UN Women

The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, is the UN organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

UN WomenUnited Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women was founded in 2010 to empower women, eradicate discrimination against women and girls worldwide, and to foster equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

To achieve this, it works in the areas of:

  • leadership and political participation
  • economic empowerment
  • gender-based violence
  • peace and security
  • humanitarian action
  • youth
  • governance and national planning
  • sustainable development agenda
  • HIV and AIDS

Switzerland and UN Women

Switzerland is currently one of UN Women’s top financial donor. Its mandate fully aligns with Switzerland’s priorities to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. In future, Switzerland will focus on supporting UN Women by developing new partnerships and strengthening its capacities and impact regarding women’s political participation, leadership, gender-responsive public planning and budgeting, economic empowerment, and ending violence against women.
More about the collaboration of Switzerland and UN Women

As of October 2017, UN Women employed 3 Swiss staff. With the objective to increase this number, SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has mandated cinfo to support the careers of Swiss nationals with UN Women by providing information and advice, facilitating networking opportunities and offering assistance throughout the various stages of a selection process. 
More about the services for Swiss nationals

Career opportunities

UN Women regularly seeks qualified professionals in the areas of:

  • gender
  • human rights & peacebuilding
  • peace & security
  • resource mobilisation
  • project management
  • communication
  • human resources
  • economics & finance
  • monitoring & evaluation

For experienced professionals

Professionals with at least 5 years of relevant experience are regularly sought for mid-career (P-3 and P-4) to senior-level (P-5, D-1, D-2) positions or UNVUN Volunteers assignments.

  • ​Find UN Women vacancies on our job portal cinfoPoste. Create a profile and set up your job agents (customised email alerts) to be notified of the latest job openings.
  • Look out for application calls to join a roster or talent pool on UN Women's website. Pools of pre-selected candidates allow the organisation to identify and mobilise experienced professionals whenever the need arises.
  • Register on the UNV database to become available for UN Volunteer specialist assignments with UN Women. These significantly underrated positions are the starting point for many professional careers with the UN. 

> Learn more about the various types of positions at the UN
> Use UNDP’s salary estimation tool to calculate the estimated salaries and benefits of UN staff members.

For junior professionals

Professionals with few years of relevant experience can start a career with UN Women or another UN organisation as a Junior Professional Officer (JPOJunior Professional Officer ) if their government finances such positions.

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For students and recent graduates

The UN Youth Volunteers Programme regularly offers young graduates the opportunity to gain direct exposure to UN Women's work in the field. Some UNYVUN Youth Volunteers positions are only open to nationals of certain countries or graduates of certain universities. If you are Swiss, learn more about the UNYV Programme for Swiss nationals.

Graduate-level master's, post-master's or doctoral students can complement their studies with practical experience through an internship at UN Women.


Around 430 staff operate from headquarters, 47 country offices, 6 multi-country offices and 6 regional offices.

Around two third of UN Women’s posts are located in the field.

Are you Swiss?

cinfo offers additional information and services exclusively for Swiss nationals.

A glimpse of Swiss nationals' work at UN Women

Julien Pellaux is working as a Strategic Planning Adviser and Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Executive Director at UN Women in New York. 


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