How do I get a job at the UN?
The United Nations Association in Canada is NOT A RECRUITMENT OFFICE for the United Nations or its related agencies. The following addresses of organizations were compiled by UNA-Canada to aid Canadian individuals in seeking further information about employment with the UN and its various related agencies and programmes, and to allow an individual to pinpoint specific recruitment channels.
Also feel free to consult the United Nations’ own Office of Human Resources Management or "The Canadian Guide to Working and Living Overseas", both excellent resources.
THE JUNIOR PROFESSIONAL OFFICER PROGRAMME (JPO)
Essentially, the programme is based on the sponsorship of young professionals by their respective governments. These young officers are given training in the various activities and procedures of the programme, generally in their field offices. JPOs serve in most developing countries, but particular emphasis is placed on the least-developed countries. They are expected to assume the substantive responsibilities of any junior programme official in a relatively short period of time. They are offered two-year, fixed-term contracts. The precise nature of an individual assignment may vary depending on location and responsibilities but generally there is an effort to match an individual’s qualifications and preferences to the requirements of the duty station.
For all JPO programmes, applicants must be under 30 year age, possess a Master’s degree, and have some relevant work or volunteer experience in the field in which they hope to work. The UN offices handle their own recruiting but relevant information and application forms may be obtained from CIDA’s Public Inquiries Branch.
Contact: Public Enquiries Branch: 1-800-230-6349 (or 997-5006 in the Ottawa-Hull area).
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO)
UN VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME
Recruitment Co-ordination Office (UNV Programme)
CANADEM (Canadian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human Rights)
UNITED NATIONS SECRETARIAT
United Nations Professional Staffing Service Recruitment and Placement Division United Nations New York, N.Y. 10017
N.B. It should be noted that in filling vacancies, special attention is paid to the development and maintenance of a proportionate staffing balance among the different Member States. Preference is given to candidates with a knowledge of more than one working language of the Secretariat. Positions in the professional category require an advanced university degree and a minimum of 5 years related experience. Applications are not necessarily acknowledged, although the information will be added to the appropriate data bank.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
What In The World Is Going On? A guide for Canadians wishing to work, volunteer or study in other countries.
If it is unavailable at your local library or bookstore it can be ordered from:
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE),
Please prepay in Canadian dollars by sending a cheque or money order in the amount of $15.00 (CBIE members) or $18.00 (non-members) and add $3.00 for shipping and handling.
The Canadian Guide to Working and Living Overseas published by
For 24-hour VISA orders please dial 1-800-267-0105. Price, including delivery and GST, is $47.57. The book itself contains over 1,000 pages and lists 1,850 organizations and agencies working abroad.
Following is a list of the major UN SPECIALIZED AGENCIES AND PROGRAMMES. The addresses of the headquarters are listed below and, for those that have them, their Canadian or North American contact are indicated as well. Each agency or programme does its own recruiting and should therefore be contacted directly regarding employment. Fax numbers are included to facilitate communications.
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization
North American Liaison Office for FAO
IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization
IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development
North American Liaison Office for IFAD
IMF - International Monetary Fund
IMO - International Maritime Organization
INSTRAW - International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women
ITU - International Telecommunications Union
UNCHS - UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat)
UNCTAD - UN Conference on Trade & Development
UNDP - UN Development Programme
UNEP - UN Environment Programme
UNESCO - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNESCO Liaison Office for Canada
Canadian Commission for UNESCO
UNFPA - UN Population Fund
UNHCR - UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Canadian Office for UNHCR
UNICEF - UN Childrens Fund
UNIDO - UN Industrial Development Organization
UNIFEM - UN Development Fund for Women
UNITAR - UN Institute for Training & Research
UNRWA - UN Works Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East
UNU - UN University
UPU - UN Postal Union
WFP - World Food Programme
WHO - World Health Organization
WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
WMO - World Meteorological Organization
World Bank Group
WTO - World Trade Organization
United Nations Employment Resources: A Reference document for Canadians