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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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


UN System Vacancies in Brussels

Vacancy announcement and internships for the various UN offices in Brussels are posted here




Vacancies Brussels

UNRWA: Events and Communications 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 European Union is UNRWA’s largest multilateral donor and a strategic partner of the Agency providing essential and substantial support to Palestine refugees since 1971. As part of the Agency’s partnership with the EU, UNRWA Representative Office to the EU (ROEU) runs every year a number of activities and events aimed at highlighting and showcasing the work of UNRWA as well as EU support to UNRWA and to Palestine refugees. These activities are varied and range from photo exhibitions and public fairs to delegation missions and visits of high-level UNRWA representatives.

We are currently seeking to recruit a full-time motivated Events and Communications Intern to join our dynamic and well-tuned Brussels Team for a challenging but exciting 6-month voluntary (unpaid) internship. The successful candidate will work under the overall direction of the Director and under the direct supervision of the Communications and Events Officer and the Liaison Officer and in close cooperation with the Administrative Assistant to support the Brussels office team in designing, organizing and implementing its diverse EU visibility actions. This internship is for a highly motivated, young professional, recent communications and/or event management graduate, or student requiring such internship to finalize their MA. He/She should be looking to gain hands-on communications and event management experience as well as issue-specific knowledge on the question of Palestine refugees.

The internship offers involvement in all aspects of our work and learning opportunities in a dynamic, friendly multinational team that supports interns in acquiring skills to work in intergovernmental organizations through a variety of event management and communication-oriented tasks, while empowering them with the opportunity to be responsible for their own projects. We also offer hands-on knowledge on how major international actors and stakeholders inter-relate at the European and global levels, as well as provide professional and substantive guidance.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist with the design, organization and implementation of ROEU visibility activities (public events, photo exhibitions, forums, meetings, information sessions, press conferences, etc.), with the aim to raise general public and media awareness on UNRWA’s work through demonstrating UNRWA’s achievements and the EU’s role therein;
  • Assist in the coordination of visibility activities’ internal preparatory meetings and follow up on subsequent actions to be taken;
  • Contribute to the design, layout and proof reading of promotional and communication materials;
  • Liaise and coordinate as needed with other UNRWA staff in Brussels and in the fields as well as with Brussels-based staff from other UN agencies;
  • Liaise with external service providers/contractors and in this respect, act as focal point in order to ensure optimum efficiency, compliance with appropriate guidelines, procedures, specifications and timely delivery of services;
  • Assist with setting up and dismantling of the event as well as on-site assistance at the events;
  • Assist in developing and implementing a communications strategy for each event/activity;
  • Maintain ongoing records on each event’s activities and assist in drafting the final reports to UNRWA management and the European Union;
  • Maintain and frequently update the office contact database;
  • Maintain and update the office photo archive;
  • Maintain and update the office public information library;
  • Disseminate information/publications and general UNRWA press releases as appropriate;
  • Re-design and maintain the UNRWA Brussels webpages;
  • Perform other relevant duties as may be assigned.

Qualification and experience:

  • Successful completion of post-secondary education in communications, events management or public relations. Graduates in social sciences, international relations, political science or other related fields could also be considered.
  • Experience in events planning/management;
  • Experience in a communications/public information environment, preferably at the international level.

Skills and other requirements:

  • Excellent command of English; working-knowledge of Dutch and/or German a considerable asset;
  • Excellent communications skills (orally and in writing);
  • Excellent administrative, organisational, record keeping and information management skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);
  • Knowledge of a design software (Publisher, InDesign) an asset;
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and manage time effectively;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Ability to work within a small team and maintain harmonious working relationships in a multi-cultural environment;
  • A quick learner with a positive attitude and proactive approach;
  • Creative, innovative, resourceful;
  • Demonstrates initiative, openness to change and ability to manage complexities and solve problems;
  • Ability to work under pressure, professionalism, sound judgment and foresight;
  • Flexibility to adapt working hours for events taking place in the evening and on weekends;
  • Eligibility to reside and work in Belgium.

