Retaining talent is not an issue for the joint TM programme, which is intended to be temporary in nature.
Use of Technology
Equally, the limited number of candidates suitable to be included in the HC pool means that managing them does not require the use of sophisticated technology.
Future of TM
These two TM programmes for the whole UN system offer screening, interviewing, shortlisting and recommendations for the RC/RR/HCs as the result of a consensus-building process involving the stakeholders. Hence, building and sustaining the credibility of the individuals selected is not an imposed decision but a broad consensus activity for which all organisations can take credit. One issue worrying OCHA is the potential inconsistency in interview panels since the same panel members do not interview all candidates.
One of the chief benefits of these programmes is that, in the highly political environment of the UN system, they provide a structured and unbiased process for identifying leaders. The biggest problem is that the programmes are not linked to TM programmes within the participating UN or non-UN organisations. The rationale is that careers are seen as an individual responsibility, unrelated to the needs of any particular organisation within the humanitarian family. According to one of our interviewees, such problems are more numerous for non-UN organisations:
...someone else has taken your place basically...all your peers have moved up, ... and when you try to come back, you are not considered part of the family anymore. so this is a huge problem.
In the UN and its agencies, nearly all positions are advertised and internal candidates have to undergo written tests and interviews even if they have already served in a similar position or have been identified as suitable for posts at an upper level. Nominations of prospective candidates to the two described TM programmes in UNDP and OCHA are, as a result, often driven by recruitment deadlines rather than by careful organisational TM decision-making. Sometimes, also, participating organisations do not want to lose their top talent:
.the agencies want to retain their top talents.[so] do not necessarily nominate the best person.or anybody at all. And the fact that.agencies have to nominate.people cannot apply on their own, is a major bottleneck.