How to acquire experience to work in United Nations

Lots of people asked me how to acquire enough experience to work in United Nations. Usually the job offers require 5, 8, sometimes 10 years of experience, and most of the job openings state that “international experience is an asset”. This, in fact, means that the recruiter must give one more "point" to a person who already worked in an international environment, and because of this you can end up in endless attempts to join UN if you don't have it. You will be frustrated.

The first way to get some international experience is working as a Intern:

Click here to see Internship vacancies

Good news: There are LOTS of Internship vacancies. Bad news: they are not paid and you should be enrolled in a university/college course (or higher), or you should have completed it less in than one year by the time your internship starts.

If this is not your case, you could consider taking a look in United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Program.
United Nations Volunteers are paid and it will allow you to:
- Acquire international experience;
- Start a network of international professionals and friends around the globe (and this, IMHO, is very important);
- Experience what U.N. working environment.

Professional qualifications

The minimum requirements to work as a U.N. volunteer are:

  • A university degree or higher technical diploma;
  • Two years of relevant working experience;
  • At least age 25 when taking up an assignment (there is no upper age limit);
  • Good working knowledge in at least one of the three UNV working languages: English, French and Spanish.

“Every year, about 7,500 qualified and experienced women and men of around 160 nationalities serve as UN Volunteers in some 130 countries. They are professionals who play key roles contributing to peace and making an impact on development results.” (UNV).

A volunteer receives an Allowance (VLA), not a salary, which is composed of the Monthly Living Allowance (MLA) and additional benefits (for example family allowance for those who have dependants). The VLA is intended to cover housing, basic needs and utilities. Check out the benefits of a UN Volunteer in the picture below:

The MLA for the duty station is obtained from the base rate of US $ 1,554 which is reviewed once a year, and is adjusted on a monthly basis according to the movement (upwards or downwards) of the Post Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) applicable for each duty station. The PAM is established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) to ensure that international UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing power at all duty stations despite varying costs of living.

After the calculations the MLA (one of the components of the VLA) will have below values.

Country or area

Duty Station

UNV - MLA

Afghanistan

KABUL

$2,402.48

Afghanistan

GARDEZ

$2,402.48

Afghanistan

HERAT

$2,402.48

Afghanistan

KANDAHAR

$2,402.48

Albania

 

$1,923.85

Algeria

 

$2,104.12

Angola

 

$2,772.34

Antigua and Barbuda

KINGSTON

$2,386.94

Argentina

 

$2,142.97

Armenia

 

$2,170.94

Aruba 12/

 

$2,312.35

Australia

 

$2,020.20

Austria

VIENNA

$2,158.51

Azerbaijan

 

$2,245.53

Bahamas

 

$2,727.27

Bahrain

 

$2,380.73

Bangladesh

DHAKA

$2,223.77

Barbados

 

$2,481.74

Belarus

 

$2,132.09

Belgium

BRUSSELS

$2,178.71

Belize

 

$2,054.39

Benin

 

$2,167.83

Bhutan

 

$2,169.38

Bolivia

 

$2,124.32

Bonaire

 

$2,386.94

Bosnia and Herzegovina

SARAJEVO

$1,986.01

Kosovo

PRISTINA

$1,554.00

Botswana

 

$1,912.97

Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO

$2,461.54

Bulgaria

 

$1,889.66

Burkina Faso

 

$2,107.22

Burundi

BUJUMBURA

$2,276.61

Cambodia

 

$2,000.00

Cameroon

YAOUNDE

$2,085.47

Canada, Montreal

MONTREAL

$2,107.22

Canada, Ottawa

 

$2,139.86

Canada, Toronto

 

$2,287.49

Cape Verde

 

$2,178.71

Central African Rep.

BANGUI

$2,383.84

Chad

 

$2,220.67

Chile

SANTIAGO

$2,052.83

China, Beijing

BEIJING

$2,635.58

China, Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)

 

$3,277.39

China, Macau, Macao (SAR)

 

$2,369.85

Colombia

BOGOTA

$2,074.59

Comoros

 

$2,170.94

Congo

GOMA

$2,365.19

Congo

KINSHASA

$2,365.19

Congo

MBANDAKA

$1,554.00

Congo

BUNIA

$1,554.00

Congo, Dem. Rep.

