Ask Devex: Landing a job with the UN

An excerpt from the “Ask Devex” online event. Career Account members can watch the full recording below.

Devex Executive Vice President Kate Warren returns to answer your career questions and help you land a job in the global development sector. This month’s Ask Devex looks at how to start working with the United Nations, among other common career challenges.

The U.N. is a diverse organization with many different individual agencies, explains Warren. Each has their own way of hiring, working, and evaluating. It is important to acknowledge this and look at the individual agencies, she advises, to hone in on the agencies that best align with your experience and networks.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.