High Potential Pool
The IASC High Potential Pool: the pipeline to humanitarian leadership positions
The IASC High Potential Pool (HiPo Pool) serves as a talent accelerator process targeting future leaders who want to move into coordination leadership roles across development and humanitarian settings and need support to get ready to step into these roles.
1. What does it mean to be pat of the HiPo Pool?
Members of the HiPo Pool candidates are screened by an IASC panel.
Inclusion in the HiPo Pool will give access to specific assignments and/or programme tailored to the candidate’s needs, in agreement with their parent organization and within a specific timeframe.
As such members of the HiPo Pool benefit from dedicated support and services from the HLSS:
- Access to inter-agency leadership development programme (e.g., “Humanitarians on the RC track programme”) geared towards the RCAC;
- Referral to relevant learning opportunities and tailored activities in consultation with parent agency and;
- Networking and mentoring opportunities.
2. How are HiPo members selected?
HiPo Pool members are identified through an agency nomination process. Organizations will identify among their internal potential pools those highly interested and motivated to move into the humanitarian coordination leadership track.
Nominated candidates will be screened by an inter-agency IASC panel and only shortlisted candidates will be invited for assessment.
Prior to their inclusion into the Pool, candidates may be asked to complete humanitarian coordination focused learning programmes or activities.
3. Who can apply?
Leaders who are interested in moving to collective leadership positions and/or to get inter-agency experience.
In addition, candidates will need to demonstrate that they meet the following requirements:
- Committed to take up high-level coordination leadership functions, including RC positions within the next 1-3 years;
- Principled, courageous, and resilient leader willing to give a voice to the most vulnerable and advocate for human rights issues;
- Collaborative leader who takes pride from facilitating the work of others;
- Experience in successfully negotiating issues in politically sensitive situations;
- Leaders (candidates at senior P4, P5 and D1 levels are eligible );
- Already served or currently serving in a representative role within own organization;
- Have not yet undertaken the RCAC, but considering it in the next two years.
4. How to apply?
Interested candidates should prepare the following application package:
Once you have completed your application package:
- If you are currently employed by an IASC organization (contact the HR department within your organization) – a list of focal point is available here;
- Please note that pre-nomination modalities may vary among organizations and you might have received separate instruction from your organization in this regard;
- If you are currently employed by a non-IASC organization, or you are unaware of the focal point within your organization, send a complete application package to the dedicated HC Pool mailing address (email@example.com).