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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is hiring multiple entry-level jobs in various locations. APPLY NOW

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is hiring multiple entry-level jobs in various locations. APPLY NOW


The Convention on the International Maritime Organization was prepared and opened for signature and acceptance by the United Nations Maritime Conference convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 35 (IV). The Conference met at Geneva from 19 February to 6 March 1948. 


As a result of the entry into force of the amendments adopted by the IMCO Assembly by its resolutions A.358 (IX) of 14 November 1975 and A.371 (X) of 9 November 1977 [rectification of resolution A.358 (IX) (see chapter XII.1(d)]], the name of the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) has been changed to “International Maritime Organization (IMO)” and the title of the Convention modified accordingly.

From:  United Nations Treaty Collection [Online] Chapter XII, Navigation.

Why work at IMO?

Here are some key reasons why someone might want to work at the International Maritime Organization (IMO):

  1. Global Impact: As the UN’s specialized agency for maritime affairs, IMO plays a crucial role in regulating international shipping and addressing important global issues like marine pollution, safety standards, and efficient maritime transportation.
  2. Specialized Expertise: IMO requires highly specialized technical expertise across disciplines like naval engineering, maritime law, environmental science, and transportation logistics. This allows employees to apply their specialized skills to meaningful global problems.
  3. Regulatory Development: Much of IMO’s work involves developing and updating international maritime regulations and standards. This provides opportunities to directly shape the regulatory framework governing the global shipping industry.
  4. International Collaboration: IMO brings together maritime experts, government officials, and industry stakeholders from around the world. Employees get to engage in cross-cultural dialogue and international cooperation on complex maritime challenges.
  5. Diverse Roles: IMO has a wide variety of positions available, from policy and program management to technical advisory and administrative support. This diversity allows employees to find roles that align with their specific skills and interests.
  6. Career Advancement: IMO offers avenues for professional development and career growth, including training programs, secondment opportunities, and leadership development initiatives.
  7. Organizational Stability: As a longstanding UN specialized agency, IMO provides job security and comprehensive benefits packages for its employees.
  8. Mission-Driven Culture: Many are attracted to IMO’s mission-driven culture of promoting safe, secure, and efficient international shipping that respects the marine environment.

Overall, a career at IMO allows individuals to apply their expertise to high-impact global problems, while also enjoying a stable, well-resourced work environment that values international cooperation and professional development.

Application Process

When applying for a post in the General Service, Professional or Temporary categories 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.

Please refer to the IMO Consultancies page for further information on registering as an IMO consultant.

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Submitting your application

Send your application electronically to recruitment@imo.org

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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