About UNICEF: Employment

What we look for

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

UNICEF’s workforce is made up of different categories of staff reflecting various levels of responsibilities and duties. Each category of staff has its own requirements.

All staff must share our organization’s values of diversity and inclusion, integrity and commitment and meet our core employment competencies of communication, working with people and drive for results. These competencies are behaviours that are used to achieve desired results for UNICEF. For details on UNICEF Competency Definitions, please click here: [PDF]

Categories of staff
International Professional (IP) staff are recruited internationally and serve in all duty station globally. They hold leadership, managerial or specialist functions which require a level of technical expertise. Senior staff or Director level positions are also part of this category.

General Service (GS) staff are locally recruited and provide administrative and support services across all areas of the organization and in all locations.

National Officer (NO) staff are nationals of the country in which they perform functions of a technical and professional nature. National Officers are recruited locally.

Temporary Appointments (TA) are short term assignments for various staff roles and functions across the organization at all levels and categories. The duration of these appointments is typically up to 364 days. Staff members recruited under a temporary appointment modality receive full salary but slightly reduced benefits.

Requirements for the International Professional staff category
International Professional (IP) staff are recruited internationally and serve in all duty station globally. They hold leadership, managerial or specialist functions which require a level of technical expertise. Senior staff or Director level positions are also part of this category.

Click here to view IP vacancies and here to view senior staff vacancies.

Education
International professionals are normally required to have an advanced university degree in a field relevant to the work of UNICEF. In some cases, extensive qualifying work experience may be considered instead. Please be sure to check the academic requirements of the vacancy announcement you are interested in.

Degree Accreditation
For employment consideration, UNICEF will accept only university degrees that satisfy the required level of education and come from bona fide (accredited) academic institutions. Degrees requiring little or no actual course work, degrees awarded for payment of fees only, and degrees granting substantial credits for ”lifetime achievements” or “life/work experience” will not be recognized by UNICEF.

UNICEF’s degree accreditation is guided by the International Association of Universities’ (IAU) listing of higher education institutions recognized or otherwise approved by competent authorities in participating countries. UNICEF will normally recognize only degrees obtained from institutions on the IAU list, however, the validity of other degrees submitted by applicants under consideration may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The IAU list is available at http://www.iau-aiu.net/content/list-heis.

Incomplete degrees are unacceptable to UNICEF as proof of academic qualification, regardless of whether they are associated with a recognized higher education institution.

Experience
The work experience should be relevant to the position and to the work of UNICEF. Working experience in developing countries, in the field of development work, in an international or emergency setting is important. Each position will have job-specific requirements including technical knowledge and skills. It is important to carefully read the requirements of the vacancy announcement you might are interested in.

Within the IP category there are different levels of staff, each with a required minumum number of years of relevant professional work experience.
P-1: One year of relevant professional work experience
P-2: Two years of relevant professional work experience
P-3: Five years of relevant professional work experience
P-4: Eight years of relevant professional work experience
P-5: Ten years of relevant professional work experience
D-1: Twelve to thirteen years of relevant professional work experience
D-2: Over fifteen years of relevant professional work experience

Language
Proficiency in English and in another Official UN working language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is required. Knowledge of the local language of the country where the position is located in is an asset.

Competencies
All staff must share our organization’s values of diversity and inclusion, integrity and commitment and meet our core employment competencies of communication, working with people and drive for results. These competencies are behaviours that are used to achieve desired results for UNICEF.

In addition, functional Competencies apply to some, but not all UNICEF staff, depending on functional areas and different levels of seniority within these areas. For details on UNICEF Competency Definitions, please click here: [PDF]

Mobility
All UNICEF staff must be prepared to work in any region or country and to undertake extensive in-country travel. A large part of a typical career is spent in developing countries.

Permanent residence status (currently under review and pending a General Assembly decision)
A person who has permanent residence status in a country other than that of his/her own nationality may be required by the General Assembly to relinquish such permanent residence status in order to be eligible for UNICEF appointment to the Professional and higher categories of staff and/or as a condition for any extension or renewal of such appointment.   

Requirements for the General Service staff category
General Service (GS) staff are locally recruited and provide administrative and support services across all areas of the Organization.

General Service vacancies in our New York, Copenhagen, and Geneva headquarters locations are available in the e-Recruitment system.

General Service vacancies in our other duty stations are advertised locally. For more information on General Service jobs in UNICEF Country Offices worldwide, we encourage you to visit the website of the local UNICEF Country Office or contact them directly (a listing of all Offices is available here).

To be eligible for consideration for a General Service position, you must pass the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) - formerly known as the Clerical Exam – which is administered in all official UN languages. For instance, for New York based General Service positions, you will need to have passed the English ASAT. The appointment to GS positions is also subject to local recruitment regulations with regards to residency status. Specific job announcements will have more information.

Education
Completion of secondary education is required. First level university courses or degree are assets.

Experience
The work experience required should be relevant to the position. Each position will have job-specific requirements. It is important to check the requirements of the vacancy announcement you are interested in.

The minimum required years of work experience will depend on the level of the position, as outlined below:
G-1 to G-4: One to four years of relevant professional work experience
G-5 to G-6: Five to six years of relevant professional work experience
G-7: Seven years of relevant professional work experience

Language
Fluency in English required. Knowledge of the local language of the country where the position is located is also required. Proficiency in another Official UN working language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

All staff must share our organization’s values of diversity and inclusion, integrity and commitment and meet our core employment competencies of communication, working with people and drive for results. These competencies are behaviours that are used to achieve desired results for UNICEF.

In addition, functional Competencies apply to some, but not all UNICEF staff, depending on functional areas and different levels of seniority within these areas. For details on UNICEF Competency Definitions, please click here: [PDF]

Requirements for the National Officer staff category
National Officer (NO) staff are nationals of the country in which they perform functions of a technical and professional nature. National Officers are recruited locally, and you will not find National Officer vacancies on the global employment website. For more information on these jobs, we encourage you to visit the website of the local UNICEF Country Office or contact them directly (a listing of all Offices is available here).

Broadly speaking, the Requirements for the National Officer staff category are similar to those of International Professional staff, with a more pronounced emphasis on in-depth knowledge of the local setting, institutions and partners.


 

 

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