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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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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. 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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Vacancies Brussels

Vacancy: UNLOPS, Brussels


The United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) in Brussels is hiring a consultant (local hire) for a six-month period with mid-May as an expected start date. While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is strictly for a limited six-month period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of any post in the United Nations system.

CV and cover letter should be sent in English to Ms. Cecile Steverlynck (email: [email protected]) by 29 April 2019.

The specific consultant tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze and report on political developments pertaining to the mandate of the office.
  • Analyze and report on women, peace and security as a key UN-EU priority for the period 2019-2021 as set out in the UN-EU strategic partnership framework.
  • Assess and report on key peace and security files linked to the UN-EU partnership
  • Support UN-EU institutional dialogue mechanisms.
  • Take forward work on aspects of conflict prevention and protection, including the protection of civilians.

Qualifications and Experience:


The applicant should be the holder of an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent). A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work experience:

Two to three years of relevant experience in international affairs with government, international or regional organisations, multinational companies, NGOs or research institutions, including internships is required. Previous experience and knowledge in European affairs is a strong advantage. Experience in the field, particularly in post-conflict situations and countries in transition, is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Written and oral French is an advantage. Fluency in other European languages is an advantage. Very good drafting skills are required.

UN competencies:

Works collaboratively with colleagues (teamwork), speaks and writes clearly and effectively (communication). remains client focused in a fast-paced environment (client orientation), builds confidence and trust with clients (diplomatic skills).


Background information

UNLOPS represents the UN Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), Peace Operations (DPO), Operational Support (DOS) and the UN Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) in Brussels and liaises on all matters related to peace and security that fall under the remit of these four entities.

UNLOPS was established in Brussels in 2011 to develop closer, more predictable and continuous partnerships between the UN and the European Union (EU), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other Brussels-based organizations. UNLOPS supports institutional dialogue and improved coordination on peace and security policy, operations and programmes with a view to preventing violent conflict, managing crisis and countering terrorism. The office facilitates high-level UN visits from New York and the field to Brussels, supports UN-EU and UN-NATO information exchange, and backstops the UN-EU Steering Committee on Crisis Management, the UN-EU Partnerships Meeting on Conflict Prevention, the UN-EU Leadership Dialogue on Counter-Terrorism, and the UN-NATO Staff Talks

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UNRWA: EU Affairs internship

UNRWA is the largest United Nations agency operating in the Middle East and provides education, health, social services, and humanitarian aid to some 5 million Palestine refugees living in West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The UNRWA Representative Office to the EU works at the cross roads of advocacy, communication and visibility. The small dynamic team wants to achieve a better understanding of the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees within the EU. For this we work closely with the different EU institutions (the EU Council, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission services (NEAR, DEVCO and ECHO), as well as with EU member states.

To help us in this we are looking for two EU Affairs Interns to join our well-tuned Brussels Team for a challenging but exciting 6-month full-time voluntary internship.

The internship will focus on supporting the daily work of a multicultural team of experts. This includes back up support and research into EU and Member States policy of relevance to UNRWA programs / projects, and monitoring developments related to the Middle East. We offer full exposure to our inter-disciplinary and multi-facetted subjects and full integration in our highly-motivated team. You will leave having gained hands-on deep in- and oversight of how the EU is ticking. We therefore look for a motivated individual who wants to complement their academic knowledge with a reality check on EU policy implementation, internal and external awareness raising, fundraising, communication and visibility events: all this as issue driven work on Palestine refugees.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in gathering and updating of information and contacts related to the EU Institutions, EU Member States, CSOs, media and other sources.
  • Screening of EU policy developments related to the Middle East in general and Palestine refugees in particular.
  • Monitor major EU internal policy and political developments and draft regular internal reports.
  • Drafting of bi-weekly internal EU newsletters.
  • Attending relevant European Parliament committee, delegation and other meetings and reporting back.
  • Attending conferences, meetings and other events relevant to UNRWA and reporting back.
  • Supporting advocacy activities towards European Institutions and other stakeholders.
  • Assisting with communication activities, including the dissemination of communication material and the organization of press interviews;
  • Assisting in the preparation of high-level visits of UNRWA representatives to Brussels, including preparation of substantive background documents.
  • Assist with general requests for information pertaining to Palestine refugees.
  • Assist with updating the office contact database and other general office tasks.


Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s desirable) in a relevant field such as European Studies, Political Science, International Relations (preferably with a focus on European Affairs and Palestinian/Middle Eastern issues).
  • Understanding of the EU decision-making processes and foreign policy and/or prior experience working on EU related matters.
  • Excellent spoken and written command of English; Good working knowledge of French; German highly desirable.  
  • Excellent communication (orally and in writing) and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent research and drafting skills.
  • Ability to work within a small multicultural team.
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage time effectively.
  • A quick learner with a positive and proactive approach to work.
  • Excellent knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications and databases.
  • Eligibility to reside and work in Belgium.
  • Availability and commitment to a 6-month internship up to December 2019.


How to apply:

Send a detailed CV and cover letter to: [email protected] by 23 April 2019, midnight, with the subject “EU Affairs Intern”. Interviews are scheduled to take place in May. The projected start of the internship is mid June 2019.

Due to the large number of applications that we receive, we are unable to respond to each individual candidate. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

General Information:

UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff is expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff members are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.

Date of issue:

5 April 2019

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UNRIC internship vacancy: PUBLIC INFORMATION


Duty Station:     UNRIC Brussels

Posting Period: 02 April 2019 – 1 May 2019

The internship is for an initial period of three months with the possibility of extension up to six months depending on the needs of the Organization and the availability of the candidate.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.


Assisting, planning and organizing conferences and other outreach activities

Providing logistical support for the organization of public events and briefings

Conducting internet research on thematic issues

Coordinating with special guests and UN VIPS

Overseeing RSVP lists

Providing general office support (processing, drafting and finalizing correspondences and other communications: setting up and maintaining files/records, organizing meetings, answering phone calls and handling deliveries)

Developing web content where required

Drafting, formatting and editing and posting original web site content/news stories, including graphics, photographs and videos

Maintaining office databases

Assisting the development and implementation of surveys

The intern may also be requested to perform other ad hoc duties


-Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
-Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
-Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the target audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
-Places team agenda before personal agenda
-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
-Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Client Orientation:
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
  3. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Studies in Communications, Creative Arts, Film and Photo is preferred.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Dutch is a desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Applications should be sent to intership(at)

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UNHCR vacancy 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 11,500 employees who help millions of refugees in 128 countries.

The External Relations Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg is seeking a native Francophone intern for 6 months (starting Sept 2019). The intern must meet the administrative criteria set out below and have a perfect command of French, a good command of English and Dutch, and knowledge of the media sector (including social media). Layout and CMS skills are an 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

·     Letter of recommendation from a prestigious organization


General description of internship


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

·        Summarizing refugee-related issues in the Belgian press on a daily basis

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

·        Proposing and uploading content onto Twitter and/or the website to strict deadlines

·        Assisting with the organization of events

·        Assisting with the creation and updating of publications (e.g., brochures, postcards)

·        Assistance with general office tasks on an ad hoc basis 


Requisite educational and administrative 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 from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO;

·     Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization;

·     Have no direct family ties with a UNHCR staff member (including Temporary Appointment holder) nor with a member of the Affiliate Workforce.


Submission deadline


Please e-mail your CV and cover letter by 28 March 2019 to [email protected] with the subject ‘PI Internship for French native-speaker’’. Early applications may be given priority.

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