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 • Written tests

I did a written test for a P3 position in UNON last December. Last week I got an email for another written test and link to activate on specified dates. An email explained that it was a continuation of the previous written test and not an error. Does anyone have experience attempting two written tests for the same position and vacancy or is the second one a comptency test, as the first one was technical???

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Forum Post: Things to know... • What Does a UN Job Offer Tell A Candidate About Their Compensation?

So, for the second time I've gotten past the exams and selected for an interview! P-4 role with UNGC in New York.

Getting ahead of myself, I admit I have been trying to figure out the compensation, but, it's dizzying. So I sort of feel like throwing up my hands and just waiting for an offer letter if I get one to tell me these things.

So... if one is finally offered a role, how is compensation made clear? Or is it never really clear?

I have multiplied the base pay times the post-adjustment, and I understand that as a US citizen I'll be paid back for my taxes (since my country is one of two that taxes UN salaries - jerks). But that is as far as I can get. In the job offer stage does someone tell you how much of the "UN taxes" one pays? What one contributes to pension? How much rental subsidy one gets?

Certainly, but just multiplying the base salary for a P4 by the post-multiplier the salary looks fine (if that truly is "net" after the UN repays me my US taxes). But I am guessing I do not just walk home with this amount of money every month.

Statistics: Posted by rickyaciii — 11 Jan 2020, 21:53 — Replies 2 — Views 485

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

I would like to obtain more information about spouse definition.

I found this defintion in the UNDP's "HRM allowances and benefits dependency allowances" :

"Basis for determining marital status

6.UNDP recognizes as a staff member's spouse any person who is lawfully married to him or her.

7.UNDP also recognizes legally recognized domestic partnerships, common law marriages and similar unions between a staff member and spouse that has been validated in reference to the law of the competent authority under which the personal status has been established, as per ST/SGB/2004/13/Rev 1.

8.UNDP’s acceptance of a person as a ‘spouse’ will not, in any case (common law or another form of union or partnership), preclude further review should a question of an existing prior marriage arise at any time. Nor will it conclusively determine the rights of competing claimants to entitlements as surviving spouses under UN or United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) Rules and Regulations. "
I would like to know if a relationship wih a boy/girlfriend or life partner (without being lawfully recognized) could be considered as a marital status.

Statistics: Posted by Nijalou — 08 Jan 2020, 14:49 — Replies 0 — Views 536

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Forum Post: Working at the UN, Conditions, Benefits, Entitlements • Dealing with collecting/exempting VAT as a UN consultant?


How does one deal with VAT when working as a consultant/contractor with the UN?

I am a consultant based in an EU country and have been offered a short-term consultancy for a UN organisation based in another EU country - just for service delivery for under $15,000. In the bid form that I completed, it merely asked for my daily rate as a lump sum and there was no place to specify that it was exclusive of VAT.

For a client based in the EU, I would normally either collect VAT (non-business) or reverse the VAT (for a business). However, I've never done this for the UN where the contract is based in the EU. My understanding is that the UN is VAT exempt, but in my research I'm unclear how this works in practice.
- Do I charge and collect VAT from the UN, which they later claim back? Would I run into issues with this with the UN if I have a lump sum contract?
- Can I obtain an exemption certificate from the UN (some of my research suggests that I can only do this for very large amounts, more than my contract) and just not have to collect VAT in the first place?
- Something else?

To clarify: I'm NOT asking about the income taxes for which I'm liable for and will pay to my country of residence, but the VAT which I'm required to collect from clients for service provision.

I'll follow-up with the specific office next week, but just want to have a sense of how it is dealt with from other consultants/contractors. Thanks very much for any help!

Statistics: Posted by ely — 03 Jan 2020, 15:20 — Replies 0 — Views 701

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • UN HR Positon P level

Has anyone got selected in the Human Resource Officer role P2/P3 in the UN? If so, can you please share your key profile details such as total expereince_, specific skills_, certification if any_, conflict expereince_? This would help us to understand what are the specific skills that UN agencies are seeking in an HR officer role and will help us to prepare for those skill sets.

Statistics: Posted by prdeepak — 09 Dec 2019, 05:20 — Replies 2 — Views 1684

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