New online roster a gateway to UN field jobs

Photo by: Kike Calvo / UNOPS

Job seekers looking for a career with the United Nations can now benefit from an online recruitment and roster system at UNOPS.

As an operational arm of the United Nations, at UNOPS, we help our partners implement more than $1 billion worth of aid and development projects every year, often in challenging environments.

The Global Personnel Recruitment System has been designed and built in-house to streamline all recruitment, as well as to create a pool of experts to support our operations in more than 80 countries, including our Copenhagen headquarters and regional offices in Bangkok, Johannesburg, New York and Panama.

We are using the system to identify talented individuals in all areas of project support and implementation, with a particular focus on project management, finance, procurement and human resources roles, to work on one or more of the 1,000+ projects we support.

The GPRS has been designed to simplify and speed up the recruitment process, allowing applicants to create and save a personal profile and use this to apply to multiple positions. Users can then monitor the status of their applications by logging onto their account.

The system was launched last month and candidates can now use it to apply for current UNOPS vacancies, or to register for the roster in order to be considered for upcoming positions.

Job seekers can also search the GPRS for specific vacancies or to see the types of job profiles included in the roster, without first having to create an account.

Roster profiles

UNOPS roster profiles reflect those jobs we most frequently hire for in our primary areas of work: project management, procurement, finance, HR and many more.

When UNOPS needs to recruit, we will use our roster to identify qualified applicants who will be invited to confirm their availability and interest. This will provide an opportunity to submit a specific cover letter, or update your profile with any further qualifications or skills. View roster profiles.


In addition to using the roster to identify qualified candidates for a specific vacancy, UNOPS hiring managers may choose to list a vacancy announcement on the GPRS, should a roster profile not be available. View current vacancies.

Getting started

Using the GPRS is easy. To apply for a specific vacancy or a roster profile, you must first create an account. You must then fill in details, including personal data, education, experience, languages, skills and other information. This personal profile does not have to be completed in one go but can be saved and updated on an ongoing basis.

Once a personal profile has been completed, you can apply for specific vacancies or roster profiles. At this point, you may be asked to respond to job-specific questions or upload documents relevant to a particularapplication.

That means just one basic personal profile needs to be created, and can then be refined each time you apply for specific posts or roster profiles — making the onlineapplicationprocess much closer to the traditional CV approach.

You can upload any supporting documents (such as a cover letter, CV, reference) to any vacancy or roster profile you apply for. Remember to regularly update your personal profile on the roster, to ensure it reflects your current skills.

Create your GPRS profile now, email UNOPS with feedback or questions about the application process, and read personal accounts of working at UNOPS. UNOPS is a Devex member; find opportunities with UNOPS and other organizations on the Devex jobs board.

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About the author

  • Pierre Moreau-Péron

    Pierre Moreau-Péron joined UNOPS as director of the Human Resources Practice Group in January 2010. Pierre has extensive experience in HR, including 20 years in the private sector, mostly in the communications sector in Europe and Africa. Before joining the United Nations, he was the international HR director for Wanadoo, the second largest Internet provider in Europe. Since 2004, he has led the learning and career management branch of UNFPA, New York. He is a graduate in political studies from Sciences Po in Paris, France.