Mr. Anthony Duncker, Deputy Director of the Field Personnel Division of the United Nations explains how recruitment of qualified personnel is carried out for UN peacekeeping and special political missions.
At the Career Support Seminar organized by the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center on 27 and 28 February 2016, Mr. Anthony Duncker made presentations on how the United Nations identified and recruited qualified personnel for its peacekeeping and special political missions. As of August The Seminar was commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan as part of the Program for Global Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding and Development in order to strengthen civilian capacity for peacebuilding and development.
UN Field Careers in peacekeeping and peacebuilding
United Nations peacekeeping and political missions have evolved over time to respond to different conflicts and changing political landscapes. Civilian peacekeepers work as administrators and engineers, police officers and legal experts, economists and electoral observers, specialists in civil affairs and gender, as well as experts in logistics and human rights among other specialized functions. International positions have two categories, Professional and Higher and Field Service, which are distinguished by levels of responsibility as well as education and work experience requirements.
Occupational Groups of International Civilian Staff
The occupational groups consist of the following twenty-four areas: Administration, Aviation, Civil Affairs, Economic Affairs, Electoral Affairs, Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs, Information Management, Information Systems and Technology, Legal Affairs, Logistics, Management & Programme Analysis, Medical, Political Affairs, Procurement, Programme Management, Public Information, Rule of Law, Security, Social Affairs.
How to apply for field assignment
Before browsing through current job opportunities, you are strongly encouraged to read widely about each current UN operation. Please also refer to the Peace Operations website Point (see Helpful Links section). You should apply for the positions that best match your expertise, qualifications, experience and aspirations. The necessary education back-ground/training, experience and skills to per-form a specific job are included in each Job
The United Nations fosters gender equality and encourages applications from suitably qualified and experienced women across the full range of career opportunities particularly in the more “non-traditional” field careers such as Aviation, Logistics or Engineering. Japan excels in female participation in UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations. In 2014, out of 26 Japanese civilian staff, two-thirds or 18 are female, while 8 male. Yet, Japanese field personnel is a small portion of total of 8,921 international field staff engaged in peacekeeping and special political missions. The United Nations recognize the need to recruit more Japanese and welcome any application from Japanese candidates.
1, Japanese staff by gender (Date: 31 AUGUST 2015)
2, Japanese staff by professional category (Date: 31 AUGUST 2015)
3, Japanese staff by professional grade (Date: 31 AUGUST 2015)