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
“Our organisation wants to have a diverse
workforce, geographically and gender-balanced, international and multi-talented
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”.