United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management, Catherine Pollard, was born in Georgetown, Guyana 1960. She attended Bishops High School from 1971 to 1978 and holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.
Catherine was appointed to this top post by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in April 2008. The Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) is responsible for implementing the vision of the Secretary-General for an integrated Global Secretariat, with a multi-skilled, versatile, high-performing and mobile workforce that operates across disciplines to fulfill the Organization’s complex and interrelated mandates in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The UN Headquarters is located in New York City.
Prior to her appointment, Catherine has served as Chief of Staff in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. In this capacity, she was responsible for implementing the restructuring in the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and of Field Support. She also helped the Secretary-General’s task force to streamline management practices, including human resource management.
Before this, Catherine was Director of the Peacekeeping Financing Division in the Department of Management. In this capacity, she implemented the Secretary-General’s reforms to enhance the strategic focus of budgets and to streamline the budget process.
Catherine also held a variety of assignments in the area of financial and human resource management of the United Nations Volunteers Programme, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Protection Force in Croatia.
In October, 2009, Catherine was among several several Guyanese diplomats worldwide who returned to Guyana to attend a four-day retreat. In March 2010, she was appointed as one of the members of the UN Senior Advisory Group to review and analyze how the United Nations and the international community could help broaden and deepen the pool of civilian experts to support the immediate capacity development needs of countries emerging from conflict.