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Musing on knowledge management, aid and development with limited resources

Moving on

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As of 19th September I’m taking up the position of Team Leader, Knowledge Management and M&E with the UN Development Operations Coordination Office (UNDG).

I’m leaving UNICEF (well actually going on secondment) after 14 great years and so this is quite an emotional move for me, even though the new job is only across the road from my old job. I’m sorry not to be able to see through the next phase of UNICEF’s knowledge management work which is being reconstituted as part of a new Office of Research being set up in Florence – but it’s also good to take on new challenges and learn new things in a different environment.

I plan to keep blogging here about knowledge management and development and the insights I gain through my new work. Among the tasks in my new job will be identifying documenting, sharing and promoting good practice in how the various UN Development Agencies can work better together to achieve results.

UN agencies often come in for criticism in the media and even in development circles, despite much good and important work that they do. UNICEF, with its long history and track record and its appealing mandate tends to come out among the best in public opinion surveys while other agencies are often less well known and respected. This makes the work of identifying and sharing good practice from the UN’s work all the more important – and more challenging when the audiences for this are more skeptical and demanding – a challenge I am looking forward to.

It will also be good to see things from a UN system wide perspective and to see what can be done to foster knowledge sharing across the UN system beyond a single agency and further into the world beyond the UN.

Many thanks to all my colleagues and collaborators from inside and outside UNICEF – I hope to keep in touch and carry on benefitting from your wisdom and knowledge in my new job.

And here’s a bit of Curtis Mayfield that captures my mood…. 🙂


Written by Ian Thorpe

September 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Congrats and all the best with your new position.

    Tom Murphy (@viewfromthecave)

    September 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

  2. Congrats and good luck in your new position!

    Samuel Driessen (@driessen)

    September 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm

  3. Congratulations and all the best for the future. Please keep on blogging.

    Gerald Meinert

    September 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

  4. Congratulations on your new job! Speaking about KM at UN level, maybe you’ll find this a useful read:

    I prepared it for a workshop I was invited to, good if it can be re-used.

    Please keep us posted. I am personally most interested in keeping informed on (and participating to) the evolution of UN wide KM. …Gosh now that I wrote it I am realizing what an overwhelming challenge you just took up! 🙂

    Davide Piga (@pdavide)

    September 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

  5. Congrats and hope you enjoy the challenges of the new position 😉


    October 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm

  6. Curious to know how you managed to get a secondment! probably you have a better chance being in HQ? Congrats! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the new challenge!


    October 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    • No mystery. If you get selected for a job with UNDOCO (even a publicly advertised one like this one was) and you are from any UN agency apart from UNDP then you go on secondment.

      Ian Thorpe

      October 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      • Now that’ll be a first: Someone NOT wanting to transfer to Florence, from the Manhattan Madness!

        Enjoy KM, if you can!

        Lucien Peters
        Stagiaires’ class of ’92


        November 4, 2011 at 7:44 am

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