Recruiter insights: How to land a job with UN Women

UN Women staffers and partners hold a community meeting for women at the Gado-Badzere refugee camp in Cameroon. Photo by: Ryan Brown / UN Women / CC BY-NC-ND

Established just over 10 years ago, UN Women remains smaller than many of its sister agencies. Still, it was one of the top employers on Devex’s job board in 2019 and recruits for a range of positions, including policy specialists, office heads, and consultants with expertise in gender, communication, information technology, or monitoring and evaluation.

Unlike some bigger organizations, which have large networks to tap into, UN Women posts all of its consulting opportunities externally, said Prasun Chakraborty, head of human resources with the agency. His colleague Maria de la Luna, an HR specialist, added that there are often opportunities for experts to support the field offices.

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    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.