Swiss interested in working with the United Nations or International Financial Institutions

Are you Swiss and interested in starting a career with the United Nations or International Financial Institutions? Here is how cinfo can support you.

cinfo's services

We provide information and advice on working in multilateral organisations, facilitate your networking and support you throughout the various stages of the selection process:

Information and advice
Networking with employers and experts
  • How can I get first-hand information from and network with HR specialists, recruiters and experts?
    Attend our upcoming events with multilateral organisations – some take place online (webinars), others in Switzerland or in the countries where the organisations are based.
Job application support

Before applying

  • How can I make my application stand out from the crowd?
    Meet a cinfo coach during a job application support, who will review your application (CV, cover letter, PHP, P11, etc.) and give you useful advice.

After submitting your application

  • How can cinfo help make my application more visible?
    If you have applied to one of cinfo's focus organisations mentioned below, e-mail us a copy of the vacancy and your application. We inform our partners at the respective organisation and the Swiss Government of applications from qualified Swiss nationals.

When preparing for a job interview

  • How can I master my job interview?
    Meet a cinfo coach during a job application support, who will help you practice interview questions, give you feedback as well as useful tips. This service is offered free of charge to Swiss nationals who prepare for an interview with one of cinfo’s 12 focus multilateral organisations (see below, except for JPO and UNYV positions).

Our focus organisations

In addition to providing information and advice on working in multilateral organisations in general, cinfo has been mandated by the SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and SECOState Secretariat for Economic Affairs to provide support in order to strengthen the presence of Swiss nationals in the following organisations:

If you are interested in joining one of these organisations, cinfo can support you as follows: 

  • Before you apply for a specific position: Improve your application documents by registering for our Job Application Support.
  • After you have applied: You are encouraged to share a copy (PDF) both of your application and the vacancy announcement with recruitment@cinfo.ch. We inform our partners from the respective organisation and the Swiss Government about qualified applications.
  • When invited to an interview: prepare for the interview by benefitting from a Job Application Support. This service is offered free of charge to Swiss nationals that interview with one of cinfo's 12 focus organisations.

If you have applied to any other multilateral organisation: Swiss nationals are welcome to share a copy of their complete application dossier with the relevant Desk at the Swiss Confederation. If you do not know the Desk, you can send the documents to the Candidatures Section of the FDFA. 

Opportunities for Swiss young professionals

To contribute to the mandate implementation of multilateral organisations and to offer employment opportunities to talented young Swiss professionals, the Swiss Confederation sponsors two types of assignments with multilateral organisations:

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