There are several main categories of staff in the UN (Human Rights Watch jobs) – these are P-staff (professional-staff), G-staff (general-staff), national professional officer, field-staff.
P-staff are the so-called international employees who enjoy all the immunities and privileges that work at the UN gives. They have several levels of positions.
It should be kept in mind that Human Rights Watch jobs are often served by those who have much more experience than what is required. For example, even if the position P-2 requires at least 2 years of work experience, those who have 5-6, or even more years of work experience are also served there. Therefore, the competition for one position is frantic.
National officers are specialists, professionals who are hired locally and work in their own country in the UN structure. Usually, this is the staff of UN country missions. The competition here depends on the country.
Field-service is those people who work in field missions, for example, in refugee camps, etc. For these positions, as well as for P-staff, an international competition is announced and the best are selected.
In addition to these, there are other working people at the UN. And their name is Human Rights Watch consultants. In general, the UN specialized agencies have some sort of categorization of consultants. The secretariat has two types:
An individual contractor is a person who is hired to provide services/assistance to the organization in the presence of the necessary potential in the organization itself.
A consultant is a specialist in a particular field with work experience. They are hired to do work on a specific topic/area.
Benefits of working with the UN
In addition to the interesting environment and work and strong colleagues (very professional and open), there are a lot of positive things in work at the UN:
- Work-life balance. There is a requirement for the number of hours that must be worked out per day (minimum 5 hours) and per week (37.5 hours).
- Good working environment. Typically, offices create good working conditions for serving – cafeterias, a library, a gym, a garden.
- Administrative matters. As said earlier, the UN has a g-staff that oversees administrative matters, including visa processing. This process, if you work at the UN, is much easier – no need to twitch about issuing visas and other documents.
- Versatile development. In addition to the fact that the UN always hosts a huge number of different conferences and meetings that you can go to and listen to, various trainings on personal development are also organized here.
Each new UN employee takes the so-called oath of allegiance to the organization. Corporate culture implies that a UN employee must be absolutely independent of the external environment, he does not have the right to receive instructions from anyone other than the UN, and in his activities, he is obliged to think only about the interests of the organization.