Tuesday, 22 May 2018

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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]


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Vacancies Brussels

Internship: UNDP Brussels Representation Office

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representation Office in Brussels, Belgium, is establishing a roster from which to pool qualified interns during the course of 2018 for a period of 6 months.


On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

UNDP’s work focuses on the following main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

As the lead UN development agency, UNDP supports governments to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious agenda for sustainable development by 2030, into their national development plans and policies.

The UNDP Representation Office in Brussels is seeking interns with an interest in development issues and EU affairs. The programme will enhance the intern’s educational experience through practical work assignments. Individuals will be exposed to an international work environment and will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of UNDP’s goals, principles and activities.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of a designated supervisor, the intern shall perform the following tasks:

  • Conducting research and data collection;
  • Collecting and cataloguing information;
  • Drafting and consolidating documents;
  • Assisting in the organization of conferences, forums or other collaborative events.


  • Strong organizational and research skills;
  • Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN/UNDP;
  • Computer proficiency in standard software applications (MS Office, Excel, Word, Powerpoint);
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modelling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Skills


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a)       be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

(b)       be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);

(c)       have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


Fluency in written and spoken English. Proficiency in French is a significant asset.

Please pay attention to the following:

Interns’ Expenses/Arrangements:

Please note that interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs associated with an intern’s participation in the programme must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the intern, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.

Subsequent Employment:

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Application Procedure (
https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm under: “Management”)

The application should contain:

  • Motivation letter specifying when available, reasons why candidate is seeking the internship, and what is expected from the experience;
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae;
  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment and specifying expected graduation date (for students);
  • Official letter from the University confirming graduation date (for graduates).

(NB: Please upload the above in a single file. Incomplete applications will not be considered)

UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.

Prior to being offered a Letter of Acceptance for Internship, the selected candidate will have to provide the following additional documents:

  • A Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician. If the intern is expected to travel outside the country of their residence, other than to Europe and North America, the physician must indicate whether s/he is fit to travel and has the required inoculations for the country to which they are to travel;
  • Proof of valid Medical Insurance cover valid for the duration of the internship programme in Belgium;
  • For applicants who are not resident in Belgium, the insurance cover must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship duration which:

(a)       requires transportation to the home country or country of residence for further treatment;

(b)       results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the home country, or country of residence.

Visit our website: http://www.undp.org/content/brussels/en/home.html

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


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UNHCR External Relations Internship

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 bilingual French/Dutch 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

·     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 31 May 2018 to [email protected] with the subject ‘Bilingual PI Internship’’. Early applications may be given priority.

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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 www.unhcr.org/recruit/p11new.doc. 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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Internship with UK and Ireland desk

UNRIC Brussels is looking for an intern for the UK and Ireland Desk starting Monday 4 June, until Friday 28 September 2018.

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, 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), Friday 16 March, 2018.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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