The United Nations needs talented and dedicated staff to function effectively and efficiently in its global mission. It is part of the Center’s mission to help inform the public about the resources and opportunities available within the UN system. However, the Center is not able to answer questions about the status of specific vacancies.


Vacancies in Washington

There are occasional openings in UN offices in Washington.

UN System Employment Sites

Please visit UN Careers for general information about employment and vacancies within the UN Secretariat, including civilian peacekeeping staff.

Specialized agencies, funds and programs (i.e. UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, etc.) conduct their own recruitment programs. Some of those vacancies can be fund here.

Opportunities for Young Professionals and Students

The Center receives many inquiries about opportunities for students and young professionals. Internships are a great way to build a resume. Additional information about internships can be found here. The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is an annual exam for people under 32 years of age to enter the UN Secretariat. In addition to the YPP the specialized agencies, funds and programs have junior professional programs of their own. Known as junior, young or associate professional programs, eligibility varies depending on the program.

Career Opportunities for Americans at the United Nations 

In partnership with the UN Secretariat, the United States government has announced five new positions at the United Nations for U.S. citizens under the age of 32 as part of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) program.  

The JPO program recruits young professionals, usually with an advanced university degree and a minimum two years of professional experience. JPO positions are generally at the P1 or P2 level. 

“We are proud to announce five UN JPO opportunities for U.S. citizens sponsored by the International Organizations Bureau in collaboration with UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs,” Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Michele Sison wrote in an announcement on Twitter. “We are thrilled to support a diverse group of young Americans pursuing careers in international organizations.” 

You can find more information about the program and the selection criteria on the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs website. Links to learn more about each of the available positions are also available below:  

VA 21P020 OHCHR ROLDS JPO in Human Rights, Geneva 

VA 20P219 DMSPC JPO in Research Coordination Management, New York 

VA 20P101 CTED JPO in Counter-Terrorism, New York 

VA 19P085 DESA OISC JPO in Intergovernmental affairs, New York 

VA 22P032 ESCAP JPO in Transport and Logistics, Bangkok 

Other Opportunities

United Nations Volunteers also provide opportunities to gain experience and become involved in the work of the UN.