UPU Universal Postal Union

Berne, Switzerland


Organization/Company Profile

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is an international organization that coordinates postal policies among member nations, and hence the worldwide postal system. Each member country agrees to the same set of terms for conducting international postal duties. The Universal Postal Union's headquarters are located in Berne, Switzerland.

With 191 member countries, this specialised agency of the United Nations fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role, and renders technical assistance where needed. It sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail volumes and to improve the quality of service for customers.

As a non-political organisation, it does not interfere in matters that fall within the domestic domain of national postal services. For example, Posts set their own postage rates, decide which and how many postage stamps to issue, and how to manage their postal operations and staff.

The UPU has for objective to develop social, cultural and commercial communication between people through the efficient operation of the postal service. As an inter-governmental institution, the UPU is called upon to play an important leadership role in promoting the continued revitalisation of postal services.

Prior to the establishment of the UPU, a country had to conclude a separate postal treaty with each other country that it wished to carry international mail to or from. The United States called for an international postal congress, which was held in 1863. This led Heinrich von Stephan, Royal Prussian and later German Minister for Posts, to found the Universal Postal Union, the third oldest international organization (after the Rhine Commission and the ITU). It was created in 1874, under the name "General Postal Union", as a result of the Treaty of Berne signed on 9 October 1874. In 1878, the name was changed to "Universal Postal Union".

After the foundation of the United Nations, the UPU became a specialized agency in the UN.

Employment Opportunities

The Universal Postal Union, with its headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, is one of the smallest of the United Nations specialized agencies. Virtually all professional staff working at the International Bureau are recruited from within the ranks of UPU member postal administrations. Vacancies for positions in the general services category are generally advertised and filled from within Switzerland.

Occasionally the UPU requires specific technical or specialist expertise for a particular project or desires to expand its search for qualified candidates. Recruitment for such positions takes place through vacancy notices in the international or national press. These same notices are also given on its website.

How to apply

A separate application is to be submitted for each vacancy notice. Unless otherwise indicated in the notice of vacancy, applications sent by e-mail will also be considered; the notice of vacancy in question should be indicated in the subject field. All applications from persons employed in postal administrations for a post in the Professional (P) or Senior (D) category must be recommended and submitted through the competent postal authority. Applications not satisfying this criterion will not be considered. Your application must reach UPU by mail and duly signed at the following address:

  • Universal Postal Union
  • International Bureau
  • Directorate of human resources and social relations
  • Case postale, 3000 BERNE 15, SWITZERLAND
  • or by e-mail at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Your application file should contain the following documents:

  • Letter of application: Reference to the notice of vacancy should be made on the subject line of the letter of application.
  • Curriculum vitae: The curriculum vitae must contain at least the following personal and professional information:
  • Personal data: surname, first name(s), date of birth, sex, nationality, marital status
  • Professional experience
  • Studies and training
  • Language skills
  • Diplomas and certificates: Copies of the applicant's certificates or diplomas (studies, foreign languages, etc.).
  • Annexes: Depending on the post to be filled, the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union may request other documents (examples of personal work, articles, etc.). If so, the documents to be provided will be mentioned in the notice of vacancy.

Link http://www.upu.int/employment/en/index.shtml


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