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How your country is represented will affect your chances for a job at the United Nation's Secretariat. Learn about the different quotas in the UN and find out if your nationality might be an advantage (or not) for your application.


What organizations are part of the United Nations Secretariat?

As underlined in the text above, the list presented in the article is only applicable to international professional career jobs at Headquarters in the UN Secretariat. The organizations included in the quota are the following, 

  • EOSG - Executive Office of the Secretary-General
  • DESA - Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • DFS - Department of Field Support (most positions are field based and hence not included)
  • DGACM - Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
  • DM - Department of Management
  • DPA - Department of Political Affairs
  • DPI - Department of Public Information
  • DPKO - Department of Peacekeeping Operations (most positions are field based and hence not included)
  • DSS - Department of Safety and Security  (most positions are field based and hence not included)
  • OCHA - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (most positions are field based and hence not included)
  • OHCHR - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • OIOS - Office of Internal Oversight Services
  • OLA - Office of Legal Affairs
  • OSAA - Office of the Special Adviser on Africa
  • SRSG/CAAC - Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
  • SRSG/SVC - Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
  • UNODA - Office for Disarmament Affairs
  • UNOG - United Nations Office at Geneva
  • UN-OHRLLS - Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island
  • Developing States
  • UNON - United Nations Office at Nairobi
  • UNOV - United Nations Office at Vienna
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