The United Nations Secretariat has staff working in over 463 duty stations across 193 countries.

There are more than 35,000 of us in total. 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 – their experiences and perspectives on what keeps them satisfied and motivated about their UN careers.


Working in the Field

Explore written resources about career paths in field duty stations.


Stories from the Field 

Read about team successes in field duty stations (password-protected site for staff only).  


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. 


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. 


Lead and Learn: Mental Health and Well-being for Managers and Leaders (in 6 UN languages):