International Organisations Day 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009 in the New Academic Building at LSE
Location: The address of the New Academic Building is 54 Lincoln’s Inn
Fields, London WC2A. For a map of the area, please refer to
International Organisations Day offers the opportunity to learn about a number of the
leading multilateral organisations. Representatives from the participating international
institutions will each have 75 minutes in which to give a presentation and answer
questions from the audience. The presentation will cover:
• the role played by their organisation and the kinds of work performed by their
• the education and experience that these employers are looking for
• the employment opportunities that they offer, e.g., staff and consultant positions
for candidates with experience; young professional programmes; and JPO, JPA
and intern vacancies.
The following organisations have registered to attend the event, and one or two more are
• Asian Development Bank
• European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
• European Investment Fund
• European Parliament
• European Personnel Selection Office
• International Committee for the Red Cross
• International Finance Corporation
• Inter-American Development Bank
• International Trade Centre
• UN Secretariat/ UN Peacekeeping Operations
• UN Development Programme
• World Bank
• World Health Organisation
Note: This year the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank will
attend Central Banking and Regulation Day at LSE on Saturday, 21st November.
What you can expect
The main purpose of the event is for the international organisations to describe the role
that they play and the kind of jobs they can offer, and for students to be able to pose
questions to their representatives.
Some organisations will also conduct interviews at LSE on 7 November. Students
interested in being interviewed should first check that they have the required
qualifications and then should make an application as soon as possible directly to the
organisation concerned – following the instructions given in the announcements below.
If the employers are interested, they will contact the candidates directly and inform them
of the time and place of their interview.
The need to be realistic
The number of students interviewed on International Organisations Day is likely to be
modest – perhaps 100 candidates at most. While a small number will end up receiving a
job or internship offer as a result of International Organisations Day, most participants
should see this event principally as an opportunity to learn more about the international
organisations in which they are interested and to understand the kind of work experience
and qualifications that they will need to gain to join these organisations in the future. The
reality is that most international institutions require a minimum of a PhD, or a Masters
degree with some years of relevant work experience for their professional level entry
programmes. These organisations typically hire staff only after several years of
experience when applicants have built up specialized knowledge and experience working
**IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ**
If you wish to attend International Organisations Day, please
register with the Careers and Employability Centre on
campus. There are 40 places available and these will be
allocated on a first come first served basis.
Email email@example.com with ‘LSE’ in the subject of
your email. Once 40 places have been allocated, interested
students will be placed on a reserve list and contacted only if a
place becomes available.
There will be a fee of £10 per head which the Careers and Employability Centre will fund
so it is very important that you are committed to attending this event.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE EVENT IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED
IN ADVANCE. ONLY THOSE STUDENTS ON THE LIST THAT LSE
RECEIVES FROM YOUR CAREERS SERVICE WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE
LIST OF THE INSTITUTIONS TAKING PART IN INTERNATIONAL
Asian Development Bank (ADB or AsDB)
BPMSD, Human Resources Division
6 ADB Avenue
Recruitment: To apply, complete the ADB’s Personal History Form
available on www.adb.org/Employment/appform.asp and
send it to PSfirstname.lastname@example.org quoting “LSE IOD” and the
reference number of the vacancy.
Based in Manila, Philippines, ADB is owned by 67 member countries, including 48 from
the region. Its vision is an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty.
Vacancies: For ADB’s current and anticipated vacancies, please see:
Application deadline for IOD: 14 October 2009
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Recruitment: Via www.ebrd.jobs.com
The EBRD is an international financial institution that supports projects in 30 countries
from central Europe to central Asia. Investing primarily in private sector clients whose
needs cannot be fully met by the market, the Bank promotes entrepreneurship and fosters
transition towards open and democratic market economies. The EBRD is the largest
single investor in the region and also mobilises significant foreign direct investment into
its countries of operations. The Bank invests mainly in private enterprises, usually
together with commercial partners. It provides project financing for the financial sector
and the real economy, both new ventures and investments in existing companies. It also
works with publicly-owned companies to support privatisation, restructuring of state-
owned firms and improvement of municipal services.
