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Employment Opportunities at the United Nations and Other International Organizations
Do you know that many satisfying and challenging professional employment opportunities, with competitive salaries and benefits, are available at the United Nations (UN) and other international organizations (IOs) around the world? The State Department strongly encourages all qualified candidates to apply.
Competition for these positions is keen--they are open to nationals of all member countries--and standards are high. Minimum qualifications usually include an advanced degree; significant relevant international experience; and a strong working knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian. Most IOs have a mandatory retirement age, often 62 years, except for the very senior positions.
IO positions are not “reserved” for U.S. citizens from the Foreign Service, Civil Service, or private sector--anyone may apply and all should do so directly to the particular organization. A federal employee may be able to obtain reemployment rights with his or her home agency and continue USG retirement plan coverage and some other benefits while working for an IO, but such arrangements must be made in advance--Foreign Service employees, through CDA; Civil Service employees, through their bureau personnel offices. These posts are not “biddable” for rotational assignments.
Information on vacancies available in many IOs can be accessed on the Department’s web page at www.state.gov/p/io/empl/--most of them are hyperlinked to the individual organizations’ employment pages. After identifying a position of interest, go to the specific organization’s website for more information and instructions on how to apply directly.
If you have any additional questions, need advice, or are notified that you are a finalist (i.e., make it to an organization’s “shortlist”) for a permanent or fixed-term position (other than a consultancy, expert, or short-term contract), please contact:
Room 4808 HST