Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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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.

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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

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Language competitive examinations

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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]


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Vacancies Brussels

Asylum Liaison Officer - UNHCR Liaison Office to EASO

Contract type: International Consultant

Project/Consultancy title: Asylum Liaison Officer - UNHCR Liaison Office to EASO

Duty Station: Valletta, MALTA

Contract Duration: 11 months (from 01/01/2019 to 30/11/2019)

Closing Date for receipt of applications: 18 November 2018 at 24:00

Organizational context and General background of assignment

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) is an EU agency set up in 2011 with the aim of supporting the implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). EASO’s work has taken a central role in the harmonization of MS asylum practices and the implementation of the CEAS, supporting Member States (MS) under pressure, enhancing practical cooperation on asylum matters and helping Member States to fulfil their European and international obligations to give protection to people in need. EASO also produces common asylum training material for asylum officials, common practical quality tools, expertise and COI.

For UNHCR, EASO has become an important partner exerting significant influence over the asylum practice of the EU Member States and associate countries. The EASO regulation makes numerous references to cooperation with UNHCR. Through its membership in the EASO Management Board, the UNHCR Liaison Office to EASO and pro-active participation in all areas of EASO’s work, UNHCR has intensified its engagement with EASO in a strategic, systematic and well-informed manner. UNHCR has a working arrangement with EASO and has established a strong relationship, which has been developed over the years since its establishment.

The UNHCR Liaison Office (LO) is in charge of developing and intensifying relationship with EASO on matters concerning the internal and external dimensions of EU asylum policy and practice, including providing expertise, comments and recommendation to EASO in the context of the development of training materials and practical guides to support Member States quality asylum practices.

The Asylum Liaison Officer (ALO) will work for the UNHCR LO to EASO in Malta under the supervision of the Head of the Liaison Office (HLO) and in close cooperation with the LO's other Asylum Liaison Officer (ALO).

Functional expertise and responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of Head, the ALO will be responsible for:

- Supporting in the preparation of high level meetings (four EASO Management Board meetings per year and a Senior Management Consultation);

- Supporting the HLO with the coordination of UNHCR involvement with EASO operations and the external dimension;

- Compiling, consolidating and analysing systematic updated information for relevant UNHCR reports and inputs to EASO reports and databases;

- Daily monitoring, researching and analysing of EASO and EU related reports, data sources in order to identify and summarize important developments to be shared with Head of LO and concerned staff in Brussels, HQs and the field in a timely manner;

- Attending meetings and representing UNHCR at EASO on behalf of the Liaison Office as requested and prepare notes on these meetings to keep the HLO, other ALO, Policy and Legal Support Unit and other offices informed;

- Helping to facilitate the planning process by drafting objectives, monitoring and logging activities against those objectives and reporting on end of year progress;

- Attending to day-to-day matters relating to the administration of the LO.

Required qualifications and experience:

  1. Education
  • University degree in a related field
  1. Work Experience
  • At least 4 years related job experience in one of the areas relevant for the work required
  • Experience in the field of international asylum
  • Familiarity with Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and EASO
  1. Key Competencies
  • Fluency in English, with excellent drafting skills
  • Sound reporting and computer skills
  • Sound analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Interested candidates are invited to fill in the Personal History (P.11) form which can be obtained at

Completed, dated and signed forms are to be submitted by Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at 24:00, together with a motivation letter in English to [email protected] with ‘Asylum Liaison Officer’ and the candidate’s surname in the subject. 

Late applications will not be accepted.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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