I've been working in few UN agencies and applied to many. The idea of working in UN is very aspirational, but the processes there are total disaster.
So pros: you will be a part of big mission, the salary is good, benefits are good too if you have a good contract.
Cons: most of contracts are non-staff, meaning you have less benefits, no pension scheme and have to take care of your taxes;
- highly developed nepotism. In some offices if you dont know who would recommend you, forget about it. Especially if thats Geneva or NY. Even if positions are international or for external candidates, they'll get someone who is already there, or have a work permit and so on. Within last year I've sent multiple applications to positions, where I fully fit or even overqualified and I got zero response. Why would that happen you think?
- bureaucracy and unprofessional personnel. So after they higher someone by recommendation (see above), this someone will be managing some units, so as a result we will have horrible recruitment procedures, chaos in staffing (we are constantly under staffed, selection process can take months, my latest contract extension took over a month (and thats just 1 piece of paper to adjust), great people, who work here have to leave because there is no adequate procedures for extensions);
- you will not build a carrier there. the only option to get higher position is to apply for it. But here we are facing the thing with recruitment of someone's friends and you might stu
Prosinternational environment, good salary and benefits (depending on contract type), interesting experience
ConsNepotism, bureaucracy, undefined duration of contracts, unreasonable HR procedures
I've worked in the UN in a range of roles in several countries and in several departments, and overall I find the work incredibly rewarding and colleagues talented, friendly and incredibly diverse. An adventure like no other--in one role, you get to engage in fascinating technical work with colleagues from universities and institutions from around the globe; in another, you're travelling, giving talks and presentations at events in locations you never thought you'd travel to. Small perks you'd never imagine in other locations: diplomatic identification in many field duty stations, very generous tax benefits through special treaties with every country.
Though like any large institution, what matters most is the job fit and the match with the managerial environment and a sense of derived value from the work you do. This is not always automatic, and a bad match can have detrimental aspects on your career. It would be unwise to simply join because you want to be in the UN. If you dislike your job, or you find your supervisor intolerable, the fact that you work in the UN will be of little consolation to you. I've been lucky and have had roles where I've been challenged and supported by my supervisors in beneficial ways; yet I've known many talented individuals who have resigned and taken substantial pay reductions simply due to what can be called a poor interpersonal match with their supervisors or the job itself.
The institution is changing: though never rapid, the pace of
ProsGenerous tax reimbursement scheme, rental subsidy, diplomatic identification in many duty stations, excellent pension, possibility of "tenure"-style appointments, excellent work life balance and pay
ConsVery little free stuff (no free coffee, lunches), large bureaucracy focused on rules over results by definition
I have always been proud of working for the United Nations and following its main core values: integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity.
I have been fortunate, throughout my years of experience with the UN, performing different functions: a) from Chief Budget & Finance Section for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia (UNAKRT), where I was responsible for daily tasks such as managing the allocated resources, redeployment of funds if needed, budget proposals, formulating my Section’s strategic framework, improving internal controls and managing the Finance staff’s performance, as well as clarifying financial matters to judges, lawyers, and other staff;
b) to Business Analyst/Process Expert for Umoja interacting with other entities around the world, i.e. the Information Center in Tokyo or The Regional Center in Entebbe providing guidance, support, and clarifications on their daily tasks, or performing testing on complex finance scenarios and validating the models with the process owners.
I have always been an early riser, starting very early, around 6 AM, to prepare for the day, to distribute the tasks, prioritize, respond the queries from other entities; provide production support, occasionally interact with Senior Managers to stay on track with expected objectives, etc. I would normally work 10 hours a day, but available after working hours if additional information was needed.
I have had many tough situations working wit
ProsAssigned to overseas entities within the UN organization.
Each day was a day for learning and challenges which I generally ended in a new drive to achieve the mandate of the agency.
Given the extensive nature of portfolios that UN interventions cover across countries and regions, a typical work day at the UN can only depend on the specific assignment of each staff, his/her supervisor and sometimes on the security level of each duty station.
