Promotion des Suisse·sse·s dans les organisations multilatérales

Where Swiss working in multilateral organisations get support and meet to network

Are you a Swiss national working for a multilateral organisation and seeking to advance your career and connect with peers? cinfo offers a unique space for addressing your needs, networking and getting mutual support among professionals. You will also receive invitations from cinfo and the Swiss Confederation to specific networking events.

Swiss UN professionals networking

Our support at a glance

Swiss nationals working with UN organisations and multilateral development banks.

  • Explore career and personal development prospects
  • Get support for promotions and job applications 
  • Connect with other Swiss nationals in multilateral organisations and support each other

Why go through cinfo

As a member state of the UN and a stakeholder in development banks, the Swiss Confederation is striving to increase the presence of Swiss professionals in various multilateral organisations. cinfo, the Swiss centre of competence for careers in international cooperation, has been mandated by the SDC and SECO to support the recruitment, retention and career development of Swiss nationals in focus multilateral organisations.

Our HR advisors are not only committed to newcomers who want to join multilateral organisations, but also to professionals who are already part of the system. Through cinfo, you become part of an extensive network of professionals and experts, and can harness this potential at any time.

Swiss people working for the UN are so fortunate to have the opportunity of cinfo supporting them at different moments of their career – in my case three times so far – to work with UNDP in Madagascar, with OCHA in Switzerland and UNICEF in Nigeria.
Woman
Christina
 
Alfirev
Emergency Manager
UNICEF Nigeria
If I need information on UN recruitment policies and programmes, I can always get in touch with cinfo. I also know they would support me for competency based interviews at any time.

But most importantly, cinfo represents a neutral agency for me to discuss career considerations. I wouldn't know what other Swiss institution could provide me with that kind of support.
Patricia Barandun
Patricia
 
Barandun
Deputy Representative
UN Women India

Networking with Swiss staff in multilateral organisations, Swiss government and employers

How can you connect with other Swiss professionals at the UN and in development banks, and with Swiss government representatives who work on multilateral affairs?

Join our online LinkedIn group “Swiss with Multilaterals” where you can learn about each other and get in touch at any time.

LinkedIn group

For Swiss nationals working in the United Nations, learn about the additional network support we offer:

Swiss UN staff community

Do you want to meet these same people at networking events?

Join cinfo’s physical or online events organised during our annual missions to Geneva, New York and Rome. And do not miss the Forum cinfo, the Swiss event on work and careers in international cooperation.

Forum cinfo

Would you like to discuss a specific topic or organise such an event with a colleague from a multilateral organisation or the Swiss government? Get in touch and share your ideas with us.

Get in touch

How can you network with HR specialists and recruiters from the UN and development banks?

Meet with our HR partners in our "Behind the Scenes" event series. Some events are webinars, others take place in Switzerland or in the countries where the multilateral organisations are based.

Behind the Scenes

Candidate support

How can you make your application documents stand out?

In cinfo’s job application support, our coaches review your application from a recruiter’s perspective, and provide advice on how to improve your CV, P11 or other online form and motivation letter.

Job Application Support

How can you get your application and situation flagged?

When invited to an interview with one of cinfo’s focus multilateral organisations, we inform our partners in the federal administration and the employer’s HR department to support your visibility.

Application Flagging

If you are currently working for one of our focus multilateral organisations, we support your career development and retention. Let us know about your situation and we can discuss your perspectives with your HR department.

Get in touch

Invited to an interview? How can you master it?

Register for interview preparation with one of our coaches. You will rehearse, receive feedback and get useful information for your upcoming interview.

Interview Preparation

If you interview with one of our focus multilateral organisations, we offer this service free of charge.

Free Interview Preparation

Career guidance

Are you at a crossroads, needing to make a quick decision or facing personal challenges related to your career?

Address your individual situation, your questions and needs at a career session with one of our coaches. Examples of topics:

  • Decision making regarding job offers, relocation or repatriation, dual careers, etc.
  • Your skills and potential
  • Your career goals and strategies for achieving them

Career Advice

How can you keep up to date with the latest job opportunities in multilateral organisations?

Create your profile on the cinfoPoste job portal. You will be added to our talent pool and receive notifications of new opportunities. Many vacancies in our focus multilateral organisations are advertised on cinfoPoste. For certain jobs, where we actively source suitable candidates, you may be contacted directly by our recruiters.

Join the Talent Pool

Our 12 focus UN organisations

cinfo provides specific support for applications to the following UN organisations:

IFAD
OCHA
UNAIDS
UN DCO/RCS
UNDP
UNFPA
UNHCR
UNICEF
UNV
UN Women
WFP
WHO (coming soon)

Our 8 focus development banks

cinfo provides specific support for applications to the following international financial institutions:

ADB
AfDB
AIIB
EBRD
GCF
IDB
IFC
World Bank

Any questions?

Report from Swiss staff on how to strengthen Swiss presence in the UN

Swiss UN staff compiled this report in 2016 providing recommendations regarding possible areas of improvement. If you are a Swiss national working at the UN and wish to get a copy, get in touch.
Ask for a copy