Our workplace

Geneva, Switzerland, where the WTO headquarters is located, is a unique place, with many United Nations and other international organizations, as well as missions to the WTO. The Centre William Rappard (CWR) is the name of the building that has been home to the WTO Secretariat since the WTO was established in 1995. It is the place where consultations, negotiations and other meetings amongst members take place, and includes facilities such as meeting rooms and offices as well as other facilities such as the gym, cafeteria and a bank.

The WTO building

All WTO staff are based in the WTO's headquarters – the Centre William Rappard (CWR) - in Geneva, Switzerland. The CWR was conceived as part of the post World War 1 effort to create a League of Nations and related institutions that would encourage the peaceful resolution of conflicts. It was constructed in 1923 and has been the home of the WTO and its predecessor the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) since 1977. In 2008, the CWR was renovated and extended so that all WTO Secretariat staff could be accommodated under the same roof. This included the construction of a new building alongside the historic CWR.

Facilities for staff include a restaurant, a cafeteria,  a library, a bookshop and a bank. The WTO also benefits from a beautiful location opposite Geneva's Jardin Botanique and just steps away from Lake Geneva. A fitness club and a "Salle de loisirs" within the WTO building allow staff to practise a wide variety of sports activities.

For more detailed information about the home of the WTO, please consult "The WTO BUILDING: Art and Architecture at the Centre William Rappard".

General information about Geneva

Geneva is ideally located at the gateway to the Alps and at the western end of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). It is home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, the headquarters of the Red Cross and around 20 other international organizations. It is also home to the permanent missions of over 160 countries which represent their governments in the city's international organisations.

The weather in Geneva is usually warm in summer and relatively mild in winter. It is ideally situated for trips to Switzerland's lakes and mountains, and within a few hours' reach of many of Europe's top tourist destinations. It is regarded as a clean and safe place to live, with an excellent public transportation system, including buses, trams and trains. It also offers a high standard of living and good educational opportunities for children.

Facts about Geneva

  • Population of the Canton of Geneva: around 480,000
  • Population of the city of Geneva: around 200,000
  • Official language: French
  • Time: Central European i.e. Greenwich (GMT) + 1h

Currency: Swiss francs (CHF).

More information about Geneva and Switzerland can be found in the following links:

the official site of the city of Geneva


the official website of the Swiss National Tourist Office




As an international organization with 164 members (as of 31 December 2016), the WTO attaches great importance to the diversity of its staff, recognising that this diversity enriches the organization in a variety of ways. Recruitment is based on merit and ensuring the diversity of the organization. The working languages of the WTO are English, French and Spanish.

As of 31 December 2016, the WTO Secretariat had a total number of 628 staff on fixed-term or permanent contracts, representing 79 nationalities. To further increase diversity, the WTO launched in 2016 its Young Professional Programme to give young professionals from developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) that are under-represented in the WTO, the opportunity to gain work experience on trade-related issues.

Secretariat statistics

The WTO external jobs platform must be used to apply for vacancies at the WTO. You can view current vacancies and submit your application. You can also refer to the WTO external jobs platform to monitor the status of vacancies for which you have applied.

Applications are welcome from women and men who are nationals of a WTO member state and under 65 years old. The list of members is available here.

The WTO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of the WTO and requesting the payment of a fee, please immediately contact [email protected].

If you experience technical problem with the WTO external jobs platform, please contact [email protected]