Cover letter for United Nations(4 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for the United Nations.”

Samples of United Nations cover letter

When applying for a position at United Nations, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is as follows:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for United Nations”

“January 7, 2023

Mr. Adam Doe

Personnel Manager

United Nations

323 Main Street

Houston, TX 32101

Dear Mr. Doe:

As a passionate and dependable administrative professional. I am writing to apply for an Administrative Assistant position at the United Nation’s Houston Office. Owing to my exceptional clerical skills and hands-on experience in the administrative arena, I feel confident that I am a good candidate for this job.

Through my work as an Administrative Assistant for The University of Ontario, I have built a strong record of attaining progressively responsible management positions during my short career.

Specifically, I have a demonstrated ability to:

Handle all aspects of general office coordination

Maintain office calendar to organize workflow and meeting

Answer telephones and transfer calls

Perform general clerical duties such as bookkeeping, copying, faxing, mailing, and filing

The attached resume details my specific skills pertinent to your needs.

As an enthusiastic candidate, I would like the opportunity to meet with you in order to discuss your expectations in greater detail. I will call you next week to follow up on my job application. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to call me at (000) 657-0101.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


(Sign here)

Mary Brown

Attached: Resume and Reference Letters”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for United Nations”


The Human Resources,

Subject:Application for the Position – Programme Specialist

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to you in response to the vacant position of a “Programme Specialist” at XXX to be based in DDDD, as announced. In line with the qualification, experiences and responsibilities specified in the vacancy announcement, I consider myself as one of the suitable candidates and thus I express my strongest interest for the position, and hereby submit my application along with motivation statement and updated CV for your review and further recruitment process against the applied position.

A CCC citizen of CC years, I am an experienced development practitioner and a capacity development facilitator with more than 20 years of professional experiences in the field. My work experiences range from vvvv to vvvv. I have advanced Master Degrees in Sociology and two Diplomas in commerce and education; and have various training in monitoring and evaluation and project management issues with extensive involvement in promoting the social accountability for the better governance in the development projects in dddd. I believe these experiences and qualifications make me a suitable candidate for this position. I thus humbly express by strong interest to be considered for the aforementioned position of XX in VVVV.

Recently, I worked as VVVVV in LGCDP-II based in WWW in which I was directly dealing with governance, accountability and social mobilization components. My area of work also included policy work, in particular advising the District Development Committee on Child Friendly Local Governance (CFLG), vital registration and social protection, preparation of District Annual Plan (DAP), Periodic District Development Plan (PDDP) and different cross-cutting issues like GESI, EFLG with regular HR and M&E works.

In mid-SSSS, I joined with DDDD as DDDDD and later on as SSSSS, where I served training on HIV and AIDS issues among CCCCC.

In addition to monitoring and documenting several development works, I have experience in child rights, education and protection specially the worst forms of child labours in DDDl focusing street children and domestic child labours. In WWW, I was contributing AAA to the newly established program targeting the Children.

In summary, I feel that my 20 years of combined professional field experiences, facilitating and monitoring development activities; coupled with my education has adequately equipped me well with necessary skills to be an effective “CCCC” with the continuous learning attitude at XXXX.

Please find attached my detailed CV and name of three referees (mentioned in the last page of CV) and Statement of Motivation for further information and process.

Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for United Nations”

“Peter Okello Otieno

P.O Box 25467,


10th May 2014.

Human Resource Manager,

United Nations Office at Nairobi,

P.0 Box ****,


Dear Human Resource Manager,


With my exclusive mix of experience in marketing and community management, my courses in public relations and marketing combined with my passion for social media I believe I am the right match for the Social Media Internship at your organization.

I am currently a student at the University of Nairobi, pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Communication with a major in public relations. I have been exposed to courses in communications and marketing, having scored an average of an A and appearing in the Dean’s List of exemplary performance twice. I am eager to leverage my classroom learning into real-world experience.

Additionally, I have worked as a marketing intern for XYZ Company, a marketing agency, where my responsibilities included everything from supporting the strategy team to executing social media campaigns for a few of the firm’s clients. I have previously handled social media campaigns for the presidential debate in the year 2013.

I have an understanding of humanitarian contexts and can work in a pressured and changing environment while working as a part of a team. I believe that my expertise in social media combined with my motivation and enthusiasm and my ability to interact with various multicultural people will make me an extraordinary asset to your communications department.

I welcome an opportunity to discuss this further and I thank you in advance for reviewing my application.

Yours Sincerely,


Peter Otieno.

Cell: 0700 000 000


Sample 4: “Cover letter for United Nations”


As an Individual with more than two years work experience and passionate about clean energy access in health and education facilities to strengthen health systems, I am persuaded that l am a competent candidate to undertake the Coordinator Health Facility Solar Electrification position.

As a United Nations Development Programme’s Project Assistant / Energy Specialist for Solar for Health project under the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GTFAM), I have successfully coordinated and managed the UNDP’s internal technical working group as well as represent Namibia and Zimbabwe on UNDP regional knowledge platform on intersection of health and energy which includes Malawi, Zambia, Liberia (countries beneficiary of UNDP’s solar for health project). I possess experience in building and managing database of more than 1000 health facilities under installation of solar, managing installation, maintenance contracts as well as commissioning of the solar systems.

I am experienced in wide sustainable energy research, analyses of existing initiatives both in the United Nations system (internally) and externally, in energy and health to inform UNDP’s guidance in innovative public-private partnership solar for health project. This is evidenced by successfully producing a UNDP Namibia sustainable solar for health stakeholder consultation report (attached in my application) that is currently being utilised to source for funds from Global Climate Fund for the roll out of low emission and climate resilient health systems and services project.

My experience spans beyond development partner’s project implementation but includes research on outlining feasible sustainability plan for solar electrification of health facilities beyond development partners funds. I intend to use my skills set and expertise to manage the launch and sustainability of internal and external working group as well as manage knowledge, as l have already demonstrated this through coordinating for the solar for health in both Namibia and Zimbabwe. My strong coordination and negotiation skills have facilitated in strong buy in for co-financing between and among private and government partners for the success of the solar for health project.

The Health Energy Service Companies (HESCOs) under UNDP shares a lot of concept ideas with UNICEF’s HFSE. Having implemented and researched on the feasibility studies of the HESCOs, l am fully convinced l am a deserving candidate to transfer knowledge and coordinate the solar electrification agenda aimed at strengthening the Primary Health Care for UNICEF’s HFSE. I successfully undertook a practical thesis research on An ex-post evaluation to determine and enhance the sustainability of International development partner’s renewable energy projects, which landed me a position with UNDP Namibia, I believe if considered for the Coordinator Health Facility Solar Electrification position, I will be a good facilitator and collaborator for the external and internal working groups under HFSEs.

Thank you in anticipation of your consideration of my application for this position

Yours sincerely,


Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of United Nations cover letters

How do I write a cover letter for an NGO?

  • Highlight your accounting skills. 
  • Use proper cover letter formatting. 
  • Use hard numbers to quantify your achievements.

Do I need a cover letter for a position at the UN?

Yes. A cover letter allows you to add essential information you didn’t have space for in a resume, as well as explain (in words) how your experiences are tied to the role you’re applying for.

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