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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.

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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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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

UNDP Brussels Representation Office seeking ICT Associate (G7)

Agency: UNDP
Title: ICT Associate
Job ID: 5224
Practice Area - Job Family: Management - ICT
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 25/08/2016
Duty Station: Brussels, Belgium
Education & Work Experience: C-HS Graduate or Equivalent - 7 year(s) experience
Languages Required: English, French
Grade: G7
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: External
Bureau: External Relations & Advocacy
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension


Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Deputy Director, and overall supervision of the Director, the ICT Associate provides leadership in the execution of ICT services in the office, implements ICT management systems and strategies, provides daily technical support to users of information management tools and technology infrastructure. The incumbent is responsible for review and advice on the use of new technologies that will enhance the office productivity.  The ICT Associate promotes a client-oriented approach.

The ICT Associate supervises ICT support staff and works in close collaboration with the Management Support and Business Development, Operations, Programme and project teams in the office and UNDP HQs staff for resolving complex ICT-related issues.
Duties and Responsibilities  

1.      Ensures implementation of ICT strategies and introduction/implementation of new technologies focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Compliance with corporate information management and technology standards, guidelines and   procedures for the office technology environment;
  • Provision of inputs to elaboration of internal policies and procedures on the use of ICT. Elaboration of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in ICT in consultation with office management;
  • Development and update of the ICT annual plan and road map;
  • Conducting market research and analysis, and introduction of new technology for office system updating and improvements (internet services, telephony, monitoring tools);
  • Provision of advice on and assistance in procurement of new ICT equipment for the Office and supported Agencies, provision of technical specifications and information on best options in both local and international markets.

2.      Ensures effective functioning of the office hardware and software packages focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Provision of advice on maintenance of equipment and acquisition of hardware supplies to the office, projects and supported UN Agencies, making routine repairs and change of hardware electronic components;
  • Supervision and installation of corporate/commercial software and related upgrades, anti-virus programmes on a timely basis;
  • Creation of new tools for high impact results (e.g. office management system, record management system, etc) as required;
  • Support to the effective functioning of hardware and software of other UN agencies as required.

3.      Ensures efficient infrastructure and networks administration focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Operation of network utility procedures defining network users and security attributes establishing directories, menus and drive-mappings, configuring network printers and providing user access. Ensure that the UNDP desktop and network resources are protected from malicious virus attacks and deploy countermeasures in the event of the attacks;
  • Trouble-shooting and monitoring of network problems, including daily monitoring of network connection to ensure stable network environment;
  • Response to user needs and questions regarding network access;
  • Maintenance of up-to-date parameters of information for the network clients and electronic mail, with as part of the Leaver/Joiner process;
  • Implementation of backup and restoration procedures for local drives. Maintenance of backup logs. Organization of off-site storage of backups;
  • Maintenance of measures in place for business continuity and disaster recover processes and procedures including backup and restoration of both server and local storage facilities;
  • Timely LAN infrastructure and internet connectivity upgrade to meet UNDP requirements;
  • Networks administration support to other UN agencies as required.

4.      Provides web management services focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identification of the opportunities and ways of converting business processes into web-based systems to address the issues of efficiency (knowledge and contract management systems);
  • Support the maintenance of the office intranet ensuring that the content is updated and meets the requirements of UNDP; manage access to the office intranet page.

5.      Provides administrative support focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provision of advice on and assistance in procurement of new equipment for the office, projects and supported UN Agencies; provision of technical specifications and information on best options in both local and international markets; review of quotations and bids, including provision of relevant support during negotiations/renewal of service provider contracts;
  • Liaising with ICT service providers for cost efficient and optimal delivery of services;
  • Maintenance of an up-to-date inventory of the software and hardware;
  • Maintenance of the library of reference materials;
  • Maintenance of the inventory and stock of supplies and spare parts in cooperation with the Procurement Unit;
  • Provide ICT support to UN agencies as required by existing arrangements (e.g. internet and telephony, data storage, etc), including the development of long-term strategy for ICT support;
  • Manage ICT budget, including invoicing for cost recovery for ICT services rendered;
  • Provision of ICT support for key visits, events, including supporting videoconferencing infrastructure.

6.      Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identification and promotion of different systems and applications for optimal content management, knowledge management and sharing, information provision;
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on ICT issues;
  • Maintenance of staff training profiles;
  • Synthesis of lessons learned and best practices in ICT;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:
Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience and provides helpful advice to others in the office;
  • Ability to develop systems for structuring, codifying and providing access to information and knowledge.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to provide IT support services including IT hardware/ infrastructure support, ERP support, other IT applications support;
  • Good knowledge of MS Windows 7/8.1/10, Microsoft Office Suite 2010/2013/2016, Office 365, Lotus Notes, corporate ICT security and viral protection systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and train support staff;
  • Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, elaboration and implementation of new systems.

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexity.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certifications:

  • Secondary education.  University degree in Computer Science desirable but not a requirement;
  • Relevant certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) or Microsoft Certified Solution Associate (MCSA). If certification is not available at the time of recruitment, it should be obtained within 6 months.


  • 7 years of working experience in network/infrastructure administration, management of hardware and software platforms, telecommunications facilities including Windows- based packages and applications;
  • Proven experience with Microsoft products including Windows 2003/2008/2012 R2 server, SharePoint 2010-2013, MS Windows 7/8.1/10, MS Office 2010, MS Office 2010/2013/2016;
  • Proven experience with CISCO network administration;
  • Proven experience in the management of NAS and SAN;
  • Proven experience in installation, maintenance, troubleshooting of networks equipment, Siemens telephony systems and Polycom Video Conference System;
  • Proven track record in a Service Desk role and in client relations management;
  • Experience in writing technical documentation, implementation manuals or user guides;
  • Experience in web programming, graphic design and ERP an asset.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French.


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Important applicant information

All posts in the General Service (GS) category are subject to local recruitment. The selected candidate will be responsible for their own travel and for relocation costs.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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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. 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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UNHCR Internship - External Relations Internship (francophone)

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 over 9,300 employees in 125 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 five to six months starting 1 September 2016. The intern should have a good command of English and a good comprehension of Dutch and knowledge of the media sector (including social media). Graphic design, website content management and video-making and editing skills are a strong 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, the website and Facebook, to strict deadlines
•    Assisting with the organization of events
•    Assisting with presentations about refugees
•    Taking, editing and filing photographs
•    Assisting with the creation of videos and publications (brochures, bookmarks, posters)
•    Assistance with general office tasks on an ad hoc basis

 How to apply
Please e-mail your CV and cover letter as soon as possible to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject ‘’PI Internship’’. Note that this is not a paid internship.


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Regional Representation for Western Europe
283 Avenue Louise, 1050 Brussels    Tel.: +32 2 627 5999     E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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