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    GENERAL INFORMATION / ALL OPPORTUNITIES

    How do I get to know about current job opportunities?

    Please visit our http://www.intracen.org/about/itc-careers/current-job-openings/ website. Our jobs are also advertised at UN jobs and you can also follow us on Twitter.

    What are the steps in the recruitment process at ITC?

    To learn more about the ITC recruitment & selection process visit http://www.intracen.org/about/itc-careers/how-to-apply/

    How should I choose which position to apply for?

    Browse through the opportunities, and choose a role that you consider best matches with your experience/qualifications and interests. Please keep in mind that ITC will only consider applications from those candidates who meet the minimum mandatory requirements.

    If I do not speak French, can I still apply?

    Often ITC's language requirements are; advanced knowledge of English (speaking, reading and writing) with a working knowledge (minimum intermediate speaking, reading and writing) of French or Spanish. Knowledge of other UN official languages (Arabic, Russian or Chinese) may be exceptionally required.  However, since language requirements are post specific, we advise that you carefully check the language requirements for the job opening you are applying to.

    How to apply to ITC?

    Applications must be registered through the ITC online recruitment system. You must complete and submit your Personal History Form (PHF) for each job opening you wish to apply to. Make sure that you apply within the deadline, since it is not possible to apply after the deadline. Additional details can be found at http://www.intracen.org/about/itc-careers/current-job-openings/. Applications will be acknowledged by e-mail. ITC will only contact candidates under serious consideration.

    Do I have to complete the application form in one session?
    No. You can save the information you entered and return at a later time to finish your on-line application form by logging in, using your User Name and Password, which you created when you registered. The system will recognize you through your email address; so make sure to use always the same address if you have more than one.

    Can I apply by e-mail?

    No, applications must be registered through the ITC online recruitment system. .

    Can I submit an unsolicited application?
    ITC can only consider unsolicited applications to the ITC Roster of consultants, Internship Programme and Pool for general service temporary opportunities. We are unable to consider unsolicited applications for job openings. Only applications for advertised job openings submitted through the on-line application system are assessed.

    How long are new job openings posted on the website?

    Job openings for fixed term posts are published for 30 days. Temporary job openings for more than three months are published for one week.

    How often are new jobs posted on the website?

    New job openings are published regularly, and the frequency depends on ITC's needs: please regularly check our website http://www.intracen.org/about/itc-careers/current-job-openings/ .

    When will I hear back on my application?

    ITC only contacts those candidates who are under serious consideration. ITC will also inform all those candidates that were invited to participate in the selection process at the end of this process. Please note that the selection process may take several months to complete due to the thorough review process for each selection.  Information on the progress of ITC recruitments can be found at Status of ITC closed Job openings.

    Is the information in my application form kept confidential?

    Yes. Private information provided to the ITC will not be shared with any outside organization and will not be used for any commercial purpose. Applications will only be shared on a need-to-know-basis with units/individuals involved in the recruitment process.

    For how many jobs can I apply?

    You may apply for as many jobs as you like. However, it is strongly recommended to diligently

    review the competencies and qualifications required for a particular job opening before making a decision to apply for an advertised post, to ensure you will only apply for a job opening for which you are qualified.

    How long does the selection process take?
    The selection process can take many weeks, with a minimum duration of approximately 12 to 16 weeks.  The selection process for temporary opportunities is much quicker.

    Where can I get more information regarding a competition?

    All the information required for a position is found in the job opening. A job opening is composed mainly of a brief introduction of the position and of the section where the position is located; specific duties and responsibilities; minimum requirements (in terms of language, experience and education) as well as the main competencies required for the job. The last part of the job opening lists the conditions of employment as well as the allowances, benefits and salaries according to the International Civil Services Commission (ICSC).

    What are the employment conditions offered at the ITC?

    Please use this link

    WRITTEN TESTS AND INTERVIEW

    Will I be asked to do a written test?

    For most job openings shortlisted candidates are asked to undertake a written test to evaluate technical knowledge related to the functions of the advertised post. Candidates should read the job opening carefully in order to prepare for the test. It may be necessary to use Word, PowerPoint or Excel during the test. It may also be necessary to open PDF documents. No printer is needed during the test. Usually this test is eliminatory and only successful candidates are invited for an interview. ITC is not in a position to give feedback on the written tests.

    What types of interviews are organized by ITC?

