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Reimagine the UN Together


Challenge NCE/YPP Lab
PERFORMANCE, STATISTICS,
PROCESS & PEOPLE
The YPP+U idea to redesign the The Survey got 187 responses
YPP programme was long-listed during the 6 days it was live,
in the Reimagine the UN from 15 to 21 September, 2020.
Together Challenge (formerly
#BuildBackBetter)! The survey asked 4 main multiple
choice questions, but also
The core team of the NCE/YPP allowed for an optional write-in
Lab members participating in the response that invited participants
Challenge, launched a survey to elaborate on their personal
titled “YPP Career Length experiences.
Expectations” to test some
assumptions they had identified This option elicited a futher 46
during the Challenge and that contextual answers, denoting the
will help them further ideate general feelings towards the
their final proposal. programme.

PROCESS

CONCEPT SHARE REACH


Testing assumptions Via informal global YPP The survey had a total of
about the YPP programme networks such as email, 187 respondents
social media, Microsoft
Teams and Whatsapp

Reimagine the UN Together


Challenge NCE/YPP Lab
YPP+U
GENERAL
TRENDS
There is a clear disparity between the
reported assumptions about respondents'
career, measured through a radical shift in
perception from when they joined, vis-a-
vis their perceptions today.
6 OUT OF 10
Despite the benefits of job security,
respondents say that their
pension, education grants and more, a
expectations in terms of career
tangible discontent was measured in terms
trajectory are different from when
of career progression.
they joined.

YPP+U
6-10 years

STATISTICS I didn't know what to expect


20%
6%
10- years
8%

Question 1: When you first joined the UN


Secretariat via the NCE/YPP/G2P/N2P
programme, what did you envisage your
career length would be?

Assumption tested: "When joining the UN,


YPPs expect to devote their entire
professional life to the service of the UN
Secretariat."
Until mandatory retirement
63%

Question 2: If you were asked the same


question today, would your answer still be
Yes
the same?
43%

Assumption tested: "Upon a few years in


the Secretariat, staff recruited through the No
57%
YPP tend to change their mind and their
expectations."
YPP+U
THE
DISILLUSION
GAP
The disillusion gap appears between the
hopes the respondents had upon joining
the organization under the YPP
programme, and their thoughts today.
6 OUT OF 10
When asked to elaborate on an optional
respondents said that they either
write-in question, 63% of respondents
don't know how long they will
chose to do so, although only 46 answers
work for the Secretariat or that
were recorded.
they are considering resigning.

This option tested for the assumption of


low morale that has been affected by
lack of opportunities and career
development.
It's hard to move up
in one's career in
the UN and to plan with
Despite all the shortcomings
a family.
of the system, it's still a
wonderful career where
one can do a
meaningful job.
No prospect for
I am greatly disappointed by
career progression;
the lack of possibilities for
unfair treatment of
career growth and development
NCRE/YPP in terms
in the UN.
Since joining the UN, of recruitment.
I haven't felt like I
have been putting all
my skills and competencies
to good use.

We get ZERO support


I feel that I might
from the Organization.
have to leave the
UN in order to
advance my career.
YPP+U

STATISTICS Interestingly enough, despite the


disillusionment gap, respondents appeared
Question 4: The final question looks towards split equally among three fronts: other/don't
the future. Please select the statement that know (indicating hesitation, confusion),
best represents you. staying until the end of their appointment
(either because they are content or have
Assumption tested: "Most YPPs consider resigned themselves) and resigning at some
resigning before the end of the point in the future (inferring
continuing/permanent appointment." hopelessness/discontent within the system
and drive to mold their own careers).

Other
I foresee staying for as long
4% as I can, possibly until
the end of my
I really do not know
continuing/permanent
for how long I will
appointment.
work for the Secretariat.
34%
28%

34%

I am considering resigning
at some point before
the end of my
continuing/permanent
appointment.