Game Shifter - Igniting General Service (GS) staff potential

Course Objectives

The UN System Leadership Framework stresses that leadership occurs in many contexts and at all levels. Personnel of the UN system, regardless of their level, duties or location are therefore all called to lead and we acknowledge that the General Service staff have a great untapped potential for leadership.

As a response, the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is launching its pilot Game Shifter leadership development lab created specifically for UNOG's General Service staff. Running from December 2022 to March 2023, Game Shifter is a rigorous 4-month experiential learning programme, in which a cohort of 16-20 participants will work with a seasoned team of organizational psychologists, business strategists and change leaders to rediscover their superpowers, reframe their self awareness and learn practical skills that will empower them to transform their professional trajectories. Teaching methodology will include 2 full-day in-person sessions, virtual check-ins and individual asynchronous learning assignments.

Sponsor support is a fundamental success factor of this programme, an element that sets it apart from traditional leadership development programmes. A strong partnership between the participant and their sponsor will offer tangible opportunities for Game Shifters to keep practicing their skills in the workplace once the programme is completed. Interested staff are highly encouraged to discuss their interest to participate in the lab with their manager to obtain their commitment to support them throughout, as well as following the completion, of this learning experience.

Nominations Process runs from November 4th to November 25th, and consists of:

Who can enrol?

  • Staff members from the General Service at any level
  • Fixed-term or permanent/continuing appointment
  • Minimum of five years continuous service with the UN Secretariat

Nominations will be considered on a rolling basis, until programme capacity is reached at 20 participants. 

If you are ready to ignite change in yourself and those around you, sign up here.

Target audience

Staff members from the General Staff category



Equivalent to 5 days, mix of in-person and virtual sessions and coaching

Type of Delivery Format

Live Classroom Instruction with Scheduled E-learning activities


5.0 Days



Course Fee

USD 500.00