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NETI Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible for the NETI Programme? Do I qualify as a candidate?
Please click here for eligibility requirements.

2. When is the next recruitment period?
The next NETI Recruitment Campaign will be in 2016. Please continue to check this website for further updates. If you would like to be notified via email regarding the launch date of the next recruitment, please sign up for the UNICEF job alert for positions in your area of expertise.

3. How will participants be selected for the NETI Programme?
Please click here to view the NETI selection process.

4. What are the functional areas that UNICEF focuses on?
NETI participants develop their professional skills within the relevant programming/management functional areas in UNICEF. Examples of these areas are:
Adolescent Development
Child Protection
Communication for Development
Emergency Programme
Gender Equality
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
Social and Economic Policy
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

For detailed information about current available positions for the NETI Programme, please click here.

5. What is the required language proficiency for the NETI Programme?
As stated in the "Eligibly and NETI Programme Requirements", candidates must be fluent (C1/C2) in English and at an intermediate level (working knowledge, B2) in at least one other UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish. Knowledge of the local language at the duty station of the respective position is considered an asset.

Applicants are encouraged to indicate all applicable UN language proficiencies when completing the UNICEF online application. If short-listed, stated proficiency will be corroborated during the selection process. Language proficiency is key for global deployment and effective performance in the field.

Description of Language Proficiencies:
: Can take, pass on and write simple, routine messages. Can understand short reports on familiar matters if expressed in simple language with predictable contents.
A2: Can state simple requirements within own job area. Can understand most short reports or manuals. Can write short, comprehensive notes of request.
B1: Can offer advice within own job area on simple matters. Can understand general meaning of non-routine letters and theoretical articles. Can make reasonably accurate notes where subject matter is familiar and predictable.
B2: Can take and pass on most messages that are likely to require attention during a normal working day. Can understand main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in own work area.
C1: Can contribute effectively to meetings within own job area and argue for or against a case. Can understand text expressed in non-standard language. Can handle a wide range of non-routine situations requiring professional services.
C2: Can advise on complex, delicate or contentious issues in area of expertise. Can understand complex ideas expressed in complex language. Can make full and accurate notes and continue to participate in meetings.

6. What are the educational requirements for the NETI Programme?
Candidates must have completed an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) at the time of application. Additional years of relevant work experience cannot substitute academic requirements.

The expectation of UNICEF as an employer is that university degrees presented by applicants satisfy the required level of education and come from bona fide (accredited) academic institutions. Only degrees from accredited institutions are considered legitimate for purposes of recruitment and selection for posts at UNICEF. 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 normally not be recognized by UNICEF.

When determining whether a degree is recognized, UNICEF 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 would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The IAU list is available at http://www.whed.net/home.php

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

7. What is the work experience requirement for the NETI Programme?
Candidates are required to have at least two (2) years of relevant work experience for functions at the P-2 level, and at least five (5) years of relevant work experience for functions at the P-3 level. Relevant experience should include work in developing countries and in multicultural environments.

8. What is the structure of the online assessment?
Please refer to the NETI Selection Process page.

9. In what language is the examination given and what language should I use to write the answers?
The written and verbal technical examination is conducted in English. The language assessment will be in English and a second UN language. The competency based job simulation will be conducted in English.

10. How can I prepare for the online assessment?
The verbal language assessment focuses on motivational questions relating to UNICEF and the position. We recommend to carefully review the UNICEF website and the Vacancy Announcement. The technical examination focuses on technical knowledge relating to the position. You may want to consult the UNICEF website relating to the functional area and UNICEF Country Office websites, as well as go over newspapers, journals and books referring to the technical area and country specific situation. For the competency based job simulation, no preparation is required.

11. How long will the recruitment process take and when will successful candidates be expected to start?
The recruitment process should take approximately 4-5 months. Successful candidates will be placed in a Talent Group. Candidates selected from the Talent Group are expected to start no later than 1-2 months (31 days for emergency duty station) after the initial offer letter has been sent. The

12. When should I expect the results of the online assessment and how will I be notified?
The marking of the technical examination is expected to be completed within 2-4 weeks after the examination. Only successful candidates will be contacted and invited to the next assessment stage.

