Pros: amazing, talented professional staff, exciting work, and stimulating environments
Cons: complex cross-cultural management issues in a fast changing and international field
I joined UNDP in 1988 from the research firm RTI International where was Senior Research Psychologist. My position at UNDP required extensive international travel, and substantive backstopping of around half a billion dollars of development programming in all world regions. UNDP had a management web in over 170 countries, and was usually the primary UN agency in each of these countries.Headquartered in New York City in the UN complex, this agency has a talented national and international staff today of around 16,000. More info can be found at http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/operations/about_us/frequently_askedquestions.html
My own view of UNDP nets out as positive, although I have been an adviser to many young staff members at HQ and in the field who have expressed concerns re its HR functions, especially as these policies relate to staff benefits and job security. Few however doubt the capacity of UNDP to bring together world-class talent in the design and implementation of development programs in any sector, or its long experience in these fields. I think UNDP, despite its problems, is the core agency in UN development work, and I have immense respect for what it attempts to do in some of the world's most difficult arenas.