Welcome to the United Nations

Working with us

Working with UN Peacekeeping is a rewarding experience. Our field and Headquarters personnel come from the 193 Member States of the United Nations.

We value diversity and recruit from a broad range of backgrounds so that we benefit from fresh experiences and perspectives.

You could work in the UN Headquarters in New York, one of our regional logistics hubs or in one of the field peacekeeping operations.

Read more about careers in the UN and specifically about working in a field mission.

Current vacancies

Browse our current vacancies located on the UN careers website.


Peacekeeping wants to recruit more police officers. UN police are recruited as:

  • Individual Police Officers (IPO): About one third of police officers are nominated by their government to serve the United Nations for a period of up to two years. Individual Police Officers are seconded or loaned national police officers and continue to receive their national salary, while the UN pays a daily Mission Subsistence Allowance (MSA).
  • Formed police Units (FPUs): About two thirds of all police are deployed as a trained and equipped, cohesive unit. The Member State is responsible for the payment of any emoluments, allowances and benefits owed to its personnel, while the UN reimburses the Member State for the formed police unit personnel and equipment during the period of assignment to the mission.
  • National seconded police officers on professional posts: About hundred officers (1 percent) are seconded as temporary staff members of the United Nations. Senior positions in police components in field missions, such as the Head of the police component (at P-5 to D-2 level), are usually employed on seconded professional posts.
  • Police components also recruit about two dozen civilian experts with specialised skill sets. They can be recruited, similarly to Individual Police Officers, nominated/ loaned by a member state or on professional posts.

 Find out how to serve in one of our missions.


The UN does not have its own military force; it depends on contributions from Member States. Any queries about working for the UN in a military capacity should be addressed within an applicants own country first.

All military personnel working under the Blue Beret are first and foremost members of their own national armies and are then seconded to work with the UN for periods normally of up to one year in the field, or two years in the UN headquarters.