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This talk was given at an online global career fair held by Terra Firma Associates, on 26-27 June 2012. More than 4,000 people signed up for the event. The presentation is about diversity aspects of being hired, working and advancing in an international organization.
By ‘diverse candidates’ I use a broad interpretation and mean everybody (the true meaning of ‘diverse’, perhaps), but here I will focus on groups that are under-represented in professional and higher levels in international organizations. I will highlight some challenges candidates face when applying to international organizations, and give some advice to recruiters as well. A backdrop is that most of these organizations were created 60-70 years ago, when nearly all international civil servants were privileged males with a homemaker spouse. Until 1973 a woman in for instance the UK Foreign Office had to resign the day she got married, no matter how talented. Pressure remains to this date in many parts of the world for women to stop working outside the home once she becomes a wife. When most international organizations were created being gay or having a disability was even more of a taboo than it is today.