See below for a series of questions that we are frequently asked. If your question is not answered here, please contact us.
I am interested in working with the United Nations Association in Canada either in a paid or volunteer capacity, either nationally, or with the Edmonton Branch. Who do I contact?
The United Nations Association in Canada is a small non-governmental organization whose primary focus is educational outreach to Canadians in order to foster an understanding of and support for the United Nations system in this country.
We’re always grateful for people to help with our work. However, due to limited resources we don’t always have the space to accommodate such generous offers. Please check the volunteer section of the Edmonton Branch website and the UNA-Canada’s national website’s volunteer section for possible opportunities and the contact information.
If you are currently living outside Canada, but are looking to volunteer with a United Nations Association (UNA), we suggest you check the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) website for the nearest UNA and branch. Additionally, UNA-Canada’s list of WFUNA countries is available in English and French.
I am interested in working for the United Nations or in the field of international relations in general. Who do I contact?
The United Nations Association in Canada is a small non-governmental organization whose primary focus is educational outreach to Canadians in order to foster an understanding of and support for the United Nations system in this country. We are not involved in any overseas placement opportunities. For further information on the national UNA-Canada organization you can visit www.unac.org.
The United Nations Association in Canada is not an office of the United Nations itself and is not a recruitment office for the United Nations or its related agencies. The following information was compiled by UNA-Canada to aid Canadian individuals in seeking further information about employment with the UN and its various related agencies and programs. The Association does not guarantee the accuracy of the specific information details.
GOVERNMENT PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
The United Nations system operates under a quota process with respect to permanent staffing to ensure that all member states are adequately represented in the international civil service. The UN also tends to confer with the various governments to check on potential candidates whose names may come through other channels for consideration for various positions. In concert with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the International Programs Directorate of the Public Service Commission of Canada is responsible for identifying positions in all international organizations, including the UN system, of interest to Canada and especially those which could be available in terms of country quota allocations. They will then submit names of highly qualified Canadians to compete for those openings. Positions filled through this route normally require a minimum of 10 years professional experience and an advanced university degree. Qualified individuals interested in being considered for positions may send a résumé directly to any UN office, but they should also submit a copy of their résumé to:
International Programs Public Service Commission of Canada
300 Laurier West, 21st floor
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0M7
Tel: (613) 992-5902
Fax: (613) 943-0771
The United Nations also posts job openings through a variety of channels. Each Agency and Programme handles much of its own recruitment so there is not a single point of contact. You can explore the UN system via its general web site at www.un.org.
You might also like to make contact with CANADEM (Canadian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human Rights). Its mandate is to create and manage a resource bank of Canadians with skills in areas such as human rights, peacebuilding or democracy, and serve as a civilian standby mechanism for the UN and other international agencies conducting field operations. Individual Canadians can use CANADEM as a way to be considered for international placements.
I am interested in a membership with the United Nations Association in Canada. How do I get one?
Please refer to our Join & Volunteer page.