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United Nations Electoral Roster

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The United Nations Single Electoral Roster is a list of individuals who can provide specialized technical assistance on relatively short notice to governments and national electoral management bodies. Such individuals may be recruited as consultants or as UN staff to participate in electoral missions ranging in duration from one week to several months, depending on the assistance requested.

Fields of expertise

To be eligible for the United Nations Single Electoral Roster, a candidate must have several years of experience in technical electoral fields and in at least two different countries. Experience as an election observer counts as relevant experience but not as advisory electoral experience.
The United Nations Single Electoral Roster is administered and maintained by the Electoral Assistance Division in accordance with General Assembly resolution A/46/137 (link to resolution). 


What is electoral assistance and how can I get that experience?

Electoral assistance is the provision of technical support or advice to national electoral management bodies. These advisory or support activities are often in fields including, but not limited to the following areas:
  • civic and voter education
  • increasing the participation of women and/or minorities
  • training of election officials
  • media, such as techniques for campaign reporting or covering the announcement of results
  • operational planning and logistics; voter registration
  • procurement of election materials
  • electoral law and/or electoral dispute resolution



United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

The Electoral Assistance Division also works closely with UNV in selecting personnel for volunteer posts in electoral field missions. Persons registered with UNV are eligible for a variety of volunteer positions in electoral field projects and operations. UNV positions are a good way of obtaining comparative electoral experience in different countries in order to become eligible to join the electoral roster.


There are two ways to apply for the United Nations Single Electoral Roster:
1)      Prospective candidates are encourages to apply for the Generic Job Opening that is posted every 2-3 years on the UN Careers Portal, Inspira, at careers.un.org. Continue to check back on this website for notice that the recruitment process is open.
2)      For consultancies, prospective candidates can submit their CV or Personal History Profiles (PHPs) from the UN online recruitment system to electoralroster@un.org at any time.
Women candidates, especially those who speak Arabic or French, are strongly encouraged to apply.


Each candidate has to submit an application using the UN online recruitment system,Inspira.  
The Inspira application is an extended online resume, specifically used by the United Nations, where you articulate your education, competencies, achievements and professional experience. The application is used to evaluate your eligibility and suitability for the job. It is your opportunity to tell your story in a way that demonstrates that you are the best candidate for the job.
The cover letter, which you must complete when applying for a job at the United Nations, is the personal introduction that accompanies your application.
Your aim in the cover letter is to describe how your experience, qualifications and competencies match the job for which you are applying. Think of your cover letter as an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other job seekers by highlighting what makes you the best match for the position.
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Successful candidates will be invited to participate in a competency-based interview. Competency based interviews are also called "behavioral interviews" or "criterion based interviews." Such interviews are based on the concept that past behavior and experience is the best indicator of future performance. In other words, your history tells a story about you: your talents, skills, abilities, knowledge and actual experience in handling a variety of situations.
Competency interviewing questions can look like this:
  • Tell us about a situation when you went above and beyond your manager's expectations.
  • Give an example of a time when you used your problem solving abilities to resolve an issue?
  • Tell us about a time where you had a number of demands being made on you at the same time? How did you handle it?
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