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UNDP uses the personnel categories employed across the United Nations system. Within each category, there are different levels that reflect increasing levels of responsibility and requirements. The information in this section will help you decide which personnel category, and what level, you fit into. This will be useful when you start searching and applying for jobs.

Broadly speaking, there are the following categories of personnel at UNDP:  

We Offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • A retirement savings plan, including employer contributions and the opportunity for your own tax-advantaged savings
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage, including medical and dental), life and accidental death, and disability
  • Generous time-off benefits, including holiday, vacation, personal, and sick days
  • Employee assistance and referral programs

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Professional (P) and Director (D) staff

P and D positions require strong analytical and communication skills, substantial experience and, often, solid leadership ability. There are a variety of jobs within this categories, ranging from programme specialists and operations experts to communications specialists, information systems professionals, and many others. These positions are normally internationally recruited.

Directors represent the highest level in UNDP’s staffing structure. Directors are expected to manage teams, determine priorities and allocate resources for an entire bureau, office or unit.

What is UNDP looking for in a candidate for a P or D position?

First and foremost, we seek talent that is committed to our mission and values.  

In addition to technical expertise, which varies by position, we want a strategic thinker who achieves results, an excellent communicator who is a full-time advocate for the organization, and a team player who embraces the tremendous diversity of our workforce.

What education and work experience do I need for P or D positions?

Generally, we require an advanced university degree for P- and D-level positions. These are the work experience requirements for each level:




No work experience required


Minimum of 2 years of work experience


Minimum of 5 years of work experience


Minimum of 7 years of work experience


Minimum of 10 years of work experience


Minimum of 15 years of work experience


More than 15 years of work experience

Why are personnel in the P and D categories considered international staff?

Personnel in these categories are normally internationally recruited, meaning that they are hired to work at an office (duty station) outside of their home country. Staff members often work/serve at different duty stations around the world over the course of their careers.

General Service Staff

What are General Service (G) positions?

General Service roles include administrative, secretarial and clerical support as well as specialized positions such as building maintenance. These positions are crucial to the smooth operation of the organization. The higher the level of the job, the more complex the functions become.

What is UNDP looking for in a candidate for a G position?

As General Service staff support the functioning of UNDP, we are looking for candidates who achieve results in operational, procedural and technical capacities.

A commitment to making UNDP successful is essential. We want someone who is analytical and can handle routine to complex tasks with dedication.

We also want an excellent team player who embraces diversity and is eager to provide creative ideas for improving processes.

What education and work experience do I need for General Service (G) category positions?

Completion of secondary (high school) education is a requirement. These are the work experience requirements for each level:




No work experience required


Minimum of 2 years of work experience


Minimum of 3 years of work experience


Minimum of 4 years of work experience


Minimum of 5 years of work experience


Minimum of 6 years of work experience


Minimum of 7 years of work experience

Who is eligible to be considered for a G position?

General Service personnel are recruited locally from the area in which an office/duty station is located. They can be of any nationality, but should be legally permitted to work in the country where the office/duty station is located.