UN Job Networks

Job networks

The recruitment and development of well-rounded and experienced staff capable of meeting changing organizational needs is a high priority for the United Nations.

Job networks have been established to promote greater career opportunities for staff members. Each network is a flexible grouping of job families with common, related and interrelated fields of work and functions. Job families in turn are occupations and sub-occupations grouped into a common field of work. As part of a network, United Nations employees can access multidisciplinary opportunities for developing new skills, and gain exposure to the different parts of the Organization.

An eligible staff member can join one or more networks based on her or his background and career interests.

Job Networks

  • Management and Administration
  • Economic, Social and Development
  • Political, Peace and Humanitarian
  • Information and Telecommunication Technology
  • Legal
  • Public Information and Conference Management
  • Internal Security and Safety
  • Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain
  • Science

1. Management and Administration Network

Job families
:

  • Administration
  • Audit
  • Ethics
  • Inspection and Evaluation
  • Investigation
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Investment Management
  • Management and Analysis
  • Ombudsman
  • Procurement

Nature of the work

Jobs in the Management and Administration Network (MAGNET) focus on the management of human and financial resources, ethics, investigation and audit, management and analysis, and administrative support.

At a higher level, the work of staff engaged in this Network has an impact on the strategic direction of United Nations management practices, policies, accountability and related issues, including key decisions concerning procurement and budgets.

Education
Requirements

Business or Public administration, Finance, Accounting, Management, Economics, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Commerce, Law, or related fields.

2. Economic, Social and Development Network

Job families
:

  • Drug Control and Crime Prevention
  • Economic Affairs
  • Environmental Affairs
  • Population Affairs
  • Programme Management
  • Public Administration
  • Social Affairs
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Development

Nature of the work

Job opportunities in the Economic, Social, and Development Network (DEVNET) are mostly found in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York as well as in the United Nations’ five regional economic commissions headquartered in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva and Santiago. Overall, staff members in this network contribute to the promotion of socio-economic development.

The majority of jobs in economic affairs entail analysis of economic sectoral development at global, regional and national levels. Staff members working in this area undertake empirical and substantive research along with analysis of trends, developments and related policy issues relevant to their specific mandate. They draft inputs for studies and prepare reports and publications to support the work of the Economic and Social Council.

Many jobs in this network specialize in intergovernmental support, organization of international conferences and forums, and preparation of summary reports. In addition, jobs in the area of technical cooperation include drug control and crime prevention, organization of training seminars for national experts and coordination of capacity building projects. The network also includes jobs in statistics, demographics and population affairs with a focus on research, analysis and reporting on socio-economic indicators.

Education
Requirements

Sociology, Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Demography, Public Administration, Governance, Political Science, Business Administration, Law, Public Finance, and other social sciences or related fields.

3. Political, Peace and Humanitarian Network

Job families
:

  • Civil Affairs
  • Electoral Affairs
  • Human Rights Affairs
  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • Political Affairs
  • Rule of Law
  • Security Institutions

Nature of the work

Jobs in the Political, Peace and Humanitarian Network (POLNET) cover political analysis, and preparation of reports for the General Assembly, the Security Council and their subsidiary organs and committees.

Additionally, work may involve participating in the organization and preparation of studies on political, humanitarian and emergency relief issues. Staff members participate in and organize activities in the framework of various interagency programmes which support policy development, electoral support and Rule of Law.

Members of the network may participate in international conventions and committees where the United Nations is a key player. At the Organization’s New York Headquarters, they work closely with the permanent missions of Member States in the coordination of political work, reporting and monitoring on various subjects as mandated by the General Assembly.

This network also covers jobs in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, human rights, humanitarian affairs, electoral processes, disarmament, counterterrorism and other related areas. Jobs are located in offices across the global Secretariat.

Educational Requirements

Political Science, Law, International Relations, Public Administration, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Economics or related fields.

4. Information and Telecommunication Technology Network

Job families
:

  • Media Technology
  • Telecommunications Technology
  • Information Management Systems and Technology

Nature of the work

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Network (ITECNET) plays a vital role in the implementation of technology within the United Nations. It sets overall strategic directions for the Organization, plans and coordinates a wide range of Information Technology activities, and provides enterprise systems and infrastructure.

Specifically, jobs include information and communication technology research, policy formulation and compliance, development, and the establishment of infrastructure to support the Organization’s information and communication technology systems which include computing, telecommunications, office automation, software and hardware support, internet operations and enterprise-wide applications.

Additional responsibilities may also include technical support for the management of the Organization's information assets workflows by means of research and development of new technologies, computer processing and communication technologies.

Typically, at a higher level, jobs may cover the formulation of overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and contributing to the overall management of a department’s technical activities and operations.

Educational Requirements

Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, Statistics, Electronic, Technical or Communication Engineering, Technical Science, Computer Technology, Information Science, Social Sciences or related fields.

5. Legal Network

Job families
:

  • Jurists
  • Legal Affairs

Nature of the work

The Legal Network (LEGALNET) seeks to provide a unified legal service for
the Secretariat and other organs of the United Nations. The network
provides legal services on questions of international, national, public,
private, procedural and administrative law, and provides substantive
Secretariat functions to United Nations bodies.

