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About UNICEF: Employment

Eligibility and NETI Programme Requirements

The NETI Programme is open for internal and external candidates irrespective of category and level, provided they meet the following minimum requirements. Please refer to the specific Generic Vacancy Announcement released each year for detailed information.

  • Completion of an advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) at the time of application.
  • Proficiency in English and working knowledge (B2) of another official language of the United Nations (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
  • Readiness to be assigned to any UNICEF office worldwide, including hardship duty stations, non-family duty stations, and complex emergency operation duty stations
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience. Relevant experience should include, but not limit to, work in developing countries and multicultural environments.
Preference will be given to candidates under 38 years of age.

Educational Requirements
University degrees presented by applicants must satisfy the required level of education and come from accredited academic institutions. Please refer to the IAU list of acceptable higher education institutions at http://www.whed.net/home.php.

NETI Competencies
The competencies for the NETI Programme reflect the organization’s core values and the effective work behavior competencies shared by all UNICEF staff. The UNICEF Core Values and Competencies specific to the NETI Programme are listed below.

UNICEF Core Values

  1. Diversity and Inclusion: Treats all people with dignity and respect; shows respect and sensitivity towards cultural and religious differences; challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace; encourages diversity wherever possible. 
  2. Integrity: Maintains high ethical standards; takes clear ethical stands; keeps promises; immediately addresses untrustworthy or dishonest behavior; resists political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority. 
  3. Commitment: Demonstrates commitment to the organization and UNICEF’s mission; demonstrates UNICEF’s values in daily activities and behaviors; seeks out new challenges, assignments and responsibilities; promotes UNICEF’s cause.

NETI Competencies

  1. Communication: Speaks fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback; projects credibility; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience; presents information in a well-structured and logical way. 
  2. Working with People: Shows respect for the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy; listens, supports and cares for others; consults others and shares information and expertise with them; builds team spirit and reconciles conflict; adapts to the team and fits in well. 
  3. Drive for Results: Sets high standards for quality and quantity; monitors and maintains quality and productivity; works in a systematic, methodical and orderly way; consistently achieves project goals; focuses on the needs and satisfaction of internal/external clients; accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm. 
  4. Formulating Strategies and Concepts: Works strategically to realize UNICEF’s goals; sets and develops strategies; identifies and develops positive and compelling visions of the organization’s future potential; takes account of a wide range of issues across and related to UNICEF. 
  5. Relating and Networking: Easily establishes good relationships with external partners and staff; builds wide and effective networks of contacts inside and outside UNICEF; relates well to people at all levels; manages conflict; uses humor appropriately to enhance relationships with others. 
  6. Creating and Innovating: Produces new ideas, approaches, or insights; creates innovative ways of designing projects or outputs in own work area; produces a range of solutions to problems. 
  7. Adapting and Responding to Change: Adapts to changing circumstances including emergencies and other crises; tolerates ambiguity; accepts new ideas and change initiatives; adapts interpersonal style to suit different people and situations; shows an interest in new experiences. 
  8. Leading and Supervising: Provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high caliber; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching; sets appropriate standards of behavior.



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