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: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Negative reference?


I am writing again to ask how one of three references being negative could hurt the recruitment outcome?

I had to give reference of three most recent employers. Two of three have helped me before with another contract in the UN system. So I trust they would have provided glowing reference. I was in good terms with both of them as well. The last reference, I am not as confident as of other two....

Can anyone advise on this matter? I am just really scared as I have not heard back anything from potential employer after sending in reference contact details.

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

I have been on the roster since 2014 and received only one interview which was very short and the interviewers seemed to be in a hury. Did not get to ask how long it would take before I hear from them. Two weeks after the interview I sent a thank you and follow up mail re-stating my interest in the job. After 3 weeks I have still not heard from the UN. This is for a job in a UN peacekeeping mission. Is this normal? Does it take this long to reply to an informal interview which they stressed it was since I passed the competency test? Thanks a lot for your answer. DesertRose

Statistics: Posted by DesertRose — 15 Feb 2019, 20:36 — Replies 1 — Views 222

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Applying to a lower category

Hi all.

This is my first post because I just discovered the forum but I want to thank Sebastian for all the good information in his website and the email list I have used for years.

Until recently, I was working as a P3 for the United Nations Secretariat, in a peacekeeping mission that is about to close. So my contract was not renewed although I had good qualifications. My contract ended last February 2. This was my first job as a UN employee although I have 26 years of experience and solid experience as a consultant with the UN system.

Now, I am looking again for an United Nations job. Thank God I have a job but I would like to go back to the United Nations, if possible.

I have seen an offer of a P2 position in my area in the United Nations Secretariat (but in another department different from peacekeeping missions). I would like to apply but I have been told that, once I have worked in a P3 position, I cannot work as a P2, because of regulations. I don't know if this is true.

Is this true? It is impossible to obtain a job of a lower category? If the answer is yes, this is the only answer I need.

If the answer is no, applying to a lower category decreases or increases my chances with respect to applying to the same category?

Thank you very much.

Statistics: Posted by finsalscollons — 14 Feb 2019, 18:54 — Replies 2 — Views 222

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • UNOPS roster

Hello everyone,

I have recently passed a recruitment process and have been added to the P3/IICA2 Programme Officer roster in UNOPS. I'd like to get a sense of the size of the roster. That is to say, I'd like to have a rough idea of the possibility of getting a contract and the average waiting time. For now, it looks like I'm receiving vacancy notice every month, but how severe is the competition? Any UNOPS insider could share some insights or experience? Thanks!

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Lica-5 / Open - ended Contract

Hello everyone!

I am newbie here and very curious about a job opportunity i have at the UNOPS in my country.

Apparently, it is a LICA-5 position, where open - ended contract is being offered for this position. However, because I already hold a stable and reputable job in a successful company, but it is my dream and real challenge to work for the UN, I am hesitant if I should consider the UNOPS job.

My questions are the following:
- How do you determine the LICA position in the salary range system? Is it a GS or NOA position?
- What does 5 mean, is it maybe the step in determining the salary range?
- What does an open ended contract means in this case? Is it fixed term? Actually, the project that is run by the UNOPS in my country is funded for 2 years, so it is unclear if it will continue after these 2 years, and I am unsure of what future does this engagement offers...
- How hard/easy is to make transition and get hired afterwards for different positions within the UN System, even on other locations and countries, after being part of the UNOPS? Does working for the UNOPS helps in some ways in getting a job in the UN or other of their agencies?

Thank you for your answers and help in advance, I would really appreciate it!


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