Vacancies: Analyst – Associate Banker
Deadline: Generally speaking, there is no deadline as the EBRD is not
advertising specific jobs; it is trying to build up a talent
pool of potential candidates.
European Investment Fund (EIF)
Blvd Konrad Adenauer 96
Recruitment: via the EIF website and e-mail the application to
The EIF has an essential role to play in pursuing core EU objectives such as innovation,
regional development, research and development, entrepreneurship, growth and job
creation. Our central mission is to assist SMEs to access finance via specifically designed
and developed venture capital and guarantees instruments, which specifically target the
market segment. Since its activities began, EIF has indirectly supported some 810,000
SMEs and has thus made a tremendous contribution to economic growth and
development in Europe. If you are passionate about the development of SMEs in Europe
and can demonstrate a keen interest in venture capital and/or structured finance
instruments, we would be interested in speaking to you about career opportunities during
the International Organisations Day on 7th November 2009.
Vacancies: We are currently looking for: STRUCTURED FINANCE
MONITORING ANALYSTS (Ref: EIF-LSE09WWW01)
and INVESTMENT ANALYSTS (Ref: EIF-
LSE09WWW02). These posts require a University degree,
preferably in finance or business administration, with post-
graduate qualifications constituting a distinct advantage.
Some professional experience in a financial or corporate
environment (banking, accounting, audit etc.) would be
ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE NATIONALS OF AN EU MEMBER OR
Application deadline for IOD: 25 October 2009
European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
Avenue de Cortenbergh 80
Recruitment: EPSO will not be conducting interviews at IOD because
recruitment is by competitive examination.
The European Personnel Selection Office is the sole inter-institutional organisation of the
European Communities which provides a personnel selection service for the institutions
of the European Union.
The EU institutions provide challenging work, excellent training facilities, early
responsibility and a generous salary, allowances and benefits package.
European Parliament (EP)
Directorate General for Personnel, Internal Organisations and HR Unit
Headquarters in Brussels and Luxembourg
UK Office: 2 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA
Scotland Office: The Tun, Holyrood Road; Edinburgh EH8 8PJ
Recruitment website: European Parliament: Recruitment
Traineeship website: Traineeships and Study Visits in the European Parliament
The European Parliament (EP) secretariat consists of some 5000 staff from the 27 EU
states, of whom about 2000 are graduates. The secretariat supports the work of the EP in
sessions, committees, information and administrative services. Graduate entry is normally
to grade AD5 on a scale of 1-16. A frequent profile consists of a first degree in law,
economics or politics (though other disciplines are equally welcome); a masters degree,
often in European Studies, or attendance at the College of Europe in Bruges; and/or a
minimum of two year's work experience. Traineeships sometimes form part of the
preparation for successful applications.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
19 avenue de la Paix
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and
independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives
and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide
them with assistance.
The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening
humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It directs and coordinates the
international activities conducted by the Movement in armed conflicts and other
situations of violence.
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB or IADB or BID)
1300 New York Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20577
Recruitment: Apply via www.iadb.org/careers
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), based in Washington, DC and with
offices throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, regularly seeks outstanding
individuals who are eager to contribute to the economic and social development
of the region, looking for challenging and creative work, and willing to be part of
an international and multicultural team.
Over the past 50 years, the IDB has been the leading source of multilateral
financing and expertise for sustainable economic, social and institutional
development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Bank provides solutions to
development challenges such as poverty reduction, sustainable energy and
climate change, infrastructure development, education and water and sanitation
by partnering with governments, companies and civil society organizations.
