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2008 UN National Competitive Recruitment Exam


For U.S. citizens seeking junior professional posts.

EXAMINATION CRITERIA ( all must be met)


  1. Be no more than 32 years old as of December 31, 2008 (UN requirement).

  2. Have at least an undergraduate degree (advanced degree is an advantage but is not required) in one of the following occupational fields or related areas:

    • Finance
    • Information Technology
    • Political Affairs
    • Program Evaluation
    • Environment
    • Statistics

  3. Be fluent in English and/or French, the two working languages of the Secretariat. Knowledge of additional official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) is a definite advantage.

NOTE:   Only the top 40 most qualified individuals will be allowed to take the exam per occupational group .



  Detailed information and application forms may be obtained at:


Examination will be held in February 2008 in New York City . Exact date has not yet been determined.

Travel expenses to and from exam site will NOT be paid
by the UN or U.S. Government.


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