The Director for Mission Support at the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Hubert H. Price, has challenged Liberians to upgrade their capacities to compete for international jobs within the United Nations system.

Director Price explained that UNMIL is drawing down its mission in Liberia and each year staff of the mission, both national and international, are being downsized as the mission folds up operations in Liberia.

The UNMIL official sent out the challenge in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Friday at a Job Fair for national staff of UNMIL.

The fair provided an opportunity for potential employers to meet with UNMIL national staff for possible employment when they are downsized from the mission.

Price indicated that the Job Fair invited the Firestone Rubber Company, Ministry of Finance and South African Embassy to get in touch with potential employees who are former UNMIL national staff.

He disclosed that this year UNMIL is expected to downsize 50 national and international staff from every sector of the mission’s operations, noting that this is also the case in other countries where the UN has peacekeeping missions.

Director Price observed that the UN function is a worldwide operation and jobs in the system are competitive, encouraging former staff of UNMIL to upgrade their careers to compete for jobs nationally and internationally within the UN circle.