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 • ARCHIVE: the 2nd Ask Anything Wednesday!

Hi all,

the last time, we had an Ask Anything Wednesday, it was both great fun and a big success. The archive is here:

1. The Original Ask Anything Wednesday

As the last time, we host the Ask Anything Wednesday to give new forum members a chance to engage: There is much to know about the UN and it can be intimidating to ask. That’s why we will have the next Ask Anything Wednesday. Feel free to ask your basic, easy, hard to answer questions in this topic. On Wednesday the 17th of October latest I will go through them and reply to the best of my ability.

Thanks for asking!


PS: Volunteers wanted - if you know about the UN, job hunting etc. please chime in! The more the merrier! Thanks a lot!


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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Should we host another Ask Anything Wednesday?

Hi all,

The last Ask Anything Wednesday was great fun - should we host an new one? Thanks for letting me know!


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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • After the written assessment!

Hey guys, I took a written assessment applying for a DPI position back in July 2018. Does Anyone of you know how long would it take for them to give us a response?

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Forum Post: Working at the UN, Conditions, Benefits, Entitlements • P2 to P3 in different UN agencies, missions, etc..

I notice that in UNHCR, despite your experiences, you will end up always being recruited into P2, as the P3 level is generally reserved for Head of the Division.. whereas in UN Missions, I would be able (based on my qualifications) to start or get positions in the P3 level..

If I have experience in both areas, would it be difficult to move from P2 from UNHCR into P3 working in a UN Mission (in a role that I would be a suitable fit in both organization)? I am just wondering if I am hurting my chances getting a P3 position in a UN mission if I start from P2 with UNHCR.. I know that it all depends on steps, etc also.

If anyone have an advice or can correct me, it would be much appreciated.

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Does an MBA qualify as "advanced university degree"?

Congratulations and thank you, Sebastian Rottmair for these posts. I have been applying for UN positions for 9 months now, with nobody to answer my questions, and I found very relevant info in your blog.

I have applied to nearly 100 positions since January (some 50 are still active), and got short-listed at only three UN Agencies. The curious is that most applications were for UN, and I have not been shortlisted ever at any UN position. I usually apply from P3 to P5 positions. I got short-listed at one P3, one P4 and one D1, at different UN Agencies, but in all cases I believe my Master's degree in Engineering was what made me go in, and not my MBA.

I wonder if the reason for not having been short-listed at the UN is a different way of considering what at an "advanced university degree" is. The posts that I applied required for an advanced university degree in Business Management. They also accept "A first level university degree [in those subjects] in combination with additional years of experience".

I hold an Executive Master of Business Administration by an official University, of a bit more than a year duration. The diploma states for 60 credits (600 hours). Can it be considered an advanced university degree? Could it be considered "a first level university degree". Just by way of information, I also hold a Master's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering, but often education requirements do not include that degree in the list of accepted studies, but only those about Management.

Thank you very much in advance.

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