Friday, 15 December 2017

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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


Junior Professional Officer Programme (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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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. United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.
Applications (CV and cover letter) should be sent to: UNRIC Brussels, attention: internship, Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 155, 1040 Brussels, Belgium or via e-mail to: [email protected]


UN System Vacancies in Brussels

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




Vacancies Brussels

Senior Coordination Officer (P5), UN Environment, Brussels

Applications for this position are done using the UN Careers portal, apply here.

Posting period: 1 December - 14 January

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him
or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.

If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received.. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link. 

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Regional offices, sub-regional offices and country offices help to implement UN Environment's global programs in the regions by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies. This post is located in the Europe Office (EO) of UN Environment in Brussels.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of the UN Environment's Europe Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following: 1. Networking, information exchange and awareness raising: Coordinating UN Environment's relations with the European Union (EU) and related institutions. Increasing UN Environment's visibility and cooperation with the EU bodies and relevant Major Groups and Stakeholders as well as media. Ensure UN Environment's participation in inter-agency initiatives for environment coordination with these institutions. Provide policy advice to the Europe Office Director and the senior management on EU developments 2. Cooperation on UN Environment/EU policies and partnerships: Analyze and follow-up on European Commission (EC) policies and work programmes, as well as emerging policy trends and developments; Strengthening UN Environment's strategic partnerships with the EC and other EU bodies advocating for the development and implementation of UN Environment’s policies, at European and global level. 3. Resource Mobilization: Monitor and coordinate political intelligence with funding opportunities from the EC, support the mobilization of resources for UN Environment's Programme of Work from the EC, other EU institutions, as well as other Brussels-based institutions; Advise on and monitor projects submitted to the EC. Oversees development and implementation of strategic programmatic cooperation agreements with the EC. 4. Management of UN Environment Liaison Office in Brussels: Manage human resources in the office; Supervise office budget and timely expenditure of resources. Represent UN Environment at the Brussels UN House on administrative and logistics issues. Maintain relations and liaise with the host country Belgium. 5. Perform other duties as assigned.


• Professionalism: Excellent coordination skills, with ability to work under pressure and handle multiple activities and projects concurrently; Knowledge of the UN system, including the UN common country programming process and concepts; Ability to manage complexities adapt to changing environment; Focus on impact and results; Ability to operate effectively across organizational and country boundaries. Ability to work Independently and to communicate effectively. Knowledge of EU institutions framework decision making processes and actors, a requirement. Planning and Organizing: Ability to identify priority activities and assignments, handle multiple activities and projects concurrently and make necessary adjustments as required; foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning. 
• Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Ability to lend and gain assistance and cooperation of others in a team endeavor; Ability to work independently and to participate effectively in a team based information sharing environment. 
• Leadership: Skills to establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of individuals and institutions to understand needs and gain support. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
• Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law and environmental law, political science or environmental science or related field. A first university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of relevant and progressive working experience in the area of environmental management, of which 5 years at the international level, including experience with European Union institutions and EU decision making.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive written assessment assignment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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External Relations Internship At the UN Refugee Agency – Brussels Office

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offers assistance and protection to refugees around the world. UNHCR is one of the largest refugee agencies, with a staff of almost 11,000 employees in 130 countries who help millions of refugees, returnees and internally displaced and stateless persons.

The External Relations Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg is urgently seeking a native French-speaking intern for three to six months starting 2 January 2018. The intern should have a good command of English and a good comprehension of Dutch and knowledge of the media sector (including social media). Layout and website content management skills are an asset.

What we offer

  • Work in a dynamic, international environment
  • Learn about state-of-the-art promotional techniques
  • Learning about refugee issues with one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world
  • First-hand accounts of refugee situations, via presentations given by staff assisting refugees in Belgium and abroad
  • Experience with a UN agency
  • Wide variety of interesting tasks
  • Chance to practice English
  • Letter of recommendation from a prestigious organization

Working method

Interns are entrusted with increasingly independent tasks. We seek individuals with a responsible, follow-up approach. The UNHCR External Relations office for Western Europe is also strengthening its use of social media and videos, for which the interns are key contributors. We continuously innovate with new projects. Interns participate in meetings; their creative ideas, technical knowhow and other contributions are highly valued. Some of our projects’ end results are visible on our website, in which the interns play a key role in updating

General description of internship

  • Researching and summarizing information on a variety of historic and current refugee issues
  • Monitoring and analyzing the Belgian and Luxembourg press on a daily basis
  • Writing, editing and translating texts (English and Dutch into French), usually for the website
  • Finding and loading content onto Twitter and the website to strict deadlines
  • Assisting with the organization of events
  • Assisting with presentations about refugees
  • Taking, editing and filing photographs
  • Assisting with publications (brochures, bookmarks, posters), and videos if desired
  • Assistance with general office tasks on an ad hoc basis

How to apply

Please e-mail your CV and cover letter no later than 10 December 2017 to [email protected] with the subject ‘’PI Internship’’. 283 Avenue Louise, 1050 Brussels. Early applications may be given priority. Note that this is not a paid internship.