To find out about opportunities at the IDB where you can apply your skills, visit
Young Professional Programme (2 years)
• Maximum of 32 years old at 1 January of selection year
• Master’s, Licenciatura or equivalent degree from an accredited university by 1 January of
• 1 or more years’ professional experience in business related to the Bank
• Fluent in English and Spanish and working knowledge of a third official language is desired
(Portuguese or French)
Diversity Young Professional Programme (2 years)
Open to Afro-Descendants and Indigenous candidates
• Maximum of 37 years old at 1 January of selection year
• Master’s, Licenciatura or equivalent degree from an accredited university by 1 January of
• 1 or more years’ professional experience in business related to the Bank
• Fluent in one working language of the Bank (English, Spanish, Portuguese or French) and
working knowledge of a second official language is desired
Entry Level Positions
• Master’s, Licenciatura or equivalent degree from an accredited university
• 2-4 years’ relevant professional experience at national and/or international level
• Proficiency in 2 of the official languages of the Bank (English, Spanish, Portuguese or
French). Knowledge of the others is desired.
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Recruitment in Europe and Africa, Paris Office,
66, Avenue d’Iena
(The HQ, where most of the IFC’s staff works, is located in Washington, DC, USA.)
Recruitment: via IFC recruitment website
The IFC, which is a member of the World Bank Group, fosters sustainable growth in
developing countries by financing private sector investment, mobilizing capital in the
international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and
IFC helps companies and financial institutions in emerging markets create jobs, generate
tax revenues, improve corporate governance and environmental performance, and
contribute to their local communities. The goal is to improve lives, especially for the
people who most need the benefits of growth.
Since its inception in 1956, IFC has proven each year that private investments, subject to
the discipline of the marketplace, can result in profitable, sustainable business in
developing countries. IFC measures the impact of its investments and advisory services
and applies and shares lessons learned. Our deep involvement with the financial sector,
including commercial banks in both industrialized and developing countries, allows us to
catalyze three to four private sector dollars for every dollar we invest and multiply the
impact of these investments. Our vision is that people should have the opportunity to
escape poverty and improve their lives.
International Trade Centre (ITC)
54 – 56 Rue de Montbrillant
Recruitment: via above URL through the online ITC recruitment website
The International Trade Centre is a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the
Vacancies: Internships: 2 – 8 months
Enrollment in higher/Masters degree programme required
First-level university degree and several years of
professional experience required
P-1/P-2 staff postings
First-level degree and 2 years professional experience
Deadline: None for interns and consultants. For advertised posts as
per vacancy announcement.
Office of Human Resources Management
42nd Str. And First Avenue
New York 10017
Recruitment: Candidates should complete a Personal History Form at
http://jobs.un.org and select a suitable job opening.
Candidates interested in the competitive examinations
should also consult "Employment" under www.un.org.
The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to peace and security,
development, human rights and international cooperation in many fields.
Vacancies: The United Nations has a variety of openings. Most will
require at least a first-level degree in a relevant field. Please
see the individual vacancy announcements at our web site
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Office of Human Resources
1 United Nations Plaza, DC1-Room 1820
New York 10017
The UNDP is a global development agency working in 166 countries. It is the part of the
UN that is responsible for addressing global development challenges. It works in 166
countries and focuses on several practice areas including poverty reduction, democratic
governance, environment and energy, crisis prevention and recovery, and HIV/AIDS.
Vacancies: No. of graduate vacancies: around 1000 per year. All
UNDP vacancies are posted on its centralized
online recruitment website (see above).
Method of application: Online application form – also attach a resume or CV.
Internships: Responsibility for the UNDP’s internship programme is
decentralized and those interested in applying
should contact the local hiring unit or the country office
Please note that UNDP’s recruitment efforts are directed principally at filling
specific mid-career vacancies where some years of relevant work experience are
required. These vacancies are listed on the UNDP’s online vacancy list (see
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm). Therefore, do not be surprised that there
are very few suitable vacancies to which students and recent graduates can apply.
While the UNDP representative would very much like to interview a few candidates
on campus, the main purpose of his visit is to explain the work of the organisation,
what qualifications and background the organisation is seeking, and how those
interested can gain the experience that UNDP is looking for.