In my case, my work consisted of facilitating understanding of the goals and activities of the agency externally with partners; and internally to ensure that all team members are working in the same direction, towards the attainment of our mission goal and objectives.
Since my assignments cut across different work streams, they offered me the opportunity to understand the linkages between academics, research, policy formulation and implementation of research results, through partners. Without that deep understanding, it would have been impossible to produce all the communication and advocacy tools that helped to place our mandate in the forefront of Africa's development agenda within a very short time. I could count on the patience and collaboration of my colleagues to deconstruct highly technical concepts into the easily understandable language that was necessary for my communication and advocacy products such as newsletters, video clips, advocacy dialogues, etc.
None of these would have been possible without the support of management and positive work culture and professional leadership that it had instilled in the agency. Every discussion, no matter how lively it went on, always ended in a consensus position, to w
As UN peacekeeping mission is completely secluded and living in a four corner surrounded by 24 hours security, I play an important role in entertaining UN staff through various activities to keep them fresh and lively. I conduct Yoga classes, fitness training, numerous evening get together for all of us to gather under one roof and enjoy the moment. I enjoy making people happy. The team that I work with is wonderful and we share success and credit as a team. Everyone's input is taken into consideration and we reach the goal as a team. Working with more than 100 nationalities does give me an exposure to multiple cultures which widens my overall view. I served as focal point for the UN games held at Paris, Spain and New York in 2012/13/14 for UNAMID group. Arranging visa, hotel, transport, train ticket, etc and bringing them back safely was a major achievement. Was awarded a silver certificate received at UN games 2013. I am an experienced and competent Fitness Instructor and Recreation Director with 20 years of experience in the 5* hospitality sector.
I also contribute to the Rations section in UN which has exposed me to all sectors and team sites at Darfur (Sudan) by knowing the troop strength, requirement of food, receiving, checking and processing invoices submitted by the contractor for payments of goods. I create service certification against the relevant requisitions for payment, warehouse operating fees, outbound transportation and other services related to Rations.
ProsLike all organizations we are provided medical insurance, leave, accomodation, vehicle, etc.
My work day at the United Nations varied quite often, however, the majority consists of personal protection for dignitaries, managing a team of 6+ personnel, conducting route assessments, monitoring CCTV, maintaining dignitary schedules, ensuring that equipment is operational, coordinating with security personnel at visiting sites, completing daily reports and movements. I have learned the importance of professionalism and customer satisfaction. Additionally, my ability to understand and adapt with different cultures and language barriers within the United Nations.
The most challenging part of the job is the language barrier and hardship environments. My limited knowledge in foreign languages and the security personnel that I worked with having a minimal knowledge of English. Thus, causing difficulty in communications, however, I made it a point to learn important words in the specific language and to communicate effectively by actions. At times, being deployed in areas that require a strong mentality and harsh environments would take a small amount of time to adjust and adapt. Nonetheless, these cases make you stronger and more effective in decision making and appreciating what you have.
The most enjoyable part of my job was the challenge of working with the various cultures and nationalities. Furthermore, the excitement of traveling and learning different techniques from the International staff that I worked with. And, the experience of working in a team environme
Team building and relationship trainer /Safety and security manager/Experience with UN
Rami EREIQAT/Main Experiences
In charge as Business development staff at Challenger team 2011
Experience in Team building training and Adventures around Jordan...etc.
Curriculum development and Training staff /Royal military academy 2008-2010
With UN/Military observer 2006/2008
worked as team leader, train newcomers(UNMOs) the principles and instructions as SOPs, my duties focused on Duty roster , providing assessments and analysis for the mission headquarter, writing daily and weekly assessment of the latest events in the area of responsibility, liaise with the NGOs and peacekeepers operating in the area, participated in formulating the security matrix of UNOMIG to improve the security rules in the mission, reporting in daily, weekly and monthly basis to the HQ regarding the political and security situation in my sector, that’s included a written reports and verbal briefings as well, providing a strategic, military and political analysis concerning the area of interest, Collecting information, processing and producing intelligence, participating with FFT(Fact Finding Team) to follow up and collect the information about any incident , making sure of implement the rules and orders as SOPs in UNOMIG and providing advice for the military side regarding the security and military developments in the area of interest.
