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Positions in the professional and higher categories (grades P and D) are typically for a fixed-term duration and are internationally recruited. Professional positions are the main employment category at the UN and other international organizations.
The United Nations offers many opportunities for linguists, principally in one of the six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Positions that require language expertise, such as copy preparers and proofreaders, editors, interpreters, terminologists, translators, verbatim reporters, and language teachers are filled through competitive language examinations. Check the UN website for more information and exam dates.
Many organizations offer short-term employment opportunities, often to recruit specific technical expertise or to fill temporary staffing gaps less than one year in duration. The recruitment and selection process is typically less cumbersome than applying to internationally advertised professional posts. Short-term opportunities can be a great avenue for exploring further career possibilities.
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United Nations Volunteers
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program is administered by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteers work in development assistance projects, humanitarian, or peacekeeping operations, and are expected to serve for a minimum of one year.
UNV offers a variety of benefits, including travel to/from the assignment, a monthly living allowance, health benefits, and annual leave. To be considered for the program, individuals must be at least 25 years old, have a college degree and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.
Interested applicants should visit the UNV website for more information and application instructions.
General Service Positions
The United Nations and other international organizations use the term General Service to categorize administrative, secretarial, and clerical support staff positions as well as specialized technical posts such as printing, security, and building maintenance. These positions are generally recruited locally from the area in which the particular office is located, and can be filled by employees of any nationality.