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Internship: UNRIC Benelux Desk

Het Regionaal Informatiecentrum van de VN voor West-Europa (UNRIC) neemt twee Nederlandstalige stagiair(e)s aan. De stagiair(e)s worden aangenomen vanaf januari 2018 of begin februari 2018, afhankelijk van de beschikbaarheid van de kandidaat. De stagiair(e) wordt verwacht minstens vier tot zes maanden te werken op het kantoor van UNRIC te Brussel.

Opdracht en mogelijkheden:

Als medewerker van een hecht, internationaal en divers team, heeft de stagiair(e) de mogelijkheid om de Organisatie van de Verenigde Naties van binnenuit te leren kennen en er contacten te leggen. De stagiair analyseert dagelijks de Nederlandstalige media, publiceert informatie en artikels over de VN, verzorgt de outreach op sociale netwerksites en werkt mee aan verschillende VN-campagnes.

Profiel van de kandidaat:

De kandidaat moet beschikken over een academische achtergrond (politieke wetenschappen, internationale relaties, talen, communicatie en media, journalistiek), met voorkeur op masterniveau. De kandidaat beschikt eveneens over een zeer goede kennis van het Engels.

Vereiste kwalificaties:  

  • Sterke communicatieve, redactionele, audiovisuele en journalistieke capaciteiten.
  • Een zeer goede kennis van het Nederlands en Engels, en een redelijke kennis van het Frans is noodzakelijk.
  • Vermogen om autonoom te werken en initiatief te nemen.
  • Een basiskennis van de Verenigde Naties is belangrijk.
  • De stagiair(e) kan vier tot zes maanden stage lopen in Brussel
  • Een open geest en een groepsmentaliteit.

UNRIC voert een aanwervingsbeleid met gelijke kansen dat zich toelegt op het aanwerven van divers personeelsbestand. De stage is onbetaald maar kandidaten ontvangen een certificaat en een aanbevelingsbrief van de VN bij het vervolledigen van de stage. 

Kandidaten die houder zijn van een einddiploma, behaald aan een instelling van secundair onderwijs of hoger onderwijs, die gefinancierd of gesubsidieerd is door de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, kunnen mogelijk gebruikmaken van het Subsidieprogramma van de Vlaamse overheid. Raadpleeg voor meer informatie de website Flanders Trainee Programme

Kandidaten voor de stage sturen voor 29 november 2017 een gedetailleerd cv en een Engelstalige motivatiebrief naar  [email protected]. Na screening van de ingediende cv's en motivatiebrieven zal een elektronische test plaatsvinden voor de geselecteerde kandidaten.

Voor meer praktische informatie, of indien u vragen heeft: contacteer [email protected]

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UNDP Vacancy ICT Assistant

Location : Brussels, BELGIUM

Application Deadline : 13-Nov-17 (Midnight New York, USA)

Time left : 4d 19h 44m

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required :English   French  

Starting Date :(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 05-Dec-2017

Duration of Initial Contract : 12 Months

Expected Duration of Assignment : 12 Months





The IT Unit provides ICT services and technical support to UNDP and 12 UN Agencies (70 persons) within UN House. These services are defined by client need and delivered in accordance with UNDP’s best practices for implementing ICT services.

The IT Assistant will maintain and monitor all active network equipment in order to ensure smooth network operation and assist in any other ICT related tasks assigned by the ICT Manager. The candidate will be able to provide IT support services to UNDP and sister Agencies on their own ICT Projects (Cloud storage, set up a VPN connection between office locations and create SharePoint work floors, maintain and upgrade local servers). To attain the above objectives, UNDP Brussels Office is seeking for an additional ICT Consultant to maintain the IT staffing ratio (50 users/IT personnel).

