International RelationsCareer Challenge
February 19 - 23, 2018
King's College London, United Kingdom
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Agenda

The pdf version of the agenda with an hourly program schedule can be downloaded here.

The IRCC agenda includes a variety of sessions to provide you practical experience of what assignments in international organisations look like and how to succeed at the recruitment process for the dream position.

Day 1: Introduction

On the first day participants start with an introduction to the United Nations, its history, structure, current trends. Afterwards they receive detailed information on the options available for young professionals to start a career in the UN Agencies, on requirements, terms and conditions for these options.

The afternoon session is dedicated to the values and competencies of the United Nations and what behaviour is a positive or negative reflection of these competences. After that participants take part in the competency-based interview session, where they learn what type of questions can be asked and receive a specific framework to present their background in the best possible way at the interview. The competency based session is followed by a practical exercise where students are asked interview questions and afterwards receive feedback on their performance and recommendations on how the answers can be improved.

The final session is dedicated to the introduction to the topic which students will work on during days 2, 3 and 4 of the program. These three days are dedicated to a simulation of different professional roles in which professionals can be engaged in while working in the international development field.

The first day is finished with the welcome reception scheduled for the end of the day.

Day 2: Research & Policy Recommendations

During the second day participants take part in the simulation for the professional role ‘Policy/Advisory’. At the beginning of the day participants are divided into groups of 5-6 people and are assigned a specific country to work on for all three days.

The main task of the day is to conduct a comprehensive research on the assigned topic in the assigned country and to deliver policy recommendations to the Government on how to improve the situation in the assigned country. Groups receive assignment guidelines and a template to present their findings, which is based on the original United Nations documents.

At the end of the day participants present their findings in front of a panel of guest speakers, who possess vast practical experience on working in international organisations with similar assignments. The speakers provide feedback to students on their work and give recommendations on building a career in this professional role.

Day 3: Project Management

During the third day participants take part in the simulation for the professional role ‘Practitioner’. Working in the same groups, participants are asked to design a project to be implemented in the assigned country that would help to implement the policy recommendations that the group provided on Day 2 of the program. This project will be presented to the government authorities in view of obtaining funding for the project’s implementation in the field.

The developed project should be concrete and reasonable and cover various aspects, including the project objectives, beneficiaries, geographic scope, risks mitigation, results framework, workplace, budget justification and monitoring procedures. Groups receive assignment guidelines and a template to present their findings, which is based on the original United Nations documents.

At the end of the day participants present their projects in front of a panel of guest speakers, who possess vast practical experience of work in international organisations with similar assignments. The speakers provide feedback to students on their work and give recommendations on building a career in this professional role.

Day 4: Campaign & Outreach

During the fourth day participants take part in the simulation for the professional role ‘Advocacy/Outreach’. Working in the same groups, participants work to develop a campaign to raise awareness about the project developed on Day 3 of the program.

The main target of the campaign is to raise awareness of the identified problem among the people and to motivate and inspire them to take action in the local community.

The output of the day is an outreach campaign to be presented at the end of the day in front of a panel of guest speakers, who possess vast practical experience of work in international organisations with similar assignments. The speakers provide feedback to students on their work and give recommendations on building a career in this professional role.

Day 5: Application

The final day of the program is dedicated to the preparation of an application form. Participants are asked to select a vacancy they are willing to apply to and work on the application for this vacancy at that day.

In the morning session participants receive detailed guidelines on how to present information in the application form for international organisations, including:

– Introduction to the United Nations recruitment system Inspira;

– Criteria to be used for screening;

– Recommendations to present education background (with examples);

– Differences between the description of duties and achievements and how to adjust them to the job opening;

– Incorporation of the UN values and competencies in the application (with examples);

– Structure and content of the cover letter and how to adjust it to the job opening (with examples).

Afterwards, participants start working on developing their application forms. They are approached by program facilitators on an individual basis, who review their application forms and provide suggestions on improvements to enhance their profile.

The program finishes with the awards ceremony to recognise the winning group based on the performance during the professional role simulation assignments and certificates awarded individually to each participant recognising the program completion. The award ceremony is followed by the closing reception.