International Professionals
Typically, Professional positions require judgment in analyzing and evaluating problems as well as in decision-making involving discretionary choices between alternative courses of action.
What education and work experience do you need for P or D positions?
An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) is our standard educational requirement for all Professional (P) and Director (D) level positions and we apply the following standard recruitment requirements for these positions:
Grade Work experience requirement
P1 minimum of 1 year
P2 minimum of 3 years
P3 minimum of 5 years
P4 minimum of 7 years
P5 minimum of 10 years
D1 minimum of 12 years
D2 minimum of 15 years
Please refer to “Minimum Requirements” outlined in each individual vacancy announcement for further details and the specific qualifications required for each position.
What we are looking for in a candidate for P or D position?
We are looking for highly skilled and motivated candidates with the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, whilst paying due regard to geographical and gender diversity. We seek talent that is committed to our mission and values. Our three core values are timeless and universal principles that apply to all of us in the UN family: i) We live and act with Integrity, ii) We show Professionalism and iii) We respect diversity.
Directors represent the highest level in this category and on the career staffing structure. As a Director, you are also expected to provide leadership in formulating and implementing the substantive work programme of an office, determine priorities, and allocate resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
P and D staff are entitled to allowances and benefits, such as:
  • competitive salary
  • range of family allowances and benefits depending on dependency status, including contribution for education
  • relocation benefits
  • retirement savings plan, including employer contributions
  • comprehensive insurance coverage
  • holidays and leave
Please see the UNIDO brochure for further information.