Career Coaching Programme

The Career Coaching Programme aims to provide professional support to recent graduates from the 7 GC Regional Master’s Programmes in finding or upgrading their career path. Through webinars, online tools and one-to-one support a professional Coach will guide Alumn* to valorise their experiences and free their inner potential preparing them for the different stages of the application process.

As part of the programme Alumn* will be requested to find a vacancy they want to apply for, and the Career Coach will review their CVs and Covers tailoring them for this specific job opening.

Structure of the Programme

The programme is open up to maximum 75 Alumn* (graduates of the last 3 academic cohorts of all the GC Regional Master’s programmes) and will be structured as follow:

  • Alumn* will be requested to fill in a survey, where they will indicate their needs and expectations for the career coaching. The selection of the pool of Alumn* benefitting from the programme will be made on the basis of criteria of motivation and geographical balance.
  • 1 video prepared by the Coach, on CV creation and on Cover letter writing will be made available to the participants.
  • 3 webinars of around 1 h and for 25 participants each will be then organised, giving the opportunity to the Career Coach to answer to the requests of further advice made by Alumn*;
  • Alumn* will then need to find a vacancy, the Career Coach will support them online , mainly by email, reviewing their Cvs and cover letters, tailoring them on the specific vacancy;

A final survey will be sent to all the participants to evaluate the level of satisfaction and if expectations were met.

For further info on the Career Coaching programme please contact giacomo.ottonello@gchumanrights.org

Meet the Career Coach

Soraya Johaar is a human resources expert with over a decade of experience in the UN system and provides young professionals guidance and training on career development from CV/PHP/Cover Letter writing to job search and how to prepare for the Interview process.

 

Soraya currently works as a freelance consultant providing career support training to MA students of the Human Rights Programme and the summer school of Peacekeeping training with Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. In addition, for the past five years she worked with the Aseri MA programmes in Development and International Relations, Sacre Coeur University in Milan, Italy and Trento University.

 

In her last post as a Career Development Officer at UNESCO, Paris, she worked with consultants to develop several career support training modules. She also counselled individual staff members on career issues. She was involved in several inter-agency projects, including the creation of a specialised web resource. Her work took her to several field offices – Jakarta, Delhi, Nairobi, and Montevideo.

At UNHQ in New York, Soraya worked as a Consultant with DFS/DPKO on a specialised training project, the Senior Management Administrative Resource Training (SMART), aimed at training select staff members to take on more senior roles in Administration. In the field, she completed her assignment as the Acting Head of Training and Career Development Unit for the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo serving approximately 3000 staff members.

She served on several panels on recruitment and provided trainings on the competency-based interview process to both applicants and panel members. She has developed, co-developed and delivered numerous trainings and career counselling sessions. She contributed on two projects that have won the prestigious UN 21 award.

She has a degree in Education from Battswood Teachers College, South Africa and a degree in Political Science/Psychology from New York University, USA.