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Give your career a boost with our coaching services

Why coaching?

An experienced career coach with a background in international development helps you understand the sector, identify your options, and position yourself as a strong candidate for jobs in the sector.

You will gain a deep understanding of the dynamics of different development agencies, job functions, hardship locations, recruitment criteria, and career paths.

Hiring a career coach is well worth the investment, that costs far less than not getting your application even noticed by recruiters.

Read more about the benefits of career coaching.

Our coaching services

Coaching package for transitioning professionals

Transfer your skills to the development sector

Do you have experience in the private sector and look forward entering the development sector?
Jump start your international career!

USD 560

3 sessions with an experienced coach (USD 560) CV review (USD 75) ebooks (USD 50)

Coaching package for professional development

Discover and open up new opportunities

Are you a development professional looking for opportunities (e.g. lateral move)?
Plan your next development career move!

USD 560

3 sessions with an experienced coach (USD 560) CV review (USD 75) ebooks (USD 50)

Executive and Leadership Coaching Package

Do you wish to explore and develop your leadership skills for effective organizational performance and improved career development? Then this intensive coaching program is for you.

USD 1800

1 intro session 6 sessions with an experienced coach

Interview coaching

Have you been invited for an interview, or would like to get familiar with competency-based interviews?
Give recruiters a lasting impression!

USD 220

1 session with an experienced coach

Application writing coaching

Are you about to submit a job application?
Make it stand out!

USD 220

1 session with an experienced coach

Job search strategy

Need guidance with your job search?
Fast forward your search!

USD 220

1 session with an experienced coach

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Meet our coaches

Yuki Gotanda

 Ottawa, Canada
 English, Japanese,

Yuki has over 20 years of international experience in the private sector, UN (UNDP and WFP), and NGO. She has extensive international experience - worked in 19 countries throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America, and Europe.
Yuki worked in deep field locations, country offices, and headquarters. Having managed humanitarian projects in hardship duty stations, she understands the reality and challenges of humanitarian/international development work on the ground first-hand. She is passionate about supporting the career development/transition of international development/humanitarian aid professionals.

Yuki works with:
- Mid-career professionals who wish to transition into international development/humanitarian careers.
- International development/humanitarian professionals who are transitioning into new roles.
- International development/humanitarian professionals considering leaving the field and looking for new career paths (finding a job in the home country, starting a small business, etc.)
- Spouses & partners of international development/humanitarian professionals.
- International development/humanitarian professionals transitioning into retirement.

Yuki is an International Coaching Federation (ICF)-certified coach and Trauma-Informed Certified Coach (TICC). She holds M.A. in Human Rights and M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development.

John Evans

 London, England

John has been coaching for more than 20 years. He recently co-designed the coaching and mentoring education programme for the global Humanitarian Leadership Academy. John was formerly Global Practice Leader at World Vision International where he pioneered the charities’ global leader orientation, talent and succession management, and education processes, leadership assessment and leadership coaching services. Previously, as Global Consulting Development Leader for Hewitt Associates (now Aon) John led the global consulting focused “Hewitt University” and European organizational development consulting practice. He has worked with clients including The CHS Alliance, Vision Fund International, World Vision International, numerous INGOs, UK and foreign governments and in partnership with Development Decisions International, Cranfield and Ashridge Business Schools.

John has a Master’s degree in Management Development; post-graduate Diplomas in Management and Career Guidance; holds a Certificate in (Cognitive Behavioural) Coaching and is an accredited and experienced MBTI, Life Styles Inventory and Insights Discovery practitioner. John has considerable international experience gained in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America.

John is not available for sessions between 28 December and 28 January.

Matanat Rahimova

 Vienna, Austria
 Azerbaijani, Russian, English, German

I am a coach and consultant with 20 years’ international managerial experience in IT, HR and institutional development in the United Nations system and international organizations (UN Secretariat, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, UNFPA, UNWFP, UNESCO, WB, OSCE and CTBTO). It means that I hired and developed staff and teams, delivered capacity building programmes that helped thousands of experts, managers, and diplomats to enhance their personal and professional development in local and international contexts. My international career has taken me around the world, to numerous field offices and Headquarters in Europe, Asia, and North America. I gained an MBA from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria, and Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, USA. I am an ICF-qualified CO-ACTIVE COACH®.

Anna Cope

 English, Italian, Swedish

Anna has 20+ years experience in the UN (UNICEF & WFP) and International Organisations, in progressively responsible roles within Human Resources Management in field and HQ duty stations. This includes experience as a Recruiter, Young Professionals Coordinator, and HR Operations Manager. Anna thrives in multicultural environments as a 3rd generation global nomad, and knows how international life opportunities can challenge and impact work/life choices.

Anna now works as a Solutions Focused Coach, HR Consultant, Blogger, and Small Business Owner. Proud to be one of the first coaches on Impactpool since 2016. Anna is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and an accredited Senior Practitioner by the  European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).


