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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

UNRIC internship vacancy: UK and Ireland Desk

UNRIC Brussels is looking for an intern for the UK and Ireland Desk starting 24 September 2018 for a period of four months.

Applicants should be graduates, preferably in the area of communications, journalism, international relations, marketing or political science. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

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:
• Working closely with the UK and Ireland desk officer, UNRIC staff and external UNRIC partners.
• Monitoring the British and Irish media.
• Managing social media pages, twitter and website for UK and Ireland desk initiatives.
Assisting with the organisation, film selection and other tasks involved in our flagship outreach initiative, UN Cinema/Cine-ONU.
Writing articles in English for the website.

• Excellent English, both written and oral
• In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and social media skills.
• Excellent organizational skills and time management


Please send your CV and cover letter by e-mail to Karen Davies [email protected] by midnight (CET) 30 July 2018.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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UNRIC Brussels Team Assistant, G4 (Temporary Job Opening)

Team Assistant, G4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/ Office: Department of Public Information
Duty Station: BRUSSELS
Posting Period: 17 July 2018-31 July 2018
Job Opening number: 18-ADM-DPI-100701-J-BRUSSELS (O)


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) Brussels, within the Information Centres Service (ICS), Strategic Communications Division (SCD), Department of Public Information (DPI).The UNRIC Brussels is part of the global network of United Nations Information Centres (UNICs), which are the principal sources of information about the United Nations system in Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City State), Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Overall, UNICs are responsible for promoting public understanding and support for the aims and activities of the United Nations by disseminating UN information materials to a local audience in local language; engaging local and regional partners; and overall, bringing the United Nations closer to the people it serves.

The Team Assistant in under the direct supervision of the Senior Information Technology Assistant and the overall supervision of the Director of UNRIC Brussels.

The temporary assignment is for a an initial period of three (3) months with a possibility of extension.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent may be responsible for the following duties:

• Assists in a wide range of office support and administrative functions; provides assistance in the coordination of UNRIC's outreach activities, special projects and events; assists in posting materials on UNRIC website and social communication tools.
• Where applicable, assists in the verification of receipts and accuracy of requisite documents including mail.; Researches, compiles and organizes information and reference materials from various sources for reports, work plans, studies, briefings, meetings/conferences, etc.; generates a variety of standard statistical and other reports, work orders, etc., using various databases;
• Screens phone calls and visitors; responds to moderately complex information requests and inquiries (e.g. answers requests requiring file search, etc.), and as necessary, refers inquiries to appropriate personnel for handling; provides secretarial, administrative and logistics support to meetings, boards, committees, conferences, etc.; maintains calendar/schedules; monitors changes and communicates relevant information to appropriate staff inside and outside the immediate work unit.
• Assists in the maintenance of websites by scanning, converting and posting a variety of documents including articles onto the site; assists in the preparation of presentation materials using appropriate technology/software including social media and google analytics.
• Reviews, records, distributes and/or processes mail and other documents; follows-up on impending actions; updates and maintains large distribution lists; monitors, prepares and distributes various materials, reports, where possible using electronic formats; handles arrangement for printing and translation as necessary; coordinates shipment arrangements, courier services, etc.
• Maintenance of inventory of all computer, telecommunication equipment, I/O devices and software existent in the office ensuring compliance with registration and upgrades; Management , maintenance and monitoring of the continuous operation of critical components of the system servers. Installation of software, hardware, network connections and cables. Performance of minor repairs on hardware equipment, as required.
• Ensure all computers are regularly updated for optimal performance. Ensure all software and other IT related licenses are valid and always up to date.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of general office and administrative support including administrative policies, processes and procedures. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

• PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

• TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of three years of experience in general office support or related area is required. Experience in operation and maintenance of office equipment, hardware and software is required. Experience in file server operation and network/LAN/WAN is desirable. . Experience utilising office productivity software such as Microsoft Office Suite or similar is desirable. Experience working in public information, communications, public relations or similar is desirable. Experience responding to client inquiries and writing short articles for the web and uploading material on a website are/ is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available as soon as possible for a duration of three (3) months with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date. --> 31 July 2018

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 over 10,900 employees who help millions of refugees in 130 countries.

The External Relations Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg is seeking a native Dutch-speaking intern for six months starting 3 September 2018 and who can commit well in advance. The intern must meet the administrative criteria set out below and have a good command of English, a good comprehension of French and knowledge of the media sector (including social media). Layout and CMS skills are an asset.

·     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 and French

·     Letter of recommendation from a prestigious organization

General description of internship

·        Researching and summarizing information on a variety of historic and current refugee issues

·        Summarizing refugee-related issues in the Belgian press on a daily basis

·        Writing, editing and translating texts (English and French into Dutch), usually for the website

·        Proposing and uploading content onto Twitter and/or the website to strict deadlines

·        Assisting with the organization of events

·        Assisting with the creation and updating of publications (e.g., brochures, postcards)

·       Assistance with general office tasks on an ad hoc basis 

Requisite educational and administrative criteria

In order to be considered eligible for an internship, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

·     Be a recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school,
programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO;

·     Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization;

·     Have no direct family ties with a UNHCR staff member (including Temporary Appointment holder) nor with a member of the Affiliate Workforce.

