Wednesday, 29 March 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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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

Internship with UK and Ireland desk

UNRIC Brussels is looking for an intern for the UK and Ireland Desk starting Tuesday 16 May until Friday 29 September 2017.

Applicants should be graduates, preferably in the area of communications, journalism, international relations, marketing or political science. Candidates must have excellent 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.


  • 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 cover letter by e-mail to Karen Davies [email protected] by midnight (CET) 8 March 2017.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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UNHCR Vacancy: Protection Associate

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

UNHCR RRWE / Protection Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg

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 Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is seeking a Protection Associate under a temporary appointment to replace a staff member on maternity leave, to start immediately until 10 November 2017.


Main duties and responsibilities


  • Monitor political, legal and other developments which impact on the protection environment (with a specific focus on family reunification, integration and children), report on them and when relevant, propose remedial measures;
  • Contribute to and prepare legal interventions and comments on existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern, applying international, EU and national law and UNHCR policies and standards;
  • Provide support and guidance to UNHCR’s new partner for family reunification;
  • In collaboration with UNHCR’s new partner on family reunification, exchange information, support and follow-up on requests from UNHCR’s partners and lawyers on individual cases of family reunification;
  • Ensure that the information campaign project on family reunification is finalized with all relevant tools (video/poster/leaflet) being developed, translated and disseminated through relevant channels;
  • Develop and implement a one-day training for professionals working with unaccompanied children on trauma, including the promotion of UNHCR’s Handbook on trauma for teachers;
  • Follow up on integration-related issues, including preparation of working group meetings and support to initiatives fostering employment opportunities for refugees;
  • Assist in responding to queries from Government officials, NGOs, lawyers, individuals, etc. and provide the information directly or through appropriate referrals;
  • Contribute to initiatives to capacitate relevant stakeholders (government officials, NGOs, lawyers etc.) e.g. by organizing and implementing seminars or training programs;
  • Contribute to and prepare briefing notes and reports on issues of concern; draft correspondence;
  • Provide inputs to the formulation of protection strategies and reporting;
  • Participate in various NGOs working groups as relevant;
  • Perform other duties as required.


Required qualifications How to apply

  • Strong knowledge of refugee law, both international and domestic
  • Prior experience working in the field of refugee law;
  • Fluency in English, French and Dutch;
  • Computer literate.


How to apply

Candidates are invited to send a CV and a letter expressing their interest and relevant qualification/experience to [email protected] by Friday, April 7th 2017 at 24:00.

Only those candidates short-listed will be notified


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