Merlijn Angad Gaur

 The Hague
 English, Dutch

Merlijn brings many years of experience in Human Resources. His last assignment was as Head, Talent Acquisition at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) where he worked for many years.

He has over 20 years of experience in both personal development and personal assessment, interview, and career coaching. He has worked as a facilitator in corporate learning programs for a broad range of international companies, and he is a composer as well as a performing artist. For Impactpool he is also engaged as a Senior Executive Search Consultant. As such, his coaching is mostly focused on those applying for more senior roles.

“In my work, my focus is on people: who they are and what makes them unique. I have a unique outset of how to interview, what to do to prepare, and align your resume to the role that you are applying for, ensuring that you get across those essential personal attributes that you have to offer.

There is an overlap in the way I approach music as well as coaching, sourcing, and recruiting people. I believe it is about the connection you make with people. It is about finding the essence of the story you want to share, and which story needs to be shared in which context. This is also how I approach a personal development journey – what it is that you want in its essence.”

The focus in his coaching is very much on taking a step back, looking at who you are, and with the attributes that make you unique, focus on your next step; be it a career move, an upcoming interview, or just exploring what opportunities are out there.

Ronda Ansted

 Washington DC, USA

Ronda, through her experience and research on international development NGOs and social enterprises, is committed to using career coaching to transform lives, communities, and the world. For more than 20 years, with a primary focus on international development and social services, Ronda has worked with hundreds of people, helping them to translate their skills into rewarding work and meaningful lives. Past clients have found their calling by working with US Government Agencies such as USAID, multilateral organizations like the World Bank, NGOs, non-profits, and other social impact organizations. Several clients have also started their own social enterprise, leveraging their unique talents, skills, and perspectives to make the world a better place. Her main focus is to help those who want to make a different design a career path that leads to maximum impact as well as a balanced and healthy life. Ronda holds a Doctorate of Management from University of Maryland University College, a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, a Bachelor of Arts in World Studies from the School for International Training, and is a Global Career Development Facilitator.

Javier Martín

 Barcelona, Spain
 English, Spanish, French

Javier has worked in global development and humanitarian operations for more than 20 years, primarily for Oxfam and had executive HRD experience in the intergovernmental sector. He has worked in Africa and Latin America, resourcing talent, fostering leadership and developing organizational and individual capacity. Certified Professional in Career Coaching and Associated Professor at the Deusto University in International Careers. Javier holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science & International Relations, with a specialization in peace and conflict management, from Uppsala University in Sweden. Javier is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Wolfgang Weiszegger

 Manama, Bahrain

Wolfgang has some 38 years of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping and special political missions experience, both in the field and at UN headquarters in New York. He knows what it takes to get hired by the UN, having served as chairperson and member in hundreds of expert and regular recruitment panels interviewing and selecting candidates up-to the D-2 level. He is trained in the competency based interview technique of the UN, its core values, core competencies and managerial competencies including its indicators required to pass interviews.  He also knows what it takes to advance careers in the UN having himself started at the lowest FS-2/1 level and progressed through the ranks up to the highest Director D-2/6 level. Human Resources and Training were Sections under his direct leadership and management. 

After retirement from the UN in August 2018 he continued to be involved with UN peacekeeping, serving as a mentor at the UN’s Senior Mission Administration and Resources Training (SMART) programme held in Brindisi, Italy for Middle and Senior UN Managers, as well as reviewing the implementation of the UN’s Management Reform and it’s impact on UN Peace Operations as an independent consultant with the International Peace Institute ( He is currently engaged as an Independent Consultant, Mentor, Coach and International Guest Speaker. Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Available for bookings as of May 1st. You are welcome to contact 

Michele Damone

 Vienna, Austria
 English, Italian, Spanish

Michele is an incurable optimist who believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. He works with Executives, Senior UN leaders, and professionals to enhance their impact and unleash their 'naturabilities' to reach new heights. 


His coaching has been deeply informed by his experience of founding two successful companies coupled with 12+ years spent working in global organizations, such as the United Nations, and in a wide range of industries, such as nuclear energy, banking, government, and law enforcement, and by half of his life spent living abroad, including in developing countries. 


He holds a PostGraduate in Executive Coaching from the University of Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, and a Master's Degree in Profiling from the University of Bologna, he is a chartered expert in Psychometrics with the British Psychological Society and is credited with the ICF (International Coaching Federation) as a Professional Certified Coach with over 1000 registered coaching hours. His specialties include conscious leadership development and career development.   


He is a firm believer in possibilities and leading your life and work from the core of who you naturally are. He focuses on a person's natural talents and traits and supports the steps necessary to make conscious leadership choices and behavioral action steps that best align with their authentic selves. Today's ever-changing, complex, and demanding world requires new ways of working. The best leaders lead consciously, utilizing creative intelligence and leadership capacity for greater impact. 


