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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.

Explore a career with the UN: more info

General information on employment opportunities and current vacancies at the UN Secretariat: more info

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

Aside from the ‘Blue Helmets’, which are military forces provided directly by the Members States, the UN rely on civilian staff for its peacekeeping missions. Information on recruitment for peacekeeping operations: more info

Salaries, allowances, benefits and job classification at the United Nations: more info


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


Associate Expert Programme (Junior Professional Officer/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

Internship programmes at all major locations of the United Nations: more info

Internship throughout the UN system:
If you are interested in internships with other United Nations funds and programmes, you can find information here

Internship at the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Brussels
UNRIC is looking for qualified interns for a period of three to six months.
Applications should be sent to: UNRIC Brussels, attention: internship, Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 155, 1040 Brussels, Belgium or via e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


UN System Vacancies in Brussels

Vacancy announcement and internships for the various UN offices in Brussels are posted here




Vacancies Brussels

UNHCR Vacancy Notice: Statelessness Consultant, located in Brussels

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is seeking a candidate for the following vacant position:

- A Statelessness Consultant, located in Brussels -

The UNHCR Regional Representation for Western Europe (RRWE) seeks a qualified Statelessness Consultant to monitor the statelessness determination and access to rights of stateless persons in Belgium.

Under the overall supervision of the Protection Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg in the UNHCR Regional Representation for Western Europe (RRWE), the Consultant will carry out the following activities:

- Monitor and gather information to identify the current practices on statelessness determination and the granting of residence permits to stateless persons, with a view to assessing the developments since the publication of the 2012 UNHCR report “Mapping Statelessness in Belgium”;

- Monitor the development and implementation of legislation and policy related to statelessness determination, analyse these and assess against relevant UNHCR guidelines;

- Liaise with persons of concern and relevant stakeholders to follow the individual cases of stateless persons undergoing determination of their statelessness and/or the exercise of their rights;

- Develop, based on new content and/or updating of existing material, a training module on statelessness in a Belgian context and relevant UNHCR guidelines to be organized for relevant stakeholders;

- Regularly report on the monitoring and training activities;

- Submit at the end of the consultancy, a brief report containing key findings and recommendations, aiming to inform UNHCR’s advocacy activities on statelessness.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required
- University degree in law, political sciences, migration studies or similar subject;
- Minimum four years relevant working experience, or two years and a post-graduate university degree;
- Working experience in migration or nationality/statelessness issues;
- Excellent understanding of international instruments relating to statelessness as well as the Belgian context;
- Fluency in two of the three following languages: English, Dutch and French, and passive knowledge of the third one;
- Good organizational and communication skills.

Desirable qualifications and competences
- Experience in counselling and/or representing individuals in migration or nationality/ statelessness procedures in a Belgian context.

Contract period
From September to 31 December 2016. Flexible working arrangements can be discussed.

Interested candidates are invited to fill in the Personal History (P.11) form which can be obtained at Completed forms with a motivation letter in English are to be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “Statelessness Consultant” in the subject, by 12:00 on 9 September 2016. No late applications will be accepted.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Internship: Graphic Design (United Nations Regional Information Centre)

Brussels - United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)

Minimum 3 months.

The United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) has a vacancy for a Graphic Design intern. The intern will participate in the various graphic related activities of the Information Technology Unit under the overall supervision of the UNRIC Graphic Coordinator and will assist in the designing of various internal/external materials (i.e.- reports, posters, icons, banners etc.) for print and for web.

Duties and responsibilities

Specific intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Designing and laying out materials in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and MS Office.
•    Producing clear, concise and vivid materials that convey key messages to target audiences.
•    Image management and photography.
•    Liaising with country desks to design products tailored to specific audiences.
•    Ensuring that all designs (print, web, etc. ) are cohesive and aligned with internal UN guidelines and best practices.
•    Perform other related duties as required.

•    Ability to work independently or as part of a team and under strict time constraints.
•    Basic knowledge of print production process.
•    Basic knowledge of digital marketing standards.
•    Ability to multi-task and have strong organizational skills.
•    Proficiency in use of professional graphic design software.

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience. However, applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their CV.

Fluency in English is required.

Additional Considerations
The proposed internship lasts for a minimum period of three months on a full time basis and is unpaid.  Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel, insurance and securing any necessary visas.

Note: All candidates are asked to include a portfolio with their application

If you are interested in the position of Graphic Design Intern – please send your CV and motivation letter with in the subject of the message: 'Application Graphic Intern' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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