Revisit the event «Working with the United Nations»

On 3 November 2017, 45 pre-selected Swiss mid-to-senior level professionals gathered at the Centre de Conférences Varembé in Geneva to participate in an expert dialogue on career opportunities with the United Nations, in particular UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNV and UN Women.

The event aimed at increasing the awareness on the working reality, application processes and recruitment trends in these five priority UN organisations of the SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation . An expert panel discussion, a series of workshops, individual consultations with UNVUN Volunteers and various networking opportunities made this a successful day.

Landing a career with the UN

The event kicked off with a panel discussion, where specialists from UNDPUnited Nations Development Programme , UNFPAUnited Nations Population Fund , UNICEFUnited Nations Children's Fund , UNV, and UN WomenUnited Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women , mostly HR professionals, shared information and discussed specific questions on working with their organisations, recruitment trends and do’s and don’ts when applying. Participants were especially interested in learning about application processes, transferrable skills, roster recruitments, the added value of doing consultancies and the benefits of going on mission as UNV Specialists.

The discussion was deepened in subsequent workshops, where participants had the chance to ask questions related to their profiles. They were provided with information on recruitment specificities of each organisation and useful tips to increase their eligibility and suitability.

«Getting in touch with UN staff directly involved in recruitment was my most valuable take-away»

A UNV Specialist assignment as ideal entry point

At the in-person event, special light was shed on the possibility for qualified candidates to apply as UN Volunteer Specialist and the importance this could have for exposure to and knowledge of the UN System for a future career.

«Many current UN staff started off as UNVs, thus, a UNV assignment is considered an excellent entry point for qualified professionals without previous UN experience»

About 20 qualified and pre-vetted participants attended short individual consultations with two UNV Recruitment Specialists during the afternoon session. These individual exchanges were extremely useful for participants who appreciated the chance to receive personal feedback on their profile.

Your application – your selling point

The application preparation workshop in the afternoon was conducted by cinfo counsellors in collaboration with HR representatives of UNDP and UN Women. The workshop was built around four steps that can be seen as characteristic for writing effective resumes, Personal History Profiles (PHPs), and cover letters for multilateral organisations: 1) Knowing yourself, 2) Understanding the position, 3) Building the PHP/Resume and 4) Writing the Cover letter. A mix of theoretical input, tips and feedback from UN representatives and various group exercises made the workshop a valuable experience to prepare upcoming UN applications.

«The workshop contained some useful exercises and was very helpful and well organised. Thank you!»

Practical information

Working with the UN

Do you think you meet the requirements to work with a UN organisation? In 2018 there will be several other opportunities to meet with HR Recruiters of these entities. Visit our informative webpages, stay up-to-date and do not miss any chances! 

Are you a Swiss national who recently applied or is planning to apply to a position with one of Switzerland’s priority UN organisations? cinfo can support you! Inform us about your application via

Going on mission as UNV Specialist

Would you like to gain direct exposure to the UN system while working in a field office? UN Volunteer Specialists – also referred to as 'UN Volunteers' – are experienced professionals, recruited directly by a UN field mission or country office from the UNV database.

Why not start your career with the UN as UNV Specialist? Learn more about the requirements and qualifications needed to become a UNV Specialist 

Stay up-to-date: visit regularly and do not miss any upcoming chances to interact with UNV HR Specialists

Applying to the UN: How cinfo can support you

Are you planning to apply for a position with a multilateral organisation? Are you preparing for a competency based interview? cinfo’s job application support services help you competing more skillfully for specialist positions, support functions or junior positions by: 

  • supporting you to improve your CV, motivation letter, job application form (e.g., PHP/P11); 
  • preparing you for an interview, e.g., competency-based interviews for a UN organisation or an IFI. 

Learn more: Job Application Support


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