Before you start looking for work at the UN you should be aware that there is an increasing number of fake job offers soliciting fees from applicants circulating on the Internet. Note that the United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on bank accounts.
Recruitment into UN agencies and the Secretariat is seldom available for newly-qualified graduates. Generally they are either looking for people with experience or for interns who work without pay.
If who want to work for the UN Secretariat
Recruitment into the Secretariat is handled by the Office of Human Resources Management (OCRM).
You are advised first to research the UN’s 8 job networks (see below) which help to promote careers opportunities for existing staff members. This will tell you the types of roles available and the fields that the UN operates within.
Each network is a flexible grouping of departments and offices whose areas of work are closely linked. They reflect the broad nature of the work the UN undertakes. The 8 job networks are as follows:
- Economic and Social Development
- Management and Operations Support
- Political, Peace and Security
- Information Systems and Communication Technology
- Public Information and External Relations
- Conference Management
- Safety and Security
Find out more about the UN’s job networks on the UN Careers website.
Registering with the UN Careers Website
Anyone can register with the above website, whether they work for the UN already or not. Click on Login in the top menu (which takes you to the inspira website) and then click Register Now. You can register as a Volunteer.
See this PDF for more information about the registration process.
If you want to work for a UN Agency
There is no centralised recruitment system for the many UN-related agencies. You need to identify which agency you wish to work for and visit their website for details of their vacancies. Here are some examples:
Other Routes into the UN Secretariat
There are several programmes available for young professionals seeking entry to the UN system: the Junior Professional Officer programme (JPO), the Young Professionals Programme (YPP), and the Associate Expert Programme (AEP).
The UN also offers a range of unpaid positions, including a host of internships and volunteering opportunities. An internship with the UN is the ideal way to gain exposure to the inner working of the Organisation and can be undertaken at UN Offices worldwide, as well as the wider UN family of organisations.
Volunteering opportunities are available through United Nations Volunteers (UNV). UN Volunteers make a huge contribution to peace and development around the world, whilst at the same time gaining essential experience and enhancing their employment prospects.
Working to serve the world
Want to find out how to share your skills and knowledge with multilateral organisations?
Working Globally is a group of organisations including the UN, FCO and the Universities of Reading and Durham, that have come together to offer a range of online materials that can help you identify roles within multilateral bodies.
Details on the posts available, databases that individuals can register with and information on how to go forward for posts is available.
To find out more, click here.