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Employment and internships with the United Nations



Employment opportunities

In order to function effectively as a global organization, the United Nations Secretariat has a continuing need for staff. It is impossible to list in detail the different type of positions for which the Organization recruits.

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General information on employment opportunities and current vacancies at the UN Secretariat:

The specialized agencies, funds and programmes (i.e. UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, etc.) conduct their own recruitment programmes. Candidates should consult the appropriate agency’s website for information concerning employment opportunities. The following webpage contains links to recruitment and human resources offices of over 40 of these organizations:

Aside from the ‘Blue Helmets’, which are military forces provided directly by the Members States, the UN rely on civilian staff for its peacekeeping missions. Information on recruitment for peacekeeping operations is available at

Salaries, allowances, benefits and job classification at the United Nations:


Language competitive examinations

The United Nations is looking for qualified candidates to fill its language positions across the Organization:



Young professionals programme (YPP) 

The United Nations is seeking highly qualified nationals of certain countries for employment in order to achieve greater geographical balance of its professional staff. The Young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination:

YPP 2015 Job Families:
Administration, Finance, Statistics, Public Information, Social Affairs, Legal Affairs

Participating Countries in 2015:
Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Dominica, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea (Republic of ), Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Zambia.



Associate Expert Programme 

The Programme offers young professionals who are graduates from universities or institutions of higher education an opportunity to acquire professional experience in the technical cooperation of the United Nations Secretariat. An Associate Expert is recruited under bilateral agreements between the United Nations and donor countries.



United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) 

The United Nations Volunteers program is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide:



Internship programmes 

Internship programmes at all major locations of the United Nations:

Internship throughout the UN system:

If you are interested in internships with other United Nations funds and programmes, please apply with them directly at

Internship at the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Brussels

UNRIC is looking for qualified interns for a period of three to six months.

Applications should be sent to: UNRIC Brussels, attention: internship, Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 155, 1040 Brussels, Belgium or via e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



UN System Vacancies in Brussels 

Vacancy announcement and internships for the various UN offices in Brussels are posted at



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Vacancies Brussels

Finance and Reporting Analyst – EU funded projects

Duty Station: IOM Regional Office in Brussels, Belgium
Position title: Finance and Reporting Analyst – EU funded projects
Organizational Unit: EU Financial Liaison/ Regional Resource Management Unit
Type of Appointment: One Year Fixed Term Contract (with possibility of extension)
Classification: G5
Estimated Starting Date: October 2015
Reference Code: VN 2015-22


Under the overall guidance of the Senior Regional Resource Management Officer (SRRMO) and the direct supervision of the EU Financial Compliance Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical assistance to IOM missions worldwide in financial, budget and reporting management of EU funded projects.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Provide technical assistance to IOM Country Offices (COs) and Regional Offices (ROs) worldwide on EU funding related financial and administrative subjects to ensure that IOM rules and procedures are consistently applied while also adhering to EC rules and regulations.

2. Provide general advice to project development officers and project managers on finance matters (budgeting, monitoring, revision, reporting, etc.) as well as on contractual conditions related to EU funded projects.

3. Review budget and financial reports for EU projects centrally funded and provide compliance review in case of EU decentralized projects, when required, in strict coordination with the involved Country Offices, Regional Offices and IOM central services as applicable.

4. Monitor budget consumption of the EU centrally funded projects and alert on unusual trends.

5. Regularly update and maintain EU centrally funded project database with financial and contractual data for follow-up, tracking and risk assessment purpose and timely alert supervisors whenever needed.

6. Contribute to maintaining proper internal controls as well as ensure adhering to any applicable contractual, administrative and compliance related requirements.

7. Support the EU Financial Compliance Officer in external verification/ audit exercises announced by the EU Institutions by assisting in the provision of information, revision of documentation and drafting of audit responses, as and when required.

8. Provide supervisors with recommendations to enhance the quality of EU funded projects budget and financial reporting functions.

9. Prepare request for payment for EU centrally funded projects and follow up on the collection or return of funds.

10. Assist in the organization of training activities and preparation of materials, concerning the EU regulations and financial management for IOM staff whenever required. Deliver EU funding 1
related trainings as assigned.

11. Participate in internal and external meetings as required.

12. Perform other related duties as may be required.

Required Competencies:

a) Takes responsibility and manages constructive criticism; b) Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients and stakeholders; c) Promotes continuous learning and contributes to colleagues’ learning; d) Writes and communicates clearly and effectively, adapting wording and style to the intended audience; e) Actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services and proactively develops new ways to resolve problems; f) Plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility; g) Works effectively with people from different cultures by adapting to relevant cultural contexts; h) Contributes to, and follows team objectives; i) Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation; j) Displays awareness of relevant technological solutions; k) Works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.

a) Effectively applies knowledge of relevant financial discipline; b) Develops / follows internal control procedures to prevent fraud and mismanagement; c) Ensures application of institutional financial policies and guidelines; d) Advocates incorporation of financial considerations into processes and procedures.

Required Qualifications and Experience
a) Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Finance, Commerce or a related discipline. University degree in related fields and/or professional certification as Chartered Accountant or Certified Public Accountant is an advantage; b) Minimum 5 years of experience in business administration, accounting, financial reporting and budget tracking; c) Proven experience with EU funding instruments, financial management and reporting is a requirement; d) High level of computer literacy, in particular in Excel and computerized accounting systems. Knowledge of SAP is required; e) Familiarity with International Accounting Standards (IAS) is an asset; f) Ability to review a variety of data, identify and adjust data discrepancies.

Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French and Spanish is an advantage.


1. Post is subject to local recruitment. Only persons holding a valid residence and work permit for Belgium will be eligible for consideration.

Method of Application:

Applications (Personal History Form or CV and motivation/cover letter) should be addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it quoting the above vacancy notice number.
Closing date: 13 September 2015

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Internship UNDP Office in Brussels

Terms of Reference for Internship

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representation Office in Brussels, Belgium has a position for a qualified intern for a period of 6 months, starting 1st October, 2015.

Deadline for submission : 15 September 2015.


UNDP partners with national governments and people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crises, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. Active in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP offers a global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP helps countries to build and share development solutions in the following four main areas:

1.     Poverty Reduction and Achievement of the MDGs;

2.     Democratic Governance;

3.     Crisis Prevention and Recovery;

4.     Environment and Energy for Sustainable Development.

In all its work, UNDP works to ensure the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

About the programme

The intern will work as part of the team implementing a 3-year, €13.1 million capacity building program to support the low-value minerals and materials (LVMM) sector in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. The LVMM sector includes the mining of construction materials (e.g. gravel, sand, clay and limestone), dimension stones (e.g. marble and granite), industrial minerals (e.g. gypsum, potash, salt, bauxite, graphite) and semi-precious stones.

The initiative, “Capacity development of mineral institutions and of the small-scale private sector operating in low-value minerals in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries” aims to help the sector contribute toward the ACP Framework of Action on the Development of Mineral Resources Sector, endorsed by the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in 2011, as well the ambitious United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative also aims at supporting the development of a competitive local private sector in ACP countries, in line with the EU communication "Increasing the impact of EU Development Policy: an Agenda for Change". This intra-ACP program was initiated by the ACP Secretariat, financed by the European Commission and UNDP, and is being implemented by UNDP at the request of ACP Group of States.

The program uses UNDP’s capacity development approach. The main focus will be on building capacity of key stakeholders in the sector, including public stakeholders such as regulatory agencies and local governments; private stakeholders such as small-scale mining enterprises, associations, and business development centres; and social stakeholders such as civil society organizations and community groups.

Training and support will be provided in the following thematic areas of importance to the sector: 1) mine and quarry management; 2) environment, health and safety; 3) entrepreneurship skills; 4) market analysis and investment promotion; 5) geo-data and maps design; 6) community relations and addressing grievances. The project will partner with a range of institutions specialized in mining and low-value minerals to develop tailored training materials and deliver training in these focus areas.

Duties and Responsibilities

·       Conducting research on small-scale mining and development issues;

·       Assisting in the development and running of a knowledge-sharing portal for training participants through:

o   the preparation of newsletters, blogs, e-Discussions or any other knowledge products,

o   summarizing traffic on the knowledge networks;

o   researching responses to queries;

o   uploading documents;

o   updating and feeding content

o   supporting the creation of an interactive online map of small-scale mining and snapshots of the LVMM sector for participating countries;

o   summarizing the content and outcomes of return-to-work plans by training participants, and designated online alumni days.

·       Drafting and consolidating various documents (articles, factsheets, reports, concept notes etc);

·       Assist in the organization of events and forums;

·       Assist with public relations and social media;

·       Assist in the mapping and reporting of activities of small-scale mining, in countries of the ACP;

·       Assisting in the monitoring of training outcomes (from Brussels) and reporting on programme actions;

·       Assisting in the preparation of briefing notes and presentations when required;

·       Drafting responses to inquiries;

·       Any other tasks as needed.


·        Excellent organizational, time management and strong interpersonal skills;

·        Ability to multi-task, to work flexibly and meet tight deadlines;

·        Attention to details and proven ability to work independently and effectively with minimum supervision;

·        Networking skills to engage with key internal and external partners;

·        Knowledge of the UN/UNDP and commitment to UN mission and UNDP mandate;

·        Computer proficiency: MS Office

Eligibility and skills


Candidate must be a student, enrolled in a graduate-level degree programme at the time of application and during the internship. Candidates that have graduated are not eligible for internship.


Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in French desirable. Additional official UN language an asset (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish).

How to Apply

Interns’ Expenses/Arrangements:

Please note that interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern’s participation in the programme must be borne by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.

Subsequent Employment:

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Application Process:

Qualified candidates are requested to send their applications to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a subject: “Internship – LVMM project-UNDP”.

The application must contain the following materials (NB: incomplete applications will not be considered):

ü  Motivation letter specifying reasons why candidate is seeking the internship and what is expected from the experience;

ü  Curriculum Vitae;

ü  Official letter from the University confirming enrollment and specifying expected graduation date;

ü  Completed UNDP Application Form for Internships (MS Word/PDF): Application.doc

Only those candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted for interview.

Before being offered a Letter of Acceptance for Internship, the selected candidate will have to provide the following additional documents:

ü  A Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician. If the intern is expected to travel outside the country of their residence, other than to Europe and North America, the physician must indicate whether s/he is for to travel and has the required inoculations for the country to which they are to travel;

ü  Proof of both Medical and Life Insurance cover valid for the duration of the internship programme.

Please click the following link for more information about UNDP’s internship programme:

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