About the UN System

If you are interested in working for the UN, make sure you understand the basics about the UN system. The following resource posts from Sebastian's Blog help you understand what kinds of jobs are on the UN Job List and how the UN system works.

Resource Post: The UN Job List is about UN System job vacancies

The ambition of the UN Job List is to cover the UN system vacancies as much as possible. To get an overview over the organisations which are part of the UN system, have a look at the UN organizational chart. The UN Job List features vacancies you find on the official job websites of the […] Read more on Sebastian's Blog...

UN contracts

If you found a job advert that interests you, make sure that you understand what contract type and what grade the job will have. Get the knowledge from the resource posts of Sebastian's Blog below:

Resource Post: What is the age bracket for jobs in the UN?

I got the following question the other day: “Do you know the age bracket for jobs in the UN?” Here is my take: To my knowledge (and keep in mind I’m not the UN, nor do I speak on their behalf) the following applies: You have to be an adult to work for the UN […] Read more on Sebastian's Blog...

Resource Post: Contract Types and Job Grades in the UN System

This post is an update to an older post on UN Contract Types that I did before the UN implemented the contractual reform so with the contractual reform almost completed it is time for an update. As usual, please note my disclaimer: I can’t speak for the UN and if you would like to know […] Read more on Sebastian's Blog...

Job hunting for a UN job

Hunting for a UN job is challenging and can be tedious and exhausting. Also, before you apply, make sure that you learn about what working in the UN is like. Both helpful tips on how to apply and what's it like to work for the UN is in the resource posts below:

Resource Post: Watch out for fake UN Democracy Fund vacancies

Before we start, just a quick reminder: I’m NOT the UN and I’m NOT speaking on behalf of them. I make it a point of the UN Job List, NOT to actually host any job advertisement but to ALWAYS link back to the ORIGINAL vacancy announcement. I advise you to be very suspicious of any […] Read more on Sebastian's Blog...

Resource Post: If it sounds too good to be true… Beware the scammers

This world is a great place with a lot of people who are trying to help out. Many people try to improve things for their friends, families and even complete strangers. However, there are also a few people out there trying to take advantage of you. And I want to make sure you’re not a […] Read more on Sebastian's Blog...

Resource Post: How to find that UN job you always wanted…

Over the past weeks, I have written a number of posts on the Peace and Collaborative Development Network. So far, the following posts exist: 1) What you need to know about the UN system 2) UN contract types and job levels 3) Which jobs should you go for? There will be more posts over the […] Read more on Sebastian's Blog...

Resource Post: UN recruitment – what steps take how long in the process?

When you are considering a career in the UN make sure you bring some patience for the process because applying will take you effort and time. But before we start, let’s clarify, that this post is neither trying to criticise nor defend the UN’s recruitment policies but merely outlining some of the elements of the […] Read more on Sebastian's Blog...

Resource Post: Update from “the List”: Interest indicator for vacancies beta test

One of the most frequent questions I receive from job hunters is about the competitiveness of different vacancies. Applying to a job is very time consuming if done properly and of course we all want to know what we are up against when applying to a job. Since I have no insight into the data […] Read more on Sebastian's Blog...

The UN Job List

The UN Job List is a project of Sebastian Rottmair. It exists out of the belief that good people are needed for a great UN system and the list strives to help good people to find their spot in the UN system by providing UN job info to as many people as possible using a multitude of technologies.

Read more about the motivation to create the UN Job List, the why, the how and the what on Sebastian's Blog.

Have more questions? Get them answered in the Forum!

I setup a forum to allow for users to help each other answer questions about the UN recruitment process. Share your knowledge, your experiences and what worked for you. Ask your question and get answers that help you succeed!

Forum Post: Working at the UN, Conditions, Benefits, Entitlements • Moving up a grade

If I'm looking to move up a grade from a P2 to a P3, what is the minimum steps I must have at P2 level? Is it 3 (i.e. 5 years of experience)? Or am I misinterpreting this? Do you need to be in the P2 position for any minimum length of time, ignoring the required number of years of experience? I realize it might not be this simple. Thanks!

Statistics: Posted by user567 — 18 Jun 2019, 13:12 — Replies 0 — Views 113

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Forum Post: Recruitment campaigns • IRC-UNHCR Surge Roster

Does anyone have experience going through the roster?

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • application status

Hi Sebastian,

Thank for creating this platform - very informative to all of us inquiring about UN.

I had applied for a P4 opportunity located in Geneva back in February 2019. I took the written assessement test (30 multiple questions in 30 minutes) on May 2019 and I hae yet to hear from them. These are my questions:

1) As I have to way to follow up, is this a standard waiting time?
2) Should I assume that i have not been selected since it's been a month
3) What are the probabilities of getting when one is external candidate for a P4 post? I came from the private sector (KPMG) in Canada?

Many thanks again,

Statistics: Posted by giselle2175 — 15 Jun 2019, 18:27 — Replies 0 — Views 220

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Forum Post: Site updates • List sorting by header

It would be very helpful if a sorting of listed jobs by header can be added (e.g. Organisation, Duty Station, Level, Post Title, Closing date etc).
By simply clicking on a specific header, the listed jobs would sorted accordingly. Hope it can be done.

Statistics: Posted by sajidmajeed — 14 Jun 2019, 16:05 — Replies 0 — Views 108

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Been on the P3 Programme Management Roster 18 Months and NO Bites | Advice?

TL;DR I've been on the P3 Programme Management roster for about 18 months and no bites. Any way I can help move along?

I got on the roster because I got close to a role at Global Compact. I'd picked up some experience and contacts while representing my company to UNISDR's ARISE partnership with the private sector, then I did about a year of pro bono for UNISDR too. I think that propelled me forward, but, I only got rostered :-(.

I have a passion for reducing people's risk to natural disasters by addressing vulnerability and improving resilience. I would not necessarily have to do that work.


PhD in Public Affairs focused on local government policy to mitigate disaster risk. Multiple conference presentations and posters and such in this field.

Strategy and operations consultant to US state and local govs for eight years with Deloitte and Accenture mostly.

Led projects supporting startup of a global crisis management service at Deloitte.

I only speak English. I'm working on French. Perhaps prioritize this?

Statistics: Posted by rickyaciii — 12 Jun 2019, 22:29 — Replies 1 — Views 272

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