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Recruitment at IMO

Promoting safe, secure, efficient and environmentally friendly shipping in today’s global economy is challenging but rewarding work.


IMO is a small but important UN specialized agency, with around 300 staff in the Secretariat. Our headquarters are located on the bank of the river Thames in London, United Kingdom.
We take pride in considering that the people who work at IMO are among the best and brightest in their fields. We are working to become a stronger and more dynamic Organization that can keep pace with current maritime issues and continue to meet the needs of our Member States for years to come. Working at IMO requires people of the highest efficiency, competency and integrity. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis and, as befits a UN agency, we are committed to promoting diversity, gender balance and achieving a broad geographic representation.
Vacancies at IMO are available in the General Service (local recruitment only) and Professional Categories. In order to access current vacancies at IMO in the General Service category, please click here. In order to access current vacancies at IMO in the Professional category, please click here. For Temporary/Consultancy vacancies, please click here. Vacancies can also be accessed in the tabs for either in the menu on the left.
Beyond the opportunity to help achieve IMOs goals and be a part of the wider UN system, there are many tangible rewards in working at IMO. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, comprehensive medical insurance and pension plan, opportunities develop your expertise and interact with a wealth of other professionals, as well as a pleasant environment in which to work. The cultural diversity of our international workforce is highly valued at IMO and we actively support staff in maintaining links to their home countries.
Application Process
When applying for a post at IMO, please follow the procedure outlined below:
1. Navigate to the Vacancy Notice you are interested in and read the criteria specified carefully.
2. If you meet the criteria outlined, complete a Personal History Form (available in the related documents links on the right side menu). Clearly indicate the Vacancy Notice number you are applying for. The Personal History Form will need to be signed.
3. In all cases submit a Cover Letter stating your reasons for applying and a completed Personal History Form.

Submitting your application

Send your application electronically to

Please do not submit your application via multiple routes.

Because of the high volume of applications we receive, we regret to inform you that only applications short-listed for vacant posts within the Organization will be acknowledged. We are unable to acknowledge applications for open applications.


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