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 • Offer of appointment and then reference check

Hey guys i’ve applied for a g level position in UN DESA and was given the email with congratulations and the ‘offer of appointment’. It had the approximate salary in it but no date for starting the duty..(is this normal? first curiosity and question)

I signed this letter and also the release letter which came with it, that enables the organization to talk to my previous employers.

The release letter also asked me to contact my employers and get them to send the HR the original employment verification form. Which i did. My employers said they sent it. But i havent heard from them for over a week now.

Would i have to just wait..? Is there a possibility that something might go wrong at this stage and the job offer be withdrawn? (Second question)
Im kind of nervous please share ur thoughts and experiences

Statistics: Posted by suresnes — 18 Apr 2019, 05:28 — Replies 0 — Views 45

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Announcing Ask Anything Friday: Beginners’ questions explained!

After a very successful first "Ask Anything" event last year, it is time to do it again: this Friday 19th of April, I will host an "Ask Anything Friday" - where we aim to get all your questions answered. The forum is to have your questions answered, to share your experiences, to ask peers what their take on all matters UN jobs is.

It can be intimidating to ask. That’s why we will have the Ask Anything Friday this week. Feel free to ask your basic, easy, hard to answer questions in this topic. On Friday I will go through them and reply to the best of my ability.

Thanks for asking!


PS: Volunteers wanted - if you know about the UN, job hunting etc. please chime in on Wednesday! The more the merrier! Thanks a lot!

If you want to know what we did last time, here is the archive to the previous event:

Statistics: Posted by Sebastian — 17 Apr 2019, 14:31 — Replies 3 — Views 81

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Forum Post: Duty Stations • Web provider

Hello, everybody
My question is simple. Is it usual to have internet on the compounds on isolated areas such as Central Africa and related? How often you can use it on a daily basis? It there any restriction or something?
This question might look stupid, but in case of being selected for a region like that, I would like to know how often I can contact my family.
Can anyone give a answer?

Statistics: Posted by cenzo — 17 Apr 2019, 11:22 — Replies 2 — Views 47

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Not got the job after written test, interview & successful reference check for a P3 position

Hello all,

I wish to have your opinions on the following topic.

I was in two recruitment processes with UNICEF : one for a GS-5, step 5, position in my country and the second for a P3 position in another country. Given my experience, I was more interested in the P3 position, as the GS-5 position for me is just for a transition period because I have relevant experience to qualify for Professional Category.

My problem is that I did well for both opportunities including written test, interview and successful reference checks. The offer for the GS-5 position came first and I had to accept or decline within 01 week. In the mean time I wondered if by accepting the GS-5 position would disqualify me from the P3 position. I seeked advices from HR team and nobody accepted to orient me in that situation. Finally, without advice I accepted the GS-5 offer, thinking that I would also be considered for P3 position and may resign from the GS-5 position by the time I'm receiving the P3 offer.

After two months, I got a feedback from the HR team for the P3, saying that I was not selected because their office recommended me as a second choice. and that the first candidate accepted the offer.

My question is : Can a candidate under serious consideration be placed only as a second choice candidate after passing successfully all the steps ?
Did they just disqualify me from the P3 position because I already accepted the GS-5 position in my country ?
How many candidates usually go through reference check stage in UN at the same time for the same position ? I thought if you reach the reference check stage you will probably get the job, except you decline then they will contact the second candidate for reference check.

Honestly I felt sad and thought that there might be something wrong in the process, because I looked for advice from the HR department and nobody provided any helpful information.

Thanks for your opinions in advance !!

Statistics: Posted by motez — 12 Apr 2019, 07:44 — Replies 7 — Views 89

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

hello everyone,

i have a short question on the WHO application process. i've submitted an application beginning of the year and since then, the 'job status' says 'in progress'. it hasn't changed a single time. i assume this indicates that i wasn't selected for the next round? or can the time scales of the application process at WHO be this long?

thanks for your help and best,

Statistics: Posted by mgmsr — 11 Apr 2019, 09:52 — Replies 0 — Views 23

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