Anti protest and demonstrations instructor at Royal military academy for cadets’ officers 2005-2006
Operations officer 2002-2005
Dead Sea compan
Consteam building and health care, security, supervisor
Visiting the field and distribution sites | Lebanon, PA | May 8, 2016
Counsel individual asylum-seekers and refugees to manage their expectations on protection, assistance and durable solutions
Identify vulnerable asylum-seekers and refugees
Reporting and monitoring and evaluating nominated products/operations
Prepare detailed records of counseling sessions and follow-up on individual cases
Conduct registration interviews
Maintain registration and counseling database and provide regular input on daily actions
Ensure quality and integrity of information captured at registration, notably through peer review of
registered cases and follow up with respective functional units
Ensure constant and accurate upkeep of data (physical and electronic) to reflect status of persons of
concern by checking that all ProGres data fields are filled in properly
Manage and update refugee files as necessary
Compile periodic registration statistical reports and circulate them to all concerned parties, including
external parties. Analyze data to ensure data quality and integrity, and report trends and issues as required
Participate in support missions to the field offices
Liaising with partners and people of concern regarding field distributions
Draft routine correspondence based on instructions provided by the supervisor or based on background
information available on office files
Act as interpreter and translator when needed
Help in implementing new CS projects and conducting HPQ ( Household Profiling Questionnaire)
Provide extensive administrative and secretariat support to the Chief and Desk Officers in the Section, as well as staff in the Field Offices, in the most effective manner.
Schedule and coordination of appointments and meetings with high-level Government authorities, United Nations Agencies and NGOs. Organize and coordinate flow of documents and follow up timely responses. Sort out correspondence. Answered queries on various office matters. Carry out quality control functions for outgoing documents; proofread and edit texts for adherence to format, grammar punctuation and style in compliance with the United Nations's correspondence manual. Coordinate interviews, Section Meetings. Arrange bridge lines for teleconferences. Maintain electronic and paper filing system for the Section including converting relevant documents into PDF files through scanning or conversion using Adobe PDF applications and retrieve documents whenever required. Assemble and distribution of documentation for internal meetings, interviews and workshops confirming arrangements with participants and find venues. Prepare and process confidential information., Make , process and finalize travel arrangements for the Chief of Section and Desk Officers. Coordinate travel itenerary. Prepare Visa requests. Prepare and collate information packages for the Section Chief and Desk Officers's mission trips and work with Section staff to pepare briefings books for Director and Chief of Section. Prepare fi
Overwhelming Bureaucracy Impedes Organizational Response Time
The United Nations is an honorable organization with the best of intentions to facilitate diplomatic solutions to global conflicts. From an Administration perspective, the bureaucracy overarches any and all activities from the technology stack to their hiring process.
Everywhere there are politics, but in the case of the UN, the politics will dictate competency. Even if one is severly lacking in their abilities and professionalism, if they can further the political career of their manager/director (etc... up the chain) then the incompetent person will be retained and even promoted.
There is a caste system of staffing grades (levels) within the Organization. From the International Staff to the Local Staff to the Consultants/3rd Party Contractors, there is a disdain and generalization that the "lower" of these are not as essential to the operations and administration of the UN, are the first to be threatened with a cut and are significantly underpaid and with very little of the same benefits.
However, immersed for over two years, my experience is quite the opposite. I've observed what is perceived as the lower class (local staff) to be the most knowledgeable and responsive. Without the local staff, which are well underpaid, the UN would suffer catastrophic administrative failure. It's unfortunate such a huge disparity exists. It's unfortunate that very large reforms are coming and the career politicians are jockeying for their own gain.
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ProsA humbling perspective of what real world issues are
Untuk menjaga perdamaian dan keamanan internasional, dan untuk itu: untuk mengambil langkah-langkah kolektif yang efektif untuk pencegahan dan penghapusan ancaman terhadap perdamaian, dan untuk penindasan tindakan agresi atau pelanggaran perdamaian lainnya, dan untuk mewujudkan dengan cara damai , dan sesuai dengan prinsip-prinsip keadilan dan hukum internasional, penyesuaian atau penyelesaian perselisihan internasional atau situasi yang dapat menyebabkan pelanggaran perdamaian;
Untuk mengembangkan hubungan persahabatan di antara negara-negara berdasarkan penghormatan terhadap prinsip persamaan hak dan penentuan nasib sendiri rakyat, dan untuk mengambil langkah-langkah lain yang sesuai untuk memperkuat perdamaian universal;
Untuk mencapai kerjasama internasional dalam menyelesaikan masalah-masalah internasional yang bersifat ekonomi, sosial, budaya, atau kemanusiaan, dan dalam mempromosikan dan mendorong penghormatan terhadap hak asasi manusia dan kebebasan mendasar bagi semua orang tanpa perbedaan dalam hal ras, jenis kelamin, bahasa, atau agama; dan
Untuk menjadi pusat untuk menyelaraskan tindakan negara-negara dalam mencapai tujuan bersama ini.
Organisasi dan para Anggotanya, dalam mengejar Tujuan yang disebutkan dalam Pasal 1, harus bertindak sesuai dengan Prinsip-prinsip berikut.
Organisasi ini didasarkan pada prinsip kesetaraan kedaulatan semua anggotanya.
Semua Anggota, untuk memastikan kepada mereka semua hak dan manfaat yang dihasilkan da
Logistics and Supply Chain Management professional experienced in leadership roles at strategic, technical and operational levels
Logistics and Supply Chain Management professional experienced in leadership roles at strategic, technical and operational levels in directing, managing and developing strategies for Supply Chains to enhance capacity, services provision and products delivery.
Full spectrum of experience in: • Logistics & Supply Chain Development & Enhancement • Strategic Planning & Implementation • Business Development & Negotiations • Process & Procedures Improvements • Procurement/Sourcing & Contract Management • Conflict identification & Resolution • Systems Analyses & Assessments • Institutional Development & Capacity Building • Leader/Team Builder/Trainer • Relationship Cultivation & Management • ERP systems & software used/exposed to are SAP/R3, SYSPRO ver6.0, Quantimed, Pipeline, Orion, CRM, GALILEO (Business Objects/INFO-PAC).
Expertise areas: Logistics & Supply Chain Management of Assets, Commodities, Medicines, Health Care & HIV/AIDS Programs —Implementations/Interventions Strategies — Embryonic Start-Up Operations — USAID & UN Regulations/Management.
An accomplished Supply Chain Manager with operational experience in: Partnership building, Relationship management, Collaboration and Liaising with stakeholders, implementing partners and PEPFAR/USAID Activity Managers • Resource mobilization, Dissemination, Knowledge and information sharing on good practices, Systems strengthening, Supply Chains and scale-up of HIV/AIDS programs • Developed Work-Plans, Budgets and technical st
Support Information Technology daily operation in the Organization
I ensured daily with punctuality that Information technology services at available and in use by both military and civilian personnel.
The related issues with computers, printers, emails, password are sent to the desk through help desk software application and is being taken care of . In many cases remote access is done with the agreement of the customers and issues are resolved online.
In terms of management, the job is based on core values: Team spirit, respect of diversities, planning and prioritizing work, responsibility and accountability.
The most enjoyable part of the job is when the team has to complete a project such as installation of outlook webmail application or rollout, the team works with perfect harmony, perfectly helping each other and focus on great results. I love working with co-workers who have got or are close to the core values and support each other for the best of the company, I personally invest more time and energy too help a team mate and satisfy customers for the interest of the organization.
