Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Employment Opportunities with the United Nations

Navigating the United Nations System of Organizations

The United Nations is comprised of various funds, programmes, as well as specialized agencies. These bodies cover virtually every humanitarian, economic, political and legal field. For better understanding of the UN system, please consult the United Nations System Chart. Available positions can be found on the Inspira Human Resources Gateway.

United Nations Secretariat

Should you have a specific interest in the UN Secretariat which carries out the day-to-day work of the Organization and is headed by the Secretary-General, application to a specific vacancy is a necessary condition for consideration. How to apply for a vacancy.

United Nations Peacekeeping Missions

Peacekeeping operations offer a full range of options including civilian administration, political affairs, human rights, humanitarian relief and legal and judicial affairs. UN Peace Operations Recruitment Centre.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Relief Web, which is an OCHA project, is acknowledged as the premier online source of information on natural disasters and complex emergencies; it also provides a listing of humanitarian related vacancies in troubled spots around the world. Relief Web Website.

Associate Expert Programme

The programme is sponsored by 21 participating donor governments and one international organization. These Governments give young professionals an opportunity to acquire professional experience in the technical cooperation of the United Nations by sponsoring their experience. Occasionally, a participating donor may sponsor a small number of developing country nationals. Associate Experts Programme.

National Competitive Examination

For employment in the UN Secretariat, entry level professionals are recruited through National Competitive Recruitment Examinations. The examinations are organized according to nationalities that are under-represented among the staff of the Secretariat and are administered in a number of occupational groups. NCE Homepage


You can serve as volunteer specialist and field worker in 140 developing countries. For more information please visit the UNV Website. The United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS) is another global volunteer initiative to help bridge the digital divide. UNITeS Website.

Internship Programme at Headquarters

Graduate and post-graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds are assigned to United Nations offices for a period of 3 months. Website of the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme.

Please note that your application has a better chance of being considered if it is submitted in connection with an advertised vacancy and follows the recruitment guidelines of the respective organization.