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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: 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

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Internship at UNRIC (UK & Ireland Desk), Brussels


UNRIC Brussels is looking for an intern for the UK and Ireland Desk for four months, starting 25 May 2016.

Applicants should be graduates, preferably in the area of communications, journalism, international relations, marketing or political science. Candidates must have native or near-native written and oral communication skills in English. 

UNRIC does not provide financial support for interns. All successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel to Brussels, lodging and living expenses during the four month internship period.

Core responsibilities: 

  • Working closely with the UK and Ireland desk officer, UNRIC staff and external UNRIC partners.
  • Monitoring the British and Irish media.
  • Managing social media pages, twitter and website for UK and Ireland desk initiatives.
  • Assisting with the organisation, film selection and other tasks involved in our flagship outreach initiative, Cine-ONU.
  • Writing articles in English for the website and UK and Ireland desk blog.


  • Excellent English, both written and oral
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and social media skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management

Please send your CV and application letter by e-mail to Karen Davies This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Vacancy UNHCR External Relations Internship

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offers assistance and protection to refugees around the world. UNHCR is one of the largest refugee agencies, with a staff of over 9,300 employees in 125 countries who help millions of refugees, returnees and internally displaced and stateless persons.

The External Relations Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg seeks native French-speaking interns for five to six months starting 1 April 2016. The intern should have a good command of English and a good comprehension of Dutch and knowledge of the media sector (including social media). Graphic design, website content management and video-making and editing skills are a strong asset.


What we offer

·     Work in a dynamic, international environment

·     Learn about state-of-the-art promotional techniques

·     Learning about refugee issues with one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world

·     First-hand accounts of refugee situations, via presentations given by staff assisting refugees in Belgium and abroad

·     Experience with a UN agency

·     Wide variety of interesting tasks

·     Chance to practice English

·     Letter of recommendation from a prestigious organization


Working method

Interns are entrusted with increasingly independent tasks. We seek individuals with a responsible, follow-up approach. The UNHCR External Relations office for Western Europe is also strengthening its use of social media and videos, for which the interns are key contributors. We continuously innovate with new projects. Interns participate in meetings; their creative ideas, technical knowhow and other contributions are highly valued.Some of our projects’ end results are visible on our website, in which the interns play a key role in updating.


General description of internship

·       Researching and summarizing information on a variety of historic and current refugee issues

·       Monitoring and analyzing the Belgian and Luxembourg press on a daily basis

·       Writing, editing and translating texts (English and Dutch into French), usually for the website

·       Finding and loading content onto Twitter, the website and Facebook, to strict deadlines

·       Assisting with the organization of events

·       Assisting with presentations about refugees

·       Taking, editing and filing photographs

·       Assisting with the creation of videos and publications (brochures, bookmarks, posters)

·       Assistance with general office tasks on an ad hoc basis

How to apply

Please e-mail your CV and cover letter before 2 March 2016 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject ‘’PI Internship’’. Early applications may be given priority. Note that this is not a paid internship.  

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Vacancy UNOPS Legal Officer International- Specialist IICA-2

UNHCR is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

UNHCR’s has an active presence in Europe and is closely engaged with key actors in finding solutions to the current crisis in Europe. UNHCR’s Bureau for Europe works closely with European institutions, international organisations, NGOs and other entities. The Bureau’s Policy and Legal Support Unit is based in Brussels and liaison offices faciliate engagement with the Council of Europe, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and Frontex.

Promoting respect for international protection norms in European law and policy is of vital importance to UNHCR, and the agency, accordingly, provides guidance and assistance on a wide range of issues related to its Mandate in Europe. UNHCR has a supervisory and advisory role in relation to compliance with the 1951 Convention. In the European context, this role is referenced in the key instruments of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and is exercised, inter alia through guidance, technical assistance, legal commentaries and judicial engagement.

To support the work of the Policy and Legal Support Unit (PLUS) at the Bureau for Europe, UNHCR is seeking the assistance of a Legal Officer with the following role:

Role of the Legal Officer:

Working under the supervision of the Senior Legal Officer and as part of the PLUS team, the Legal Officer will:

  •   Provide guidance on the content of EU law, European Regional instruments, jurisprudence and standards relevant to the Mandate of UNHCR;

  •   Conduct research on the law relating to specific themes or developments at European level;

  •   Assist in the preparation and drafting of UNHCR observations/comments on proposals or new measures which may impact upon the protection space in Europe;

  •   Assist in the development of proposals to address legal and policy gaps in Europe;

  •   Monitor developments and gather, analyze and disseminate, as relevant, information on

    key issues within UNHCR and to key partners;

  •   Work in close coordination with UNHCR colleagues in Brussels, Geneva, Regional Representations and other key Units within UNHCR ;

  •   Liaise with interlocutors within the EU institutions, international organisations, NGOs, Members states and academia;

  •   Provide assistance to colleagues working in communications/external relations on the content of European law and compliance issues;

  •   Facilitate the organisation of events in co-ordination with key partners;

  •   Participate in conferences and external meetings as part of the UNHCR team;

  •   Other duties as relevant

    Qualifications required

  •   University Master’s degree in law or other relevant areas

  •   Excellent knowledge of UNHCR’s Mandate, international refugee law and the Common European Asylum System

  •   Excellent drafting skills and communication skills

  •   Demonstrated negotiation, networking and presentation skills.

