FM encourages Israelis to apply for UN jobs

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The Israeli Foreign Ministry is encouraging Israeli citizens to apply for a number of positions with the United Nations now open to Israelis. The selection process is similar to the cadet recruitment of Israelis by the Foreign Ministry.

In cooperation with the Foreign Ministry, the UN is holding entrance examinations for potential candidates in seven areas: economy, legal affairs, library, publishing and printing, radio producers in Arabic and Spanish, security and statistics.

Positions are open to applicants not older than 32 years old, who have earned an academic degree in one of the seven listed occupational groups and who are fluent in either English or French.

Applications are available to qualified candidates until October 31 and exams will take place at the beginning of 2007 in Jerusalem. Candidates who pass the exam will receive the necessary training to begin a career with the United Nations and be stationed in one of the many different UN offices throughout the world. Those who become employed by the UN can earn up to $70,000 a year, not including travel, rent, education and family medical benefits.

Currently there are 25 positions available with the UN, and with the upcoming exams there is the possibility that up to eight Israelis could be chosen.

“The State of Israel sees much importance in filling the quota of Israeli employees within the Secretariat of the UN in New York, Geneva and other UN centers throughout the world,” the Foreign Ministry said. “As long as an Israeli is in the UN, although he is an international worker, he carries a diplomatic passport from the UN and in our eyes he is considered an Israeli ambassador in the UN,” said an announcement from the Foreign Ministry.

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