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 • Health check

Hi all!

I went through all the threads of the Forum, but could not find an answer to my two questions related to the health check which is done prior to signing any work contract with the UN.

My questions are:

1.- Do they check cholesterol levels? And if so, having a high one can be a cause of rejection?
2.- Are tatoos a cause of rejection? I don´t have any so far, but I would like to get one done (at the upper arm, so normally hidden by a long sleeve shirt), and I don´t dare to do it in case this could be a cause for rejection.

Thank you very much in advance for your answers!!

Statistics: Posted by atmonarman — 09 Dec 2018, 17:13 — Replies 7 — Views 316

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Forum Post: Things to know... • How to contest an selection process and its outcome

Dear members,

I am asking advise on how to contest a flawed selection process and its unfair outcome.
I was recently involved in a selection process that I deem, together with two other candidates, as flawed for failure to assess key requirements listed in the TOR and existence of conflict of interest in the interview panel.
When I contacted the organization regarding this issue, the HRM explained external candidates have no access to the organizations's internal justice system and that any complaint is only held " as a feedback from an external applicant and as an opportunity to review (their) established practices, with due regard to the (organization's) Staff Regulations and Rules and HR policies"
As far as I know, external candidates are entitled some level of justice and process review that exceeds "just providing feedback" to HRM. Particularly, that the HRM never replied to the original complaint, until I wrote to the Joint Appeals Board

Any advise on this matter ?

Statistics: Posted by Cherine — 05 Dec 2018, 13:07 — Replies 1 — Views 206

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Forum Post: Spotlight jobs • General Service (GS) Roster for Temporary and Fixed-Term G4/G5 Generic Positions, Geneva, Switzerland

WHO is asking me to spread the news about this roster recruitment - the deadline is the end of this year - so if you are interested, get your application in now!

WHO is recruiting temporary administrative support staff to replenish rosters for its Head Office in Geneva.
Opportunities for longer-term positions may arise.
WHO maintains a roster of candidates willing to accept temporary contracts. Eligibility to the roster and subsequently eligibility for
contracts at the G.4 or G.5 level will depend on candidates meeting the minimum requirements for the positions, the terms of references of the assignment and the scores achieved in test and interview. Contract length is dependant upon demand at department level.
Assigned to the work area of the Department, the incumbent provides administrative support to professional staff members.

The incumbent provides administrative support to staff in one of the work areas of the Department. As appropriate to the level of the position, the duties and responsibilities may include some of all of the following:
1. To receive, screen and distribute incoming correspondence, attaching background information or related files as necessary and forwarding to the staff concerned, drawing their attention to specific issues/problems as necessary;
2. Using on-line systems, to prepare travel plans and requests, check timetables and costs with in-house travel agent, making flight and hotel reservations, and dealing with other related matters as requested or on own initiative;
3. In collaboration with the Team Assistant and/or the Assistant to the Director, to monitor deadlines, reminding staff members of such and ensuring that correspondence and queries are responded to in a timely manner;
4. To draft replies to general and administrative correspondence on the basis of instructions or on own initiative, and finalizing such;
5. To type, edit for language and grammar, correct and format, in accordance with WHO and departmental styles, technical reports and documents, tabular materials and to assist in preparing presentations;
6. To obtain documents and information from the department and cluster staff, the administration and from other clusters, programmes and agencies/institutions as required; to perform information-resource- searches (library, internet) as requested;
7. To maintain, in close collaboration with colleagues, the work area filing system, and to maintain files for the professional staff members supported, obtaining relevant information as required;
8. To screen and receive visitors and telephone calls with tact, discretion, making appointments, answering queries and/or redirecting visitors and callers with diplomacy and courtesy, obtaining background information on the purpose of appointments;
9. To participate in the organization of team and departmental meetings, workshops, seminars, etc., and to provide assistance to other teams with the preparation of such as needed, e.g. typing list of participants, travel requests, letters of invitation, documents, photocopying and preparing briefing files, presentations and slides; and preparing the necessary documents for WHO security to ensure that identification badges are ready in a timely manner, reserving meeting rooms, dealing with hotel reservations;
10. During meetings, workshops and seminars, to provide secretarial support and assistance to participants, typing and/or amending reports and documents;
11. Follow-up on financial and budgetary issues concerning the Department/Unit, including that payments are ensured within time-limits; preparation of excel spreadsheets as required;
12. To use the Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP); intiate actions and contracts as instructed;
13. To replace support staff as required.

To perform other related duties as required or instructed, including provision of support to other areas of work and teams or the
department, as required.
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Statistics: Posted by Sebastian — 01 Dec 2018, 15:58 — Replies 0 — Views 262

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Forum Post: Things to know... • Security Clearance

What does this involve in the UN as part of the final recruitment process?

Statistics: Posted by starryhindsight — 29 Nov 2018, 12:32 — Replies 1 — Views 243

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Forum Post: Working at the UN, Conditions, Benefits, Entitlements • Post allowance

Do US citizens working in New York receive all benefits including post allowance?

Statistics: Posted by banguidex — 27 Nov 2018, 17:51 — Replies 1 — Views 430

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