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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

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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





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Vacancies Brussels

UNHCR Brussels office :Policy Associate (G-6)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) employs 11,500 staff members in 128 countries. For over half a century, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers.

The UNHCR Regional Representation for EU Affairs in Brussels (RREUA)

is seeking a candidate to fill the vacancy of the following position:

Policy Associate (G-6) - Position PN 10002892

The Policy Associate will be part of the Policy and Legal Support Unit (PLUS) within RREUA. S/he will work under the supervision of the Senior Policy Officer. Advice may also be provided by relevant functional units at Headquarters. External contacts are with a broad range of partners and stakeholders, with a particular focus on liaison with the European Parliament as well as Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Brussels in order to assist in promoting/implementing UNHCR’s objectives and activities.

The incumbent will have the authority to help propose which key contacts/counterparts to approach and which activities to prioritize for policy/advocacy initiatives and assist implement all aspects of an outreach and advocacy strategy involving the European Parliament, NGOs and other key actors as well as develop relations with the European Parliament, NGOs and key agencies based in Brussels.


  • Follow European Parliament meetings and hearings and prepare relevant notes to keep the Senior Policy Officer and other colleagues informed.
  • Facilitate engagement with contacts in the European Parliament.
  • Assist in maintaining relationships and programmes with NGO Partners based in Brussels.
  • Assist in the development of policy and initiatives on identified priority issues, such as family reunification, etc. and monitor the development of these policies and practices.
  • Assist in reporting quickly to keep colleagues abreast of key developments at EU level.
  • Contribute to organising the implementation of seminars or training programmes for target groups (key officials, parliamentarians etc.).
  • Help in the preparation of high level missions to Brussels, including through drafting relevant parts of speeches, talking points and background materials.
  • Help with relevant parts of the drafting of speeches, talking points and other materials for senior colleagues participating in events in Brussels or elsewhere on EU-related matters.
  • Assist in responding to queries from the European Parliament, NGOs, individuals, etc. and assist with providing the information required or appropriately facilitate the referral of queries elsewhere.
  • Keep abreast of key EU-related developments relating to asylum policy.
  • Assist in arranging meetings, both internal and external, some involving high-ranking officials, and contributes to the taking of minutes and/or notes of meetings of interest to the Unit.
  • Seek and disseminate information and analysis.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience

  • Completion of secondary education and post-secondary certificate/training in European studies, international relations, law, politics or a related field.
  • Six years of work experience in a related field.
  • Thorough knowledge of the European Institutions and their structure and functioning.
  • Thorough knowledge of computers and modern office procedures.
  • Information handling and coordination skills.
  • Knowledge of protocol.
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of English.

Desirable qualifications & competencies

  • Working knowledge of other European languages, preferably French.

Fixed-Term Appointment of 1 year renewable

Start date is early January 2019.

Interested candidates must fill in the Personal History (P.11) form in English, including the Letter of Interest section, which can be obtained at,  The completed  Personal History form are to be submitted together with a CV, by Sunday, 2 December 2018 at 24:00 to [email protected] with ‘Policy Associate’ and the candidate’s surname in the subject.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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UNHCR Brussels - Policy Internship

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (the UN Refugee Agency, also known as UNHCR) is an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to protect refugees and stateless persons worldwide. Promoting respect for international protection norms in European Union (EU) law and policy is of vital importance to UNHCR, and the agency, accordingly, provides its views on a wide range of issues related to access to Europe, asylum, refugee protection, resettlement and integration in the Member States of the EU. UNHCR's reports, proposals and observations on EU asylum law and policy can be found on this page: The Regional Representation for EU Affairs (RREUA) collaborates with EU institutions in Brussels on these issues, and works closely with the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Malta and Frontex, the EU's external border agency, based in Warsaw. The RREUA in Brussels also supports UNHCR’s activities and regional offices in litigation before national and regional courts on legal questions of concern to UNHCR. Support on thematic issues such as trafficking, SGBV, child protection and statelessness in Europe is also provided from Brussels.

Selection Criteria

In order to be considered eligible for an internship, the following criteria must be fulfilled: a) Be a recent graduate (completed studies within one year of applying) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme, preferable in political sciences and / or international relations, from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and b) Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of UNHCR.

Work Responsibilities

* Provide research assistance on and monitor EU and international policies related to asylum. * Review and analyze media reports. * Provide statistical analysis of refugee and migration trends in Europe. * Assist in the drafting of reports or advocacy documents prepared by UNHCR. * Assist in the preparation of and attend conferences and meetings on topics of relevance to UNHCR at the European Parliament, the European Commission or other organizations or institutions, as necessary; as well as to provide support to follow-up action. * Provide administrative assistance and clerical support as may be required.

Work Dates & Conditions

* Full-time, six months, starting on 7 February 2019. * The intern will receive a Food and Local Transportation Allowance (FLTA), up to USD 1000 per month, payable in local currency. The FLTA is provided to non-sponsored interns only. * In cases where a sponsored intern receives funding (less than the amount of allowance described above) from the sponsoring institution or another sponsor, UNHCR will pay the difference between this amount and the above allowance, if any.

How to apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter to Virginie Defraiteur ([email protected]) by 02/12/2018. For more information, please check UNHCR’s websites (,

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