About

This is the page of Sebastian Rottmair. I’m the founder of the UN Job List and also the Photo Project The Little Peacekeeper.

I don’t speak for my employer and I don’t speak for anyone else either. If I happen to link to any site, mention something on Facebook or retweet anything, it does not imply any endorsement.

If you would like to contact me just leave a comment on this page (make sure e-mail is right and working) and I will get back to you. If you have a question on anything related to the UN Job List – please use the Forum

Thank you,

Sebastian

71 responses

  1. Hey Sebastian.

    Ich und die Alex essen gerade Frühstück und haben deine Joblist homepage entdeckt. Coole Sache, vor allem für uns bald Arbeitslosen.
    Wie schauts bei dir aus, noch immer bei UNOPS?
    Liebe Grüße aus dem sonnigen Wien!

    Alex und Johannes

  2. Hallo Sebastian,

    habe gerade von dieser Website gehoert, und dachte mir, ich schicke einen kurzen gruss aus rom!

    Viele Gruesse

    Kai

  3. Hi Sebastiann,

    I just want to register to the UNjob emails. The message on my email hasnt allowed me to confirm as it says I have already confirmed. However, this is the first time that I register.

    Many thanks

    Kind regards

    Heba

  4. Hello,

    Im aged 16-years and would like to work in any UN organisation for the summer. Would you be knowing of any such job opening in UAE(Dubai)??

    I have recently qualified from the GYLC(Global Young Leaders Conference)simulation.

  5. Hi Malek,

    sorry, at this time I have no knowldge about any opportunities in UAE. Normally interships require being enrolled in a masters programme. However maybe there are chances in special programmes for young people. I wish you good luck and all the best!

    Have a great day,
    Sebastian

  6. Dear Sebastian,

    just found your webpage during google’ing
    cool site and good job mainly creating UN job mailing list, I subscribed too-:)

    As I read one of your post about Copenhagen , I do realized Copenhagen is very wonderful city people are very friendly and open minded. but apart from all -living cost is very high.

    With best regards/MFG
    Imran

  7. Hi,

    Thanks for compiling the UN jobs. I was wondering what is in it for you since this must require a lot of time and work.

    Also, do you how to find the salary grade levels? What does gs-5, etc… means or equals to?

  8. Hi again,

    I ask this because I noticed that this website says “unaffiliated” to UN…

    Thanks again for your work!

  9. Hi there,

    true, it is my own private pleasure to do this page and there is nobody paying me a single cent for it. I do it as a hobby 🙂 It started with a friend who needed some help and just got bigger and bigger…

    You find a salary calculator here: [old link removed]

    You find mapping of the “equivalences” in terms of contracts here: http://unjoblist.org/lists/advancedsearch (further down on the page)

  10. I am interested in Consultancy assignments(especially with DPKO/UNDP Missions such as Darfur, Libaria, etc) since I am 65 years and a retired UN staff. Any restrictions on the recruitment of retirees?

  11. Dear Wilfred,

    sorry but I don’t know that. What I do with the UN Job List is to provide access to vacancies of the different organisations. If you have specific questions please contact the respective organisation directly – thanks.

    Regards, Sebastian

  12. Hi,
    just found out about your web site
    when visiting the VDBIO one. Well done, thanks!
    Question: Why do I need to specify the duty
    station when doing a job search/getting the job
    alert?
    Cheers, Hanna@Seville

  13. Hi Hanna,

    you don’t have to specify a Duty Station. You can leave everything blank / specify as detailed as you want to. So don’t take the fields in the search area as a “must”.

