Great Opportunity for Indonesian Professionals to Work in International Organizations

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UNAIR NEWS – Indonesia has memberships in more than 200 international organizations (OI). It is an effort made for Indonesian Multilateral Diplomacy. One of them is the opportunity for Indonesian professionals to work in international organizations, either in the country or overseas.

The statement was made by the Head of Contribution and Candidacy Division of Multilateral General Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sam E. Marentek in a seminar and exhibition titled “Employment Opportunity for Indonesian in International Organizations” in Swiss-Bellinn Hotel, Surabaya, on Tuesday, November 29.

The seminar was held through collaboration of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Universitas Airlangga and Universitas Pembangunan Nasional. Beside the speaker from the ministry, it was also attended by Joyce Sinaga, an official of Human Resources Development of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Juvelia Neviandini, an official of Human Resources Development of Association of South East Asia Nation (ASEAN) Secretariat. For the exhibition, Oemi Praptanto, a financial official of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was also present.

In the seminar, Marentek explained that Indonesia was a member of hundreds international organizations in various sectors. In international and regional partnership, Indonesia is a member of United Nations (PBB), Islamic Partnership Organization (OKI), and ASEAN. In politics and security, Indonesia is in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).

In economics and development, Indonesia is in World’s Trade Organization (WTO) and International Labour Organization (ILO). While in social and culture, Indonesia is in United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Hopefully with a lot of memberships, Indonesian can use the opportunity to get employment in the organizations’ management. But unfortunately, not many Indonesian used the opportunity.

“It can be seen from limited number of Indonesian professionals in UN secretariat in New York and IAEA secretariat in Vienna, Austria. In WTO secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, there are no professionals from Indonesia. Even if compared to neighboring countries, Indonesians working in UN secretariat are mot many. So, there are still a lot of opportunities for Indonesian to work in international organizations,” said Marentek.

Joyce, a speaker from UNDP, explained that the recruitment process in UN prioritizes honesty, objectivity, transparency, and accountability. For anyone who want to work in UN, can check the official page at

Beside, at the moment, UN is developing United Nations Young Professionals Program(UN YPP) which does not require work experience to get more citizens which are underrepresented in the UN employment.

In the next session, Juvelia explained the procedure to apply for a job in ASEAN secretariat. As it is based in Jakarta, the opportunity to get a position is even bigger for Indonesian citizens, as locally recruited staff (LRS) or openly recruited staff (ORS).

Before closing the seminar, Marentek explained that the background to support the rganization is not only from Social and Politics, but almost all field of study is accepted but still depends on the need.

“For people from exact science, don’t worry. Because the opportunities are not only for professionals in social studies like Politics, International Relations, Law and other social fields. Any fields of study has the same opportunity to work in international organizations,’ said Marentek before closing the seminar. (*)

Author: Lovita Martafabella
Editor: Defrina Sukma S

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