The UN General Assembly Urges the $54 Billion Pension Fund to Shape Up

The United Nations General Assembly sharply rebuked the United Nations Pension Fund, which it oversees, reaffirming control of the $54 billion account by the UN Secretariat and calling on the fund to improve its problematic performance and service to its 72,000 beneficiaries. The strongly worded resolution came amid other resolutions being finalized at the tail … Read more

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, … Read more

Wanted: A Job Anywhere in the World With the UN

IDP camp in South Sudan

Applying for a job at the United Nations requires a high degree of perseverance — “like trying to find a secret passageway from a brick wall — but eventually you get through,” said Stéphane Dujarric, the director of news and media at the UN Department of Public Information in New York. The Center for Global … Read more

Two Resources for Job Seekers in Foreign Affairs

Peace Corps in Morocco

Graying retirees are spared the anxieties experienced by the 20- and 30-somethings of today who are trying to crack the job market. But late in April, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 jumped to record levels, United States employment rose at a stronger-than-expected rate. I breathed a sigh of relief, hoping the … Read more

For ‘Young Professionals,’ How to Land a Job at the UN

Security Council meeting, with foreign minister of Pakistan

As far as cool job titles go, you would be hard-pressed to beat that of Heli Pahlman, who is from Parainen, an archipelago town in southwest Finland. Her title has the words “outer space” in it. Pahlman, 28, works as an associate program officer at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna. … Read more

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Treaty to Protect UN Staff Falls Far Short of Backers

UN envoy for Ivory Coast

In 1994, after deadly civil wars began to pose extreme dangers to both peacekeepers and humanitarian staff members working around the world, the United Nations adopted the 1994 Convention on the Safety of UN and Associated Personnel, which made nations where UN troops and other missions are based responsible for their safety. An additional protocol … Read more

For a Job at the UN, Start by Making Contacts

In January 2011, the International Labor Organization projected the global unemployment rate to be approximately 6.1 percent, equivalent to 203.3 million people, and developed economies such as the United States and the euro zone consistently hover around 9 and 10 percent, respectively. Given such anemic labor market conditions and the long reach of the United … Read more

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