Applying for a U.N. job / position

After my last post, I’ve received lots of emails asking me how to apply for those U.N. jobs.

I myself went through this process several times; therefore I would like to share with you how to do it, in a simple language. If you believe your work experience is suitable to work in United Nations, and if you ever wanted a job with different people from different cultures, you’re in the right place.

First of all: Bear in mind that it takes time! If you need a job right away, don’t put United Nations as your first option. Some of my friends who got positions in U.N. Security/Information Technology/U.N. Police (Professional Positions) reported a waiting time between 4 months to one year.. This happens because there are lots of steps to be followed and the process comprises different actors.

So let’s apply for your position:

Create your Inspira account

Open the U.N. recruitment system website (Inspira) in the URL: http://inspira.un.org

Click in “register now”, complete all the mandatory fields and, voila!, you have your account.

The next thing you will do is to complete your profile: Personal details, family details, nationality of residence. Put all of your information there, no tricks, no lies. And if you ever change your information, update your profile! You will not want to be “unachievable” during recruitment process.

Once you profile is completed, you can start searching for jobs in your area of knowledge. I repeat: in your area of knowledge. Please DO NOT apply for a Human Rights position if you don`t have an academic/work background on it.
In the main page you will find this screen:

On the left, you can see the search engine. Try it out yourself; it is very and interesting to see how many different options United Nations offer.
Once you selected your Job Network and/or Job Family, Inspira will show you open vacancies, like this screen below:

The next step is to select one of the available posts and “APPLY”. This means you will create a new application. Inside Inspira website, they have a manual, which covers all parts of the application. This part will (and it should) take you most of your time. I used to spend two or three days for each application (around 2 hours per day – further I will explain why). You will need to fill: Screening questions, education and work experience, skills, references and a cover letter.

After your application was submitted, you should wait for the deadline. Other applicants will also submit their Curriculums and then U.N. will shortlist some persons to go to the next steps. If you are not contacted in the next month after the deadline, it is probable that you were not short-listed (U.N. will not send you any information that you were not short-listed).
If you were shortlisted, you will either be contacted via phone or email. In my personal experience, I received an email notification directly from the recruiters, asking for my phone in order to conduct a competency-based interview (in both cases) and a written test (in one of the positions).

The email looks like this:

After your interview, your assessment will be submitted to the Central Review Body, an independent group in United Nations that will cross-check all the information provided by the candidate and by the Interviewing Board. They will call your references; check your academic historical, and so on. The process aims to select the best candidates, but in my opinion it lacks a little of transparency.

Then, you can either be selected to that position or placed in a roster of qualified persons. Whatever happens, it will be good news, once next opened positions should give preference to “rostered” candidates.

Then, if you are succesfull, you will have a few more bureaucracy steps (for example, making and submitting health exams) until you start working.

That’s it. I hope this article can help some qualified persons to join United Nations.

The bottleneck usually is the application process. Some persons have more than one hundred submitted applications but they were never short-listed. There are a few points that the majority of candidates mess up. Please contact us at contact@beapeacekeeper.com if you want personal advise or a review about your application.

Comments

muazzam ali awan's picture

Its v nice..and i also join un,i am inspactor in highways and motorways police of pakistan..
Waitage Simon's picture

I hereby apply for security for on your website

We are only a reference for U.N. job opportunities, the application is done in the Inspira Website (http://inspira.un.org)
Mohamed Hassan's picture

if i do can the dream be true
Sorin Mocanu's picture

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

If you are approved in the interview and in the written test, but for some reason (job opening canceled, not enough vacancies to all candidates), you will be put in roster. This will be shown as "roster membership" in your Inspira dashboard.
chohan123's picture

being a police officer and also served in DARFUR MISSION for a period of 19 months on different assignments ,i offer my service for the UN security services .

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Aldrin Villanueva's picture

Good day sir/ma'am, I'm a retired from Armed Forces of the Philippines since last year at the age of 44. I'm also a peacekeeper at UNDOF Golan Heights from 11 Oct 2010 to 15 Nov 2011. I am the WO ops info during my stint in the UNDOF. Can I ask what is the job can I apply for the position as civilian peacekeeper. thank you in advance. More power to all UN personnel. God bless us all.
Bibek Silwal's picture

dear sir I would like to request if u have any post that's suitable for my experience and education I've passed bachelor degree and llb degree .now I'm in police service till 12 Years running.

Almost all positions in Security require International experience, so it would be much better if you serve as a UNPOL first.
edrisac's picture

I am very much interested in joining your peacekeeping force to Juba or any available country

http://www.beapeacekeeper.com/unjobs

I'm a Commander of Bangladesh Navy. I was a peacekeeper at Mozambique (ONUMOZ) in 1994 and M A at Afganistan (UNAMA) in 2009-2010. My works field in the Navy as Logistician. I am looking for a job in UN as civilian to any position in the field of Logistic or Security discipline. Thank you in advance. More power to all UN personnel.
Faris Smeaat's picture

I'm a retired from police Force/jordan with 21 years exp. I was a peacekeeper for 3 years (kosovo) and (darfur) I am looking for a job in UN as civilian to any position in the field. God bless us all

I would be pleased if I can be considered. I was working with kdf Kenya. Am weapons instructor.

Dear sir/madam, I am wondering how can I apply to any job if the Inspira website is unavailable from 17th to 22nd October. Many thanks for your answer.
Kenechukwu Kenechukwu's picture

i humbly wish to knew if there's room for student.i am a student studying,peace studies and conflict resolution.is there room for us(the student)in this line of study to do I.T in the un.thank in anticipetion
John Jonbenedict's picture

Its my great pleasure and esteem zeal having come across this, and wish to present my interest on P3 Position with vast experience in UN/AU peacekeeping operations in Liberia 2007/2008 as an operational coordinator, Sudan 2011/2012 as COE support, Haiti 2009/2010 as Nigeria/UN Liaison support & Somalia (Mogadishu) as a mentor/Administrative head team site 4 to the Somali Police 2013/2014. Thanks for your anticipation in advance please. Am on email- jonben01ogoja80@yahoo.com
John Jonbenedict's picture

Its my great pleasure and esteem zeal having come across this, and wish to present my interest on P3 Position with vast experience in UN/AU peacekeeping operations in Liberia 2007/2008 as an operational coordinator, Sudan 2011/2012 as COE support, Haiti 2009/2010 as Nigeria/UN Liaison support & Somalia (Mogadishu) as a mentor/Administrative head team site 4 to the Somali Police 2013/2014. Thanks for your anticipation in advance please. Am on email- jonben01ogoja80@yahoo.com

Hello I would like to know the validity of a roster? And if you are in a roster it will take how many months or year to be selected for UN job. ?Thank you
Fosu Bismark's picture

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AAjanja's picture

Having UN experience I believe I qualify for any Administration support posts, as in communications, travels, logistics and general administration
Kangombe Linda's picture

My name is kangombe linda i stand for non violence in uganda