Types of deployment

Informing children about hidden dangers left over from the war
Laurent Heidrich informs children about hidden dangers left over from the war. Heidrich is a Swiss police adviser in the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. © Laurent Heidrich

Monitoring the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, helping the police in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate crimes, developing the expertise of ministries and international organisations – these are just three examples of how Swiss experts are sharing their knowledge in civilian peacebuilding and the promotion of human rights.

The deployments  with the Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding (SEP) reflect Switzerland's geographic and thematic priorities in peace and human rights policy. To promote young talents, Switzerland supports placements for young people in international organisations.

Swiss experts are seconded to missions lasting from a few days to several years for example as election observers, police advisers or specialists in constitutional and judicial reform, federalism, mediation and the rule of law or human rights and international humanitarian law.

Deployments for young professionals

The Expert Pool coordinates the selection process and funding for deployments for graduates directly employed by the UN. Young professionals who have already embarked on an international career can work on the UN Junior Professional Officer Programme for up to three years.

Recent graduates with no international professional experience can undertake an unpaid internship at a UN agency.

UN Young Professionals Programme

UN Volunteers