United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA is the UN development agency established in 1967 to promote every person’s right to health and equal opportunity.

Active in over 150 countries, UNFPAUnited Nations Population Fund 's aims include improving health systems and access to health care, reducing maternal death and disability, and improved access to information and services related to sexual and reproductive health. UNFPA’s focus areas are:

  • sexual and reproductive health
  • gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • population and development
  • programme coordination and assistance

Switzerland and UNFPA

Switzerland has supported UNFPA since 1973. It prioritises multilateral cooperation in population matters and has contributed substantially to the strategic plan review by developing tools for monitoring and evaluation and strengthening personnel capacities.
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As of 2017, only 4 Swiss nationals are employed by UNFPA. With the objective to increase this number, SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has mandated cinfo to support the careers of Swiss nationals with UNFPA by providing information and advice, facilitating networking opportunities, and offering assistance throughout the various stages of a selection process. 
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Career opportunities

UNFPA regularly seeks professionals to work in the areas of:

  • gender-based violence
  • reproductive health
  • adolescent and youth
  • gender and human rights
  • population and development
  • resource mobilisation
  • HR / finance / IT procurement and programme management
  • gender equality and women’s empowerment

UNFPA has a strong presence in humanitarian and emergency settings and therefore a significant need of emergency preparedness and response experts.

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 and D-1) staff positions, consultancies, or for UNVUN Volunteers assignments.

  • Explore current staff vacancies on UNFPA's jobs database
  • If you are a mid-career professional interested in joining UNFPA, regularly check UNFPA's website for application calls or generic vacancy announcements to join a talent group or roster. If successful with your application, you will be placed in a pool of candidates that allows UNFPA offices worldwide to access your profile and contact you whenever a suitable position opens up. Recent initiatives included the Leadership Pool and the Surge Capacity roster.
  • If you are specialised in a technical area, complete your profile in UNFPA's Consultant roster. Although they are fixed-term and non-staff functions, consultancies are considered an excellent way to join UNFPA as incumbents may apply for staff positions during and after their assignment. 
  • Register on the UNV database to become available for UN Volunteer specialist assignments. 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

UNFPA offers several entry-level opportunities for professionals with 2 or more years of experience in a relevant field.

For students and recent graduates

The UN Youth Volunteers Programme occasionally offers young graduates the opportunity to gain direct exposure to UNFPA'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 students can complement their development-oriented studies with practical experience with UNFPA through an internship.

Location

As of December 2016, a total of 700 staff members were based in 139 country offices, half of which were based in New York headquarters.

Approximately 85 % of UNFPA’s posts are located in the field.

Are you Swiss?

cinfo offers additional information and services exclusively for Swiss nationals.

Career Guide for UNFPA Staff Members

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