Thursday, 17 August 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.

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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See also


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: [email protected]


UN System Vacancies in Brussels

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





Vacancies Brussels

UNICEF Administrative Assistant - GS6 - Brussels

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child,

The UNICEF Brussels Office manages UNICEF’s relationship with the European Institutions (namely the European Commission (DG DEVCO, ECHO, NEAR; HOME and etc) , the Council of the EU, the European External Action Service, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions) in order to make children a priority for EU institutions in terms their policies and financial allocations. The office is responsible for analyzing the EU funding environment and various financial instruments in view of identifying and mobilizing quality resources in support of UNICEF’s Strategic Plan. The office strives to profile UNICEF’s as a strategic partner and a broker of knowledge for children and women issues towards the EU Institutions with a clear positioning for an up-stream policy role and a results driven approach. The office also works to enhance Country and Regional offices understanding about UNICEF’s partnership with the European Institutions while supporting their strategic interactions with respective EU Delegations and ECHO offices at country level. The office also closely coordinate with other UN agencies, civil society, the media and other partners with a presence in Brussels.


How can you make a difference….

In the capacity of Administrative Assistant, you will be providing support to the office and also to the Director Brussels in an array of different functions for smooth functioning of the PPD unit, which includes but not limited to as listed below, 

This will include:

1. Budget Management
Recommends and prepares estimates on office premises, supplies and equipment requirements for budget preparation purposes and supports in preparing, monitoring and reporting on the office budget in close coordination with the Director in compliance with established norms.

2. HR Focal Point
Performs HR functions in compliance with established rules and procedures related to recruitment, administration of entitlement and benefits, learning and development of all categories of staff in the Brussels Office.

3. Travel Focal Point
Provide logistics support to all staff in arranging travels and brief them on general administrative matters related to travel. H/she will also provide logistical support for workshops and conferences including liaison with participants/hotels, conference room set up, documentation, communication.

4. Property Management
Supports management of administrative supplies and office equipment, updating inventory of items. Also assists the Director in Property Survey Board submissions and execution and in all administrative matters related to office premises, procuring services and utilities, etc.

5. Administrative support and services
Assists the Director in the establishment and maintenance of security arrangements and improve administrative services related to space management, equipment, conference and travel arrangements, mail and delivery services, local procurement. He/She will act as focal point for Policy on the Organizational Resilience Management System (ORMS) and Business Continuity Plan.

To qualify as an Advocate for every child, you will have…

• Completion of Secondary Education (e.g. High School Diploma) is a minimum requirement. Supplementary technical or university courses related to the work of the organization is an asset.
• A minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible work experience in provision of administrative support services is required.
• Prior hands-on experience in performing HR functions & supporting senior staff is desirable.
• Working knowledge in the Microsoft Suite of Products (including MS Word, MS Excel & MS PowerPoint) is required.
• Fluency in English and French (verbal & written) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.
• General Service Staff are recruited locally, but can be of any nationality. Candidates must be in possession of an existing visa/work permit or resident/citizen of Belgium to be considered eligible for this post.

For every Child, you will demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.



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OHCHR Internship Announcement: UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe (Brussels) Social Media/Event Planning Intern


Internship Announcement: UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe (Brussels) Social Media/Event Planning Intern

Organisation: UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Duration:   6 months

Starting date:   17 September 2017

Contact: Motivation letter and CV to be sent to Ms. Ula Wojciechowska: [email protected] by 26/08/2017

Only qualified candidates will be contacted


  • Interns are not UN staff members and may not represent UN in any official capacity
  • The UN internship programme does not provide remuneration.
  • All internship related expenses – travel, insurance, living etc. – are the responsibility of the intern.
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any UN post during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the end of the internship.
  • The intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan.
  • The UN accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents, illness or death during the internship.

The UN is committed to gender parity and workforce diversity. Individuals from minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The internship is for six months. The internship is full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member.


Communication - 50% of activities

The intern will support the communications work. Tasks include:

  • Supporting  the design of OHCHR material such as event invitations, social media cards, event materials, flyers etc.
  • Supporting the design of social media toolkits for the office.
  • Supporting content development. 
  • Attending communications meetings and briefing the team on relevant topics.
  • Keeping up to date on new social media tools and good practices to help the office identify  communications opportunities.

