Tuesday, 17 January 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


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: [email protected]


UN System Vacancies in Brussels

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


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Vacancies Brussels

ILO Brussels : Global labour issues internship

The ILO-Brussels Office is looking for an intern to join its team for a period of five months (1 March - 31 July 2017). The internship offers excellent learning opportunities and exposure.
Vacancy notice | 20 Janvier 2017
The ILO-Brussels Internship Programme
The internship is meant for enthusiastic young men and women looking for work experience in an international affairs environment based in Brussels.

The purpose of granting internship is threefold:

  1. to enable carefully selected graduate students to participate in the multicultural and intergovernmental work of the ILO;
  2. to offer the opportunity to the participants to acquire knowledge of the ILO's environment and to deepen their understanding of the ILO's goals, policies and activities;
  3. to enable the ILO-Brussels office to benefit from the assistance of persons with relevant knowledge and skills in areas within the scope of the mandate of the ILO.
Tasks will include:
  • research on various policy issues including the drafting of analytical papers and reports on issues related to ILO's activities;
  • monitor and report on EU policy developments relevant to the ILO;
  • assist in organizing events, attend conferences and meetings, prepare minutes and reports, assist in the preparation of input and presentations;
  • assist in developing content for the ILO-Brussels website ;
  • provide administrative support and assistance;
  • carry out any other tasks relating to the work of the Office, as requested by the Director of the ILO-Brussels Office.
Eligibility and prerequisites 
Applicants must:
  • be in their last year of a master degree or above, or have completed their studies no earlier than one year prior to this application preferably in Political Science, International Relations, Law or Economics;
  • have a strong interest in international and European social and employment issues and a basic knowledge of the ILO, EU institutions and the UN system;
  • be proficient in English and have a very good knowledge of French; knowledge of Dutch would be an asset;
  • have excellent editorial skills;
  • be computer literate;
  • have an adequate health insurance.
Candidates can apply for an ILO internship only if:
  • They have no close relative serving in the ILO;
  • This is their first and only internship with the ILO.
  • 5-month internship (1st March 2017 – 31st July 2017);
  • Full-time position of 40 hours per week (9:00 am -1:00 pm – 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm);
  • 2,5 days of leave per month of work;
  • Monthly compensation of 740,00 € which comprises a stipend of 700,00 € and the sum of 40,00 € as a contribution towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of the internship;
  • When an intern is financially supported by an institution, the ILO shall, subject to the rules of such institution, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support and the applicable ILO stipend.
Application procedure

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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

Please e-mail your CV, portfolio and cover letter no later than 20 January 2017 to [email protected] with the subject of the message: 'Application Graphic Intern'. Interviews are scheduled to take place during end January. Projected start of internship is early-middle of February 2017.

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UNRIC Internship - Digital Media Coordination

UNRIC Brussels is looking for an intern to assist with the development and management of Digital content, starting December/January 2016/17, for a period of 4 to 6 months.

Applicants should be graduates, preferably in the area of communications, journalism, digital marketing, information technology or social media. Candidates must have native written and oral communication skills in English. Working knowledge of French would be an asset.

UNRIC does not provide financial support for interns. All successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel to Brussels, lodging and living expenses during the four month internship period.

Core responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Digital Media coordinator and the Information Technology team on development, deployment and management of digital assets;
  • Assist in the development of brand awareness and online reputation building;
  • SEO (search engine optimization) and generation of inbound traffic;
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools
  • Monitoring European social media trends and analysing perceptions/reactions;
  • Assist in managing UNRIC's social media channels: twitter, facebook, instagram and others - creation and publishing of relevant, original, high-quality content;
  • Take part and contribute to the daily maintenance of the websites and creation of web based content;
  • Assist with the creation of guidelines and trainings for staff;


  • Native English communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Good understanding of French would be an asset;
  • Excellent written work and prior experience drafting content for web and social media platforms;
  • Experience managing digital media assets and social media channels - Good knowledge of Digital Marketing theories would be beneficial;
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management.

A certificate and report will be provided at the end of the internship.

Please send your CV and application letter by e-mail to Gregory Cornwell, [email protected] by 20 Janvier 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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