    Cheers, Sebastian

  14. Hi again. I redefined my criteria and got a good selection of VAs. I was, however, not able to confirm this for the weekend mail: on my first attempt I got an “you are subscribed already”, then I cancelled my subscription and tried to resubscribe but it didn’t work….). Thanks for your advice.
    Greets, Hanna

  15. Hello Sebastian,
    First of all I would like to thank you for the lovely joblist, I am interested in fixed term jobs with UN, IFC & other International Org.
    Do you think there are fixed term vacancies and not short term or on project basis vacancies.
    thnks

  16. Dear Sir,
    I am a citizen of Nigeria and am a captain with the Nigerian Army. I worked with the UN for about a year in Sierra Leone and was impressed with the organisation. I am interested in working with the UN specifically in the security aspect if there is a vacancy. Grateful for your kind response.

  17. Hi there,

    thanks – well at this point I have the UN Job List “only”. I would be willing to provide know-how etc. to expand the scope of the page but would need a helping hand in doing it…

    So – for now the answer is no, sorry.

    Cheers,
    Sebastian

  18. Hello Sebastian,
    I am frankly don’t having the suitable words to express to you how I feel grateful and thankful for you for your work
    It is so impressive what you are doing in “UN Job List”, I feel that I was lost before know your website recently.
    Really, it is honor to me to be your friend and I hope that you accept this and keep in touch within me especially if you use Facebook, Yahoo! or Hotmail
    Thanks again my great friend
    Yours truly,
    Hussein

  19. Hey Sebastian,

    I’ve been reading your posts here and it seems to me you are a such nice guy… just giving helpful advises to people who want to work for the UN. I am one of them! In Jan 2010, I am starting my UNV assignment in Burundi with a UN agency. Other than volunteering for the cause of the UN, I am looking at the horizon; meaning a professional career within the UN. My question is: how hard would it be to get into the system in the field at the end of my UNV assignment? What would be the factors/criteria to get hired?
    I’ve a MBA, 5 years of exp. in Finance/Budgeting in Africa and 3 here in the US.
    Thanks for your tips.
    Cheers.

    Cloclo

  20. Hi,

    You have a great site.

    I recently got an email from estaffing at UN-undesa dot net. I was informed that I have been short listed for a position and to complete the personal history form and the e-question interview. Does UNDESA really operate this way or is it some form of scam?

    Appreciate your comments.

    • Hi

      I got the same one like yours lately. Looks very genuine and asked for no payments. Only doubt is the process seems too easy. can you throw more of your finding?

      • This is most certainly a SCAM. Request for payment will come an e-mail or two later and will be “nicely covered” as “training fee”, “visa fee” or any other expense you can imagine.

        Again, the UN does NOT charge. The process is VERY complicated and there are no easy shortcuts.

  21. Mr.Rottmair:

    I would like to know what software you used to create the pie-charts in the Resources section of your UN Joblist page (unjoblist.org/lists). I am especially interested in the label alignment part for a future publication. Thanks in advance.

  22. Dear Sebastian,
    First grat job on the UN Job list you have compiled!
    I am very interested in your work with the UN Job list as I am trying to set up a network with a job search portal for the students of Kenyan Universities. I would like to get your permission to use the UN Job list as well as inquire if there exists a similar site for internships as well.
    Looking forward to hearing from you

  23. Hallo Sebastian

    Is the Little Peackeaper planning to wander more around the Pacific ? If so, it would be grand to catch up with him in Suva 😉

  24. Hi Sebastian,

    Love the site keep up the good work.

    Little question that you may be able to answer. How long after the closing date does the UN agency normally contact you if you have been shortlisted? Is it within a week or would a month be normal? I know it also depends on the varous agencies but what are you thoughts or experiences?

    Thanks,

    Matthew

  25. Dear Sebastian,

    I just want to thank you for the work you have done with this page. It is very impressive and extremely useful.

    All the best!

  26. Beautiful! Great initiative. gorgeous new design and the analytic and statistics tools really are excellent. cutting edge entertainment for the unemployed ;-).
    Thank you for your efforts.

  27. Dear Sebastian,

    I really like your project The Little Peacekeeper, as well as UN Job List site. Since I am a communications consultant focus on development and humanitarian issues your work is very useful and inspirational. Congratulations!

