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What is the best way to search for jobs?

While using our search engine you can make two types of search – Free text search and Filtered search. In this guide we give you some tips to enhance your search results and explain what the different filters are.

Free text search

Use free text search to search for a specific word in a job title, for example you can search for [Director] and you will receive a list with all jobs that have the word director in its title.

As the free text search is searching the title of the job only, you may get different results if you make a free text search for [Human Resources] in comparison with a filter search, where you filter the occupational group as [Human Resources]. The filter search result may be me more extensive as we have mapped jobs that are related to Human Resources under that category, although they don’t necessary carry the word Human Resources in its title.

Filtered search

Search based on Organization Group, Occupational Groups, Organization, Grade level and Country, see detailed descriptions below. By using the filter search you can narrow down your search result to a very specific desire. Remember that if you combine values from different drop downs the filter function will narrowing down your search result, so if you for example search the combination UNFPA + Mid level” (see below). The results you will see are all mid level jobs available at UNHCR for the moment.

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If you for example would like to see all Mid level jobs available within your area of expertise, it is recommended that you search Occupational Group + Grade Level/Mid level (see an example below). The result will then show all current vacancies in the area of selected expertise and at the desired grade level. After that search you can continue to further narrow your result to focus on specific Organization or Country.

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However if you select two or more values from the same drop down the search will expand, meaning that if you search “UNDP + UNHCR” you will see all jobs of both organizations.

Filter search options

Organization group refers to type of organization, example Multilateral organization (e.g. UN), Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) etc.

Please note that an Organization Group level is only visible if there is a job associated with that Organization group. So you may find that one organization group (very rare though) is no longer there the next time you return to our page, in that case there are no current jobs available which are associated with that group.

Occupational Group refers to different areas of expertise under which we have mapped different jobs. One job may have more than one Occupational Group, this occurs when our computer algorithm has identified more than one area that the job matches with. It can also happen that one job is sorted under multiple Organizational groups, however when you read the job description you may find it evident that only one of the groups is the most correct one, in this case we have added more than one group to make sure that you can find all jobs that we may think interests you.

Please note that an Occupational Group is only visible if there is a job associated with that organizational group. So you may find that one group is no longer there the next time you return to our page, in that case there are no current jobs available which are associated with that group.

Organization refers to all organizations that we collect jobs from, if you are working for an organization that would like to be in the list. Please click on the For Employers button for more information.

Please note that an Organization is only visible if there is a job associated with that organization. So you may find that one organization is no longer there the next time you return to our page, in that case there are no current jobs available which are associated with that organization.

Grade level refers to the different levels we sort jobs. Below is a list of what the different grade levels refers to on our site.

Please note that a grade level is only visible if there is a job associated with that grade. So you may find that one grade (very rare though) is no longer there the next time you return to our page, in that case there is no job associated with that grade for the time being.

  • Services and Support
    Service and Support level refers to different types of support roles in the organizations. Most of these jobs do not require an Advanced degree, however they normally require between 4-7 years of experience. Service and Support roles are only nationally recruited, meaning that you must have legal rights to work in the job location to be eligible to apply.
  • Junior level
    Junior refers to entry level positions. However there are also a few opportunities available for applicants that have just graduated from the University. In most case an entry level position requires a minimum of 2 years of experience plus an Advanced degree. Under this category, you will find both International and national jobs, if you consider a national job, make sure before you apply that you have the rights to work in the job location.
  • Mid level
    Mid level refers to jobs at mid career level. In an international organization, these jobs are often referring to job openings that require between 5-7 years of professional experience plus an Advanced degree. Under this category, you will find both International and national jobs, if you consider a national job, make sure before you apply that you have the legal rights to work in the job location.
  • Mid/Senior level
    Mid/Senior level refers to job openings that are at a level that could be seen as both mid level and senior level. These jobs require normally at least 7 years of experience plus an Advanced degree. Mid/Senior jobs in International organizations are mainly internationally recruited jobs, but in case you find a national job, make sure before you apply that you have the legal rights to work in the job location.
  • Senior level
    Senior level refers to managerial roles, the managerial role is often limited to a unit or a small department. These jobs require normally at least 10 years of experience plus an Advanced degree. Senior jobs in International organizations are mainly internationally recruited jobs, but in case you find a national job, make sure before you apply that you have the legal rights to work in the job location.
  • Senior Executive level
    Senior Executive level refers to senior leadership roles; the leadership role refers to larger department, bureaus and even heads of organizations. These jobs require normally at least 15-20 years of managerial experience plus an Advanced degree. If you hold a first level degree the Advanced degree is often waived if your professional experience can replace its value. Senior Executive jobs in International organizations are only internationally recruited jobs.
  • Consultancy
    Consultancy refers to consultancy jobs. Under this category, you will find different types of consultancies - International as well as national and home-based. The requirements of a consultancy can differ from being a junior to a senior job, so please make sure that you read the minimum requirements before you apply.
  • Internship
    Internship refers to both paid and unpaid internship. Most internship with International organizations are unpaid, but some organizations such as IMF, IUCN and some of the financial institutions offering paid internships.
  • Volunteer
    Volunteer refers to volunteer assignments. A volunteer assignment with the UN requires a minimum of 2 years of experience and a first level degree. However volunteer assignments outside the UN may not require previous experience. Under this category, you will find both International and national volunteer assignments, if you consider a national assignment, make sure before you apply that you have the legal rights to work in the job location.

Country refers to the different countries where we have jobs for the moment. Please note that a specific country is only visible if there is a job associated with that country. So you may find that one country is no longer there the next time you return to our page, in that case there is no job associated with that country for the time being.