Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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Employment opportunities

In order to function effectively as a global organization, the United Nations Secretariat has a continuing need for staff. It is impossible to list in detail the different type of positions for which the Organization recruits.

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The specialized agencies, funds and programmes (i.e. UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, etc.) conduct their own recruitment programmes. Candidates should consult the appropriate agency’s website for information concerning employment opportunities. The following webpage contains links to vacancy notices of over 30 of these organizations: more info

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Language competitive examinations

The United Nations is looking for qualified candidates to fill its language positions across the Organization: more info


Young professionals programme (YPP)

The United Nations is seeking highly qualified nationals of certain countries for employment in order to achieve greater geographical balance of its professional staff. The Young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination: more info


Junior Professional Officer Programme (JPO)

The Programme offers young professionals who are graduates from universities or institutions of higher education an opportunity to acquire professional experience in the technical cooperation of the United Nations Secretariat. An Associate Expert/JPO is recruited under bilateral agreements between the United Nations and donor countries.
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United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV)

The United Nations Volunteers program is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide: more info


Internship programmes

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Internship at the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Brussels
UNRIC is looking for qualified interns for a period of three to six months. United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.
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Vacancies Brussels

Compensation and Benefits Specialist for the Labour Market in Belgium

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Offices in Belgium are seeking a Compensation and Benefits Specialist for the Labour Market in Belgium.


The United Nations (UN) Offices in Belgium (http://www.unbrussels.org) maintain and develop the partnership between the UN agencies, funds and programmes and the European Union institutions, Belgian and other national authorities, and other entities. 

The Offices recruit and manage local human resources to support the implementation of their programmes and operations.

The local workforce in the UN Belgium Offices is recruited and remunerated on a local basis, and consists of over 100 staff members ranked in General Service (GS) or National Officer (NO) positions.

This staff covers support (GS) and middle management (NO) functions within the following job categories: Secretarial, Human Resources, Administrative, Financial, Information Technology, Legal, External Relations, Communication, Programmes and Operations.

Main Purpose

The conditions of service, including both paid remuneration and other basic elements of compensation, are calculated in accordance with the Flemming principle and are to be amongst the best in the locality, without being the absolute best, as reflected in the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) methodology for surveys.

The UNHCR Office in Brussels organizes and coordinates the conduct of local salary surveys through the Local Salary Survey Committee (LSSC).

It is within this context that the LSSC is seeking to engage the services of a qualified consultant to start mid-November 2017 to support the Committee in its next Comprehensive Salary Survey for Belgium, which will take place in May/June 2018.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

In accordance with a schedule established by the LSSC, and under the guidance of its Chairperson, the consultant is expected to carry out research within the labour market in Belgium and to provide a list of 45 employers, which are considered to have the best remuneration packages in the country, and which are likely to have a substantial number of job matches for the benchmarked UN positions selected by the LSSC, taking into account the following criteria:

  • Employers should represent a reasonable cross-section of competitive economic sectors, as well as the public service or parastatal organizations.
  • Employers should have systematic pay policies. It is also desirable that employers have a structure by which jobs are ranked.
  • Employers should have between 50 to 100 support staff.


The consultant is expected to deliver and present a report in English to the LSSC with a list of employers willing to participate in the Local Salary Survey, together with their contact information by 31 January 2018

Required Skills and expertise

  • Extensive knowledge of the labour market in Belgium (private and public sector).
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in labour market analysis, management and organizational development.
  • Excellent communication and research skills; ability to work autonomously.
  • Fluency in English, French and Dutch. Working knowledge of German would be an asset.

How to apply

Candidates are invited to send a CV, P11 (www.unhcr.org/recruit/p11new.doc) and cover letter expressing their interest to belbrhr@unhcr.org by 24 October 2017 at 24:00. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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