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Guide to UN jobs

UN jobs can be very competitive, but the organisation and its industries are very transparent about what they look for in candidates and how you can go about improving your chances of getting employed.

Their website states: "If you’re looking for a position with the United Nations you should also possess a combination of skills, attributes and behaviour that are directly related to successful performance on the job."

The core competencies are:

  • Teamwork
  • Client Orientation
  • Creativity
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Communication
  • Planning and Organising
  • Accountability
  • Technological Awareness

Additional competencies for management jobs are:

  • Vision
  • Leadership
  • Empowering Others
  • Managing Performance
  • Building Trust

Career options

The main career options for UN jobs are:

Professional and higher categories: This includes jobs like management, operations, political officers, information technology, safety and security, legal, communications and political.

General Service and related categories: This includes jobs like admin, secretarial, teaching, printing, information support and building maintenance.

National Professional Officers: This includes jobs like human rights officers, child protection officers, legal officers, interpreters and civil engineers.

Field Service: This includes jobs like logistics, technical and support jobs on missions.

Senior Appointments: This includes the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary-General, the Under Secretary-General and the Assistant Secretary-General. The Secretary-General appoints the three latter roles.

Salaries

The salary given is the base salary, in US dollars.

  • Professional and higher categories: 37,000 to 121,000. Pay is adjusted according to local living rates and the exchange rate of US dollars
  • General Service and related categories: staff are recruited and paid on a local basis, according to local salary scale
  • National Professional Officers: staff are recruited and paid on a local basis, according to local salary scale
  • Field Service: 29,000 to 80,000. Pay is adjusted according to local living rates and the exchange rate of US dollars

Benefits also include travel expenses, rental subsidies and assignment grants.

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