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Division of HR Management
94 rue de Montbrillant
How to apply: information is provided with each vacancy notice which is posted on the
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an impartial
humanitarian organisation mandated by the United Nations to lead and co-ordinate
international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of
refugee problems. Based in Switzerland, UNHCR has two basic and closely related aims:
to protect refugees and to seek ways to help them restart their lives in a normal
Vacancies vary depending on requirements of operations. In general terms, intake takes
place from the International Professional Roster which is an exam-based roster.
Candidates admitted to the roster can apply for entry level positions. Other posts are
published externally on our website and vary in grade and level of responsibility as well
as nature of the assignment. Generally minimum qualifications include a university
degree. Field experience is an advantage and overall work experience will determine the
grading of a candidate upon recruitment. UNHCR recruits in the areas of international
protection, operations management, external relations and public information, donor
relations, IT and telecoms, supply and logistics, community services, data management,
refugee status determination, resettlement as well as public health, water and sanitation,
GIS, registration, and other fields relevant to the work of the organisation.
(formal title: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development – IBRD)
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20433
Recruitment: On the World Bank website (see above), in the left hand
column, click on Jobs Website, Young Professional
Program or Junior Professional Associate
At the World Bank we have made the world’s challenge – to reduce global poverty – our
Our work focuses on achievement of the Millennium Development Goals that call for the
elimination of poverty and for sustained development. The goals provide us with targets
and yardsticks for measuring results.
Our mission is to help developing countries and their people reach the goals by working
with our partners to alleviate poverty. To do that we concentrate on building the climate
for investment, jobs and sustainable growth, so that economies will grow, and by
investing in and empowering poor people to participate in development.
Junior Professional Associates Program (JPA)
To be considered, you should be no more than 28 years old, hold the equivalent of a
Bachelor’s degree (with some relevant experience), a Master’s or be a PhD candidate
with a superior academic record. The World Bank Group welcomes applicants from all
over the globe regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic background, and disability. The
World Bank will contact only those applicants whom hiring managers wish to interview.
Positions may be located in any of the Bank’s offices across the world.
The JPA is not an entry point for a career in the World Bank and employment beyond the
initial two-year contract will be prohibited for a period of two years after the end of the
contract. However, some alumni may rejoin the organisation later in their careers after
gaining experience elsewhere and becoming experts in their professional field.
Recruitment and hiring for this program is ongoing throughout the year.
Young Professionals Program (YPP)
The following are the minimum qualifications you will need to be considered for the
YPP, although candidates selected tend to exceed these requirements. Please note that no
exceptions from these requirements can be made. You must:
• be a citizen of a member country of the World Bank
• be 32 years of age or younger when entering the YP Program
• Have obtained a Master’s degree or equivalent at the time of submitting your
• Be fluent in English
• Specialize in a field relevant to the World Bank’s operations, such as economics,
finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and
natural resource management
• Have significant relevant professional experience or continued academic study at the
In order to be competitive for the limited number of positions, you need to show that you
possess a combination of the following credentials:
• A commitment and passion for international development
• Outstanding academic credentials
• Solid professional expertise and experience
• Excellent client engagement and team leadership skills suitable for working in an
• International development country experience
• Working knowledge of additional languages relevant to the World Bank’s work
• Flexibility, and the ability to work in different areas of the institution
• A willingness to better understand poverty issues by having your work focus on the
lowest income countries
• Motivation to relocate and undertake country assignments.
Please be aware that the applications for the YP Program to enter the Bank in
September 2010 have already closed. The applications for the September 2011 entry
will be accepted between 1 May and 31 July, 2010.
All applications should be made online via the World Bank recruitment website.
Deadline (for International Organisations’ Day interviews): 15 October 2009
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
Recruitment: Personal History Form to be completed online, via
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations
system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the
health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy
options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health
Last updated: 1 October 2009