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About UNICEF: Employment

What Does NETI Offer?

Insight into HQ Operations

NETI participants have the opportunity to undertake a unique learning and career development path, beginning with a two-week Induction at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters (NYHQ). As part of the Induction, participants attend learning sessions and workshops that are designed to help them acclimate to their new roles and increase their familiarity with the processes of the organization. During the Induction, NETI participants get an overview of the organization’s strategies, initiatives and challenges. Participants will also have networking opportunities with New York Headquarters’ staff, in order to better understand the functional areas of their assignments.

Coaching, Mentoring & Support

NETI participants receive dedicated support for their career development throughout their appointments through the mentoring and external coaching components, which help develop their personal and professional skills and maximize their performance. Additional support is provided by each participant’s respective supervisor in his/her assigned duty station.


Each NETI participant has the opportunity to work with a personal coach to develop his/her competencies. Based on a mutually agreed learning plan, the coach provides support to the participant’s development goals in line with the NETI Programme’s competencies and assigned work goals. Each coach also provides the participant with self-learning materials and other available resources.



NETI participants have the opportunity to choose a mentor, who is a knowledgeable and experienced UNICEF staff member.  The Mentoring Programme is designed to:

  • Develop a better understanding of organizational priorities, policies, and recent developments 
  • Identify the most relevant information/documentation from sources inside and outside UNICEF 
  • Increase awareness and integration of cross-cutting issues to programming/operations work 
  • Obtain a broader perspective on the challenges facing the organization, region, and/or country office 
  • Gain insight into the culture and informal communication lines of the organization - how it is really done 
  • Understand the organizational rationale behind the business processes (e.g. contracting, approval flows) to avoid misuse of resources and help the flow between process and results 
  • Learn how UNICEF works in partnership with other UN agencies and key stakeholders 

Supervisor Support

Each NETI participant will work closely with his/her supervisor in the duty station. The supervisor will be responsible for evaluating and reporting performance while providing support to the NETI participant by guiding him/her on specific development needs, which the participant will work on with the help of his/her coach or mentor. Supervisors are strongly encouraged to provide ongoing and continuous feedback on the NETI participant’s performance.

A Strong Community

The NETI Buddy Programme is a helpful network for peer support that connects new NETI participants with former NETIs to gain insight into the components of the NETI Programme and share experiences. 

NETINARS are periodic webinars for NETI participants that serve to foster knowledge exchange and provide updates on the NETI Programme.

Upon successful completion of the NETI Programme, participants can also join the NETI Alumni Network to continue to receive information about useful opportunities and services.

Compensation and Benefits

NETI participants are entitled to the same benefits and allowances as United Nations staff members with regular Fixed-Term Appointments.

For further information on UNICEF's policies on compensation and benefits, please click here.




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