About UNICEF: Employment

What is NETI?

The New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) is an entry point for dynamic professionals interested in an international career with UNICEF. As part of UNICEF’s global talent management strategy to achieve the organisation’s current and future goals, the NETI Programme focuses on attracting, selecting, developing and retaining new talent from entry to mid-career levels to grow and to develop within the organisation. NETI participants work actively in multicultural environments within the development and humanitarian arenas while contributing to delivering results for children.

Programme structure

NETI participants are given an initial one-year work appointment with a three-week Induction at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters (NYHQ). During this three-week period, NETI participants familiarize themselves with UNICEF and meet HQ colleagues from the functional areas in which they will work during their field assignment. Participants then return to their perspective duty stations/offices for the remainder of their one-year work appointment. During their assignments, the NETI participants receive dedicated support for their development at the Induction in New York Headquarters and through the mentoring and external coaching components, which help develop their personal and professional skills and maximize their performance.

Since merit and performance are the key features of the NETI Programme, a continuous and rigorous assessment takes place throughout their assignments. At the end of the first year and based on a performance review outcome, NETI participants are extended for a second year in their specific duty station or, if necessary, separated from the NETI Programme. After about 18 months from the time of their initial appointment, a final performance review panel is held. This final review includes a comprehensive evaluation of participants’ overall performance in the NETI Programme and determination of their suitability to be included into Talent Groups, where they could be given priority consideration for vacant positions.

Interested candidates must share the United Nations values and ideals as well as be able to listen to and understand the ideas and concerns of the people UNICEF serves. Similarly, interested candidates must be able to communicate and work strategically and effectively with others to achieve results. Additionally, it is critical for candidates to be geographically mobile and willing to serve in emergency and hardship duty stations.

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Timeline for the NETI Programme

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