Jobs at UN programs: A primer

An aid worker serving with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees hands a blanket to one of the young victims of cyclone Nargis, which devastated Myanmar in May 2008. Photo by: United Nations / UNHCR

The United Nations depends on 40 specialized agencies and programs to promote cooperation among its 193 states.

Funding sources differentiate the two categories of U.N. organizations: Programs rely solely on voluntary contributions, while specialized agencies also receive a slice of the global body’s budget.