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the ICT manager, the ICT Assistant is expected to provide technical assistance to office staffs as needed, resolve network problems promptly and accurately, Initiate process improvements to better answer user demands, troubleshooting of all ICT equipment and other related tasks assigned to him/her.

  • Provide daily report to the ICT Manager on the tasks accomplished, incidents and concerns during the day;
  • Assist in any other ICT related tasks assigned by the ICT Manager during the interim period;
  • Create automated solutions by using SharePoint 2013 workflows or web forms;
  • Coordinate with the IT team and other service support providers to effectively resolve incidents and requests, both hardware and software;
  • Ensure day-to-day functionality of all computing resources (Servers, Router, Firewalls, WIFI access points, Telephone systems, video conferencing facilities, etc.;   
  • Take ownership of issues by carrying out problem analysis to implement temporary or permanent fixes with the aim of restoring service to the customer as soon as possible; escalating incidents to other support teams where necessary;
  • Upgrade and reimage computer hardware and application software as required. (Install and configure desktop computers, printers, routers, switches, firewalls, smartphones, software deployment, security updates and patches);
  • Assist in the presentation of display materials and Video Conferencing events;
  • Provide orientation to New Users on the IT equipment, printers, scanners, door entry etc.;
  • Monitor, troubleshoot and resolve internet/Telephone connectivity problems;
  • Assistance in backup and restoration procedures for local drives. Maintenance of backup logs;
  • Assist in the procurement process of the IT items by liaising with Suppliers regarding quotes, defective equipment, evaluation equipment in accordance with the ICT Policy and Standards;
  • Supervise and process help desk support requests;
  • Help to accomplish administrative responsibilities (email creation, deletion, user orientation, create access code).
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; 
  • Ability to provide input to business processes, elaboration and implementation of new systems;
  • Client service / user support experience;
  • Team oriented;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • UN experience is desirable, but not mandatory.

Functional Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of Windows Server 2008/2012;
  • Experience with firewalls, Internet VPN’s remote implementation, troubleshooting, and problem resolution is desired;
  • Experienced understanding of TCP/IP;
  • Good functional and technical knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 apps, Outlook, Symantec products, Windows 7/8/10;
  • Knowledge of SharePoint 2013 an asset;
  • Experience with network patching and cabling;
  • Familial with social media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram and more;
  • Plans, prioritize and delivers tasks on time;
  • Good judgment and ability to organize office work and prepare correspondence on own initiative.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Secondary education preferably in mathematics or science related subject, and/or relevant IT qualifications with specialized formal training in computer Science.


  • 3 years’ experience in IT, including Networking and Server installation and administration, knowledge of database packages, experience in web design Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.);
  • IP Networking including, Routers, Firewalls, WIFI, Network printers, VPN, WAN, DNS and DHCP;
  • Administration and deployment of Windows servers and active directory;
  • Cisco and Microsoft trainings are strongly preferable;
  • Familiarity with backup and recovery software and methodologies;
  • Prior work experience gained in a Service Desk client orientated environment;
  • Able to diagnose hardware and software faults;
  • Able to communicate at all levels;
  • Able to work both as a part of a team or on own initiative;
  • UN experience is desirable, but not mandatory.


  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in both English and French.


The application submission is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications:

Step 1: Interested individual consultants must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP job website (Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded, therefore, please include all documents in one file)):

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal

Applicants are instructed to submit their financial proposals in Euro for this consultancy to [email protected] using the financial proposal template available here: IC Offeror's Letter Confirming the Interest. The proposals should be sent via email with the following subject heading: “Financial Proposal - ICT Assistant” latest by November 13th, 2017." Proposals to be received after the deadline will be rejected. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown. The term ‘all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal. No travel expenses will be involved, as this assignment does not foresee any travel.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested information.

Application Evaluation Process:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation;
  • Technical Criteria weight: [70%];
  • Financial Criteria weight:  [30%].

Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 100 points:

  • Criteria A – Relevant knowledge and professional work experience relevant to the role – max points: 30;
  • Criteria B – Specific experience in managing networks and windows servers – max points: 20;
  • Criteria C – Interview Assessment – max points: 50.

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

  • p = y (µ/z), where;
  • p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
  • y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
  • µ = price of the lowest priced proposal;
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated.

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.

UNDP will apply a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their price proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores. Please go the following link for the General Conditions of Individual Contracts:    

UNDP retains the right to contact references directly.

Payments will be made only upon confirmation by UNDP that contract obligations have been delivered in a satisfactory manner.

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

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