His coaching style is practical and gently direct, provocative, and genuine and his mantra is: "Where your energy goes, Your energy flows"!


*Not* available for clients applying for jobs at the OSCE


Jens Broll

 Geneva, Switzerland
 English, German, Spanish

Jens is an experienced HR Manager and Transition Coach with over 20 years of experience designing and implementing talent acquisition and performance management programs for humanitarian and development organizations, including the World Bank, UNICEF, and IFC and the private sector.


He is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and has been coaching professionals from UN Organizations (UNICEF, UNDP, UN Secretariat, UNOPS, WFP, WHO, IOM, UNHCR), NGOs (Plan, PACT, Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, NRC) and Job Seekers, to assess their job situations, plan the next career steps and prepare the application and search processes. Jens is a trained Competency Based Interviewer and familiar with current recruitment standards and job market trends in both the development and private sector. As International Mobility Manager and Coach, having designed and implemented mobility and recruitment programs for international organizations, he has extensive experience with international relocation and cross cultural management topics. Jens lived and coached job seekers on 6 continents and enjoys to connect with an international network of UN and NGO colleagues to keep updated with the latest recruitment and HR practices.


Jens’ coachees describe his Coaching as “engaging, honest and effective”. He applies a reflective and forward looking coaching style, that enables coachees to look inwards and get more aware of their own self and their career search habits, so that they can identify sustainable solutions and ways forward to their questions and concerns. Jens is a committed Coach who gets energized when working with his coachees to identify the best fit for their career path and lead them to success.

Jens is currently not bookable. You are welcome to email for updates.

Jens Behrendt

 Berlin, Germany
 English, German

Jens has more than 25 years of human resources, project and organizational management experience spanning over the multilateral institutions, government, NGO and the private sector. Since 2003 he has been in senior HR functions, e.g. Deputy Director HR and Head, Talent Management in the OSCE in Vienna, and Director Human Resources at the European University Institute in Florence. After an interim position with Germany's leading corporate branding company, he is now the HR Head of Wikimedia Germany. Jens also has 9 years of service with UNV/UNDP and has been teaching at Free University Berlin, Hertie School of Governance, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa, and the UN Staff College.



Amaya Gillespie

 Brisbane, Australia

Amaya has lived and worked overseas for more than 20 years working with a number of UN agencies. She has a PhD in public health and behavioural science and has worked directly in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East  in emergencies and development contexts.

As a career coach with particular expertise in executive coaching, she has diverse clientel and is attuned to cross-cultural issues. Her approach is practical, focussing on taking steps to move forward while deepening understanding of unhelpful patterns and how to manage or interrupt them. Part of her secret to success is her direct experience in the UN and international settings which means a shorter intro period, less explaining and more action. She is also good at converting the latest evidence into practical actions that build the skills and confidence so many people are seeking in their personal and professional lives. And she knows the tricks of the UN, how it can be simultaneously the best and worst place to be, what it feels like to burn out, and how to refresh and reinvent yourself.

Amaya is currently not available for sessions. You are welcome to contact

Beate Pawlikowski

 Munich, Germany
 English, German

Beate looks back at a successful career in Human Resources, having worked twenty-five years in HR at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York and Copenhagen where she was instrumental in the relocation and build-up of the JPO Service Center.  Beate also worked several years in the private sector in Germany.  She has experience in the various HR areas with emphasis on recruitment, staffing, learning, talent management and leadership development.  In 2010/2011 she trained at the leading Coaches Training Institute (CTI), accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), to become a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC).  In 2013/14 she graduated from a ten month Leadership Development Program with CTI. In 2019, Beate also certified as a coach in the Process Communication Model® (PCM).

Since her retirement from UNDP in 2014, Beate works as a professional coach at the national and international level. Beate shares the conviction that we are all naturally creative, resourceful and whole. She is committed and grateful to support others in developing their full potential. She is particularly passionate about individuals seeking professional transformation and helps them on their journey to realize the envisioned change. Beate holds a M.Sc. in Human Resources Management from the New School For Social Research, New York, USA, with a Certificate in Organizational Development; a M.A. in Translation French and Spanish from the University of the Saarland, Germany and a M.A. in Linguistics/Terminology from the Université Laval, Québec, Canada.

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Katarina Holm-Didio

 New York City, USA
 English, Swedish, Finnish

Kat is a leadership coach with over 20 years of international experience in human resources, learning, and as a consultant, coach and trainer both in the multilateral and corporate sectors. She provides global leadership, career and performance management, and cross-cultural competence coaching and training.  She also serves with Seton Hall University Buccino Leadership Institute as a leadership coach. She has worked as a coach and trainer with UNFPA and UNDP, and a Staff Development Officer with the UN Secretariat in HR - Career and Performance Management Section. Early in her career she worked in academia and adult education. She is ICF Certified in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance; has a diploma from the Academy of Executive Coaching in International Systemic Team Coaching and a Certificate in Accelerating Role Transitions from the Connected Commons. From Finland she lives in New Jersey, USA. She has dual Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Social Science.