 

$2,410.25

Costa Rica

 

$2,101.01

Cote d Ivoire

ABIDJAN

$2,299.92

Croatia, Republic of

 

$2,324.78

Cuba *

 

$2,267.29

Cyprus

NICOSIA

$1,850.81

Czech Republic

 

$2,013.98

Denmark

COPENHAGEN

$2,355.86

Djibouti

 

$2,295.26

Dominican Republic

 

$2,178.71

Ecuador

 

$2,040.40

Egypt

CAIRO

$2,049.73

El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR

$2,052.83

Equatorial Guinea

 

$2,136.75

Eritrea

 

$2,439.78

Estonia

 

$2,038.85

Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA

$2,203.57

Fiji

SUVA

$2,041.96

Finland

 

$2,208.23

France, Lyon and Elsewhere

 

$2,231.54

France, Paris

PARIS

$2,284.38

French Guiana

 

$2,178.71

Gabon

LIBREVILLE

$2,309.24

Gambia

 

$2,184.92

Georgia, Republic of

 

$2,110.33

Germany, Berlin

 

$2,065.27

Germany

BONN

$2,006.21

Germany, Dresden

 

$2,006.21

Germany, Hamburg

 

$2,035.74

Ghana

 

$2,275.06

Gibraltar 1/

 

$2,864.02

Greece

ATHENS

$1,936.28

Guatemala

 

$2,200.46

Guinea

 

$2,340.32

Guinea Bissau

 

$2,323.23

Guyana

 

$2,156.95

Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE

$2,231.54

Honduras

 

$2,043.51

Hungary

BUDAPEST

$1,853.92

Iceland

 

$2,121.21

India

NEW DELHI

$2,160.06

Indonesia

 

$2,132.09

Iran

TEHERAN

$2,352.76

Iraq

BAGHDAD

$2,250.19

Iraq

ERBIL

$2,250.19

Ireland

 

$2,116.55

Israel

JERUSALEM

$2,421.13

Italy, Brindisi

BRINDISI

$2,110.33

Italy, Rome

 

$2,209.79

Jamaica

 

$2,181.82

Japan

OSAKA

$2,601.40

Jordan

AMMAN

$2,287.49

Kazakhstan

ALMATY (ALMA ATA)

$2,121.21

Kenya

NAIROBI

$2,093.24

Kiribati

 

$2,203.57

Korea, Dem. Peo. Of *

PYONGYANG

$2,287.49

Korea, Republic of

INCHEON CITY

$2,728.82

Kuwait

KUWAIT

$2,324.78

Kyrgyzstan

 

$2,110.33

Lao Peo. Dem. Rep.

 

$2,200.46

Latvia

 

$2,212.90

Lebanon

NAQOURA

$2,386.94

Lebanon

BEIRUT

$2,386.94

Lesotho

 

$1,948.72

Liberia

LIBERIA

$2,292.15

Liberia

MONROVIA

$2,292.15

Libya

 

$2,041.96

Lithuania

 

$2,097.90

Luxembourg

 

$2,242.42

Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO

$2,007.77

Malawi

LILONGWE

$2,195.80

Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR

$2,040.40

Maldives

 

$2,310.80

Mali

BAMAKO

$2,121.21

Mali

KIDAL

$1,554.00

Mali

TOMBOUCTOU

$2,121.21

Malta

 

$2,063.71

Mauritania

 

$2,141.41

Mauritius

 

$2,102.56

Mexico

MEXICO CITY

$2,253.30

Micronesia, Fed States of 2/

 

$2,567.21

Moldova

CHISINAU

$2,119.66

Monaco 3/

 

$2,284.38

Mongolia

 

$2,116.55

Montenegro

 

$2,018.65

Morocco

RABAT

$2,000.00

Mozambique

 

$2,324.78

Myanmar

 

$2,254.85

Namibia

WINDHOEK

$1,953.38

Nepal

KATHMANDU

$2,026.42

Netherlands

THE HAGUE

$2,108.78

New Caledonia

 

