How to get a job at the UN

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This is the story of Geneviève LaSalle, who grew up in a small town in France. We met in Bogota, Colombia, where she was an intern at UNHCR. Shortly after, she left Bogota to return to France to complete her Master’s degree. She now works as a UNHCR Associate Protection Officer in the Great Lakes Region. Here, she shares the story of her path to employment at the UNHCR, and advice for anyone looking to join the world’s premier refugee humanitarian agency. human-rights-careers-logo

Due to the politically-sensitive nature of her work, her real name and exact location have been left out of this article. 

This post was originally featured on Human Rights Careers.

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How to write your resumé for a job in International Development


For want of a proper chair, Jessica sits on the old radiator in my office, looking out at the still bare trees and the green grass we’re all hoping is heralding spring. We are talking about a new job opportunity for her, and she’s hesitating.

“I’m just not sure if I’m qualified for it,” she tells me.

We met for the first time in September; she was looking for a way – any way – to get her foot in the door of the NGO world, and I was looking for an intern for my project. She ended up joining another team at the organisation, in a part-time administrative role, and soon became a familiar face at the office.

“I took this job because I just wanted to get my foot in the door. But I can do more than this. I’m not meant to just be doing admin work.”

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