Wednesday, 24 January 2018

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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


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

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. 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.
Applications (CV and cover letter) 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

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 10,900 employees who help millions of refugees in 130 countries.

The External Relations Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg is seeking a native Dutch-speaking intern for six months starting 1 March 2018. The intern should have a good command of English and a good comprehension of French as well as knowledge of the media sector (including social media). Website content management skills are a strong asset. Graphic design and video-making and editing skills are also an advantage.

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 and French

·     Letter of recommendation from a prestigious organization

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 French into Dutch), usually for the website

·       Finding and loading content onto Twitter, the website and Facebook

·       Assisting with the organization of events

·       Taking, editing and filing photographs

·       Making and editing videos and slideshows

·       Assisting with the creation of 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 by 29 January 2018 to [email protected] with the subject ‘’Dutch-speaking PI Internship’’. Early applications may be given priority. Please note that this is an unpaid internship.

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Internship announcement : UNDP Brussels

Terms of Reference for Internship

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representation Office in Brussels, Belgium, is establishing a roster from which to pool qualified interns during the course of 2018 for a period of 6 months.



On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

UNDP’s work focuses on the following main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

As the lead UN development agency, UNDP supports governments to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious agenda for sustainable development by 2030, into their national development plans and policies.

The UNDP Representation Office in Brussels is seeking interns with an interest in development issues and EU affairs. The programme will enhance the intern’s educational experience through practical work assignments. Individuals will be exposed to an international work environment and will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of UNDP’s goals, principles and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of a designated supervisor, the intern shall perform the following tasks:

  • Conducting research and data collection;
  • Collecting and cataloguing information;
  • Drafting and consolidating documents;
  • Assisting in the organization of conferences, forums or other collaborative events.


  • Strong organizational and research skills;
  • Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN/UNDP;
  • Computer proficiency in standard software applications (MS Office, Excel, Word, Powerpoint);
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modelling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


Required Skills


Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application 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);

(c)       have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


Fluency in written and spoken English. Proficiency in French is a significant asset.

Please pay attention to the following:

Interns’ Expenses/Arrangements:

Please note that interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs associated with an intern’s participation in the programme must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the intern, 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 Procedure:

The application should contain:

  • Motivation letter specifying when available, reasons why candidate is seeking the internship, and what is expected from the experience;
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae;
  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment and specifying expected graduation date (for students);
  • Official letter from the University confirming graduation date (for graduates).

(NB: Please upload the above in a single file. Incomplete applications will not be considered)


UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.

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

  • 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 fit to travel and has the required inoculations for the country to which they are to travel;
  • Proof of valid Medical Insurance cover valid for the duration of the internship programme in Belgium;
  • For applicants who are not resident in Belgium, the insurance cover must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship duration which:

(a)       requires transportation to the home country or country of residence for further treatment;

(b)       results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the home country, or country of residence.

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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


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Internship: UNRIC Benelux Desk

Het Regionaal Informatiecentrum van de VN voor West-Europa (UNRIC) neemt twee Nederlandstalige stagiair(e)s aan. De stagiair(e)s worden aangenomen vanaf januari 2018 of begin februari 2018, afhankelijk van de beschikbaarheid van de kandidaat. De stagiair(e) wordt verwacht minstens vier tot zes maanden te werken op het kantoor van UNRIC te Brussel.

Opdracht en mogelijkheden:

Als medewerker van een hecht, internationaal en divers team, heeft de stagiair(e) de mogelijkheid om de Organisatie van de Verenigde Naties van binnenuit te leren kennen en er contacten te leggen. De stagiair analyseert dagelijks de Nederlandstalige media, publiceert informatie en artikels over de VN, verzorgt de outreach op sociale netwerksites en werkt mee aan verschillende VN-campagnes.

Profiel van de kandidaat:

De kandidaat moet beschikken over een academische achtergrond (politieke wetenschappen, internationale relaties, talen, communicatie en media, journalistiek), met voorkeur op masterniveau. De kandidaat beschikt eveneens over een zeer goede kennis van het Engels.

Vereiste kwalificaties:  

  • Sterke communicatieve, redactionele, audiovisuele en journalistieke capaciteiten.
  • Een zeer goede kennis van het Nederlands en Engels, en een redelijke kennis van het Frans is noodzakelijk.
  • Vermogen om autonoom te werken en initiatief te nemen.
  • Een basiskennis van de Verenigde Naties is belangrijk.
  • De stagiair(e) kan vier tot zes maanden stage lopen in Brussel
  • Een open geest en een groepsmentaliteit.

UNRIC voert een aanwervingsbeleid met gelijke kansen dat zich toelegt op het aanwerven van divers personeelsbestand. De stage is onbetaald maar kandidaten ontvangen een certificaat en een aanbevelingsbrief van de VN bij het vervolledigen van de stage. 

Kandidaten die houder zijn van een einddiploma, behaald aan een instelling van secundair onderwijs of hoger onderwijs, die gefinancierd of gesubsidieerd is door de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, kunnen mogelijk gebruikmaken van het Subsidieprogramma van de Vlaamse overheid. Raadpleeg voor meer informatie de website Flanders Trainee Programme

Kandidaten voor de stage sturen voor 29 november 2017 een gedetailleerd cv en een Engelstalige motivatiebrief naar  [email protected]. Na screening van de ingediende cv's en motivatiebrieven zal een elektronische test plaatsvinden voor de geselecteerde kandidaten.

Voor meer praktische informatie, of indien u vragen heeft: contacteer [email protected]

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