    Cheers,

    Alex

  28. Hello, I am wondering if you could set up a criteria for geographical regions (Asia, Europe, Americas, Oceania, Africa) for the job list. Thank you for your kind consideration.

  29. Hello Sebastian ,

    Is it possible to work any where in the World with UN, can i decide to choose a country and see if vacancies are opened there and apply for it?

  30. Hi
    Thanks for your information and update
    I’ve already registered in Email job alert, however I have not received any update. Will you check whether my email was well registed ?

    Many thanks

  31. Hi Sebastian, thank you for this site, I was wondering if you could help me, I got through 2 stages of a UN interview process (assessment and interview) and it has been 1month. I was contacted today to say I was not successful, however, the email came through to my Hotmail address which I never supplied (I always supply my gmail account). The email seemed genuine (no-reply@unops.org) although previously I had been speaking to a named person who sent me the assessment and skyped me to set up the interview (all through my gmail). I am so confused, I never supplied them my Hotmail but the email came with the advertised position etc. Have you talked to anyone with similar experiences?

    • Check your profile in GPRS: chances are you put the hotmail address there somewhere. I know that the notifications in case you were not successful are triggered by the system once the recruitment process is complete. Sorry you didn’t make it this time.

  32. Dear Sebastian,

    Do you know if someone who get to last stage of the process, go to the recommended list and is placed on the reserve list for a year is ever hired? The post is a P2 type at WIPO. Do you have any insights on that? Should I have any hopes?

    Best,
    Michelle

  33. Dear Sebastian,

    Thank you for the Little Peacekeeper Photo Project. It’s fantastic. I was busy looking for info on the U.S. but the link name intrigued and the first photo stopped me in my tracks. This has THINK labelled all over it. Peacekeeping is hard, but the Little Peacekeeper photo gallery gives it visual definition.

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen
    Giselle

  34. Hello Sebastian,

    You’re doing some great work and thanks for keeping us all informed. Are you interested in receiving and posting career opportunities from inter-governmental and international organizations that support the UN through its work on human rights, freedoms and democracy?

    Thanks!

    • Dear Luke,

      thanks for reaching out – sorry, the UN Job List is for jobs of organisations on the UN System Org chart only. This is not to say that other jobs are not worthwhile or anything else but when I started my little project I chose that particular scope for me. I’m considering opening a page on my blog where people can post their organisation’s jobs but I’m not there yet. Best, Sebastian

  35. Dear Mr. Rottmair,

    at first thank you very much for all your informations.
    I have some questions. There is a very good book about the united nations.
    It gives detail informations how the un is working? Unfortunately I lost the information and can’t find it anymore. Do you know the book? I would appreciate very much.

    And for many un jobs a work experience of 5 years or more is necessary. How is it with a vocational training? Does it count as work experience?

    Thank again for your time and your help.

    Best Regards
    Kai

  36. Hello there, I’ve been reviewing UN salary data online and came across some of your posts. You’re very knowledgeable and your posts are interesting – thank you! I work for an NGO and we’re using the UN’s National Officer salary data to benchmark our global pay scale which will cover staff in about 15 countries. Most of the National officer salary scales have a recent “effective date” (e.g., in 2015), but others are a year or two old, and some are quite a lot older than that. I noticed that a few of the scales have an extra note about being applicable to staff recruited on or after a certain date (mostly, but not all, prior to the effective date). Since you seem so familiar with the UN’s pay grade system, I was wondering if you can shed any light on how often the UN updates and/or publishes its NO-B scales, and whether the National Officer scales posted on their website today are still “current” and in use by the UN even if the effective date appears to be outdated? (e.g., http://www.un.org/depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salaries/spain.htm; http://www.un.org/depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salaries/australi.htm; http://www.un.org/depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salaries/japan.htm; http://www.un.org/depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salaries/costaric.htm)
    Many thanks!
    -Janean

    • Dear Janean,

      thanks for reaching out – I believe the best way to benchmark salaries would be to use the UNOPS / UNDP salary scales as the UN salary scales are not typically covering the non-HQ duty stations as well as UNDP and others do. I know that UNDP, UNOPS, WFP, WHO etc. are using much more frequently updated salary scales for local personnel. Not sure where to find them officially published though.