Remuneration: Unpaid

How to Apply:

Send a one-page CV and a cover letter to Ms. Nathalie Stanus: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (subject line: “Communications and Events Intern”) by 22 May 2016. In-person interviews are scheduled to take place during the last week of May 2016 (24-27 May). Projected starting date of internship is 1 June 2016.

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 2016

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Senior Project Manager (IOM)

Vacancy Notice 2016/94 (P)

Position Title : Senior Project Manager
Duty Station : Brussels, Belgium
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P4
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 10 May 2016

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.


IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female
candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates
are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Cabo Verde, Czech
Republic, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia,
Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya,
Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua
New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland,
Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela
(Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa

3. External female candidates.



IOM’s ‘EU Readmission Capacity Building Facility (EURCAP) provides a dedicated and flexible mechanism to assist the EU’s partner countries in areas such as identity management, readmission case management, voluntary return and reintegration assistance, post-arrival assistance to returnees, inter-state dialogue on practical cooperation in return, and data collection and analysis. The project aims to contribute to effective and efficient cooperation between the EU and its partner countries in the field of readmission through short-term capacity building initiatives in the above areas.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Policy and Programme Support Unit and technical oversight of the Head of the Immigration and Border Management Division in Headquarters (HQs). The successful candidate will be primarily responsible and accountable for the implementation, oversight, and coordination of the project and support similar activities within other programmes with readmission-related components.


Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Develop, implement and monitor administrative and operational activities of the EURCAP Facility in line with IOM policies and donor requirements.
2. Manage, train and supervise project staff for efficient and prompt delivery of capacity building activities funded through the EURCAP Facility, and oversee the implementation of operational activities.
3. Review and adjust proposals for support actions to ensure consistency with eligibility criteria of the EURCAP Facility, donor priorities and IOM areas of engagement. Formulate and present such proposals on the basis of technical and substantive input and in accordance with required format for final review and approval by the donor.
4. Provide financial, administrative and technical backstopping to local project teams and ensure liaison with Headquarters, involved Regional Offices and Countries Offices of IOM as relates to project activities.
5. Prepare or ensure timely preparation and submissions of all project reports according to IOM and donor formats as required. Prepare regular updates, programme summaries, visibility materials and other relevant materials.
6. Locate and analyze specific return and readmission-related data, and prepare reports and analyses relevant to proposed activities. Identify and develop specific project components including development of country support actions, identification of experts, and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
7. Stay abreast of policies, international standards and best practices relating to readmission and provide advice to the Head of the Policy and Programme Support, Headquarters, Regional Thematic Specialists and the EU/Regional Programme Development Officer;
8. Raise co-funding for the project in often challenging, difficult and competitive environments.
9. Participate in the development and maintenance of databases and other information management/reporting systems.
10. Coordinate, organize and represent IOM in meetings, workshops and seminars.
11. Undertake duty travel, including requests by local project teams for assistance to relevant project activities for assessment and monitoring so as to ensure efficient and prompt delivery of capacity building activities.
12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.


Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or
• University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in liaising and negotiations with governmental authorities as well as local, regional and international partner institutions;
• Experience in migration management policy (specifically identity management, voluntary return, readmission and reintegration);
• Knowledge of EU policy, structures and European best practices in migration management
(specifically voluntary return, readmission and reintegration);
• Experience in successfully managing multi-country, EU-funded projects;
• Experience in the design and implementation of migration management and/or migration assistance initiatives;
• Knowledge of IOM project management cycles is an advantage.


Fluency in English is required. Working Knowledge of French is an advantage.


Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms
• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders
• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others
• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience
• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services
• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.
• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter
• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.
• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.



Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 10 May 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:
From 27.04.2016 to 10.05.2016

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Public Information Assistant, Bénélux Desk, UNRIC Brussels

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Public Information Assistant, Bénélux Desk, UNRIC Brussels

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Posting Period:

22 March 2016 - 20 April 2016

Job Opening Number:




United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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Special Notice

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; or the United Nations Accounting or Statistical Assistant Examination at the United Nations Headquarters may be accepted in lieu of the GGST. 

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) in Brussels, within the Information Centres Service (ICS), Strategic Communications Division (SCD), Department of Public Information (DPI).

