48 hours of your registration.


This Global Career Boot Camp is sponsored by Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), SocialVents, and City Limits.

Event Speakers

    • Katarina Holm-Didio - Instructor
      Cross-cultural Trainer. Career and Job Search Consultant


      Katarina, a Cross-cultural Trainer, Freelance writer and Career Consultant, has over 13 years of experience global HR, cross-cultural training, international and strategic job search.

      Her experience includes working with major relocation service providers, the United Nations Secretariat, the UN Development Program, and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and working in adult education in Finland.

      Katarina grew up in Finland and is fluent in Swedish and Finnish in addition to English and some French. Her areas of expertise are cross-cultural competence and managing transitions; strategic job search and career management; working and living in the US and in Finland and the Scandinavian countries.

      She has a Masters Degree in Social Science; Certifications in: Adult Career Planning and Placement; Cross-Cultural Competence; Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest inventory. She is currently finalizing her MA in Mental Health Counseling with a focus on cross-cultural issues in counseling.

      She is monthly columnist for a newspaper in Finland, writes her own blog and is a board member of Families in Global Transition (FIGT). She has presented at the FIGT and SIETAR conferences about Cross-cultural Counseling and Finnish Culture.

    • Katarina Holm-Didio
    • Loraine Sievers - Guest Speaker
      Former UNSC Chief


      Loraine Sievers served the United Nations for over 30 years, concluding her career as the Chief of the Security Council Secretariat Branch.  In that assignment, among her primary responsibilities was providing guidance to Council members, particularly each month’s rotating President, concerning the Council’s procedures and practices.   Previously, Ms. Sievers served as Secretary to the Afghanistan and Sierra Leone Sanctions Committees, and as a Programme Officer for the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme.   She helped author and edit a number of volumes of the Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council, and well as several of the United Nations “Blue Book” series on various conflict situations resolved by the Organization.  Ms. Sievers is currently writing the fourth edition of the book, The Procedure of the UN Security Council, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013.  She has also lectured extensively on the procedures and practices of the Security Council. 

    • Loraine Sievers
    • Dulcie Leimbach - Guest Speaker
      Founder and editor of PassBlue; NYT editor and writer; Editor of UNA's InterDependent


      Dulcie Leimbach is the founder and editor of PassBlue ( ), a Web publication that covers the United Nations; she is also a fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of CUNY. From 2008 to 2011, she was the publications director at the United Nations Association of the USA, where she edited its flagship magazine, The InterDependent, and migrated it online in 2010. She was also the senior editor of UNA's annual book, "A Global Agenda: Issues Before the UN."

      Before UNA, Leimbach was an editor at The New York Times for more than 20 years, where she worked on most news desks and wrote for many sections of the paper, including the Magazine, Book Review, Op-Ed, Arts & Leisure and Style. She has been a fellow at Yaddo and taught news reporting at Hofstra University. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    • Dulcie Leimbach

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