Recruitment secrets UN is hiding from you

Even people who are already inside U.N. system can’t explain to you in details the whole hiring structure. And this information is “hidden” not because U.N. wants, but mostly because of the enormous structure of United Nations itself, divided in a cluster of uncountable agencies.

The first assumption you may ever had on this matter is that U.N. has a unique/integrated recruitment portal. And this is completely WRONG. Most of us know Inspira (, AKA the U.N. careers portal. And to be very honest, for a long time I also thought this was the only U.N. recruitment system out there (except from military and police peacekeepers), and I was stuck into this small window of reality.

What I didn’t know is that, for example, UNICEF has its own careers portal, as well as WHO, UNOPS, UNDP, WFP, UNHCR and I could list here much more agencies. By the way, you will need one account in which one of these institutions to apply for their positions.

This is all that Inspira is about. See what you’re missing if you use only that platform

So if you are a debutante on searching for a U.N. opportunity, expect yourself to visit several sites and lists until you can find one or more positions that match your profile. Inspira has an interesting subscription system that can be used to notify you automatically, via email, when a position that is from your interest is announced; but not all agencies have this functionality in their systems.

Some of the most visited U.N. websites to find international positions are:
United Nations Development Program (UNDP):
United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF): (you will get lost into this one)
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS):
World Health Organization (WHO):

Obvious to say, you may greatly increase your chances of being recruited if you look and apply for more positions.

What most of candidates may also wrongly assume is that specialized agencies only have vacancies in their field of specialization. Let me explain: for example, one may expect that World Health Organization would have vacancies only to health-related professionals. Again, WRONG. As a big organization, WHO should also have their project managers, human resources, ICT and finance officers, just to name few possibilities.

And what if you don’t want to visit 26 sites per day to be aware of job opportunities in U.N.? You can visit a portal that gathers information from U.N. agencies and put it in only one place, easily accessible from any desktop computer or mobile phone. It is our job search ( Our main site structure is divided into this blog and the UN Jobs search engine.

You should check the vacancy that fits most your profile, and then you will be redirected to one of the UN hiring systems.

One good thing to say, eventually, is that all UN agencies have the same salary scales/payment system, explained in the ICSC (International Civil Service Commission) portal. (Visit if you want more details). It means that a WHO G-6 position will receive the same as a UNICEF G-6 position in the same country. Salaries are the same, with a few rare exceptions.

That’s it. We really hope you enjoyed today’s post and we hope that now you have a better view and understanding of UN Jobs and UN recruitment system.
Be a Peacekeeper Team.