By Mike Haaren – Nov. 9, 2016
Work from Home Jobs at the UN
The UN has been hiring home-based workers for years, in the US and in many other countries. With 44,000 workers — many on short-term assignments — the UN has jobs and freelance gigs opening up all the time.
Not Just Peacekeeping — 40 Programs & Agencies
Although peacekeeping puts the UN in the headlines, it has 40 programs and specialized agencies. These include the UN Development Programme, the UN Environment Programme, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and others. You’ll find many listed here.
The UN jobs databases don’t appear to be unified, so it takes time to find the home-based openings. The largest number of home-based jobs I found was at the UNDP (the United Nations Development Programme), so this post focuses on that jobs database. The UNDP is the UN’s global aid network. It aims to reduce poverty, fight HIV, address climate change, foster democracy, deal with large-scale crises, etc.
Home-Based Jobs at the UNDP
The easiest way I found to search the UNDP jobs database is to start at the “world development” page. It has lots of useful detail for working at the UNDP. Once you’re oriented, click on View Current Vacancies. This takes you to the UNDP jobs database.
If you search the database with the term “home based” with quotes, you get 36,100 results globally. But many of these are expired listings. It’s easier just to look on the left of the main page and select jobs by group (Gender Equality, Management, Resilience and Climate Change, etc.) or by location (for US jobs, click on HQ and Other).
Once you’ve selected your job group or location, just look to the right of the page, next to APPLY NOW, for the words Home Based. (Or do a keyboard page-search shortcut.) That’s it.
A Variety of Consultants and Experts
A current sampling of home-based jobs includes a variety of Consultant and Expert positions. But the mix changes often, so if you don’t see something you like, bookmark the page and check back regularly.
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