Monday, 08 February 2016

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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.

Explore a career with the UN: more info

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

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 vacancy notices of over 30 of these organizations: more info

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: more info

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


Language competitive examinations

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


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: more info


Associate Expert Programme (Junior Professional Officer/JPO)

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/JPO is recruited under bilateral agreements between the United Nations and donor countries.
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See also


United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV)

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


Internship programmes

Internship programmes at all major locations of the United Nations: more info

Internship throughout the UN system:
If you are interested in internships with other United Nations funds and programmes, you can find information here

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 here




Vacancies Brussels

Advocacy and Child Rights Specialist (Consultant) Brussels (Refugee/Migration Crisis)


Advocacy and Child Rights Specialist (Consultant)
Brussels (Refugee/Migration Crisis)

(January-June 2016; 6 months)


Background and purpose

Refugee and migrant flows in Europe are at an unprecedented high. In 2015, more than a million people risked their lives to reach Europe across the Mediterranean Sea and over land. There are growing concerns over the number and alarming situation of children affected by this crisis. Children make up almost 25% of the refugees and migrants arriving on Europe’s shores. Some 500 children have lost their lives at sea, more than 200 alone in 2015. The high number of children among refugees and migrants requires that responses at national and European level focus on the particular protection risks and challenges faced by children on their journey, at points of arrival and in destination countries.

The EU’s policy response to the refugee and migrant crisis is guided by the European Commission Agenda on Migration presented in May 2015. The Agenda listssix priority actions, including joint operations to save lives at sea, reinforced anti-smuggling activities, a common approach on relocation and on resettlement, partnership with third countries and a new hotspot approach scaling up operational support to EU Member States that are in the frontline of the current crisis, in particular Italy and Greece. 

The scale and scope of the refugee and migrant crisis has highlighted systemic challenges in implementing the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) across European Union territory. In the coming months, key EU legislation on asylum and migration will be reviewed, presenting a unique opportunity to ensure that laws and practices are aligned with the child rights commitments enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, EU treaties, laws and instruments.

UNICEF has responded to the crisis by appointing a Special Coordinator (based in Geneva), scaling up critical humanitarian assistance provided to refugee and migrant children in countries of origin, transit and destination, and engaging in policy dialogue globally, regionally and nationally. UNICEF is also providing operational support and technical assistance in EU Member States most affected by the crisis upon the request of governments and partners.

Given the speed and complexity of EU-decision making in response to the refugee and migrant crisis, the UNICEF Office in Brussels urgently seeks to reinforce and strengthen its capacities to:

  • Leverage and influence key EU institutions and agencies involved in the formulation, implementation and review of the European Agenda for Migration and relevant common European asylum and migration policies, legislation and programmes;
  • Monitor the impact of EU policies and actions on children’s rights and develop and promote child-rights compliant policy and legislative reforms;
  • Support UNICEF Country Offices, National Committees and partners to follow, react to and influence political and financial decisions that have a direct or indirect impact on the rights of refugee and migrant children.


Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Brussels Office, the Advocacy Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Policy Advisor (Migration Focal Point) and have the following responsibilities:

  • Gather EU-led intelligence, data and strategic information to inform UNICEF’s global strategy and positioning on the refugee and migrant crisis.
  • Support the development of common UNICEF advocacy positions towards the EU by sharing relevant data, intelligence and information in easy-to-use formats;
  • Contribute to the UNICEF response around key opportunities arising in the EU context (including expanded resource mobilization opportunities related to the newly established Trust Funds) through intelligence gathering and advocacy briefs;
  • Gather data and relevant information to inform UNICEF public messaging in close coordination with the Department of Communication (DoC);
  • In consultation with the Senior Communications Advisor (DOC based in Brussels), support PPD Brussels’ external outreach to EU partners, including UNICEF-led campaigns;
  • Update advocacy outreach tools and the advocacy calendar, and monitor EU media/EP decisions/debates;
  • Support the Director and Senior Policy Advisor to ensure regular internal flow of information, follow-up and exchange with key actors, divisions and offices in UNICEF’s response to the refugee and migrant crisis;
  • In collaboration with the Partnership Specialist, support the National Committees in their advocacy work around the EU priorities vis a vis the refugee and migration crisis, supporting also the communication flow around concrete advocacy opportunities.

Reporting and coordination

The incumbent will be based in Brussels and will report to the Senior Policy Advisor (Migration Focal Point), who, under the leadership of the Director, will provide overall guidance and ensure coherence with UNICEF’s migration response (in particular the Special Coordinator’s Office, PFP, DOC etc ) 

The Advocacy Specialist will work in close coordination with relevant colleagues to strengthen UNICEF outreach with the European Commission, the European Parliament and other relevant actors.

Qualifications and Experience of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, law or other relevant field.
  • Strong background in Child Rights, Child Protection and/or Social policy.
  • Strong familiarity with European Union decision-making processes and the Common European Asylum System.
  • Familiarity with the work of UNICEF on advocacy (and with the work of National Committees in particular).
  • At least eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in the development, implementation, management and evaluation of policy development, advocacy and social mobilization.
  • Experience in facilitating international working groups with multi-country members.
  • Ability to travel on assessment missions and field trips.
  • Good writing, communication and presentation skills.
  • Analytical and conceptual thinking.
  • Ability to work independently and within a set time frame.
  • Fluency in English and French;

Please send your application to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Deadline to apply is 11 February

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Internship: Graphic Design (United Nations Regional Information Centre)

Brussels - United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)

Minimum 3 months.

The United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) has a vacancy for a Graphic Design intern to start immediately. The intern will participate in the various graphic related activities of the Information Technology Unit under the overall supervision of the UNRIC Graphic Coordinator and will assist in the designing of various internal/external materials (i.e.- reports, posters, icons, banners etc.) for print and for web.

Duties and responsibilities

Specific intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Designing and laying out materials in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and MS Office.
•    Producing clear, concise and vivid materials that convey key messages to target audiences.
•    Image management and photography.
•    Liaising with country desks to design products tailored to specific audiences.
•    Ensuring that all designs (print, web, etc. ) are cohesive and aligned with internal UN guidelines and best practices.
•    Perform other related duties as required.

•    Ability to work independently or as part of a team and under strict time constraints.
•    Basic knowledge of print production process.
•    Basic knowledge of digital marketing standards.
•    Ability to multi-task and have strong organizational skills.
•    Proficiency in use of professional graphic design software.

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience. However, applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their CV.

Fluency in English is required.

Additional Considerations
The proposed internship lasts for a minimum period of three months on a full time basis and is unpaid.  Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel, insurance and securing any necessary visas.

Note: All candidates are asked to include a portfolio with their application

If you are interested in the position of Graphic Design Intern – please send your CV and motivation letter with in the subject of the message: 'Application Graphic Intern' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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