Salaries for professionals working in United Nations

Today I would like to comment about the payments of a Professional Staff (P level, or more commonly name as "P Position") within United Nations (be it in a Peacekeeping Operation, be in a U.N. agency)

Short answer (if you don't want to read everything): from US$77,338 (entry level) to approximately US$187,392.(senior level)

First, of all, what are the job posts related to a P Position?

To answer, please take a look at a extract of the job posts by the United Nations on 30th July 2015:


Source: United Nations careers portal

Lots of people think that you need to be from the military or a diplomat to work within United Nations. That's wrong. There are lots of civilian vacancies being posted all the time and the salaries are tempting. In above examples, you can see some opportunities for persons graduate in Public Information. Nevertheless, there are lots of other vacancies related to Law, Finance, Information Technology and Project Management, just to name a few.

What about the salary?

According to United Nations (information got in July 2015) P positions receive a "base salary" plus "post adjustment".

What people usually don't know is that this "post adjustment" is quite high. For example, if you are selected for a P2 or P3 position (entry level, the P positions goes from P1 to P5), in New York, you will receive a base salary between US$46,730 and US$80,521 (year).

Then, with New York post adjustment (for example) your final salary in a P2 or P3 position will be between US$$77,338 and US$133,262 per year.

Good for starting your career in United Nations. With some more experience, in the same duty station as a P4 or P5, your annual salary would be between US$101,292 and US$159,872.

The "post adjustment" calculations take into consideration the living conditions, cost of life and other variables of the duty station.

Civilians can apply in the United Nations Careers Portal, previously know as Galaxy, and currently known as Inspira.

Recently the U.N. launched a new Human Resources Portal that also contains some very helpful tips. (http://hr.un.org)

Basically you should write your PHP (which is kind of an electronic resumé), apply for a position, wait to be shortlisted (luckly), and then you may have do a written and/or an oral assessment .

I myself was selected for two interviews in P Positions in my ten applications in Inspira. In one of them, I had to do a written test (via Internet), and in the other one I was asked questions related to the U.N. core values, and job competencies, such as teamwork and planning.

I know some persons that applied for more than one hundred positions and were never selected. I am waiting, though, the results from the Central Review Board process, which can take months. If you want personal advise on how to create a good PHP and how to be selected to a U.N. interview, I can give you personal advise (from my real experience, and not only from what you can get from the U.N. portal). Since I won't share this kind of information publicly, please kindly contact me via email: contact@beapeacekeeper.com, so we can discuss on how to improve your chances to get a job in United Nations as a civilian in a P Position.

Comments

Dismas Mash's picture

I humbly and request to be granted with the above post name. Am working with Kenya defence forces. 2014 -2015 I worked as peacekeeper in s Sudan. Thank for you time and consideration sir /madam.

Fanya kazi wewe!
Evelyne Kurgat's picture

It has always been my prayer to work with the UN, i hope my dreams come true one day.
Jocelyn 75's picture

I humbly request a job in security officer or body guards. I was deployed in Unamid as peacekeeper and I'm also a trainer for UNPOL and for FPU. Thank you.

Apply in http://inspira.un.org
Sorin Mocanu's picture

Can someone tell me how to get ROSTER.? thank you in advance for response Best Regards, Sorin
khalid Mehmood's picture

I am an active police officer since for the last 27 years having computer literacy in word perfect, power point presentation and excel skills in Islamabad Capital Territory Police including 07 years experience in UN peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Sudan and Liberia respectively. I have an ability to work in Security Sector and to work with International Organizations and local government authorities respectively. I have an ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. I Speak and write clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately; ask questions to clarify, and always exhibit interest in having two-way communication; tailor language, tone, style and format to match audience. I strongly demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
khalid Mehmood's picture

I have an ability to work in Security Sector and to work with International Organizations and local government authorities respectively. I have an ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. I Speak and write clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately; ask questions to clarify, and always exhibit interest in having two-way communication; tailor language, tone, style and format to match audience. I strongly demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. As far as teamwork is concerned, by collaborating with colleagues

I write to apply to any position suitable for my field and area of my qualifications in the inspra job as a civilian in un jobs.i have a very good knowledge of computer operation, programming, cisco , ms word fottran, ms exile and others.i can also work in any field of medical section such as diagnostic and laboratory department to give a out my over own ability. Thanks ogb4utd@gmail.com my mail incase of more information.
Awosoro Damilare's picture

I Have Been Looking Foward For This Oppotunity ,I Thank God For This
shireen's picture

Ihad honer participate with UN and ci wish to participate again
Gerry Navajero's picture

Its a great opportunity if i work in UN i wish to work...

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