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 • UNOPS asked for my references, is that a good sign?

I applied for a job with UNOPS. They sent me a written test and shortly afterwards they invited me for an interview. About a week after the interview they asked for a list of referees. That was about a month ago, I understand we have had Christmas in-between, so some people were out of the office. But since then I've not had much from UNOPS. I know all my referees have replied. Getting a bit worried. Anyone have any insights please?

Statistics: Posted by Malone — 16 Jan 2019, 14:15 — Replies 2 — Views 58

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • UNDP Application [Methodology]

Hi fellas! I came across a few UNDP job applications and found one part of the application quite confusing to me. Hoping if anyone has any inside/brilliant ideas about what the UNDP is asking for.

When applying for jobs in UNDP these days, you directly apply through the job links. Many of them would provide an "Offeror's Letter and Proposal". You know, the general questionnaire type of application. However, under the technical proposal, there's a question asking for "a brief methodology on how you will approach the assignment". Does anyone know what a methodology they are referring to here?

Thanks a lot.

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • URGENT: P3 with 19 years experience, on which STEP of the salary grid should I be put? Hello Everyone,

Hello Everyone,
I have been recently offered a P3 grade position at a UN Agency and I am at the stage of salary negotiation. Do you have an idea on which STEP of the UN salary grid should I be put ? I have 19+ years relevant experience including more than 11 years' at International Development Organizations, among which 9 years at an IFI (International Financial Institution). Your prompt feedback is highly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance


Statistics: Posted by BOU — 09 Jan 2019, 18:43 — Replies 4 — Views 382

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

Hello Guys,

Any one with UNV email to inquire status of an application. Thank you all.

Statistics: Posted by sanka — 09 Jan 2019, 07:26 — Replies 0 — Views 349

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Forum Post: Things to know... • Attachments [Cover Letter]

I applied for a vacancy and attached a cover letter specific to the job vacancy [Vacancy 1]. The status of the vacancy [Vacancy 1] is "shortlisting".
However, I would like to apply for other jobs in UN/UNOPS [Vacancy 2]. Can i delete the cover letter and attach a new one to apply for a new vacancy [Vacancy 2]? Or will this affect my application on Vacancy 1?

Would really appreciate any insight/clarification on this query.

Thanks in advance.

Statistics: Posted by grtchnfrncs — 08 Jan 2019, 17:58 — Replies 2 — Views 306

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