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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, including a two-week orientation at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters (NYHQ). As part of the orientation, 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 orientation, NETI participants get an overview of the organization’s strategies, initiatives and challenges. Participants will also have networking opportunities with NETI fellows around the globe and New York Headquarters’ staff.

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 development plan, the coach provides support to the participant’s interpersonal, communication and leadership competencies required for effective performance. NETIs will also get access to assessments to understand their career preferences and personality, as well as 360 feedback tools which helps with career planning, identifying strengths and potential developmental areas.



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 provides helpful peer support that connects new NETI participants with former NETIs to enjoy a more fluent onboarding experience upon joining UNICEF, and gain insight into the components of the NETI Programme. 

NETINARS are periodic webinars for NETI participants that serve to foster knowledge exchange and provide updates on the NETI Programme. Responding to what NETI participants are interested in, NETINARS features information on organizational strategies and career development resources.

NETI participants  are also part of the NETI community network. During and after the NETI programme, NETIs 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.

The remuneration for UNICEF staff in the Professional and above categories is made up of two main elements; a base salary and post adjustment.
Base Salary: The salary scales for the Professional and higher categories are based on five Professional grades (P-1 to P-5), two Director levels (D-1 and D-2) as well as the levels of Assistant Secretary-General and Under Secretary-General. The scales are expressed as gross and net base salaries and applied uniformly, worldwide, by all organizations in the United Nations common system. Please find the current salary scale at the following link: UN ICSC Website  
Post adjustment: Post adjustment is a cost-of-living adjustment designed to provide staff with equivalent purchasing power all duty stations. For further details about post adjustment, see UN ICSC web site.
Depending on the type of contract offered, other benefits include leave, sick leave, dependency allowances, health insurance and pension scheme. In addition, depending on the classification of the duty stations there are additional benefits that may be applicable such as Hardship Allowance, Non-family service allowance, Danger Pay, Rest and Recuperation and more. A more exhaustive list of UNICEF entitlements can be found here.
If you would like to find estimates for your entitlements, you may use the online estimate calculator provided by UNDP here.  

NETI candidates in the Emergency P-3 Talent Group might be selected for Temporary Appointment (364 days) and participate the NETI programme for the duration of the assignment. Kindly note the benefits and entitlements for Temporary Appointment is slightly different from fixed-term positions.




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