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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





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The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment/procurement process (application, interview, processing, training)


Vacancies Brussels

Internship at ILO-Brussels

The ILO-Brussels Office is looking for an intern to join its team for a period of six months (1 September 2019 – 28 February 2020). The internship offers excellent learning opportunities and exposure.

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The internship is meant for enthusiastic candidates looking to get hands-on experience in an international affairs environment, focussing both on advocacy and development partnerships.

The purpose of granting internship is threefold:

  1. to enable carefully selected graduate students to participate in the multicultural and intergovernmental work of the ILO;
  2. to offer the opportunity to the participants to acquire knowledge of the ILO's environment and to deepen their understanding of the ILO's goals, policies and activities;
  3. to enable the ILO-Brussels office to benefit from the assistance of persons with relevant knowledge and skills in areas within the scope of the mandate of the ILO.

Tasks will include:

  • conduct research on various policy issues including the drafting of analytical papers and reports on issues related to ILO's activities;
  • assist with ILO-EU technical cooperation partnerships (monitoring calls for proposals, assist with examination of project proposals, etc.);
  • monitor and report on EU policy developments relevant to the ILO;
  • prepare briefings on topics that are of interest to the ILO;
  • assist in organizing events, including in light of the ILO’s Centenary in 2019;
  • attend conferences and meetings, prepare minutes and reports, assist in the preparation of input and presentations;
  • assist in developing content for ILO-Brussels’ website and social media channels;
  • carry out ad hoc administrative tasks.

Eligibility and prerequisites

Applicants must:
  • be in their last year of a master degree or above, or have completed their studies no earlier than one year prior to this application preferably in Political Science, International Relations, Law or Economics;
  • have a strong interest in international and European social and employment issues and a basic knowledge of the ILO, EU institutions and the UN system;
  • be proficient in English and French; knowledge of Dutch would be an asset;
  • have excellent editorial skills;
  • be computer literate;
  • have an adequate health insurance.


Candidates can apply for an ILO internship only if:
  • They have no close relative serving in the ILO;
  • This is their first and only internship with the ILO.


  • Paid internship of 6 months (1 September 2019 – 28 February 2020);
  • Full-time position of 40 hours per week (9:00 am - 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm);
  • 2,5 days of leave per month of work;
  •  Monthly compensation of 1.197,00 EUR which comprises a stipend of 1.157,00 EUR and 40,00 EUR as a contribution towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of the internship;
  • When an intern is financially supported by an institution, the ILO shall, subject to the rules of such institution, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support and the applicable ILO stipend.

Application procedure

Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter to [email protected]  by Sunday 30 June 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. For more information, please visit our website:

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Legal Internship At the UN Refugee Agency Regional Representation for EU Affairs (RREUA)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (the UN Refugee Agency, also known as UNHCR) is an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to protect refugees and stateless persons worldwide. Promoting respect for international protection norms in European Union (EU) law and policy is of vital importance to UNHCR, and the agency, accordingly, provides its views on a wide range of issues related to access to Europe, asylum, refugee protection, resettlement and integration in the Member States of the EU. UNHCR's reports, proposals and observations on EU asylum law and policy can be found on this page: .

The Regional Representation for EU Affairs (RREUA) collaborates with EU institutions in Brussels on these issues, and works closely with the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Malta and Frontex, the EU's external border agency, based in Warsaw. The RREUA in Brussels also supports UNHCR’s activities and regional offices in litigation before national and regional courts on legal questions of concern to UNHCR. Support on thematic issues such as trafficking, SGBV, child protection and statelessness in Europe is also provided from Brussels.

Selection Criteria:

In order to be considered eligible for an internship, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Be a recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme in Law from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the UNHCR.

Work Responsibilities:

  • Provide research assistance on international and EU law related to asylum.
  • Monitor and systematically report on case law rulings of relevance, particularly of the Court of Justice of the EU.
  • Update a quick reference case law table.
  • Update and prepare a twice-monthly Judicial Engagement update.
  • Organise the twice-monthly internal Judicial Engagement Working Group meetings and prepare and disseminate the minutes.
  • Create and maintain a repository of UNHCR’s third party interventions and commentaries.
  • Take and disseminate the minutes at the weekly Unit meetings in tandem with the Policy intern.
  • Attend meetings, workshops and follow webinars and report back on key points.
  • Assist with the logistical arrangements for meetings, events, workshops and trainings as may be required.
  • Provide administrative assistance and clerical support as may be required.

Work Dates and Conditions:

Full-time, from 28 August  to 28 February. Dates to be agreed.

The intern will receive a Food and Local Transportation Allowance (FLTA), up to USD 1000 per month, payable in local currency. The Food and Local Transportation Allowance is provided to non-sponsored interns only. In cases where a sponsored intern receives funding (less than the amount of allowance described above) from the sponsoring institution or another sponsor, UNHCR will pay the difference between this amount and the above allowance, if any.

How to Apply:

Please send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected] by 28/06/2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For more information, please check UNHCR’s websites (,


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Internship, UNHCR, Luxembourg Liaison Office

Internship at the UN Refugee Agency Luxembourg Liaison Office

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offers assistance and protection to some 65 million people of concern (internally displaced people, refugees, returnees, stateless people, asylum-seekers and others) around the world.

The Protection Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg seeks a native French-speaking intern for a six-month full-time internship in Luxembourg starting in September 2019.

The intern should be a native French speaker, with an excellent command of written and spoken English, and preferably a Master in Law. Knowledge of German and/or Luxembourgish will be an asset. Evidence of previous experience or a strong interest in refugee matters or human rights is highly valuable.

Non-sponsored interns will receive a Food and Local Transportation Allowance, up to USD 1000 per month, payable in local currency. In cases where a sponsored intern receives funding for less than the above allowance amount, UNHCR will pay the difference between this amount and the allowance, if any.

What we Offer

  • Experience with a UN agency
  • Work in a dynamic, international environment
  • Learning about refugee and statelessness issues with one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world
  • Opportunity to use languages (English, French and German/Luxembourgish)

General description of internship

  • Monitoring and analyzing Luxembourg asylum law and practice
  • Researching country of origin information and a variety of refugee and statelessness issues
  • Drafting a wide range of documents including reports and correspondence, and responding to information requests
  • Writing, editing and translating texts (in English, French and German/Luxembourgish, according to native language)
  • Assisting with public information activities and the organization of events
  • Assisting with general office tasks

How to apply

Please e-mail your CV and cover letter in either English or French no later than midday 7 June 2019 to [email protected] with the subject Intern September 2019- Luxembourg. It is very important to use this title in the subject line of your email.

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