UNFCCC is Hiring: Apply to these 13 open positions – various locations and remote

UNFCCC is Hiring: Apply to these 13 open positions – various locations and remote.

About United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change.  UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Convention has near universal membership (199 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

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The ultimate objective of all three agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.

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When was the secretariat created?

The secretariat was established in 1992 when countries adopted the UNFCCC. The original secretariat was in Geneva. Since 1996, the secretariat has been located in Bonn, Germany.

Who works at the secretariat?

Around 450 staff are employed at UN Climate Change. Secretariat staff come from over 100 countries and represent a blend of diverse cultures, gender and professional backgrounds.

At the head of the secretariat is the Executive Secretary, a position held by Mr. Simon Stiell of Grenada since August 2022

What does the secretariat do?

Focusing in its early years largely on facilitating the intergovernmental climate change negotiations, the secretariat today supports a complex architecture of bodies that serve to advance the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

The secretariat provides technical expertise and assists in the analysis and review of climate change information reported by Parties and in the implementation of the Kyoto mechanisms.

It also maintains the registry for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) established under the Paris Agreement, a key aspect of implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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The secretariat organizes and supports between two and four negotiating sessions each year. The largest and most important is the Conference of the Parties, held annually and hosted in different locations around the globe.

It is the largest annual United Nations conference, attended on average by around 25,000 participants. In addition to these major conferences, the secretariat organizes annual sessions of the so-called subsidiary bodies as well as a large number of meetings and workshops throughout the year.

In recent years, the secretariat also supports the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, agreed by governments to signal that successful climate action requires strong support from a wide range of actors, including regions, cities, business, investors and all parts of civil society.

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At UN Climate Change Conferences, a large number of events demonstrate how non-Party stakeholders are working with governments and the UN system to implement the Paris Agreement. In addition, the secretariat co-organizes regional Climate Weeks.

The important events aim to drive forward Paris Agreement implementation at the regional level and to build new climate action partnerships.

Throughout the year, the secretariat strives to keep all stakeholders informed of on the negotiating process and climate action through a variety of communication products, including the website and social media.


Around one million people visit the UN Climate Change website every year, and the secretariat’s social media accounts, including on TwitterFacebook,  Instagram, and LinkedIn have a combined following of around 1.8 million people.

UNFCCC is Hiring: Apply to these 13 open positions – various locations and remote

Job TitleLevel  Programme  Application periodAnnouncement NO
Professional and higher categories
Associate Travel Officer »P-2Administrative Services Subdivision, AS/HR/ICT Division,05 May – 19 MayVA 23/051/AS/HR/ICTApply now
Chief Accountant »P-4AS Subdivision, AS/HR/ICT Division,05 May – 19 MayVA 23/053AS/HR/ICTApply now
Programme Officer »P-3MRV/ETF Support Subdivision, Transparency Division28 Apr – 12 MayVA 23/048/TApply now
Legal Officer »P-3Institutional and General Legal Services Subdivision, Legal Affairs Division20 Apr – 18 MayVA 23/045/LAApply now
Special Assistant to Senior Director »P-4Programmes Coordination Department19 Apr – 10 MayVA 23/020/PCApply now
General services
Information Technology Assistant »G-5ICT Subdivision, AS/HR/ICT Division05 May – 19 MayVA 23/050/AS/HR/ICTApply now
Administrative Assistant »G-5Operations Coordination Department05 May – 19 MayVA 23/052/OCApply now
Team Assistant »G-4Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), Executive Division28 Apr – 12 MayVA 23/049/EApply now
Travel Assistant »G-4Administrative Services Subdivision, AS/HR/ICT Division09 Mar – 30 MayVA 23/029/AS/HR/ICTApply now

Short-term employment: UNFCCC is Hiring: Apply to these 13 open positions – various locations and remote

Job TitleLevel  Programme  Application periodAnnouncement NO
Information Management Assistant »G-5Records Management Team, Operations Coordination Department05 May – 19 May23/TJO13/OCApply now

Internship: UNFCCC is Hiring: Apply to these 13 open positions – various locations and remote

Job TitleLevel  Programme  Application periodAnnouncement NO
Internship »N/ATalent Management, Human Resources sub-division, Administrative Services, Human Resources and Information and Communication Technology division08 May – 21 May23/Intern27/ASHRICT-HR Talent ManagementApply now
Intern »N/AAgriculture, Forestry and other Land Use (AFOLU) Unit, Transparency division01 May – 21 May23/Intern25/T/AFOLUApply now
Intern »N/ATechnology communications, Means of Implementation division01 May – 21 May23/Intern26/MOI-TEC CommunicationsApply now


Status of selection process: UNFCCC is Hiring: Apply to these 13 open positions – various locations and remote

How to apply

1. Register

When applying for UNFCCC vacancy announcements please only use the on-line application system. Simply click on the “apply now” button next to the vacancy announcement. To start the application process, you will first be asked to register as a user with the UNFCCC Online Application System.

2. Application process

Once you are registered as a user, you can apply for an existing vacancy by completing your Personal History Form (P.11) in our on-line application system.

You can also complete the form now and store your profile for one vacancy or more in the future. The profile you create can be accessed and up-dated regularly.

Please do not try to attach any additional documents. If you are invited for an interview, you will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the statements you make in your on-line application form.

3. Acknowledgement

Online applications will be immediately acknowledged to the email address that you have used. If you do not receive an e-acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application/s may not have been received. In such cases, please contact [email protected].

When you receive an automatic notification, there is no need to submit another application on-line or by other means.




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