Friday, August 14, 2009

The fast track career at UNDP/OPS of an Indian who happen to marry the right korean girl

Ban Ki-moon's Son-in-Law, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee appointed Director for Europe and Middle East at the UNDP's satellite Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Copenhagen. Just 2 and half years ago, Mr. Chatterjee was a P4 employee with the United Nations. If Ban Ki Moon would not be his father-in-law, it would have taken him 12.5 years to reach to the level he is today (D1).

Sent: 01 May 2009 06:49
Subject: Appointment of Siddharth Chatterjee as Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East (EMO)

Dear Colleagues,

UNOPS is pleased to announce the appointment of Siddharth Chatterjee as Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East (EMO), stationed in Copenhagen. Starting today Sid will be responsible for UNOPS operations in this new regional office set-up, developing business and delivering a full range of quality services to clients. He will explore partnerships within and outside the UN, including the private sector. And as part of UNOPS senior management team Sid will, like the other Regional Directors, help shape the future direction of the organization. Sid will report directly to Vitaly and myself.

A national of India, Sid is a graduate of the National Defence Academy of India and obtained a certificate in Social Policy from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. For more than 12 years he has held positions of increasing responsibility in UN peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Iraq, and with UNICEF in Sudan, Indonesia and Somalia. Previously he served 12 years with distinction in the Indian Army Special Forces, rising to the rank of senior Major.

Sid’s familiarity with multi-sector programmes in emergency, transition and development environments, combined with leadership experience in the military and the UN will be a real asset to UNOPS.

Sid is a poet, a keen golfer, enjoys long distance running and scuba diving, and when time allows he willingly jumps out of perfectly good airplanes.

Please give Sid your strong support in our shared efforts to strengthen UNOPS for the benefit of our partners and the people we ultimately serve.

Warm regards,


Jan Mattsson | Executive Director | Copenhagen, Denmark |

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is unbelievable! I submitted tens of employment applications to various UN agencies (including UNDP) since 2007 & received no response. Some positions that I applied from my UN Galaxy employment system as far back as October 2007 still say this: "Candidates are under consideration". After reading this blatant UN nepotism news, I am not surprised—probably these positions have already been given to relatives of UN employees!

I hold a bachelor's degree; two different masters degrees: one in information system & the other in Humanitarian Assistance & over 14 years of experience of which over 7 years is with the UN & international NGOs in Iraq, Sudan & Somalia.

I am also willing to go any where including Iraq, Sudan, Somalia or Afghanistan. I am still waiting to hear from any UN agency. I don’t have any relative within any UN agency or International Aid agency & even if I had a relative in these Agencies, I refuse to accept a position which has been robbed from another more qualified fellow human being. Do I stand a chance?

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