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Published by: Raj Aryan

How to apply and get a Job at United Nation (UN):

Before going over to How? One need to know Why? Why you need to work at UN? Is there any specific reason or just you are running behind a brand or showoff or money? You need to find out this before going over to what the topic speaks. Once you have got the answer, one can proceed.

This is a four step process. Let’s deal with them one by one:

  1. Job Openings

  2. Creating our own Job Application

  3. Application Process

  4. At Interview

Job Opening:

Before directly applying, one needs to know in which field we are interested. Or on the basis of our qualifications which field will be best suited for us. One need to keep ourselves updated with the same.

So to receive Job alerts and all, one needs to register as user/login on the website given below:

On the same website we need to fill up our personal details and register ourselves.

Once we are done with the same and logged ourselves into the system, we need to go to Job Search/Advanced Search. From there one can save our job search criteria to create a job alert. One will then receive e-mails once job openings that match our criteria are posted.

   2. Creating Job Application:

All the job openings in the UN Secretariat are published on the United Nations Careers Portal. When you apply for a job, you have to submit an application in the UN online recruitment system.

Completing Application:

The inspira application is an extended online resume, specifically used by the United Nations, where you articulate your education, competencies, achievements and professional experience. The application is used to evaluate your eligibility and suitability for the job. It is your opportunity to tell your story in a way that demonstrates that you are the best candidate for the job.

If one wants to apply for more than one job you can update and change your information in the online recruitment system before submitting a new application.

Understanding the Job Requirements:

Make sure you find as much information about the job as possible and apply only to those jobs that are suited to your strengths and aspirations.

Preparing the Cover Letter:

The cover letter, which you must complete when applying for a job at the United Nations, is the personal introduction that accompanies your application.

Your aim in the cover letter is to describe how our experience, qualifications and competencies match the job for which we are applying. Think of your cover letter as an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other job seekers by highlighting what makes you the best match for the position.

Our cover letter should be brief, three to four paragraphs, and as targeted as possible to the position for which we are applying. Focus on the most relevant parts of our background that relate to the job opening.

There are few Application Tips as well:

  • One need to be Concise: Make words count. Our use of language is extremely important; one needs to project our self efficiently. Address the job's needs with clearly written, powerful phrases. Providing small, digestible pieces of information. Use action verbs. Avoid passive sentence constructions. Avoid clichés.

  • One need to make the most of our Experience: We need to know what we have accomplished to have an idea of what we can do for us. Don't try to be vague. Especially in our achievements section, focus on what one really have accomplished and achieved, as opposed to what we do on a daily basis. Be honest always. There is a difference between making the most of your experience and exaggerating or falsifying it.

  • Try to be Specific: Be specific especially when we are going after more than one job opening, customize the application accordingly. The system allows us to update it, so we can tailor our application for a specific position. The same applies to our cover letters – customize them for each application. Customizing the cover letter is the easiest way to demonstrate that we have clearly read and understood the job opening.

   3. Application Process:

After you have followed all the steps which are mentioned above, wait till the evaluation of your application is done. 

  • Our application is evaluated in terms of experience, education and skills. If we meet most or all of the requirements we will be contacted to undergo an assessment i.e. a knowledge-based test or another type of simulation exercise.

  • If we are not eligible or only meet some or none of the requirements for a particular job, we will be informed that our application was unsuccessful for this particular job. In this case, we should apply for other jobs for which we feel we are qualified.

  • The assessment exercise could be either a written exam or simulation exercise or case study. These assessment exercises are conducted in strict confidence and we will be informed in advance of the time, type and length of the assessment. If, based on the result of the assessment, we are short-listed for a competency-based interview, we are informed accordingly.

