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: Working at the UN, Conditions, Benefits, Entitlements • cd number plates in geneva

who is entitled to diplomatic number plates in geneva? only the most senior employees (d) or p as well? thank you.

Statistics: Posted by unwannabe — 13 Oct 2019, 15:07 — Replies 0 — Views 127

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Written Assessment _Human Resource Officer_UN

Hi All,
I need your help. I have been invited for a Written Assessment for HR officer role. It is mentioned it will be over UN Policies. Anyone with this assessment experience- can you suggest as to what to expect in such tests? Is it going to be over UN Staff policies and how to best prepare?
Truly appreciate your help

Statistics: Posted by prdeepak — 26 Sep 2019, 02:58 — Replies 3 — Views 1072

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Stall / Freeze in Hiring at HQ?

So - still waiting, as we inch up to 600 days since the post I applied for; and 3.5 months since the 'final' interview....
And a colleague on the inside of the Secretariat tells me that there seems to be a complete freeze on hiring / recruitment at UNHQ. This gels with this article: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/un ... 74771.html from a few months back.

Anyone know more?

Keep on holding out for good news!

Statistics: Posted by MT_UNJL — 25 Sep 2019, 14:03 — Replies 3 — Views 796

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Forum Post: Working at the UN, Conditions, Benefits, Entitlements • Fixed Term Versus Temporary Assignment

I recently (finally!) got two offers with a UN agency after more than 5 years of applying. I am however at a crossroad . One is a position in AFRO, a fixed term P3 , 2 years. The second one is in Europe- a P4 Temporary, 2 years assignment. Based on my experience and education, I am at a P4 level.

What is the difference between fixed and temporary, what do you advice? What are the risks and what factors should I put into consideration in deciding?


Statistics: Posted by Kokolicious — 22 Sep 2019, 06:58 — Replies 2 — Views 3130

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Written Assessment - FS5

I tried to find ready thread about written tests but did't find any to fit this.

Today I had Written Assessment to field service. It is online multiple choice test limited to 45 minutes. They send link that is valid for two days but you have only one time to try the test and you need to check time used by yourself. It had 17 multiple-choice questions and 20 Social Reasoning questions (5 scenarios with 4 questions per scenario). So all together there was 17 + 5 different cases. Multiple choice questions were about the actual possible work (information management in this case). Questions were kinda basic and nothing too tricky, if you know your work you should find right answers. Social reasoning was the fun part, first there is scenario and then four different actions and your task is to choose how well each action fits UN values. Social reasoning should be easy if you got some common sense and think from the point of view of UN (don't let your own opinions or culture fool you).
I was pleased how this all was done. Only concerns are that you can only try once, no matter if you have technical problems or you being disturbed, also need to be careful about time, better set up your timer. I ended to have plenty of time left, maybe more than 10 minutes.

I am not aware how they score these and what is the pass mark, maybe I will know that later.

Statistics: Posted by Jannu — 11 Sep 2019, 16:37 — Replies 3 — Views 2932

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