Frequently Asked Questions



What is UNDP?
To quote Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of UNDP:
"The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's principal provider of development advice, advocacy and grant support. It has long enjoyed the trust and confidence of governments and NGOs in many parts of the developing as well as the developed world. It is typically regarded as a partner rather than an adversary, and its commitment to a universal presence has proven especially useful in post-conflict situations and with states that had been otherwise isolated from the international community."

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UNDP has six priority practice areas:
Democratic Governance
Poverty Reduction
Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Energy and Environment
Information and Communications Technology

In addition, UNDP promotes South-South cooperation and the empowerment of women. Click on More About UNDP and Discover UNDP to find descriptions on what UNDP is all about and its impact worldwide.
You can also go to "Country Office Websites" at for more information on our programmes in the field.

What is the main UNDP goal or objective?
At the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000, world leaders pledged to cut poverty in half by 2015. UNDP is charged with helping to make this happen. Its focus is on providing developing countries with knowledge-based consulting services and building national, regional and global coalitions for change.

When and how did UNDP come into being?
For a full history of UNDP, please refer to this website:

Does UNDP have an annual report, or a document describing activities and financial aspects?
The UNDP annual report, and major policy documents may be found at this webpage:

What constitutes development indicators?
The widely-cited UNDP Human Development Reports (HDRs) contain substantive data on most development indicators. The reports rank every country each year in areas such as per capita income, literacy, life expectancy and respect for women's rights. The goal is to put people back at the centre of the development process. The HDR website is at . Please refer also to the charts, graphs and tables therein.

In addition, UNDP has helped more than 120 developing countries produce their own National Human Development Report, which provides a basis for informed local debate about priorities and policies. These reports also help donor governments to measure the impact of their aid dollars, and to communicate the way in which aid is making a positive difference both to direct beneficiaries and to electorates at home.

How do I learn more about the organization?
Go to "Discover UNDP" at
UNDP delivers most of its services through its more than 130 country offices but it also engages in global and regional advocacy and analysis to increase knowledge, share best practices, build partnerships, mobilize resources, and promote enabling frameworks including international targets for reducing poverty. In addition, UNDP supports Technical Cooperation Among Developing Countries.

I am looking for a former/present staff member. Could you give me his/her phone number or email address?
We are not authorized to provide email addresses of former or present staff members. You may direct your query to any of the units or departments in UNDP at this address:
UNDP, One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
General Telephone No: (212 ) 906- 5558

Where is UNDP located?
One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017, USA
Tel: (212) 906-5558
Fax: (212) 906-5364
UNDP has its headquarters in New York City, but cooperates with governments and peoples largely in developing countries throughout the world. It works through its offices in more than 130 countries. Most of these offices have websites:

UNDP also has liaison offices at the following locations:

European Office at Geneva
Palais des Nations CH-1211, Genève 10, Switzerland Telephone: (41-22) 917 8542
Fax: (41-22) 917 8001

UNDP Liaison Office in Brussels
United Nations Office/UNDP
14 Rue Montoyer, 1000 - Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: (32-2) 505 4620
Fax: (32-2) 505 4729

UNDP/Inter-Agency Procurement Services Office (IAPSO)
Nordic Liaison Office
Midtermolen 3, PO Box 2530, Copenhagen 0, Denmark
Telephone: (45-35) 46 71 54
Fax: (45-35) 46 70 95

UNDP Tokyo Office
UNU Building, 8th Floor 5-53-70 Jingumae Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Telephone: (813) 5467 4751
Fax: (813) 5467 4753

UNDP Liaison Office in Washington DC
1775 K Street, NW, Suite 420
Washington, DC 20006 USA
Telephone: (202) 331-9130
Fax: (202) 331 9363

Frequently Asked Questions about Jobs

How do I apply for a job with UNDP?
Please refer to the main UNDP website and click on "Jobs". If there are vacancies in your field of expertise, follow instructions therein on how and where to apply.
For expert practitioners, please visit this website: The page has detailed descriptions for each vacancy, online application forms as well as a comprehensive FAQ sheet.

How can I check on the status of an application?
You may email this address: or you may write to: Chief, Recruitment Section, UNDP Office of Human Resources One United Nations Plaza, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

Does UNDP offers scholarships to students enrolled in graduate degrees ?
Unfortunately, our mandate does not permit us to provide financial assistance to individuals, companies or private groups; we work in collaboration with governments on development programmes and projects