Event planning - 30% of activities
The intern will support the planning, organization and execution of events. Tasks include:

  • Supporting the preparation of technical and logistical arrangements before, during and after the event.
  • Supporting the coordination and preparation of speakers and other special attendees.
  • Attend internal and external events coordination meetings.

Administrative tasks - 20% of activities

The intern will support the administrative work of the office. Tasks include:

  • Update and monitor the office database.
  • Perform other related administrative duties as requested by the supervisor.


Professional competencies

  • Experienced in using new technologies, social media networks and digital communications
  • Proficient in main graphic design and photo editing software
  • Ability to rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources
  • Ability to produce a variety of communications products for social media platforms in a clear, concise and engaging style
  • Experience in planning events, campaigns or meetings
  • Experience with public relations and outreach.

Personal Competencies

  • A commitment to human rights
  • Remains calm and efficient in stressful situations
  • Strong ability to work both independently and in teams
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities
  • Efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.



  • Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: 
    (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); 
    (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or 
    (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and/or (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation; 
    • Be computer literate in standard software applications, in particular Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; 
    • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in this internship, however do please list all experiences on your application.


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Send a detailed CV and cover letter to: Ms. Ula Wojciechowska:  [email protected] by 26 August 2017, with the subject “Social Media/Event Planning Intern”.  Interviews are scheduled to take place in the beginning of September. The projected starting date of the internship is 17 September 2017.


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UNRWA Brussels Vacancy: Administrative Intern

UNRWA is the largest United Nations agency operating in the Middle East and provides education, health, social services, and humanitarian aid to some 5 million Palestine refugees living in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The UNRWA Representative Office to the EU sits at the crossroads of advocacy, communication and visibility. The small dynamic team works to promote a better understanding at EU level, of the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees. For this, we work closely with the different EU institutions (the EU Council, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission services (NEAR, DEVCO and ECHO), as well as with EU member states.

To help us in this, we are looking for an Administrative Intern to join our well-tuned Brussels Team for a challenging but exciting 3 to 6 months full-time voluntary internship. The main aim of the internship is to provide an environment where theory and academic experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments.

The internship will also focus on supporting a multicultural team of experts with administrative and secretarial tasks in order to ensure that the office is fully operational and running efficiently at all times. You will leave having gained hands-on experience in the administrative procedures involved in International organisations as well as insight on how major international actors and stakeholders inter-relate at the European and global levels.

We therefore are looking for an enthusiastic young professional who has recently obtained a higher education or vocational training qualification in office administration and who wishes to gain work experience in a fast-paced international environment.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • - Managing and keeping overview of agendas, meetings and travel.
  • - Handling incoming calls, conference call arrangements and welcoming visitors.
  • - Handling incoming mail, documents and other mail/post functions.  
  • - Assisting with public requests for information, assessing the critical nature of enquiries and referring them to appropriate staff.
  • - Assisting with travel arrangements (flights, hotels etc.) in accordance with established procedures.
  • - Assisting in the preparation of high-level visits of UNRWA representatives to Brussels, including preparation of meeting files. 
  • - Ensuring registration of staff to events and follows up as necessary.
  • - Drafting, translating basic correspondence of administrative/secretarial nature.
  • - Formatting of documents and power point presentations.
  • - Assisting with updating the office contacts database and maintenance of the office filing systems.  
  • - Assisting with organising routine office maintenance, supplies and inventory management.

-        Assisting on an ad hoc basis with basic book keeping tasks.

-        Performing other related duties as required.


Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Higher education qualification in office administration/management or vocational training as office assistant or similar.
  • Keen interest in the various aspects office administration and record keeping.
  • Knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications and database management.  
  • Excellent command of English; additional language(s) such as French, Dutch and German are an important asset.
  • Good communication (oral, writing) and interpersonal skills.
  • Good research and drafting skills.
  • Ability to work within a small multicultural team.
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage time effectively.
  • A quick learner with a positive and proactive approach to work.
  • Eligibility to reside and work in Belgium.

Remuneration: Unpaid

How to apply:

Send a detailed CV and cover letter to: Ms. Bonsile Dube:  [email protected] by 20 August 2017, with the subject “Admin Intern”.  Interviews are scheduled to take place around the week of 28 August. The projected starting date of the internship is 4 September 2017.

Due to the large number of applications that we receive, we are unable to respond to each individual candidate. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

General Information:

UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff is expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff members are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.

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