  • If we are not short-listed for the competency-based interview, we will be so informed. Please note, however, that the type and frequency of correspondence with individual candidates may vary throughout the application process.​

  • The competency-based interview can take place either via telephone, video conference or in person. We will be notified of the time, duration and means and/or place of the interview as well as of the names of the interview panel members. During the interview, we learn more about your combination of skills, attributes and behaviour that are directly related to your successful performance on the job.​

  • A pool of qualified candidates is recommended for selection following the outcome of the various assessment stages. Any recommendations made are then evaluated by an independent review body, composed of staff and management representatives, to ensure that the applicable procedures were followed correctly.​

  • Selection decision is made by the head of the department usually for one individual, or if several positions are available, for the corresponding number of vacancies.​

  • One will be notified if he/she is the selected candidate for the job.​

  • If we were in the group of candidates recommended for the job opening but were not selected, we will be placed on the roster for similar functions at the level and category of the job opening for possible future selection. As a roster member, one will be notified when new job openings with the same job title, level, category and job family for which you have been rostered are advertised.​

  • If we are not included in the pool of candidates recommended for selection, we will be notified accordingly.

  • A roster is a pool of candidates who have already been vetted as viable candidates through the application process and who are ready for immediate selection.​

  • ​If you have been informed of your inclusion in the roster, either based on the recommendation for a specific or for a generic job opening, you can potentially be selected for an upcoming job opening without having to undergo the entire application process.​

  • Once you are included in a roster, you will be regularly contacted by e-mail to either confirm your continued interest in upcoming job openings, or you may choose to temporarily put on hold or permanently withdraw your roster candidature.

Appointment at the United Nations is subject to satisfactory and complete verification of academic qualifications and employment. If a candidate under closer consideration, reference checks will be conducted and we will be notified accordingly. Regarding academic qualifications, only applicants with academic qualifications from accredited (officially recognized) universities or institutions are considered eligible. The status of an educational institution is verified through reference check procedure. As for the employment verification, if one had indicated in our application that we have objections to contacting our current employer, this employer is not contacted until we have actually been selected for and have confirmed our interest in a position. If we are selected for inclusion in the roster no reference checks are conducted with a current employer unless we are actually informed of your upcoming selection.

   4. At Interview: 

The United Nations' greatest asset is the quality of its staff. To ensure that the very best and eligible people only join the UN team they use a competency based interview process. These interviews are also called "criterion based interviews." Such interviews are based on the concept of past behaviour and experience is the best indicator of future performance. In other words, our history depicts a story about ourselves: our talents, skills, abilities, knowledge and actual experience in handling a variety of situations.

Interviewing questions may look like this:

Can you tell us about a situation when you went above and beyond your manager's expectations?

Give an example of a time when you used your problem solving abilities to resolve an issue?

Can you tell us about a time where you had a number of demands being made on you at the same time? How did you handle it?

Useful tips for the interview:

  • Preparing a wide range of brief real life stories about your accomplishments. Be aware of the specific skills each story illustrates and remember to include the positive outcome or lesson learned from each experience.

  • Keep yourself ready to discuss your strengths and your ability to learn from past experiences. Other than that focus on how you could contribute to the work of the United Nations and to the specific position you are applying for.

  • Review the competencies mentioned in the job opening. Doing this will probed in your interview and so your stories should show your skill in these competency areas.

  • You should keep yourself prepare to address positive results and achievements including competencies and challenges one have had in each of these areas.

  • The structure of our answer should be: Situation, Action, and Result.

  • One should only share information which one feel is appropriate and relevant.

  • Listen to the question carefully. Keep to the point. Be as specific as possible.

  • Do some research on competency, or behaviour based interviews. There is a lot of material available about preparing for such an interview structure.

  • Learn as much as you can about the Department and Office you are applying to and the work it does.

Young Professionals Programme:

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is an initiative taken for the most talented, qualified, and eligible professionals to take an international civil servant as their carrier option in collaboration with the United Nations Secretariat. It like others has its own selection criteria which consists of an entrance exam along with a professional development programmes. Once a candidate has successfully passed both the stages, they can start their carrier with the UN.

Every year, various countries that are un- or under-represented in the United Nation, comes to take part in this programme. Among all the countries which participate in the same, India is yet not a part of it. This programme has been successful for candidates who were successful in making their carrier as an international civil servant and serving their service as leading their country to a better position.

At last, have faith and confidence in yourselves. If you are determined for the same, you will get it at any cost.

Reference: All the data has been taken from the official website of United Nation.

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