EMERGE - Programme for Emerging Women Leaders

Course Objectives

The Programme for Emerging Women Leaders, an innovative initiative jointly developed by 11 UN entities - ILO, ITU, OCHA, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOG, UNSSC, WHO and WIPO, is part of a renewed and sustainable effort to tap into the leadership potential of female staff members within the UN system. While some progress has been made, gender parity is still not reached in the United Nations system. The United Nations bear a special responsibility to lead by example in the equal representation of women at all levels. They must demonstrate commitment to ensure gender equality and the empowerment of women employed by UN system organizations.


  • Develop a deeper understanding of the inter­connections between sex, gender, culture and leadership.
  • Reinforce and apply political acumen, negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Explore, establish and draw on networks, and cultivate strong connections with peers from across the UN system.
  • Address work related challenges affecting performance and career development.

Target audience

This programme is tailored to women at the P3 level who want to build on and expand their leadership skills. The programme aims to create a diverse network of women across the UN and to better prepare female leaders to take their place at the decision-making tables in all agencies, funds and programmes.

IMPORTANT: This programme is open only to staff from the following 11 UN entities: ILO, ITU, OCHA, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOG, UNSSC, WHO and WIPO. 


Participants are selected through a call for applications and open competition by each Organization. The programme runs from September through June each year and is composed of 2 workshops scheduled in September and February, self-assessments, coaching and mentoring. This programme is delivered in English only.


Formation en salle de classe


274.0 jours