$2,317.01

New Zealand

 

$1,777.78

Nicaragua

 

$2,027.97

Niger

NIAMEY

$2,152.29

Nigeria

ABUJA

$2,312.35

Norway

 

$2,139.86

Oman

 

$2,253.30

Pakistan

ISLAMABAD

$2,110.33

Palau, Republic of 4/

 

$2,604.50

Panama

PANAMA CITY

$2,149.18

Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY

$3,230.77

Paraguay

 

$2,113.44

Peru

 

$2,267.29

Philippines

 

$2,321.68

Poland

 

$1,857.03

Portugal, Lisbon

 

$1,998.44

Portugal, Guimaraes

 

$1,641.02

Puerto Rico 13/

 

$2,178.71

Qatar

 

$2,717.95

Romania

 

$1,684.54

Russian Federation

 

$2,525.25

Rwanda

 

$2,268.84

Saint Helena 5/

 

$2,582.75

St. Lucia

 

$2,180.26

Samoa

 

$2,382.28

Sao Tome and Principe

 

$2,268.84

Saudi Arabia

 

$2,304.58

Senegal

DAKAR

$2,164.72

Serbia

 

$2,124.32

Seychelles

 

$2,303.03

Sierra Leone

 

$2,433.56

Singapore

 

$2,717.95

Slovak Republic

 

$1,939.39

Slovenia, Republic of

 

$1,864.80

Solomon Islands

 

$2,491.06

Somalia

BAIDOA (BAYDHABO)

$2,231.54

Somalia

MOGADISHU

$2,231.54

Somalia

GAROOWE

$2,231.54

Somalia

HARGEISA

$2,231.54

South Africa

 

$1,850.81

South Sudan, Republic of

Bentiu

$2,400.93

South Sudan, Republic of

JUBA

$2,400.93

Spain

VALENCIA

$2,088.58

Sri Lanka

 

$2,198.91

St. Kitts and Nevis

 

$2,386.94

Sudan

EL GENEINA

$1,554.00

Sudan

KASSALA

$1,554.00

Sudan

NYALA

$2,254.85

Sudan

KADUGLI

$2,254.85

Sudan

EL FASHER

$2,254.85

Sudan

KHARTOUM

$2,254.85

Suriname

 

$2,063.71

Swaziland

 

$1,902.10

Sweden

 

$2,141.41

Switzerland

GENEVA

$2,968.14

SYRIA

DAMASCUS

$2,166.28

Tajikistan

 

$1,981.35

Tanzania

ARUSHA

$2,254.85

Thailand

BANGKOK

$2,189.59

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

 

$1,950.27

Timor-Leste

 

$2,494.17

Togo

 

$2,164.72

Tonga

 

$2,214.45

Trinidad and Tobago

 

$2,289.04

Tunisia

TUNIS

$1,830.61

Turkey, Ankara

GAZIANTEP

$2,060.60

Turkey, Istanbul

 

$2,150.74

Turkmenistan

 

$2,245.53

Tuvalu 11/

 

$2,424.24

Uganda

ENTEBBE

$1,995.34

Uganda

MOROTO

$1,554.00

Ukraine

KIEV

$2,049.73

United Arab Emirates

 

$2,644.91

United Kingdom

 

$2,864.02

USA, Miami 7/

 

$2,312.35

USA, New York

NEW YORK

$2,590.52

USA, San Francisco 8/

 

$2,419.58

USA, Washington D.C.

 

$2,312.35

Uruguay

 

$2,203.57

Uzbekistan

 

$2,158.51

Vanuatu

 

$2,599.84

Venezuela

 

$3,605.28

Vietnam

 

$2,018.65

West Bank & the Gaza Strip,The 9/

 

$2,421.13

Yemen, Republic of

SANA'A

$2,136.75

Zambia

 

$2,063.71

Zimbabwe

 

$2,344.99

You may consider it as the “minimum value” a UN volunteer will receive in each duty station, as family allowance, hazardous payments (some persons call it "danger pay") can increase the final value:

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