Submission deadline


Please e-mail your CV and cover letter by 30 July 2018 to [email protected] with the subject ‘’Dutch-speaking PI Internship’’. Candidates should be available for an interview before 20 August. Early applications may be given priority.

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Administrative Assistant – UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels

Vacancy notice – Maternity replacement

Position title: Administrative Assistant – UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels

Period: October 2018 – February 2019

Type of contract: service contract – level G4

Remuneration: salary of 3,482 EUR per month and social security contributions in line with UNESCO rules and regulations

Full time: 40 hours a week

Deadline (midnight, Brussels time): 12 August 2018

UNESCO core values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism.


Overview of the functions of the post  

Under the authority and the direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office and UNESCO Representative to the European institutions, the Administrative Assistant will:

- Provide administrative support and secretarial management to the Director of Office and the Liaison Office, notably by organizing administratively and logistically meetings and conferences and by processing travel for official missions.

- Facilitate visits of the Director-General, the Deputy Director-General and Assistants Director-General, and missions of UNESCO’s colleagues in Brussels by liaising with the relevant services of the European Institutions and UNESCO.

- Prepare Contracts/Purchase Orders and proceed payments requests to ensure the efficient functioning of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels in accordance with UNESCO’s rules and procedures. Liaise with HQs and the local UNDP Office in this regard.

- Prepare and monitor the annual budgets of the Office and provide support to the Director of the Office in the financial and administrative management of the Office.

- Coordinate logistically and financially UNESCO’s participation in the UN activities organised in Brussels.

- In addition, the administrative assistant will be in charge of the preparation of the move of the UNESCO Liaison Office (logistical, procurement and financial aspects) to another building, scheduled in December 2018.


A successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • Results focus
  • Planning and organizing
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement


Required qualifications


  • Completion of secondary education.

Working experience

  • At least 4 years of experience in providing a range of secretariat and administrative support.

Skills and competencies

  • Knowledge of UNESCO rules, administrative procedures, standard practices and systems.
  • Good understanding of the UN system, UNESCO, and the European Union.
  • Good organizational and coordination skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in multicultural environment with external and internal partners.
  • Confidentiality and discretion are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals and to work in a multicultural environment

Desirable qualifications

  • University degree in International/European studies will be an asset.

Please send your application letter and your resume to [email protected] before 12 August 2018, midnight (Brussels time)

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please note that no information will be given over the phone.

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Clerk/Receptionist (Temporary Appointment) UNHCR Regional Representation for EU Affairs, Brussels

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.

Deadline: Friday, 4 May, 2018

The UNHCR Regional Representation for EU Affairs in Brussels is seeking a: Clerk/Receptionist for an initial three-month Temporary Appointment contract

The Clerk/Receptionist will be part of the RREUA administrative team. Under the supervision of the Regional Admin/HR Officer, the Clerk/Receptionist will ensure persons of concern, visitors and the UNHCR workforce will receive appropriate and professional services in well managed premises. The incumbent will manage the reception area, day to day office services and ensure the good functioning of premises and equipment within his/her areas of responsibility.

 Reception: Ensure the reception area always presents a welcoming and professional image for UNHCR; Answer the main telephone and front door, and direct callers appropriately; Receive, screen and assist visitors and direct them to the appropriate staff member/unit
 General office management: Manage Incoming & outgoing mail, prepare staff private taxi, mail and telephone costs, prepare stationery orders ; Monitor the office premises for maintenance issues and take appropriate action to resolve issues swiftly, in consultation with the supervisor ; Consolidate premises information and provide data to the supervisor as required ; Liaise with and maintain good working relations with UNHCR's maintenance companies, technicians and other external ; Make arrangements to book external meeting rooms, organise meeting catering, and other meeting facilities as instructed.
 Travel: Assist in the issuance of travel documents (travel authorizations/ travel claim calculations); Scan and file travel claims, private car authorizations.
 Other duties as may be required.
 Completion of secondary education with certificate/training in Business Administration, Social Sciences or other related field.
 Minimum 3 years of previous job experience relevant to the function.
 Computer skills (MS office)
 Excellent command of written and spoken English and a very good knowledge of French
 Team spirit, service orientation, tact, discretion, respect for confidentiality, and adherence to UNHCR's standards and practices.

Interested candidates are invited to fill in the Personal History (P.11) form which can be obtained at Completed forms are to be submitted by Friday, May 4th 2018 at 24h00, together with a motivation letter in English to [email protected] with “Clerk/Receptionist” in the subject. Late applications will not be accepted.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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