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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.

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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

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]


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Vacancies Brussels

UNICEF: funding and communication internship

Terms of reference – Funding and communication internship

Office:                  UNICEF, Office for Relations with EU Institutions, Brussels

Duration:            1 September 2018 – 1 February 2018

Background and purpose of the internship

UNICEF Public Partnerships Division (PPD) works to strengthen the organisation’s position as a partner for children's rights among governments and public actors around the world. UNICEF Brussels Office is in charge of the relations with the EU institutions and works to prioritize children and UNICEF’s priorities across EU’s policies and legislation.

Working in UNICEF Brussels Office, the intern would have the opportunity to learn about UNICEF’s work for the cause of children and support the office in its partnership with the EU Institutions.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the intern would support UNICEF Brussels Office in project management, communication and to some extent in the organisation’s advocacy work on the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework.

Core responsibilities for this internship include but are not limited to:

Contribution management:

  • Supporting EU funded contribution management, including providing support to the Contribution Management teams (both humanitarian and development) with the quality insurance for interim and final progress reports, with closure of grants, regular update and analysis of the grants database (monitoring table, pipeline, verifications);
  • Conduct an analysis of the outreach and results of UNICEF’s EU funded programmes;
  • Support the drafting of briefing notes, FAQs on EC compliance for UNICEF’s Country Offices;
  • Support the development of a training package for Country Offices for managing EU funds, and the organisation of trainings/inception workshops and webinars;
  • Support the implementation of the risk management strategy;
  • Maintain an up-to-date contact database of relevant focal points and staff within UNICEF and EU institutions;
  • Support the office in outreach and networking by setting up meetings for UNICEF colleagues with EU institutions, in attending meetings and writing up minutes.


  • Daily monitoring of relevant news and updates from the EU Institutions and EU media;
  • Support with the Development of a leaflet explaining the results of the UNICEF- EU partnership;
  • Support with the daily media monitoring for the Brussels Office.

EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027:

  • Support in the analysis of the revised NIPs/MIPs for the period 2018-2020 and of the future external financial instruments post-2020;
  • Attending meetings and writing up minutes.

Learning and development

A learning and development plan will be agreed with the intern, aiming at:

  • Enhancing and updating knowledge of EU institutions and policies;
  • Improving understanding of UNICEF’s activities, policies and organisation;
  • Improving basic organisation and communication skills;

The Intern will receive supervision, guidance and coaching by the immediate supervisor from the start of the assignment and will be assigned projects related to her/his area of study.

Qualifications, Skills& Competencies Required:

  • A university degree in human rights, political science, international development, humanitarian aid or related field.
  • Genuine interest in and basic knowledge of children’s rights; understanding of UNICEF’s mandate is a must.
  • Familiarity with the functioning of the EU Institutions (including the European Commission); working or research previous experience related to the European Institutions is a strong asset.
  • Proven ability to synthesize information and communicate it simply and effectively; superior writing and research skills; strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to operate in a diplomatic environment, using tact and judgement. Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment.
  • Excellent command of oral and written English. Knowledge of French and/or another EU language an asset.
  • Knowledge of office computer systems (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet research.


UNICEF will pay a stipend of 350 euros per month to contribute towards transportation and meal costs. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.


UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the interns’ service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work with the Brussels Office.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will work in UNICEF Office in Brussels attending many meetings at and around the EU. S/he will work with an assigned UNICEF staff and report to his/her immediate supervisor. S/he is not expected to travel during the assignment.

If accepted, the intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the UNICEF form on conditions regarding service as an intern.

If you are interested in undertaking an internship at UNICEF please send an application that includes the following:

Cover Letter (1 page only) addressed to [email protected]

Curriculum Vitae (2 pages only)

Writing Sample (essay/extract of maximum 1000 words in English)

Deadline for application: Monday 2 July

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Clerk/Receptionist (Temporary Appointment) UNHCR Regional Representation for EU Affairs, Brussels

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 9,300 employees in 125 countries who help millions of  refugees, returnees and internally displaced and stateless persons.

Deadline: Friday, 4 May, 2018

The UNHCR Regional Representation for EU Affairs in Brussels is seeking a: Clerk/Receptionist for an initial three-month Temporary Appointment contract

The Clerk/Receptionist will be part of the RREUA administrative team. Under the supervision of the Regional Admin/HR Officer, the Clerk/Receptionist will ensure persons of concern, visitors and the UNHCR workforce will receive appropriate and professional services in well managed premises. The incumbent will manage the reception area, day to day office services and ensure the good functioning of premises and equipment within his/her areas of responsibility.

 Reception: Ensure the reception area always presents a welcoming and professional image for UNHCR; Answer the main telephone and front door, and direct callers appropriately; Receive, screen and assist visitors and direct them to the appropriate staff member/unit
 General office management: Manage Incoming & outgoing mail, prepare staff private taxi, mail and telephone costs, prepare stationery orders ; Monitor the office premises for maintenance issues and take appropriate action to resolve issues swiftly, in consultation with the supervisor ; Consolidate premises information and provide data to the supervisor as required ; Liaise with and maintain good working relations with UNHCR's maintenance companies, technicians and other external ; Make arrangements to book external meeting rooms, organise meeting catering, and other meeting facilities as instructed.
 Travel: Assist in the issuance of travel documents (travel authorizations/ travel claim calculations); Scan and file travel claims, private car authorizations.
 Other duties as may be required.
 Completion of secondary education with certificate/training in Business Administration, Social Sciences or other related field.
 Minimum 3 years of previous job experience relevant to the function.
 Computer skills (MS office)
 Excellent command of written and spoken English and a very good knowledge of French
 Team spirit, service orientation, tact, discretion, respect for confidentiality, and adherence to UNHCR's standards and practices.

Interested candidates are invited to fill in the Personal History (P.11) form which can be obtained at www.unhcr.org/recruit/p11new.doc. Completed forms are to be submitted by Friday, May 4th 2018 at 24h00, together with a motivation letter in English to [email protected] with “Clerk/Receptionist” in the subject. Late applications will not be accepted.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Internship with UK and Ireland desk

UNRIC Brussels is looking for an intern for the UK and Ireland Desk starting Monday 4 June, until Friday 28 September 2018.

Applicants should be graduates, preferably in the area of communications, journalism, international relations, marketing or political science. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

UNRIC does not provide financial support for interns. All successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel to Brussels, lodging and living expenses during the four month internship period.

Core responsibilities

  • Working closely with the UK and Ireland desk officer, UNRIC staff and external UNRIC partners;
  • Monitoring the British and Irish media;
  • Managing social media pages, twitter and website for UK and Ireland desk initiatives;
  • Assisting with the organisation, film selection and other tasks involved in our flagship outreach initiative, Cine-ONU;
  • Writing articles in English for the website.


  • Excellent English, both written and oral;
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and social media skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management.

Please send your CV and cover letter by e-mail to Karen Davies [email protected] by midnight (CET), Friday 16 March, 2018.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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