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How can I find out if my expertise is needed at the UN?

To find out more about the organization and the jobs that may be suitable for you, we suggest that you view our UN Careers website.

On the website there is an overview of the types of careers available, information about the application process, and a tool for you to search current job openings.

If you want to receive emails letting you know about newly posted jobs, you must first log into your inspira account. You can then perform a Job Search that can be saved to create a Job Alert that matches your search criteria. For instructions on how to create a Job Alert, please see the Applicant’s Manual (section 5.2, page 55).

How can I apply for a job at the UN?

Please note that resumes and CVs are not accepted.

All applications have to be submitted online: through inspira for job openings posted in inspira and through Galaxy for vacancies posted in Galaxy. The UN Careers website will redirect you to the appropriate application platform.

Note: It is highly recommended that you submit your application well in advance of the deadline date. Job openings posted on the UN Careers website are taken off at midnight (GMT-5) on the deadline date.

For more information about the online application process, we recommend that you refer to the Application process page on the UN Careers Website.

How do I know if my application has been received?

When you submit an application from your inspira account, the system will automatically send an email to your primary email address (as recorded in your inspira profile) to confirm that your application was received by the United Nations.

If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam filter or visit, if needed, your “Careers Home” page to check the status of your application. If the status is not “Draft” or “Withdrawn”, then it means that your job application has been successfully submitted and was received by the United Nations.

When you submit an application from your Galaxy account, go to “View Application History” to confirm that your application was received by the United Nations.

How long does the selection process usually take at the UN?

The selection process has various stages from initial application submission through to interview and final evaluation. More detail on each stage can be found in the Application process section of the UN Careers website.

Each application you have prepared, and the list of job openings to which you have applied, along with the application status, is displayed on the “Careers Home” page of your inspira account.

What is the meaning of each application status in inspira?

Draft: An application is being worked on by an applicant but has not been submitted. It is visible only to the applicant at this stage.

Applied: An application form has been submitted via inspira, but the pre-screening process (which checks candidates’ eligibility for a position) has not yet begun.

Under consideration: The recruitment process is underway but no candidate has yet been selected. This status will display to all applicants throughout the short listing, interview (and/or the relevant assessment exercises when applicable) and recommendation stages, until a candidate has been selected.

Recruitment completed: A candidate has been selected for the position and the selection process has been completed. The selected candidate will be contacted by the recruiter.

Rostered: The applicant has been put on a roster but he/she has not been offered the position. Rostered candidates may be selected in the future for comparable positions within the same job family.

Filled from roster: A candidate has been selected for this job opening from the roster. For more information about rosters and roster management, please refer to chapter 14 in the Applicant’s Manual.

JO cancelled: This job opening has been cancelled.

Can I reapply after withdrawing an application?

No, if you withdraw an application (whether intentionally, or by accident), you cannot submit a new application for the same job opening.

Can I update information in an application that I have already submitted?

If you are applying for a position through inspira, you can change the contact information in your profile, including your email address or phone number, even after submitting an application.

However, please note that the substantive part of an inspira application (including the cover letter, work experience, education details and references) cannot be edited after an application is submitted.

Should you need to attach a file after your application has been submitted through inspira, you can however use the “My Attachments” section on the “Careers Home” page of your inspira account. Files uploaded from the “Careers Home” page are accessible to the hiring teams processing the applications you have submitted.

If you are applying for a field position through Galaxy, it is not possible to edit any aspect of your application after it has been submitted.

I cannot find the name of my university when adding my education details, what should I do?

For post-secondary education, a database of degrees from 16,000 university-level institutions compiled by UNESCO and the International Association of Universities (IAU) is used to streamline the validation of degrees.

If you cannot find your university or school when adding your education details, we recommend that you perform the following steps:

  1. Click on the look-up icon at the end of the “Name of Institution” field.
  2. Click on the “Advanced Lookup” link.
  3. Select “contains” in the “Long Description” dropdown menu and then enter part of the name of your institution (for example Chicago if you are looking for University of Chicago).
  4. If no result is found, search for “Other Institution”. Note: If you select “Other Institution”, a new text field “Please enter name of institution” field is automatically added allowing you to be more specific.

Note: The fact that your degree may not be part of the UNESCO's and IAU’s database will not prejudice your application. Indeed under such circumstances, HR practitioners will conduct further checks during the background verification stage.

Where can I take the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT)?

The ASAT is an eligibility requirement and it must be taken before applying to any General Service position in the United Nations Secretariat.

For more information on the test and where to take it, please contact the United Nations offices in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, Santiago, Bangkok, Beirut, Addis Ababa, Arusha or The Hague, or contact your nearest United Nations Information Centre or United Nations Development Programme office.

Please note, that since 1 June 2012, the New York ASAT examination has been suspended temporarily due to a large number of candidates who have passed the test and are currently on the roster.

Are there any other UN system employment websites?

You can find more UN System employment websites by clicking on “Links to other UN system employment pages” available on the What We Do” page.

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