UNDP Career

UNDP in Europe and Central Asia works in 22 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

How do we achieve such a grand vision? By working with highly skilled and passionate people from around the world and from a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds. We are now hiring a new generation of expert practitioners who want to contribute by offering strategic approaches to long-standing problems. We seek individuals who can communicate advice and new ideas across cultures and all strata of society.

Building a Better Future for All

When you join UNDP, you are lending your time and skills toward building a more prosperous, fair and inclusive world for people in need around the world. Our promise to you in return? A workplace of world-class collaboration, innovative thinking and continuous learning for all employees.

Community of Purpose

When you join UNDP, you are joining an organization that values input from colleagues, stakeholders and partners across the UN family. You are not just choosing a job, you are choosing a community of collaboration and mutual care, of people working together with a shared sense of purpose.

Next-Generation Thinking

When you join UNDP, you are joining a mission that demands and encourages innovative thinking and provides space for creative input. Working to achieve such ambitious goals across so many countries and communities in a fast-changing world requires room for original thinking and creative contributions from all of our people. 

Personal Growth

When you join UNDP, you are joining a community that aims to elevate and empower every employee to grow not only professionally, but also personally. UNDP’s core commitment to development therefore extends to our own people who are encouraged to build their career journeys through a multitude of opportunities for continuous learning and improvement, and who know that good work will be recognized and rewarded.

The paramount consideration in the recruitment and selection of UNDP staff members is “the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity”, as set forth in Article 101, paragraph 3, of the UN Charter and UN Staff Regulation 4.2.

The recruitment and selection of staff members at UNDP is guided by the following five principles:

  1. Competition: Selection will follow a visible and fair competitive process for all vacancies.
  2. Objectivity: Screening is conducted with professional rigor, with candidates measured against clearly articulated criteria, job skills and competencies and corporate priorities.
  3. Transparency: The recruitment and selection criteria and all phases of recruitment processes are transparent to staff and candidates to the fullest extent possible. 
  4. Diversity: The United Nations Development Programme is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work at UNDP, are particularly encouraged to apply.
  5. Accountability: Hiring managers are accountable both for their selection proposals and the manner in which they have followed the processes leading up to them.

Types of opportunities

UNDP hires personnel through international or local recruitment. It applies several types of contracts depending on a number of criteria, such as legal basis and duration of services. The standard types of contracts are:

  • Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) – nationals and international;
  • Temporary Assignment (TA) – nationals and international;
  • Personnel Services Appointment – nationals and international.

Fixed Term Appointment (FTA). FTA is concluded for the staff members contracted under Staff Rules. Salary scale for national staff is based on the best prevailing local conditions. Salary scale for international staff is based on the best comparator civil service.

Temporary Appointment (TA). TA is concluded for the staff members under TA Guidelines. Maximum duration of the contract is 364 days. Salary scale for national staff is based on the best prevailing local conditions; Salary scale for international staff is based on the best comparator civil service.

National Personnel Service Agreement (NPSA). NPSA is a contract modality, established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in order to engage the services of individuals to provide a time-limited service to UNDP under a service-based contract. The duration of the NPSA contract is from 1 day to 6 months (short-term contract) or from 6 months-to 1 year (regular contract). The two types of contracts have the flexibility of being both office and/or home-based. 

International Personnel Services Agreement (IPSA). IPSA is a contract modality, established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in order to engage the services of individuals to provide a time-limited service to UNDP under a service-based contract. An IPSA Holder is normally a person engaged to perform specialist functions in a country other than their home country or place of permanent residence.An IPSA may be issued for up to 12 months at a time, and may be renewed for up to 4 years, however, not to exceed the maximum duration of the project. The maximum period for the use of an IPSA is normally for the duration of the project and/or its expected funding period.

Application Procedure for Fixed Term Appointments (FTA) and Personnel Services Agreement:

To apply for a vacant position, please submit your application through the vacancy links below.

Other relevant information:

Vacancies are posted in UNDPs eRecruitment platform (Oracle). The application is filled in and submitted online.

Interested in joining us in the Europe and Central Asia region and being a part of this life changing mission?

You may see the below the vacancies.

Interested in being an intern in our region? Check out the criteria here.

United Nations Volunteering (UNV) Opportunities

Would you like to join a diverse and dynamic team? 

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. 

You can start your UN Volunteer Journey by volunteering at UNDP. Volunteering at UNDP is a great opportunity to take an action for the development of our region. 

Join us now, by applying to UNV opportunities in Europe and Central Asia with UNDP here.

You can always learn more about how to become UN Volunteer and find on-site and online UNV opportunities around of the Globe. 


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