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Jobs at UN specialized agencies: A primer

By Ingrid Ahlgren05 October 2009

Ali Shamsan talks with bee keepers in Mukalla, Republic of Yemen, in a 2002 project funded by the World Bank. Photo by: Bill Lyons/World Bank

Since its establishment in 1945, the United Nations has grown into a body of 192 member states. With so many to serve, its operation is understandably vast.

The U.N. is, according to its human resource department, made up of 14,000 employees stationed at the organization’s New York headquarters and field offices around the globe. The number, however, does not include the total work force of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which are U.N. specialized agencies.

The U.N. tends to advertise more than 200 openings at any time, in areas ranging from administration and finance to human rights, logistics and social affairs. Job notices are advertised on the the U.N. jobs board, respective Web sites of U.N. programs and agencies, and Devex Jobs.

The list below provides a rundown of jobs in U.N. specialized agencies and related organizations. Specialized agencies differ from U.N. programs in the way these organizations are funded. Whereas programs depend mainly on voluntary contributions, specialized agencies receive both donations and a portion of the overall U.N. budget.

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Ingrid Ahlgren

Ingrid is a Devex correspondent based in New York City. She worked as a staff writer for Vault.com from 2007 to 2009, helping to write guidebooks, including the "Vault Guide to the Top Government and Nonprofit Employers." Before moving to New York, she was a researcher for National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, D.C. Ingrid holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, she grew up all over the world.


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