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 • What are characteristics of scam?

Hi, recently took a test and got invited for an interview for the job I applied directly on the recruiting agency. But I am a little bit not sure if it is really the job or not because it took them 9 months!!! to invite me for the test and only 3 weeks to the interview. i looked up for names of the people who sent me the invitation emails and some of them showed up and some were just completely irrelevant role in the same organization.

Statistics: Posted by cherrygirl — 24 Jul 2020, 04:52 — Replies 2 — Views 838

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Forum Post: Working at the UN, Conditions, Benefits, Entitlements • Coronavirus travel for UN staff

I'm posting this issue on behalf of someone, who's a G6 in a UN agency in MENA region but was initially recruited from abroad (the States) sometime in February (with the expectations they travel to the duty station) and now stranded there because of COVID-19 and the fact that it's not safe right now to travel. She has been performing her functions so far remotely with no issues, but now (July) has been told that her job may be at risk if she doesn't return soon. Now our question is, what are the rights available for her, any guidelines she can use to strengthen her position? A lot of her co-workers are still working remotely at the duty station, which has not been any issue so far, she's also not a critical staff member and there were no task that was affected by her not being present at the duty station.

Statistics: Posted by starryhindsight — 10 Jul 2020, 04:43 — Replies 2 — Views 1477

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

dear all,

Hope you are doing well despite the Covid crisis.
I have a question related to recruitment procedure. Once you had attempted the writing tests, what is the average delay before you receive news?
Enjoy your day.

Statistics: Posted by Julien — 10 Jun 2020, 09:17 — Replies 24 — Views 4383

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • During the recruitment process

Hi, I am writing out of curiosity. I have been going through the roster with one of the UN agencies. After sending the application, I got a job in a new UN agency, different from previous one. I accepted the offer so am no longer working for the agency I mentioned as my employer when I submitted the application. In this case, should I mention it to the interview panel? It is the same role but just a different organization...

Statistics: Posted by cherrygirl — 08 Jun 2020, 08:19 — Replies 0 — Views 1945

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Forum Post: Duty Stations • Vienna: any thoughts or tips?

Any thoughts and tips on Vienna as a duty station?
How is it to work at the HQ there?

Statistics: Posted by Mer — 02 Jun 2020, 14:24 — Replies 3 — Views 2283

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