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About UNICEF: Employment

Consult more FAQs on employment at UNICEF

Q. I cannot find any vacancy for Internships. Do you have an Internship Programme?
The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students at both Headquarters and country offices the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.  Internships are not advertised on UNICEF Employment.  For more information and to apply, click here.

Q. I cannot find any vacancy for Volunteers. Do you have a Volunteer Programme?
UNICEF does not recruit volunteers directly. The United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme recruits volunteers for assignments throughout the United Nations system, including UNICEF. Application procedures and information are available at the UNV Web site (external link – www.unv.org). You may also wish to contact the UNICEF National Committee in your home country which can provide information on volunteer activities.

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

Q. What is the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme?
- UNICEF Junior Professional Officers (JPOs)  provides young professionals pursuing a career in development and humanitarian arena with hands-on experience working in the field or in Headquarters for 2 to 4 years; 
- JPOs are recruited as regular Fixed Term international professional staff members and each JPO’s assignment is funded by one of the donors Governments based on the agreements between UNICEF and the donor governments; 
- Since its inception in UNICEF in 1968, the JPO programme in UNICEF has grown steadily and presently UNICEF manages an average of 90-120 JPOs every year.

For more information about the JPO Programme, please click here.

Q. What donor governments participate in the JPO programme?
The following donor governments currently sponsor JPOs for UNICEF:
•    Austria
•    Belgium
•    Denmark
•    Finland
•    France
•    Germany
•    Iceland
•    Italy
•    Japan
•    Luxembourg
•    The Netherlands
•    Norway
•    Republic of Korea
•    Spain
•    Sweden 
•     Switzerland

For donor contact information please refer to the how to apply section.



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