Wednesday, 16 October 2019

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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





Beware of scams implying association with the United Nations.

The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment/procurement process (application, interview, processing, training)


Vacancies Brussels

Communications Assistant (social media), OHCHR EU

Communications Assistant (social media)

Type of Contract:                  Consultant (must be eligible to work in Belgium)
Duration:                                1 October – 13 December 2019
Location:                                UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe, Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline:           11 September 2019

Please make sure that your application contains all details as specified below in this notice. Incomplete applications will be not be considered.


Duty Station: Brussels
Estimated Start Date: 1 Oct.
Duration of need: 2,5 months



The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative for Europe at the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe in Brussels. S/he will be responsible for supporting the office’s communications effort, including the following tasks:

  • Copywriting for informational and promotional materials to support human rights campaigns
  • Enhance visibility of the regional office through social media and audience engagement
  • Disseminate publications, statements, articles, information regarding events
  • Take photographs during office activities
  • Support outreach initiatives



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Dynamic, highly motivated professional with positive attitude and sense of initiative
  • Highly organized with respect for deadlines, able to thrive in a fast-paced environment


Good interpersonal skills and intercultural competency



Education: Relevant degree.

Work Experience: Minimum 2 years of professional experience in journalism or communications. Demonstrated social media experience required. Knowledge of technological tools and graphic design an asset.

Languages: Perfect command of English; knowledge of other EU languages an asset.



2,300 euro per month (not tax exempt)



Candidates will be evaluated based on an analysis of their qualifications. The contract will be awarded to the candidate whose application has been evaluated and determined as:

  1. Responsive / compliant / acceptable; and
  2. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical criteria specific to the solicitation. 
  3. Only highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job based on the P11 desk review will be invited for an interview.


Technical Criteria - 100% of total evaluation – max. 100 points total:

  • Criteria A – Formal Education /Language Skills – max points: 15;
  • Criteria B – Years of work experience – max points: 15;
  • Criteria C – Technical Training suited to the role -- max points: 35;
  • Criteria D – Professional work experience relevant to the role -- max points: 35.



Interested candidates should send their application by email to Vana Catsica, at the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe at [email protected] no later than 11 September 2019.

The application should contain:

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure to provide all requested documents.


Note: The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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