Organization: UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
Website and contact information:
United Nations Population Fund
220 East 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017 U.S.A.
Location of headquarters:
New York, NY
Mandate and/or mission statement:
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. UNFPA – because everyone counts.
Relevant programs and projects:
Current head/director (and nationality):
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director, Saudi Arabia
Number of Member States and/or Observer States:
192 Member States
$565 million (2005 total regular and other income)
Number and location of missions or field offices:
9 Country Technical Services Teams and 112 country offices.
Number of employees:
See Job Classification Standards in the United Nations
Where does this organization advertise when there are job openings?
Junior Professional Officer Programme
A downloadable United Nations Personal History (P-11) form is available below. Please send the completed Personal History form by e-mail along with an application letter indicating the vacancy announcement number to the e-mail address provided at the end of each vacancy announcement. If you prefer to send the application by "snail" mail, the address is provided at the bottom of this page.
Junior Professional Officer Programme
The programme is open to nationals of donor countries and to nationals of developing countries. Applicants should complete a personal history form and submit it to the relevant parties, as follows:
Nationals of donor countries should apply directly to the authorities in their country (except nationals of Canada and The Netherlands). The list of donor countries and their contact details are found below. Canadian nationals should apply to UNFPA directly by submitting a completed personal history form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dutch nationals should apply to UNFPA directly by submitting a completed personal history form by email to email@example.com. Nationals of developing countries should apply directly to UNFPA by submitting a completed personal history form to JPO@unfpa.org. Please indicate your country of citizenship in the subject box of the email.
Does this organization take volunteers?
What are the expectations, minimum requirements and application procedures for volunteers in this organization?
Does this organization take interns?
What are the expectations, minimum requirements and application procedures for interns in this organization?
Candidates for the internship programme are selected on a competitive basis. The following qualifications are required for consideration:
Expressed interest in the field of development; Written and spoken proficiency in English; fluency in French, Spanish or Arabic would be an asset; Ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds. Applicants interested in participating in UNFPA's Internship Programme must submit a United Nations Personal History Form (P-11) and an Application Form along with a brief statement describing your interests and reasons for wishing to participate in the Programme. Applications may be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the basic requirements for prospective applicants?
General: For employment with UNFPA, an advanced degree in a study pertinent to UNFPA's programme, for example, demography, public health or population studies, and some experience in a developing country, preferably with a development organization similar to UNFPA are pre-requisites. The applicant should also have the ability to take up assignments in UNFPA field duty stations as part of career development with UNFPA. Fluency in English is required; speaking and reading ability in one other United Nations Language, preferably French or Spanish is desirable. Please note that UNFPA will only be able to respond to those applicants in whom UNFPA has a further interest.
Junior Professsional Officer Programme
Candidates for the Junior Professional Officer Programme are selected on a highly competitive basis. The following qualifications are required for consideration:
Master level degree in a social science field such as demography, sociology, economics or public health; Written and spoken proficiency in at least two of UNFPA's three working languages: English, and either French or Spanish; Fluency in Arabic or Portuguese is an asset; Relevant work experience; Personal qualities such as leadership, initiative, adaptability, and sound judgment; Ability to work under pressure; Ability to adapt to new environments, and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds. All applicants should be no older than 32 years.