The UNRIC Brussels is part of the global network of United Nations Information Centres (UNICs), which are the principal source of information about the United Nations system in the countries where they are located. Overall, UNICs are responsible for promoting public understanding and support for the aims and activities of the United Nations by disseminating UN information materials to a local audience in local language; engaging local and regional partners; and, overall, bringing the United Nations closer to the people it serves.

The UNRIC provides information services to Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Regional Centre also provides liaison services with institutions of the European Union. To learn more about the UNRIC Brussels, visit the official website

The incumbent is under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of the UNRIC Brussels and reports directly to a Public Information Officer.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

• Provides specialized assistance in the production and delivery of information communications products and services, to include support to a Public Information Officer in charge of the Bénélux Desk at UNRIC and/or visiting UN officials, translation of materials, media monitoring, media support, etc. Researches a broad scope of information sources, printed and electronic; compile and present information for use in the preparation and production of communications products/services for external audiences.

• Serves as an information focal point on UNRIC activities on the Bénélux open to accredited press and coordinate media coverage of important events; compiles, produces and distributes to journalists basic information on the wide spectrum of these activities open to the press; briefs relevant parties on policies and procedures governing media coverage of the UN, clearance/accreditation requirements, etc.; liaises with news and publications agencies, public relations firms, UN photographers, etc. to provide advance notice of, and information on, upcoming meetings, briefings and special events and to ascertain coverage requirements; coordinates logistic and technical arrangements/requests and organizes and allocates space for visiting news, photo, TV and film personnel; researches, evaluates and processes applications for UN security clearances/accreditations and control media access to press briefings, etc.; serves as Accreditation and Liaison Officer for UN conferences held away from Headquarters in the Bénélux. Organizes and executes special events in the Bénélux, coordinating with diverse partners and the media to highlight and publicize key events. Handles administrative coordination in support of special training and other programmes. 

• Performs junior photo-librarian functions that include provision of public information and library research services to requesters of photographic materials, and cataloguing/indexing of photographs of UNRIC activities in the Bénélux. Oversees the distribution of UNRIC audio and video materials related to the work of the UN in the Bénélux; ensures the good management of the film/video archives, and the proper safekeeping/preservation of historical audio/visual materials. 

• Oversees the day-to-day marketing activities to promote the work of the UN in the Bénélux, working closely with the audio/visual webmaster to ensure successful branding techniques; undertakes proactive promotional activities to build a client base and nurture relationships; produces a wide range of promotional products; and develops data collection mechanisms to gather data on the audience and end-users of UNRIC audio/visual products.

• Assists in the production and editing of UNRIC video/film projects, radio programmes, or website projects on the Bénélux: researches diverse print and electronic information sources for topics and materials for projects; suggests ideas on content, narration texts, audio excerpts, design elements, etc.; selects and catalogues sound/ visual materials and evaluates quality for inclusion in productions, and obtains requisite clearances and copyrights; prepares detailed “shot lists” of video and film material; transcribes audio materials available only on audio format, etc.

• Identifies and prepares new material in French and Dutch for inclusion in appropriate web pages and official social media accounts by: researching various information sources for relevant material and cross-checking information with author offices as required; identifying, retrieving and downloading pertinent documentation and other information ,inserting into database after determining appropriate categorization; editing documents to conform to UN format, structure and style and preparing new pages, incorporating graphics as needed, using appropriate authoring tools; preparing and updating index of documents; posting documents on the appropriate UNRIC web platform, ensuring the appropriate directory location; checking and testing for errors, etc.

• Manages updates and further develops internal databases; update website and official social media accounts; generates a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports from various databases. Provides guidance and training to junior staff, individual contractors, and/or interns.

• Performs other relevant duties as assigned.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures related to the communication, production and dissemination of public information for a large international organization such as the United Nations common system, etc. Ability to research and gather information from a variety of sources. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 

• TEAMWORK: 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 decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of experience in public information, communication, journalism, international relations or related area is required. Experience providing communications support to an office of the United Nations common system or a comparable international organization is desirable. Experience working with on-line communication tools and techniques such as social media platforms, content management systems, mobile applications, etc., is desirable. Experience working with government, media, and civil society partners from the Bénélux is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English, both oral and written, is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Fluency in Dutch is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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