Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Job Opportunities in UN Organs in India

UN Jobs in India

The UN (United Nations) offers a wealth of employment opportunity through its specialized agencies as well. The advantage of jobs with these agencies is that they offer employment in a particular area of interest rather than a generalised sweep of jobs. Information on currently vacant positions is available from UN Headquarters, but more accessible from UN information centres throughout the world (in India it’s on Lodhi Road in New Delhi) and other offices of the UN (eg.UNDP, UNHCR, Unicef). Moreover, information may be obtained from the foreign ministry of the respective member states and certain educational and professional institutions.

Rather than jobs at the entry level, many agencies offer project-based short term jobs, which is a good way of building experience. Permanent recruitment are usually made at middle and higher level posts. To be considered for permanent jobs, a candidate must possess an advanced university degree and a minimum of six years’ professional experience. For short-term projects, qualifications are less exacting and require some relevant experience coupled with a lot of enthusiasm. For those interested, there are many specialized agencies to choose from, apart from the better known Unicef.

United Nations Development Programme – The UNDP has a number of units including the information and communication technology cell. Under this, the UNDP helps developing countries form viable national information infrastructure policies to encourage greater connectivity and greater competition. UNDP also works extensively in the area of AIDS. It helps developing countries prepare, fund and implement strategic HIV/AIDS plans. Any employment opportunity with this section of UNDP would target professionals with advocacy skills and ability to develop large-scale, multi-sectoral programmes.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – According to the UN Charter, the main objective of Unesco is to contribute to world peace and security by promoting  collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Works with displaced people. The agency is in the news frequently these days given the numbers of people coming out of Afghanistan.

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development – Also known as the World Bank, it was established in July 1944 at the UN monetary and financial conference. The World Bank opened for business on June 25, 1946. Its goal is to reduce poverty and improve living standards by promoting sustainable growth and investment. The bank provides loans, technical assistance and policy guidance to developing-country members to achieve this objective.

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