Staff members are permanent employees of the United Nations who have access to all the benefits.
There are different categories of staff in the UN system. Within each category there are different levels with various amounts of responsibilities and requirements.
In total, there are five different categories of staff at the United Nations:
A detailed description of these categories may be found on the official UN Careers website.
Young professionals are able to apply to positions under three categories – Professional categories, General Service categories, and National Professional Officers – since entry-level posts there do not require significant work experience. The main differences between these categories are summarised below.
|Professional category||General Service category||National Professional Officers|
|Performed functions||Perform functions at the professional level||Perform administrative, secretarial and clerical support as well as specialised technical functions||Perform functions at the professional level, which have a national context|
|Nationality||Any||Any||Nationals of the country in which they are serving|
|Location||Any||Any||Non-headquarters duty stations only|
|Relocation to different duty stations||Expected||Not expected||Not expected|
Young professionals interested in developing an international career in the United Nations should carefully consider entering the Professional category. Moreover, employees in this category normally have higher benefits compared to the similar level positions in other categories.
The Professional category includes a wide range of jobs in fields related to the work of the UN.
All the jobs are divided into eight job networks:
A detailed description of each category can be found on the UN Careers website.
Today, an entry-level post in the Professional category is P-2. These posts are normally filled through the Young Professionals Programme (YPP). The YPP is a highly competitive recruitment initiative that brings talented young professionals to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. This examination is built upon the national competitive recruitment examination (NCRE) which was held for the last time in 2010.