Since applying for a job opening carries an expectation to accept it, if offered, (see Section 5.2 of h4. Staff Selection System – ST/AI/2010/3) custom questions may also be used to confirm the candidate’s willingness to live and work in the specific duty station identified in the job opening. For locally recruited staff in the GS category, custom questions may confirm the candidate’s eligibility to work at that duty station (e.g., visa status, legal residence). Here are some examples:

This position is located in Kabul, Afghanistan, which has been classified in the “E” hardship category and as a non-family duty station. Willingness to serve in this duty station is required. Are you willing to serve in this duty station?

This position is subject to local recruitment. Do you have a legal residence within a commutable distance from the United Nations Office at Geneva, which is in Switzerland, or in neighboring France?

Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis, whether or not the candidate is a resident of the duty station. Do you currently reside in the duty station?


Last modified: 13 May 2023