    You may be asked to complete a pre-screening interview using an online platform in order for the hiring manager to better assess your eligibility for the post under recruitment. These interviews last for up to 15 minutes and are conducted virtually at a date and time of your choice from a pre-defined timeline. The interviews are not interactive but asychronised and you will be asked to respond to questions that appear on the screen. For more information regarding SONRU please consult their website: http://www.sonru.com/

    Candidates who are under serious consideration will be invited to attend a competency based interview (CBI). A CBI is a job interview focused on discovering how you acted in specific employment related situations. The interviewer wants to know how you handled a situation, instead of what you might do in a hypothetical situation.

    How can I prepare for an interview?

    The success of an interview depends on how well you are prepared for the interview.

    • Read the Job opening and identify the competencies required for the position.
    • A competency based interview is a job interview focused on discovering how you acted in specific employment related situations. The interviewer wants to know how you handled a situation, instead of what you might do in a hypothetical situation. You can prepare yourself finding examples related to your work experience which help you to demonstrate that you have the right competencies for the position. You will also find resources on the internet on how to prepare for a behavioural or competency based interview.
    • Learn as much as you can about the Division and Section you are applying to and the work it does.
    • Listen to the questions carefully, give yourself time to organize your ideas and answers and try to respond as specifically yet succinctly as possible.
    • Prepare questions that you would like to ask during the interview.

    What are the ITC official languages? In what language do you normally conduct the interviews?

    The ITC official languages are English, French and Spanish. The language used for an interview depends on the requirements for the position which is listed under language requirements in the Job opening. You may be asked questions in all the languages that you mentioned in your application.

    What is the ITC assessment panel?

    The ITC assessment panels conducting the interview are usually composed of three voting members: the hiring manager, two subject matter experts at the same or higher level of the job opening, and one from outside the work unit where the job opening is located, as well as a Human Resources representative who is non-voting. The interview usually lasts between 45 minutes and one hour.

    GENERAL INFORMATION / PROFESSIONALS

    I do not live near Geneva, can I still be considered for a post?

    Yes, we recruit from across the world with no discrimination based on your current location. However, for posts in the General Services, candidates are recruited locally and should reside in the Geneva area or neighbouring France.

    What are the requirements for professional and higher positions?  (insert the below or a link to our website)

    • An advanced university degree in the relevant field (additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree).
    • Required years of working experience in the relevant functional area as indicated in the specific job openings.
    • Often the language requirements are advanced knowledge of English (speaking, reading and writing) with a working knowledge (minimum intermediate speaking, reading and writing) of French or Spanish. Knowledge of other UN official languages (Arabic, Russian or Chinese) may be exceptionally required.

    Will I be asked to do a Microsoft Office Proficiency Test (MOPT)?

    No, candidates for professional categories are usually not required to sit and Microsoft Office Proficiency Test.

    GENERAL INFORMATION / GENERAL SERVICES STAFF

    I do not live near Geneva, can I still be considered for a post?

    No, candidates in the General Service category are recruited locally and should reside in the Geneva area or neighbouring France.

    What are the requirements for General Service positions?

    Candidates must meet the minimum education and experience indicated in the job openings. Usually, completed secondary education or equivalent.

    Will I be asked to  do a Microsoft Office Proficiency Test (MOPT)?

    Candidates under consideration for General Service positions (temporary and/or fixed term) must pass the MOPT. This test assesses knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint (ITC uses Microsoft Office 2010). Please click here to see a demo.The MOPT is administered at ITC and takes one hour and 30 minutes. Candidates, who successfully pass the MOPT, can continue in the selection process. Unsuccessful candidates may take the test again after 30 day

    TEMPORARY OPPORTUNITIES

    When will I hear back on my application to the Temporary Support Pool?

    ITC is contacts only those candidates who are under serious consideration for the Temporary Support Pool. ITC will contact all those candidates that were invited to participate in the selection process at the end of this process.

    Will I be asked to do a Microsoft Office Proficiency Test (MOPT)?

    All candidates applying for the Temporary Support Pool must successfully pass the MOPT. See details above.

    Will I be interviewed for the Temporary Support Pool?

    If you are successful in the MOPT, you will be asked to complete an interview using an online platform in order for us to better assess your suitability for the Temporary Support Pool. These interviews last for up to 10 minutes and are conducted virtually at a date and time of your choice from a pre-defined timeline. The interviews are not interactive but asynchronised and you will be asked to respond to questions that appear on the screen. For more information regarding SONRU please consult their website: http://www.sonru.com/

    If I am successful in being selected for the Temporary Support Pool, when will I hear about any assignments?

    If you are successful and included in the ITC Temporary Support Pool, you will be contacted whenever a temporary position arises that meets your profile to see if you are available and interested in the position. The personal history forms of the interested candidates are then passed to the hiring manager to review and select from. Both successful and unsuccessful candidates will be advised of the outcome of the selection process.