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Employment opportunities in the UN system

In order to function effectively as a global organization, the United Nations has a continuing need for staff.

UN System in Brussels: Vacancies

General information on United Nations employment opportunities and current vacancies
at the United Nations Secretariat are available at

The Specialized Agencies, Funds and Programs (i.e. UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, etc.) conduct their own recruitment programs. Candidates should consult the appropriate agency’s website for information concerning employment opportunities. The following webpage contains links to recruitment and human resources offices of over 40 of these organizations: &

Usefull resources:

For more information on the major categories of staff and the occupations represented at the Organization please consult the fact sheet on employment opportunities with the UN or the booklet 'What can you do at the United Nations? '.

Information on types of positions for which the Organization recruits, how to apply for jobs with the UN and what you need to know to prepare for a competency-based interview is provided in following presentations:

Hand out on employment prepared by UNRIC Library and available in
English | French | Dutch.

UN Radio: Career opportunities at the UN

In collaboration with the Department of Public Information, OHRM has prepared broadcast radio spots in all official languages as well as Portuguese on UN CAREERS.

English | French | Spanish | Portuguese


Young Professionals Programme (YPP)

yppThe United Nations is looking for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination.

Are you eligible to participate in the young professionals programme examination? Learn more...

2014 YPP Examination

The 2014 Young Professionals Programme (YPP) examinations will be held in the following job families:

  • Economic Affairs | Human Rights | Information System and Technology | Photographer | Political Affairs | Radio Producer

Participating countries

  • Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, China, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Poland, Russia, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vanuatu, Vietnam

Applications must be submitted online, through Inspira. Applications submitted in any other way or outside of the respective application dates cannot be processed.

Details on the requirements for these job families will be posted as soon as they become available.

Internship Programme

Internship throughout the UN system

Please visit the UN website at

Internships at UNRIC Brussels

internshipsUNRIC Brussels is looking for qualified interns for a period of three to six months. Applicants should have good academic background in the areas of communications, journalism, international relations, marketing or political science. Candidates must have strong written and oral communication skills in one of the two UNRIC working languages - English or French. Knowledge of other languages of the Western European region is desirable.

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 internship period.

Applications for internship at UNRIC Brussels should be sent to:

Résidence Palace, UNRIC
Rue de la Loi 155, block C2,
1040 Brussels,
Attention: Internships,
or via e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Updated, June 2014

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