Which UN organisation is hiring? Looking at the first half of 2011

With July well underway it is high time to look back at the first half of this year and see which are the big players in terms of jobs in the UN system. The line-up of the organisations is no surprise with UNDP clearly leading the pack, followed by UNICEF, UNOPS, IFC and the World Bank. The graph below outlines the situation as per the UN Job List data from July 24th 2011.

Interesting in comparison to earlier data (http://unjoblist.org/resources/) is that the WHO, IAEA as well as UNDPKO are not making it into the top 10 this time.

When looking at the numbers please keep in mind, that the numbers reflect vacancies, which includes both staff and non-staff contracts. Further, the data does not show the INSPIRA vacancies (UN Secretariat) consolidated into one organisation and also does not speak to actual posts filled (vs. just advertised).

We are all Norwegians

The Little Peacekeeper is horrified to learn about the attacks that have happened in Norway yesterday. He is deeply saddened for the victims and stands in silence in their memorial. He believes that many people can use a little peacekeeper right now, so if you know of a friend who is affected by these events, please be extra kind and helpful. Also, if you don’t know much about Norway, this may be a good time to learn as much as you can about the country, the wonderful people and their values. If you want, share what you like about Norway and the Norwegians in the comments below.

The Little Peacekeeper is in Cote d’Ivoire

After four months of conflict, Cote d’Ivoire is gradually returning back to normalcy. The Little Peacekeeper is currently on mission to support post-conflict recovery activities. Here, you can see him visiting a market in a war-affected area rehabilitated by UNDP. As you can see, he likes to meet local people and he is making lots of new friends.

Latin American Peacekeeping Partnership Project

The Little Peacekeeper is in Paraguay where he is taking part in a workshop of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre’s (http://www.peaceoperations.org/) programme ‘Latin American Peacekeeping Partnership Project’. On the picture you can see him learn about Protection of Civilians in the Paraguay Peacekeeping Training Centre (CECOPAZ).

Meeting other Peacekeeping representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru and Uruguay, the Little Peacekeeper is tempted to try another Peacekeeper’s service cap. On the picture you can see him contemplate how this would work but he decides to stick to his little blue helmet for now.


Time to say farewell…

The Little Peacekeeper has been quite a while in Chile now and it’s time for him to say his farewell. On the picture you can see him getting ready just outside the Sala Raúl Prebisch which is dedicated to a former CEPAL Executive Secretary who is known to the economists amongst you for the Prebisch-Singer Thesis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singer%E2%80%93Prebisch_thesis.

Just before leaving and in order to be fit for his journey, the Little Peacekeeper is eating some wonderful Chilean grapes: