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: Site updates • Election Rooster

Hey Team,
I have been invited for an interview for election rooster P3 position, this week. Requesting for positive vibes and heads up.....

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • Phone conversation after interview

Hello all,

I was interviewed for a P3 TA position at the UN Secretariat 3 weeks ago, I was hoping to have my reference checked to indicate I was moving on, but last week, I was told the Chief of the Section wanted to have a brief conversation with me. He was harsh on phone asking me why I wanted to work with them, he asked if I often get angry? He also asked if I can work on weekends? He asked what my working time is and if I can work longer hours. He asked if I relatives in the US, and asked about my school in the US. He asked about my family as well. He sometimes interjects and says he does not have time that I should be fast. But after I answered him very well and professionally, he apologized and said he only wanted to see how I was reacting to him under pressure.

I just want to know if this is another form of interview or what do you guys think?


Statistics: Posted by Omoaiye — 29 Feb 2020, 07:28 — Replies 2 — Views 2348

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Forum Post: Jobs hunting, applications, tests and interviews in the UN • You're not alone

Hi, everyone! I’d like to share with you my success story to inspire you to never give up on your dream.

For many years, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from friends, acquaintances and even strangers on how to apply for a job in the UN and what’s my route in getting my dream job.

▪ I started my career in the UN at the age of 24. For 11 years now, I’ve worked in 4 countries and 3 continents.
▪ It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s far beyond my wildest dreams and imagination. I can say my life and perspective on life and of the world have never been the same.
▪ I was able to achieve my career and financial goals, got to travel frequently around the world (40 countries and counting), and gained colleagues and friends from all over the globe.
▪ Most of all, it’s the kind of job I love doing while serving a purpose bigger than myself - to make a difference and serve the needs of the world in promoting peace.

But before this, I got a number of rejections in my job applications and I didn’t know exactly why.

It was a long, tedious and painful process and a rollercoaster of emotions, to say the least!

From zero feedback, then getting shortlisted, anxiously refreshing my inbox just to see any glimmer of hope, then a “black hole”.

I almost gave up on my dream job. Almost…

And when I got to work for the UN, I observed a lot of competent job applicants who unfortunately did not make the cut.

It’s not just because of the highly competitive recruitment process.

It’s mostly because of mistakes that could’ve been avoided or corrected in the first place.

That’s why now I want to encourage professionals here, who are highly motivated, passionate and committed, to never give up on your career goals.

I also want to tell you that the path to the UN may be long and difficult but not impossible. That’s based on my personal experience and awareness in recruitment.

So I thought about sharing my knowledge in a training (no cost) to a small group of 10 to 20 people.

I’ll be providing key principles, practical tips and lessons based on real-life examples to help you get your foot in the door and lead you to your dream career.

Are you any one of these?
▪ You’ve been applying for so many job vacancies in the UN and you felt like no one wants to take you.
▪ You’ve already lodged tens, hundreds of applications, but the biggest problem is to even get a single feedback.
▪ Or perhaps you’ve started to feel you’re not competent enough that you should give up the idea of applying for a UN job.

I felt the same way you did. You’re not alone.

I would love to help you out!

Please let me know here.

Wishing you all the best in your applications!

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

I wanted suggestion on my application I'm currently pursuing my PHD and applying to UN positions (if offered, I will immediately join). However mentioning my current status (ongoing PHD)- would this negatively affect my application. Should I or not mention it? Kindly suggest


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

Hello everyone.
I did an interview for P3 manager (healthcare).
Everything went fine and I'm quite sure I did better than my counterpart. To my surprise after a month or so I received a note of regret. After I received an information from the colleague I was mentoring for an interview (nursing position) that there was actually a fraud and the wrong candidate was offered with the position and the candidate had said it to his friend.

After a while they did an interview but they were later notified that the interview had to be repeated due to unavoidable circumstances and intervention from headquarters.
There is actually an information that the wrong candidate who was recruited instead of me was in the panel na was trying to also force to wrongly recruite a candidate ( his friend) who had not actually passed an interview. The interview will soon be done and again and it seems the panelists will be changed.

Then I decided to appeal. I received and email that they have taken the message seriously and come back to me with a feedback.
My take; how long will the process take, will there be justice??
Regards, thanks in advance.

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