Sunday, 22 April 2018

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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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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




Vacancies Brussels

Legal Internship UNHCR 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 10,700 employees who help some 65 million people in over 128 countries.

The Protection Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg seeks two legal intern for a six-month internship, starting in July and September 2018.

The intern should be a Dutch or French speaker at native speaker’s level, with a Masters in Law, International Affairs, or Political Sciences, an excellent command of written and spoken English and a very good knowledge of French or Dutch. 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 organisations in the world

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

·       A variety of interesting tasks

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

General description of internship

·       Monitoring and analysing Belgian and Luxembourg asylum law and practice

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

·       Drafting a wide variety of documents including reports and correspondence, and responding to information requests

·       Writing, editing and translating texts (in English, Dutch and French, according to native language)

·       Assisting with the organization of events

·       Assisting with general office tasks


·       Be a current graduate student in a undergraduate school or higher education facility whose program is recognized and accredited by UNESCO, or have completed graduate studies in such structure within 1 year of applying for the internship

·       Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field that is relevant to the interests of UNHCR's work

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

How to apply

Please e-mail your CV and cover letter no later than 4 May 2018 to [email protected] with the subject “Legal Intern 2018 Brussels”.

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Stage à l'ONU Desk Benelux (FR)

Le bureau Benelux du Centre régional d'information des Nations Unies pour l'Europe occidentale (UNRIC) recrute un stagiaire de langue maternelle française. Ce stage débutera le premier juin à Bruxelles et sera d’une durée minimum de quatre mois, six mois maximum.

Missions et attributions du stagiaire

Au sein d’une équipe internationale, la mission du stagiaire lui offrira l’opportunité de découvrir de l'intérieur l'Organisation des Nations Unies. Parmi ses tâches quotidiennes, il effectuera un suivi de la presse francophone de Belgique et du Luxembourg, qu’il traduira en anglais. Il lui sera demandé de collecter des informations en vue de la rédaction, traduction et publication d’articles sur notre site Internet francophone. En outre, le stagiaire devra traduire des articles et interviews du néerlandais vers le français. Il sera chargé de l’édition anglaise de la lettre d’information hebdomadaire « The Week Ahead ». Le stagiaire participera à la gestion des contenus sur les médias sociaux. Par ailleurs, il soutiendra le bureau du Benelux dans l’organisation d’événements et assistera dans la préparation d’interviews de personnalités des Nations Unies. Enfin, le bureau du Benelux est souvent amené à couvrir des événements dans la région bruxelloise.

Profil du candidat / de la candidate recherché(e)

Le candidat doit avoir une formation universitaire (en sciences politiques, langues, communication, médias…) idéalement de niveau master et une parfaite maîtrise de l’anglais. Une connaissance pratique du néerlandais est vivement recommandée.  

Compétences requises

  • Qualités rédactionnelles (capacités à rédiger de façon concise dans des délais brefs en français et en anglais) ;
  • Très bonne maîtrise de l’anglais indispensable ;
  • Maîtrise passive du néerlandais indispensable ;
  • Capacité à traduire certains documents des Nations Unies en utilisant un vocabulaire précis ;
  • Autonomie et capacité d’initiative ;
  • Ouverture d’esprit et capacité de travail en équipe.

UNRIC ne fournit pas d’assistance financière aux stagiaires. Un certificat est délivré à la fin du stage.

Si vous êtes intéressé, envoyez votre CV détaillé et une lettre de motivation en anglais au plus tard le 24 avril 2018 à minuit, à l’adresse suivante : [email protected]

Retrouvez toutes les informations concernant la mission d’UNRIC sur notre site internet ou suivez-nous sur les médias sociaux

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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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Vacature stage: UNRIC Benelux Desk (NL)

Het Regionaal Informatiecentrum van de VN voor West-Europa (UNRIC) neemt twee Nederlandstalige stagiair(e)s aan. De stagiair(e)s worden aangenomen vanaf juni 2018, afhankelijk van de beschikbaarheid van de kandidaat. De stagiair(e) wordt verwacht minstens vier tot zes maanden te werken op het kantoor van UNRIC te Brussel.

Opdracht en mogelijkheden:

Als medewerker van een hecht, internationaal en divers team, heeft de stagiair(e) de mogelijkheid om de Organisatie van de Verenigde Naties van binnenuit te leren kennen en er contacten te leggen. De stagiair analyseert dagelijks de Nederlandstalige media, publiceert informatie en artikels over de VN, verzorgt de outreach op sociale netwerksites en werkt mee aan verschillende VN-campagnes.

Profiel van de kandidaat:

De kandidaat moet beschikken over een academische achtergrond (politieke wetenschappen, internationale relaties, talen, communicatie en media, journalistiek), met voorkeur op masterniveau. De kandidaat beschikt eveneens over een zeer goede kennis van het Engels.

Vereiste kwalificaties:  

  • Sterke communicatieve, redactionele, audiovisuele en journalistieke capaciteiten.
  • Een zeer goede kennis van het Nederlands en Engels, en een redelijke kennis van het Frans is noodzakelijk.
  • Vermogen om autonoom te werken en initiatief te nemen.
  • Een basiskennis van de Verenigde Naties is belangrijk.
  • De stagiair(e) kan vier tot zes maanden stage lopen in Brussel
  • Een open geest en een groepsmentaliteit.

UNRIC voert een aanwervingsbeleid met gelijke kansen dat zich toelegt op het aanwerven van divers personeelsbestand. De stage is onbetaald maar kandidaten ontvangen een certificaat en een aanbevelingsbrief van de VN bij het vervolledigen van de stage. 

Kandidaten die houder zijn van een einddiploma, behaald aan een instelling van secundair onderwijs of hoger onderwijs, die gefinancierd of gesubsidieerd is door de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, kunnen mogelijk gebruikmaken van het Subsidieprogramma van de Vlaamse overheid. Raadpleeg voor meer informatie de website Flanders Trainee Programme

Kandidaten voor de stage sturen voor 24 april 2018 (voor middernacht CET) een gedetailleerd cv en een Engelstalige motivatiebrief naar [email protected]. Na screening van de ingediende cv's en motivatiebrieven zal een elektronische test plaatsvinden voor de geselecteerde kandidaten.

Voor meer praktische informatie, of indien u vragen heeft: contacteer [email protected]

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