Veronika Ambertson

 Stockholm, Sweden
 Swedish, English

Veronika has extensive experience with recruitment, career transitions, and international moves, having spent her 20+ years in HR working in the private staffing industry, as a staff member with UNDP, and served as an HR Consultant to a range of UN entities and other international organizations.


Being an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Veronika has coached clients from all continents on life and career matters, with a particular focus on career coaching and guidance for UN personnel and those who aspire to join the impact sector.


Pulling from her varied professional and coaching experience, as well as her interest in human nature, Veronika combines her in-depth understanding of policy, processes, and systems, with how we function as human beings, to inform her broader knowledge sharing and her individual coaching, which is aimed to be strategic and action-oriented, direct and kind, and suits seasoned as well as early-stage professionals.


Veronika holds an MBA in Management and a Professional Certificate in Organizational Development. She engages in ongoing capacity building activities to hone her skills and keep abreast of the latest developments in the Coaching profession as well as trends and best practices in talent management.


Having lived and worked abroad for many years, Veronika now lives in, and coaches from, her native Sweden (Central European Time zone).

Linda Bawazir-Davin

 Stockholm, Sweden
 English, Arabic, French

Passionate about the development of the human potential, Linda is a Leadership and Career coach for humanitarian and development professionals and leaders who are dedicated to make a difference in the world. She describes herself as a motivational and change partner with the purpose to empower, inspire and guide her clients in their transition.


She has over 18 years of experience as a Human Resources Manager and Talent Acquisition Partner with the US Department of State, UNICEF, UNRWA and World Food Program (WFP); working and living in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. With a comprehensive first-hand knowledge of the United Nations recruitment and career system, she has supported a diversity of professionals, managers and leaders to gain a new energy vision and a competitive advantage when developing their career goals or looking for the next stage of their career growth.


Coming from a multicultural background, she speaks and works in French, Arabic and English.


She is a Professional Career Coach certified by the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARWCC), an Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation, an Emotional Intelligence and Master NLP practitioner and a Cross-Cultural Coach. 

Antonio Fidalgo

 Lisbon, Portugal
 English, Spanish, Portuguese

Antonio is a former Head of Talent Outreach & Acquisition with UNHCR, former HR manager for Syria with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and a earning and development specialist with UNESCO in Paris. For the last few years, he has been part of the Emergency Roster of NRC as an HR specialist and advisor having been deployed to Iran, Afghanistan, and most recently to Ukraine. Antonio has vast experience in international organizations in the US, Europe, and Africa in the areas of recruitment, career development, training, and organizational development. Background in Psychology and organizational behavior, expertise in cross-cultural management and communication.

Salma Zulfiqar

 United Kingdom

Salma has worked in different communication roles in the UN all over the world over the past 15 years. This includes strategic communications, video production, social media, writing for the web, media liaison and event management. Salma has worked with UNICEF, UNOCHA, UNDPA, UNESCO and UNDPKO on major national and international projects and has extensive experience of working with the UN in the field as well as Headquarters.

Her work has taken her from Kabul to Kenya, Yemen to Syria, Egypt to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Salma has worked with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow, UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown, UN Peace Ambassador Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai and her longterm teacher Mariam Khalique. Prior to working with the UN Salma was a journalist with the Associated Press TV, BBC and ITV.

Salma was voted one of the most inspirational women to hail from Birmingham and her works featured in the book Once Upon a Time Women Who Dared to Dream.

Salma is also a finalist for the national UK Asian Women of Achievement Awards (Social/Humanitarian category).

Carmen de los Rios

 Madrid, Spain
 English, Spanish, French

Carmen is a passionate person who strongly believes in the power of individuals supporting each other and the fact that when you support others, you get much more than what you give, a motto that has guided her life and she translates into her Coaching practice.

Carmen´s international career in Human Resources where she has occupied positions up to Chief HR, has taken her to live in 6 countries over 3 continents. After 10 years in the engineering private sector, she spent 20 years working for several International Organizations, including the European Space Agency (ESA), the UN System (UNFPA, UNICTR, UNMIL and the UN Secretariat), both in headquarters and hardship locations, as well as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She has a master’s in Psychology and Coaching certification by ICF. With a practical and action-oriented approach, she accompanies clients in identifying and focusing on what is needed to grow personally and professionally while developing the competences required to successfully fulfil their goals. She offers a full array of Coaching services for personal, professional, and cross-cultural matters, whether you want to develop your career up to executive level or successfully transition to, from or within International Organizations.

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