It also contributes to the understanding, acceptance and consistent
application of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and
related implementing Agreements, through the expeditious processing and
publication of treaty-related actions as well as treaties registered and
deposited, in addition to providing assistance to Member States in matters
related to treaty law.

Jobs include the provision of legal advice and services to the
Organization, advice on constitutional and other legal questions, including
the admission of Member States; the credentials of representatives,
relations with the host country, the rights, privileges and immunities of
staff, the provision of interpretation of and draft amendments to the
Organization's rules of procedure for organs, conferences and other bodies,
as well as staff regulations and rules. The network also represents the
Organization in judicial proceedings, drafting and interpretation of
international conventions, treaties and other instruments as well as
resolutions, negotiations or other procedures for the conclusion of
agreements or the settlement of disputes; examining and drafting legal
documents, including contracts, deeds, insurance and other agreements;
undertaking investigations and preparing reports on special legal problems.

Educational Requirements

Law, Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science,
Public Administration, or related fields.

6. Public Information and Conference Management Network

Job families
:

  • Conference Services
  • Documentation & Information Management
  • Language
  • Protocol
  • Public Information

Nature of the work

The Public Information and Conference Management Network (INFONET) plays a
central role in fostering greater understanding of the work of the United
Nations. This network brings the core messages of the United Nations to the
world using various communication tools, including radio, television,
print, the internet, videoconferencing and other new information
technologies, as well as through its global network of United Nations
Information Centres. Another significant group of functions in this network
relates to managing the annual sessions of the General Assembly and
on-going sessions of its various bodies and organs at United Nations
Headquarters in New York, which includes providing simultaneous
interpretation, as well as translation and distribution of parliamentary
documents in the six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French,
Russian and Spanish).

Jobs in this network involve planning, managing and evaluating public
communication campaigns; building and facilitating strategic contacts; and
forming partnerships to ensure effective public communication.
Specifically, jobs include writers, photographers, illustrators, producers
for radio, film and video, editors, verbatim reporters, translators,
interpreters, précis-writers, revisers, terminologists, reference
assistants, copy-preparers, proof-readers, text processors, and printing
and distribution officers. The network also offers non-language related
jobs such as conference room officers and protocol employees, which may
include various aspects of planning, coordinating and servicing of
meetings, conferences, committees and other bodies.

Educational Requirements

Business Administration, Communication, Journalism, International
Relations, Management, Political Science, Social Sciences, Public
Administration or other related fields.

Language-related jobs require a perfect command of the main required
language (normally a mother tongue) and excellent knowledge of two other
official languages of the United Nations. One of the key requirements for
entry-level language staff is the United Nations competitive language exam.

7. Internal Security and Safety Network

Job families
:

  • Security
  • Safety

Nature of the work

The Internal Security and Safety Network (SAFETYNET) is centrally
responsible for the coordination of security policies and the management of
security personnel.

Responsibilities include planning, developing and administering programmes
designed to ensure the physical safety and security of the Organization's
staff and premises. Safety and security personnel also contribute to the
development of security standards and procedures; the analysis of security
information impacting on the security of United Nations staff and
operations; the completion of threat and risk assessments; and the
implementation of appropriate risk mitigation measures. Members of this
network may be called upon to deal with disturbances, respond to
emergencies or crisis situations, or manage more complex issues pertaining
to the safety and security of United Nations staff and premises.

Educational Requirements

Military service or national police experience, or both, is a requirement
for many security positions, such as Security Officers and Security Guards.
For senior positions, prior security management experience and a university
degree in Political or Social science, International Relations, Law
Enforcement, Business Administration or related fields are requirements. In
addition, positions for Security Guards and Security Officers require a
special physical test as well as prior experience with defensive weapons.

8. Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Network

Job families
:

  • Engineering
  • Facilities Management
  • Human Settlements
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Property and Asset Management
  • Transportation

Nature of the work

Jobs in the Logistics, Transportation, and Supply Chain Network (LOGNET)
focus on managing facilities, infrastructure, operations, and logistical
support.

In addition, jobs in this network cover diverse aspects of facilities
management, engineering, and transportation. Another significant group of
functions in this network relates to logistic and supply chain specialists
and those who manage assets and facilities. The United Nations employs a
large number of logisticians, air operations specialists, movement control
specialists and other technical specialists in peacekeeping missions who
help organize delivery of supplies and services to field locations.


Educational Requirements

Business or Public administration, Architecture, Engineering,
Transportation, Aviation, Safety Management, Air Traffic Control, Military
Flight/Air Traffic Control Training, or related fields.

9. Science Network

Job families
:

  • Medical
  • Natural and Life Sciences

Nature of the work

Jobs in the Science Network (SCINET) focus on medical related services,
anthropology, and natural life sciences.

Jobs in this network include Nurses, Pharmacists, Paramedics,
Veterinarians, and Dentists. Another group of functions in this network
relates to meteorology, outer space sciences, as well as forensic
anthropology and pathology.

Educational Requirements

Nursing, Medicine, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Physics,
Engineering, or related fields.