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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


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Vacancies Brussels

UNHCR vacancy: Legal Internship (german-speaking)

At the UN Refugee Agency Regional Representation for Western Europe

The Regional Protection Support Unit is looking for an intern to start by the beginning of August 2017 in Brussels for a six-month unpaid internship.

The intern should have an in-depth knowledge of German, a Masters in Law, with an excellent command of written and spoken English.  French is desirable but not essential. Evidence of previous experience or a strong interest in refugee matters or human rights is appreciated.


 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

·         First-hand accounts of refugee situations, via presentations given by staff assisting refugees

·         A variety of interesting tasks

·         Opportunity to use languages (English, German and French)

·         Attend external and internal meetings


General description of internship

·         Monitoring and analyzing asylum law and practice

·         Researching country information and a variety of refugee and statelessness issues

·         Drafting documents including reports and correspondence

·         Writing, editing and translating texts (from German to English)

·         Assisting with general office tasks


How to apply 

Please e-mail your CV and cover letter in English no later than 9 June 2017 to [email protected] with the subject  RRWE PSU  Intern August 2017.  It is important to use this as the subject of your email.

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UNRWA Brussels vacancy for EU Affairs Intern

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 the 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 an EU Affairs Intern 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 his/her 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 and other sources.
  • Screening of EU Institutions and Member States foreign policy developments related to the Middle East in general and Palestine refugees in particular.
  • Drafting of bi-weekly internal EU newsletters.
  • Assisting with the follow-up and updating various donor countries profiles.
  • Attending conferences, meetings and other events relevant to UNRWA and reporting back.
  • Supporting advocacy activities towards European Institutions and other stakeholders.
  • Assisting in the preparation of high-level visits of UNRWA representatives to Brussels, including preparation of substantive background documents.
  • Assisting with general requests for information pertaining to Palestine refugees.
  • Assisting with updating the office contact database and other general office tasks.
  • Assisting on an ad hoc basis with communication and EU visibility activities.


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 command of English; additional language(s) such as French, Dutch, German or other EU official language are an important asset.
  • 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 February 2018.

Remuneration: Unpaid

How to apply:

Send a detailed CV and cover letter to: Ms. Nathalie Stanus: [email protected] by 31 May 2017, with the subject “EU Affairs Intern”. Interviews are scheduled to take place around mid-June. The projected starting date of the internship is 28 August 2017.


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:

9 May 2017

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ILO Internship: Global labour issues internship

The ILO-Brussels Office is looking for an intern to join its team for a period of six months (1 September 2017 - 28 February 2018). The internship offers excellent learning opportunities and exposure.

The ILO-Brussels Internship Programme
The internship is meant for enthusiastic young men and women looking for work experience in an international affairs environment based in Brussels.
The purpose of granting internship is threefold:

  • to enable carefully selected graduate students to participate in the multicultural and intergovernmental work of the ILO;
  • 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;
  • 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:

  • research on various policy issues including the drafting of analytical papers and reports on issues related to ILO's activities;
  • monitor and report on EU policy developments relevant to the ILO;
  • assist in organizing events, attend conferences and meetings, prepare minutes and reports, assist in the preparation of input and presentations;
  • assist in developing content for the ILO-Brussels website;
  • carry out any other tasks relating to the work of the Office.

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 have a very good knowledge of 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.


  • 6-month internship (1st September 2017 – 28th February 2018);
  • 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 740,00 € which comprises a stipend of 700,00 € and the sum of 40,00 € 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

Regions and countries covered: Europe, Belgium

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