Career Opportunities at the United Nations

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 26, 2011

In a video message, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer encourages Americans -- who are underrepresented on the United Nation's staff -- to learn more about the UN 2011 Young Professionals Program (YPP) Examination and to explore the possibility of working for the United Nations. The YPP examination targets specific occupational fields. This year those fields are administration, humanitarian affairs, public information, and statistics. Applicants must meet age, education, and language criteria. The application period runs until September 10, and the examination will be held on December 7. You can learn more about the requirements and the application process by visiting the UN Careers website at



Md.Golam B.
July 26, 2011

Golam K. in Bangladesh writes:

I wish to do something (markating & seles) in USA.

United States
July 28, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

The UN has an official program of employment discrimination on the basis of age, language, and national origin?

There a federal law against employment discrimination.

Get your checkbook ready. I'm feeling lucky.

July 29, 2011

Syed in Africa writes:

I am a retired Major from Pakistan Army and have a passion to work for United Nations Organization any where in the world in the field of administration and security, if given an opportunity.

New Mexico, USA
July 29, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Syed in Africa,


How would you deliver humanitarian assistance in the horn of Africa in areas controlled by al-sheebab if you were in charge of saving millions of endangered people?

The UN says it is currently "doing all that it can" and if that's the best the nations of the world can do...well I'm asking because I think the soft bigotry of low expectations is pathetic when a whole lot of folks are going to die because they can't imagine themselves actually solving the problem.

What if, in a trust building military exercise, the Pakistani and Indian militaries took a half million men apiece and put boots on the ground in Somalia?

Just a thought, and I wonder if it's worthy of consideration in seeking lasting peace generally.

Welcome to the blog.

Best regards,


John P.
July 29, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico

Extremely clever question for the UN staff interviews "recruitment" procedure:

“How would you deliver humanitarian assistance in the horn of Africa in areas controlled by al-sheebab if you were in charge of saving millions of endangered people?”

If they read, they should enclose it in the “oral” evaluation…

yasin a.
August 1, 2011

Yasin in Kenya writes:

me iwant to share with united nation my effort of language either interpretig or translating my bi-lingual exp; Englishand Italian thank you

New Mexico, USA
August 1, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

John in Greece,

I wasn't trying to be clever, but if the UN staff isn't clever enough to answer it, they might want to hire someone who can to replace themselves with, since they obviously are not comming up with an answer that works.

The solution to al shebab standing in the way of humanitarian aid delivery is not a diplomatic one or involving asking terrorists for access...wrong! Susan Rice should understand this,...That the failure lies with every nation that has to this date allowed them to stand in the way without doing anything to move them out of the way.
So complaining about it just doesn't work for me and represent a failure of US policy if that's all she's got in her tool kit.

And that requires a purely military solution, to deliver aid in a robust and secure manner, whether ngo's like it or not;...the problem is beyond their ability to deal with, so nations will have to get real creative and cooperate with each other..., then and only then will there be conditions to aid populations, but as well the only path to a political solution that creates lasting peace.

Al shebab's unconditional surrender is a prerequisite.

Until then it will be just more yada yada yada...all talk and very little doing.

Let's face it, the Pak and Indian armies have enough folks faced off against each other on their common border that a half million apiece won't even be missed except by those who's antagonistic attitudes would have these nations go to war with each other.

Well if they reduced by half a million men apiece this bilateral dysfunctionality, folks could put them to better use than simply standing around and yelling curses across the border at each other.

So I wanted Syed's professional opinion as to if he thought this was even remotely possible.

I'm not even going to bother with thinking the AU could solve this, the members won't even honor a warrant for genocide and serve it, so they are pretty freekin' useless as far as I'm concerned, part of the problem , not of the solution.

As for my country, we flat are not setting the bar high enough in our diplomatic efforts within the UN.

We are "talking for talking's sake", and just have again with the North Koreans about whether they are serious about restarting the 6-party talks and "meeting commitments".

Famine on the peninsula and a terrorist regime standing in the way armed with a policy of "behavior change" that hasn't seen anything except it going from bad to worse is likely to produce different results anytime soon.

Wasn't it Einstein who said the definition of insanity was doing what fails to work over and over and over again repeatedly, thinking it will?

Folks need to apply the scientific method to diplomatic efforts to avoid existing in a state of denial.

It could be a good question for folks to start having a constructive realization though, and that would be clever if they did....(chuckle).




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