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Geneva (Switzerland)
201 to 500 employees
1964
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Less than £1 million (GBP) per year
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UNCTAD, which is governed by its 194 member States, is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development.

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UNCTAD Reviews

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    Pros

    As with other UN organisations, the rates of pay at UNCTAD are pretty good, and there is an impressive 'local posting' adjustment which normally means that you don't need to draw on your actual salary at all. There are almost endless perks to the job - special allowances for this or that are always being paid, and naturally everything is tax-free also. Holidays are generous and pensions in line with salary scales.
    Working at the UN headquarters in Geneva means there is a regular round of social functions to attend, and of course there is a heavily subsidised and excellent staff restaurant, overlooking Lake Geneva, besides various club rooms and other facilities such as a health centre and duty-free shop.
    Hours of work are very relaxed - people arrive anytime up to 1000 and start to head for home promptly at 1700.
    Other staff members are generally most charming and intelligent.

    Cons

    Occasionally longer hours of work may be expected when a report deadline is approaching. Geneva is a very expensive city for rent and eating out, but the staff allowances are such that this is never a problem.

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at UNCTAD in December 2014.

    Interview

    It was organized via Skype but the connection failed several times so they decided to continue over the phone, even it was not perfect. Panel was including 4-5 people, they were very polite but the questions were not directly related with the subject. It seems like they were looking for a researcher other than a practitioner.

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