The Youth Employment Agency (YEA), in partnership with the permanent mission of Ghana to the United Nations and United Nation Human Resources Office, opened a two-day career fair for the youth and professionals alike to create awareness on job openings at the United Nations.
Under the theme ‘Creating Awareness in Member-States about Career Opportunities and Internships in the UN’, the aim was to create awareness about career opportunities and internships at the UN in member-states.
The outreach programme opened from November 20-21, 2019 in Accra, and involved workshops, presentations and seminars for potential applicants, but also included capacity building and networking with civil society organizations and academia with a view to building knowledge on UN recruitment processes and enhancing prospects for passing UN interviews. Ghana is selected as a beneficiary of the outreach programme due to its immense contribution to the UN Peacekeeping Operations, with the aim of enhancing the chances of Ghanaian applicants and increasing the number of Ghanaians employed in the UN
The Human Resource Officer, Staffing and Outreach Session Secretariat of the UN – Floresha Berisha, maintained that the event’s purpose was to raise awareness about job and career opportunities among the nationals of Ghana for jobs with the United Nations Secretariat.
“Our organisation wants to have a diverse workforce, geographically and gender-balanced, international and multi-talented professionals.”
Participants were taken through recruitment processes, platforms, recruitment procedures, tips and resources available to applicants.
The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah, outlined that once Ghana remains a member of the UN, it is imperative that the youth takes advantage of the opportunity that exists, saying: “So, if other nationals are working at the UN, it requires the Ghanaian youth to also take same advantage”.