The United Nations Secretariat has staff working in over 450 duty stations. There are 190 Member State nationalities represented among us.

The staff population was over 36,000 as of 31 December 2022, but our global workforce includes an additional 10,000 interns, technical cooperation experts, and United Nations Volunteers, as well as consultants, individual contractors, and other types of personnel. 

We work in dozens of job families as we carry out the mandates of the Organization in bringing about a more peaceful and just world.

Ever wonder about the work lives of colleagues on the other side of the world? Or their career paths? Check out the resources below. You’ll find first-hand accounts from staff about their experiences and perspectives. 


Meet our staff


Stories from the Field 

Watch this video: Under the Blue Helmet: Life as a UN Peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


Humanitarian Leadership Stories  

Watch short videos that profile Resident Coordinators and Humanitarian Coordinators. They share their triumphs, challenges and thoughts on what it takes to be a humanitarian leader. 


Tune in and hear diverse perspectives about a UN career path. Are promotions necessary for fulfillment?  Is it possible to feel like you’re “making a difference?”  Is work-life balance achievable?  Learn about these topics and many more in this UNDP – UN Secretariat collaboration. 



Awake at Night 

What does it take to be a United Nations worker in some of the world’s most difficult and dangerous locations? Find out in this award-winning podcast by Melissa Fleming, the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.