What you can do now to prepare for a career with the UN

Victoria Fernandes shares insights on what UNFPA looks for in candidates.

When you apply for a job with the United Nations Population Fund, as with many U.N. agencies, you are up against a large pool of candidates. To increase your chances of job application success, it is helpful to understand which skills and experiences specific agencies are looking for, and what you can do now to prepare.

Victoria Fernandes, head of strategic sourcing with UNFPA, shared some tips and tricks on applying to the agency — and many of these tips are applicable to other U.N. field-based organizations.

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.