  •   The candidate must have excellent English language skills.

    Experience required

  •   Minimum 5 years of professional experience

  •   Experience of legal work in the field of refugee law in Europe

  •   Experiece of work in an international setting and of working under pressure


Fluency in English is essential

Starting Date: 22 February 2016
Envisaged Duration: 22 February 2016 to 31 December 2016 Duty Station: Brussels, Belgium

Remuneration: UNOPS International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA) terms and conditions. Salary range IICA-2 level: 6,000 12,000 USD per month, depending on qualifications and professional experience.

Closing Date for Applications: 15 February 2016

Interested candidates must complete a Personal History (P.11) form available at The P11 form and a letter of motivation must be sent by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “UNOPS PLUS” in the subject line prior to midnight on 15 February 2016. No additional documents should be sent.

Please note that:

  •   Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

  •   Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

  •   Short-listed candidates may be required to sit a written test as part of the selection process. 

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Internship with the AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representation Office in Brussels, Belgium has a position for a qualified intern with the AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development for a period of six months, starting no later than 15 February 2016.

The application deadline for this position is Wednesday February 3rd.


UNDP partners with national governments and people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. Active in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP offers a global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP helps countries to build and share development solutions in the following four main areas:

1. Sustainable Development;
2. Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding;
3. Climate and Disaster Resilience

In all its work, UNDP works to ensure the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

Parliamentary Development

UNDP focuses on enhancing the capacity of the state to make it more responsive, capable, and inclusive. The genuine participation of all citizens in political processes is a cornerstone of democratic governance. UNDP fosters inclusive participation and civic engagement, placing high priority on under-represented segments of society such as the poor, women, indigenous peoples and minorities. Vibrant and vigorous democracies are developed and sustained through inclusive participation, which also advances achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The presence of an effective parliamentary institution is strongly correlated with the existence of a viable democracy and an open society.

Parliaments are fundamental to representing the people’s will, establishing the rule of law, protecting human rights, overseeing transparent governance processes, and ensuring compliance with international obligations. UNDP provides technical assistance to more than 70 parliaments around the world in their efforts to build the capacity of legislators and technical staff; promote institutional reform, political dialogue and conflict prevention; strengthen parliaments' relationships with the executive and judiciary branches of government and with civil society; improve access to parliamentary information for the population and the media, and enhance the effectiveness of women’s role and participation among parliaments through internal reforms and exchanges.

AGORA, Portal for Parliamentary Development (

Globally, web-based social networks invite the exchange of information and ideas. The AGORA online platform ( was created to take up the crucial task of facilitating cooperation, increasing access to knowledge and providing a platform for the exchange of practices and experiences in parliamentary development. The AGORA Portal aims to centralize knowledge and unite parliamentary development actors and stakeholders in an interactive community of practice that allows for more efficient planning, reduces the risk of duplication, and reinforces the sharing of expertise and experience. After five years online, AGORA has established a strong presence and continues to experience a steady growth in knowledge content creation, visitor numbers and interactions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, the intern shall perform the following tasks:

Assisting the AGORA team in keeping the Portal at up to date by uploading news, resources, events and partner updates;

  • Managing AGORA’s social media accounts (facebook, twitter and youtube) and coordinating the production of its monthly newsletter;
  • Supporting the team in (online) communication and advocacy efforts;
  • Supporting the team in identifying potential areas of interest and partners organisations;
  • Assisting the team in undertaking research and drafting blogs and policy briefs.


  • Enrolled in a degree programme in a relevant discipline (social sciences, law, international relations…) with a demonstrated interest in political processes. Current focus areas for AGORA include energy and environment, extractive industries, gender and LGBT, youth and civic engagement.
  • Strong communication skills. Previous experience managing social media networks, blogging and supporting digital outreach is an asset.
  • Excellent computer skills, including working knowledge of MS Office products. Experience managing web portals is an asset.

Eligibility and skills


Candidate must be a student, enrolled in a graduate-level degree programme at the time of application and during the internship. Candidates that have graduated are not eligible for internship.


Fluency in written and spoken English required. Fluency in French, Arabic or Portuguese desirable. Additional official UN language an asset (Chinese, Russian, Spanish).

How to Apply

Interns’ Expenses/Arrangements:

Please note that interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern’s participation in the programme must be borne by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.

Subsequent Employment:

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Application Process:

Qualified candidates are requested to send their applications to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The application must contain the following materials (NB: incomplete applications will not be considered):

Only those candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted for interview.

Before being offered a Letter of Acceptance for Internship, the selected candidate will have to provide the following additional documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment and specifying expected graduation date;
  • A Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician. If the intern is expected to travel outside the country of their residence, other than to Europe and North America, the physician must indicate whether s/he is for to travel and has the required inoculations for the country to which they are to travel;
  • Proof of both Medical and Life Insurance cover valid for the duration of the internship programme.

Please click the following link for more information about UNDP’s internship programme:


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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 to start immediately. 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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