Working in Brasilia


Whatever your career prior to coming to BSB, there may be some options for you in Brasilia, especially once you have a certain command of Portuguese, the local language. Options for speakers of other languages are more limited, but you might want to check in with the embassy of your country of origin, for example, as they might know of opportunities. The international schools are also great employers. There are also many opportunities for community involvement with several charity organizations. Getting involved might help you to make friends and improve your Portuguese faster.


As UNBRALESA, we actively connect with the UN Agencies in Brasilia to share talent information about UN spouses and partners. See our information about the UNBRALESA Talent Pool and monthly Networking Meetings.

 Work permit  

It is possible for most spouses of UN International staff to obtain a temporary work permit. The procedure will depend on your nationality and the relevant bilateral agreements. Your spouse’s employer will be able to guide you. At UNBRALESA, we are currently working to support this process; please contact us for more information and to share your experiences with us.

Do you need a work permit (Carteira de Trabalho e Previdência Social)? Here are possible scenarios:

1. A Brazilian company hires you and agrees to apply for a work permit: The company applies/supports your application for a work permit.


2. You apply for a work permit (before finding employment):

a) Brazil has agreements with several countries, please check if your country of origin is in the list: Manual de Normas e procedimentos de Privilégios e Immunidades (p.28).

b) If your country is not there, you will have to ask for "Pedido de Autorização de Trabalho para Dependente" from HR department of your spouse respective agency: UN/WB/BID. This form and the documents required (CPF, RG or pasport, marriage certificate and proof of residence) must be taken to Delegacia del Trabajo (in Brasilia located at Ed. Venâncio 2000 - 1º andar, atrás do Pátio Brasil, setor comercial sul). You will have to arrange an apointment to drop the documents at:  

**Currently, because of the pandemic, visits have been suspended. The website for the online procedure is

To see the step by step process please take a look at UNBRALESA presentation about Work Scenarios and Work Permit Process for UN Staff (2016)

3. You work as a consutant for one of the UN agencies: No work permit required if you work as an international consultant.

4. You start a local business: You become an "Independent" and start a MEI (Microemprendedor  Individual) with SEBRAE ( Only for invoices within the Distrito Federal and with billing limited to 60.000 Reais per year.

5. You work as a Volunteer: no work permit required.

 Talent Pool 

UNBRALESA supports its members to connect with local employment opportunities. We have a special place--a form that feeds into a database-- for you to inform us about your abilities and talents, the languages you speak and whether you wish to find full time, part-time or volunteer work. We also try to help students to find Summer jobs in Brasilia.

Please access the form here

The information you give us will be shared regularly within our network, the UN Agencies and the other organizations that are part of UNBRALESA.

 Job Opportunities 

If you are interested in working for one of the UN Agencies, you might not need a work permit. Each agency has its own hiring process. The following site lists many (though not all) work opportunities at UN organizations in Brasilia.


In addition, once you are on the UNBRALESA mailing list, you will be regularly updated on postings from several employers.

 Member projects 

Many of our members have their own enterprises in several areas. Click on these links to learn about them.


  • Restauro Weber: (Germany/FAORestauração de Obras de ArteTel. (61) 3367-6781, Cel. (61) 98166-1517,

  • Luca Bonacini: (Italy/UNICEF) Photographer, documental works (working for UN Agencies), portraits and photography instructor, speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Worked in Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil and Peru. Cel: 61-996498696