Are you the type of person who is still making decisions about your career, who is not quite ready yet to take the plunge, make a long-term professional commitment or become attached to a job or calling? Perhaps you like the idea of change, career breaks and moving around. Or alternatively, you may just be interested in getting your toe through the door at the United Nations to see what we do and whether you would be interested. If you are this person then a temporary position at the United Nations might be just what you need.

Temporary appointments are used to fill positions a period of less than one year to meet seasonal or peak workloads and specific short-term requirements. Temporary appointments may, however, be extended beyond one year only when there are surge requirements, operational needs related to field operations and where circumstances have allowed for special projects with finite mandates. Temporary appointments, which include the initial appointment and any subsequent extensions, may not exceed a total period of 24 months at any given time. Staff members holding a temporary appointment are considered external candidates when applying for job openings.

Temporary job openings are advertised in inspira, the Organization’s talent management platform. Applicants interested in applying for these positions must complete and submit their application through inspira. Positions that are available for such short-term requirements are advertised with the reference to their temporary nature.

The application procedure for project personnel is the same as for any other position.

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