Change and innovation are key drivers for successful UN reform. Leadership in change and innovation accelerates complex processes that impact large numbers of staff, requiring inter-agency and societal collaboration. The changes are of high magnitude, including shifting culture, mindsets and behaviours, and changing structures and procedures. They require radically new capabilities, strategies and partnerships and a deep understanding of the systemic interdependence of those changes.

This programme focuses on 1) managing the interplay of change and innovation derived from the 2030 Agenda 2) developing a strategy 3) understanding the necessary processes and 4) honing change leadership practices. Upon completion of this programme participants will gain clarity on how to drive change and innovation in their area of work. 



By the end of the programme, participants will have deepened their awareness of their change and innovation leadership practices, and they will know how to drive change and innovation in a way that builds the capacity of their organizations to handle continual change. By the end of the programme they will be inspired, more self-aware, and capable of applying their learning to their own change and innovation work

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

Participants will explore their personal change leadership capacities and practices in uncertain and dynamic contexts. They will engage in a guided analysis of their change capacities and undertake an assessment of their current change and innovation approaches. They will then attend a three-day workshop focusing on both skills development and ‘guided thinking space’ to advance senior level change and innovation leadership. Participants will use the workshop space to develop strategies for concrete change and innovation situations, leading to personalized action plans post completion.

Following the workshop, each participant will have three individual coaching sessions to deepen their work and focus on how to implement their action plans.

The course will be supported by seasoned UN change and innovation practitioners. 

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

Participants will learn about how to lead complex change in contexts characterized by high uncertainty and volatility – where leaders might not have the answers, and a ‘command and control’ programmatic change approach will no longer cut it. They will explore through experience, theory and casework the following questions:

  1. What change leadership practices are required to lead change well? How do you balance disruption and stability?
  2. How do you foster the kind of staff engagement that leads to buy-in and culture shifts?
  3. What innovation and change ecosystem as well as respective governance structure and processes do you need for successful change and innovation, and where is your specific role in the interplay of leading strategy, innovation and change?
  4. What does a successful change and innovation strategy require?

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

Senior staff at the Director and Assistant Secretary-General level.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The fee of $4,000 covers the workshop, coaching, all materials, pre-workshop assessments and coffee breaks but no travel, accommodation or meals.

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