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            The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 and committed to maintaining international peace and security; developing friendly relations among nations; promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization takes action on a wide range of issues, and provides a forum for its 193 Member States. The work of the United Nations touches every corner of the globe and focuses on a broad range of fundamental issues, like sustainable development, protection of the environment and refugees, disaster relief and mitigation, counter terrorism, as well as disarmament and non-proliferation. The world looks to the United Nations for solutions to complex problems everywhere; from ending conflict and alleviating poverty, to combating climate change and defending human rights. The issues on UN agenda are manifold and diverse as are the careers UN offer.

            Among UN ranks you will find staff members who monitor elections, disarm child soldiers, coordinate relief in humanitarian crisis and provide administrative as well as logistical support to carry out complex mandates. These are just a few examples amongst many other equally critical and necessary functions. The wide array of UN jobs means that one may change functions, departments, geographic locations, and even organizations or fields of work throughout your career in the Organization. The diversity in UN, almost 44,000 staff from 193 Member States, means that you will find yourself working in multi-cultural teams with people from all backgrounds and cultures who have wide perspectives, experiences, expectations as well as approaches.

Women in UN.
UN global workforce is made up of 33% women and 67% men. The United Nations strongly encourages women to apply for available positions. The present percentage of women in different departments is nowhere near the target figures of UN. Hence the chances of qualified and competent women to get UN jobs are higher than men. In fact, a rapidly growing UN organization called "UN women" look for qualified women candidates.

             The 44,000 civilian staff members of the United Nations serve at different locations around the world. As an international civil servant, you are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity in all matters affecting your work and status. Integrity includes probity, impartiality, fairness, honesty and truthfulness. Those UN serve have a right to expect no less help UN to create a better world - contribute your talent with pride to advancing the objectives of the United Nations. One should be drawn to the Organization because of the meaningful work it does and the prospects of working in different places with people from all over the world. Your personal motto should be to go where opportunity takes. You will find your job with UN very inspiring because you can learn something new every day and is highly rewarding. Many people miss out on opportunities because of safety concerns and fear of moving, but the great opportunity to travel around the world, explore different cultures while working for the common good should not be missed.

UN and Youth
If you are a graduate only, with limited or no work experience, you may qualify to take the Young Professionals Program recruitment examination.

Spectrum of UN Career,
United Nations provides wide range of opportunities to all kinds of professionals to work in multitudes of fields and diverse range of programmes. The following fields are only indicative of the wide opportunities and fields it offers:-
• Engineers from most disciplines.
• Doctors and Paramedics
• MBAs
• Lawyers
• Accountants, Auditors and financial experts
• IT professionals
• Lawyers with various specializations
• Police officers and criminology experts
• Administrators
• Environmental experts
• Developmental experts
• Conference/ event management professional
• Safety and security experts and professional
• Aviation experts
• Logistics and supply chain managers
• Peace keeping and Peace building experts
• Personal Secretaries and PAs
• Human Rights professionals
• Disaster management experts
• Language experts
• All types of lower level professionals and tradesmen

UN Organizations
Have a look at the number of major organizations in UN. In case you have a qualification and experience in any of the fields mentioned below, you can be a candidate to work for the organization.
• UNDP - UN Development Program
• UNFPA - UN Population Fund
• UNOPS - UN Office for Project Services
• UNHCR - High Commission for Refugees
• UNICEF - UN International Children's fund
• ITC - International Trade centre
• UNESCO - UN Educational, scientific and Cultural Organisation
• WHO - World Health Organization
• ILO - International Labour organization
• FAO - Food and Agricultural Organization
• ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization
• WFP - World Food Program
• IMO - International Maritime Organization
• UPU - Universal Postal Union
• WMO - World Meteorological
• IFAD - Fund for Agricultural Department
• WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
• IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
• UNIDO - UN Industrial Development Organization
• ICC - International Criminal Court
• ICJ - International Court of Justice
• ITLS - International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
• UNAIDS - UN Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS

These exciting opportunities and tangible career support services are naturally extended across all the Organization’s established job networks :
• Political, Peace and Security
• Management and Operations Support
• Economic and Social Development
• Information Systems and Communication Technology
• Legal
• Public Information and External Relations
• Conference Management
• Safety and Security

Staff categories
The United Nations workforce is made up of different categories of staff. Within each category there are different levels, which reflect increasing levels of responsibilities and requirements. The information in this section will help you decide in which staff category, and at what level, you fit in. This will be useful when you start searching and applying for jobs. At the United Nations you progress in a category through merit and qualifications. There are, however, restrictions on movement between the different categories.

These are the different categories of staff at the United Nations :
o Professional and higher categories (P and D)
o General Service and related categories (G, TC, S, PIA, LT)
o National Professional Officers (NO)
o Field Service (FS)
o Senior Appointments (SG, DSG, USG and ASG)
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