  37. Hallo Sebastian,

    toll Deine Seite. Endlich mal mehr greifbare Informationen bezüglich Jobs bei der UN.

    Meine Frage: Ich habe mich kürzlich für eine Position (P5) bei der UNEP in Nairobi beworben. Ca. 3 Wochen nach Ende der Bewerbungsfrist (meine Bewerbung hatte bis dahin den Status “under consideration”) bekam ich eine Mail, dass das Job Opening gecancelt wurde und die Stelle vielleicht zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt erneut ausgeschrieben wird. Was kann das bedeuten?
    – Wird die Stelle gar nicht besetzt oder braucht man dort doch niemanden?
    – Gab es nicht genügend viele Bewerber?
    – Gab es keine geeigneten Bewerber?
    – Wurde oder wird die Stelle UN-intern besetzt?
    Ich habe hierzu bisher keine Antwort erhalten. Eine Antwort ist für mich deshalb wichtig, weil ich wissen möchte, ob eine weitere Bewerbung dort für eine andere Stelle oder eine spätere Bewerbung für die gleiche Stelle Sinn macht bzw. Aussicht auf Erfolg hat.

    Über eine Antwort aus Deiner Sicht und Erfahrung würde ich mich sehr freuen.

    Liebe Grüße
    Guido

    • Usually there is a budget issue (or another operational issue that prevented the post from being filled). Cancelled means that the job opening was NOT filled. This has nothing to do with the people who applied. If they say it may be re-opened in future, my best guess would be a funding shortfall and that they will proceed once they secured the funding. Good luck!

  38. Dear Sebastian

    I just think you do an amazing job!
    Thanks very much for your service which I am sure is of use and good help to many – not at least as well to the UN who will get better staff.
    Funny that the UN have not taken over this task from you – but maybe it is better left to somebody like you, who seems to have a lot of committment and passion.
    Again, congratulations for the great work.

    Wishing you all the best,
    Michael

  39. Dear Sebastian,

    In the private sector, when coming across a job opening whose deadline has already passed, it’s generally advisable to still send in an application (because one never knows!). With the United Nations, are there HR rules that enforce closing dates with 100% strictness? Is it worth applying after to UN jobs after the deadline?

    Thanks!

  40. Dear Sebastian,
    I would like to apply for a FAO P4 position, where I meet all requirements except that I have rather basic than limited knowledge of the second language. In your opinion, is it better to exaggerate or to be honest risking not to be considered at all?
    Thanks and best regards,
    Alex

      • Thank you very much for your quick answer! I totally agree with you. But do you know, if FAO automatically filters out all applications that do not fulfill the minimum requirements? Or is there somebody that evaluates all applications individually so that a not fully met requiremnet can be compensated by other qualifications?
        Thank you for your help!

  41. Hi Sebastian

    What a great site – thanks so much for taking the time and trouble to run it and to advise us of openings. I was shortlisted for a post at the FAO by following up one of your alerts, and although I didn’t get the gig it was an interesting and very useful experience.

    I’ve tried to confirm I still want to receive updates, but the link takes me to a blank page and I’m not sure I’ve been successful in remaining on your list. If it’s possible for you to check, that would be great.

    Thanks again!

  42. Hi Sebastian, I have just been introduced to an acquaintance recently via email but I would like to verify the identity of the person before pursuing business dealings with him. He is supposedly a Consultant with the UN. Is there any way to verify legitimacy? The email address I have of him does not in any way state that he is with the UN that’s what got me curious.

    • I would be very suspicious. If there is no official UN email address that’s a huge red flag! But even if you get an email that sounds legitimate, check out the website, try to find references and independently verify that the person you are dealing with acts on behalf of the UN.

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