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Sage Advice on Job-Seeking at the UN


Two United Nations officials with long careers at the world body and based in New York recently offered tips on how to get a job at the UN. Speaking at a  careers forum held at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in October, in presentation with PassBlue, Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general, and John Ericson, chief of the outreach unit in the Office of Human Resources Management, gave candid advice on how to seek and find a job at the UN.

The forum was videotaped by the Ralph Bunche Institute. It begins with an introduction, followed by Ericson’s speech on the most recent general and specific information on ways to finding a job at the UN, including listings, language competitive exams, the Young Professionals Program (YPP; recruitment exam, Dec. 4, 2014), Junior Professional Officers program (JPO), UN Volunteers (UNV; for people 25 and older) and the UN Internship Program.

Dujarric, who has held numerous spokesman positions in the UN, most recently was the director of news and media for the UN’s Department of Public Information. He discussed what he looks for in job candidates, such as the ability to get along with co-workers in a multinational office environment. A question and answer period concluded the event.



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