The most difficult part if when there is a dictator playing games by taking advantage of other staff's achievements and reporting to the Chief of the section as his personal achievement which obviously the chief would find out through general meeting. We sometimes end up having a weak team that will make any change or bring success because of one staff acting around maliciously, some staff end up leaving the job regardless of money, other staff just get
ProsHappy Hours, Letters of appreciation and Encouragement
ConsLack of appreciation, ignoring the strong silent achievers within the team, when staff effort goes unnoticed, when partiality and favour becomes a practice, the team spirit becomes fake and staff leave, get sick and take a long leave, anxiety takes over the team then the team suffers, projects could be delayed, motivation would decrease.
Financially, good place. Management very deteriorated in last 7 years. Job motivation bad in last 7 years. improved in the last 2 years.
- a typical day: Lots to research and solutions provided. 8 hours is not enough to finish.
- Learnt: new things almost everyday
- Management: high % low skills to manage people. Manager focus in technical things, but are mostly inefficient in performance. Managers don't appreciate employees. When they suggest changes are pointed out as "trouble makers". No proper reward for performance. Admin tools for improvement are used by bad managers as weapons, without consequences.
- Bad work balance. Some people work a lot; Very committed. Others do very little, they overload the working ones, and managers give price to bad workers because they obey blindly even when inefficient. Prize for keeping quiet, even before abuses. Who speaks up gets punished.
- Hardest job part: knowing solutions to improve work and productivity and being blocked to implement it, or even suggesting them.
- The most enjoyable: schedule flexibility, dealing with usual employees: Secretaries, General service stuff and non-managerial professionals. The majority of people honor their status as international environment in a respectful manner.
*Problem are a few middle level managers; They abuse or tolerate abuse to lower level staff, either personal or professionally, and they cannot be removed from office because they are protected as "diplomats". Organizations tend to avoid conflict with member states who have send such people to UN organizations.
* UN organizations are high potential environment pro
ProsGood salaries, possible good grow, if you learn to avoid bad management cases.
ConsLong hours, bad abusive middle-level managers.
Procure goods and services required by the mission in a competent, operationally-effective, efficient and timely manner, in accordance with UN procurement and financial rules, and internally-issued Procurement Guidelines.
1.1 Timely and efficient processing of high-quality solicitations for all assigned services and commodities.
1.2 Achieve and maintain positive working dialog with Requisitioners and Vendors, thereby promoting efficient and cost-effective procurement in the best interests of the organization. In general, always strive to promote and ensure transparency, objectivity and integrity in all procurement-related actions.
1.3 Verify award recommendations made by Buyers to ensure that they are in accordance with UN procurement/financial rules and are made correctly and in the best interests of the organization.
1`4 Establish personal monitoring tools to enable efficient monitoring of status of assigned cases, ensuring continual progress and timely actions where required (e.g. updated status of on-going cases, updated delivery status, updated status of contract expiry dates).
1.5 Assist with the clearance of unliquidated obligations as early as it is possible to do so within the current FY.
1.6 Increase in outsourcing/contracted services; quantitative reduction in cases overall
1.7 Maintain quality procurement documentation/standard logs, according to UN procurement rules and internally-issued Procurement Guidelines.
1.8 Periodically review Buyer case files to
Questions And Answers about United Nations
How are the working hours at United Nations?
Asked Jun 16, 2016
168hrs per week
Answered Sep 30, 2021
The working hours are up to 8am to 4pm
Answered Jun 28, 2018
Do have to take an exam to be considered for a job?
Asked Aug 24, 2016
Why not if it is the company's policy, it also help the company to understand the person they are hiring better.
Answered Jan 22, 2019
I don't have a problem to be tested with exam because it tells more about my profession
Answered Oct 31, 2018
Are police officers from small islands eligible for UN jobs?
Asked Jun 4, 2016
Yes they are qualified
Answered Feb 28, 2018
Are Spanish Translators or Experienced Spanish Speakers Needed in The U.N. And is Their Testing.
Answered Sep 14, 2017
Do field workers work on commission
Asked Apr 1, 2017
No they work by targets and accomplishments of goals.
Answered Jul 10, 2017
I don't think so because UN employees must sign a contract either a Contract of indefinite or fixed duration