13. Will I have supervisory responsibility?
Only a very few NETI positions (usually at the P3 level) include supervisory responsibility.

14. Can I apply to more than one position?
Yes. There is no limit to the number of positions that you can apply for.

15. What happens upon completion of the NETI Programme?
Since merit and performance are the key features of the NETI Programme, a rigorous and continued assessment process takes place throughout the work assignment. At the end of the first year and based on a performance review, NETI participants are extended for a second year in their specific duty station or, if necessary, separated from the NETI Programme. After the completion of the two year NETI Programme, participants will no longer be subject to the specific provisions of the NETI Programme. There is no guarantee for a position, however, since NETI participants are usually high performers, most of them succeed in securing the next position.

16. Can I meet/interview with someone to discuss my application / CV / P11 (UN Personal History form)?
In order to guarantee equal treatment and objectivity for all candidates, the New and Emerging Talent Initiative’s Programme staff does not grant interviews and does not provide profile advice at any point during the application process.

If you would like more information about the requirements and competencies we seek in our candidates, please click on the "Eligibly and NETI Programme Requirements" section on the left tool bar.

17. If I apply and am not selected for this round of recruitment for the NETI Programme, can I reapply in the future?
If you have applied previously and were not selected, you are welcome to re-apply in the next recruitment period. Selection for the NETI Programme is related to critical talent gaps needed in the organisation to achieve its current and future goals.

18. Is it required that applicants be within a specific age range to apply for the NETI Programme?
As the NETI Programme is for young professionals, preference will be given to candidates who are under 35 years of age.

19. What is the professional level of the appointment?
The NETI appointment type is a fixed term contract for the duration of one (1) year, with a possible extension of a second (2nd) year. The level of appointment is specified in the vacancy announcement. As a general indication, P-2 level appointments require a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience and P-3 level appointments require at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience.

20. What salary and benefits are provided to NETI participants?
The salary for each NETI participant is dependent on their educational background, relevant professional experience, and specific allowances related to their assigned duty station. UNICEF seeks to provide equal opportunities to all candidates. Prospective candidates with families are welcome to apply. Selected candidates will benefit from UNICEF’s entitlements to family members as any other UNICEF staff member.

For more information on compensation and benefits, please click here.

21. Can my family come with me? Will they be extended full benefits?
UNICEF seeks to provide equal opportunities to all candidates. Prospective candidates with families are welcome to apply. Selected candidates benefit from UNICEF’s entitlements to family members as any other UNICEF staff member. At designated family duty stations, selected NETI participants may be able to bring their recognized family members/dependents and be eligible to certain defined entitlements. For more information, please click here.

22. What do I do if I have problems with the online application?
If you are having a problem with the e-Recruitment system, please consult the "Need help?" section

Please note that we only accept applications submitted using the UNICEF e-Recruitment system during the active application period. If your submission was timely and you received an automated response, please be ensured that we have your application and documents in our database.

23. What is a Talent Group?
Talent Groups at UNICEF are exclusive lists of pre-vetted, highly qualified professionals intended to fast-track recruitment processes as positions become available.  In order to be placed in a Talent Group and subsequently be eligible for the NETI Programme, you have to succeed in the selection process of a generic NETI vacancy announcement.
Talent Group membership is two years.

24. Am I guaranteed a position if I pass the NETI selection process?
Successful completion of the NETI selection process and placement in a Talent Group does not guarantee a position within UNICEF. Candidates included in the Talent Group will have the opportunity to be considered for positions inside or outside the NETI Programme for fixed-term or temporary contracts appointments.

25. Is there anyone the candidates can contact at UNICEF to answer specific questions?
Yes. You can email the NETI Team at neti@unicef.org. As a courtesy to our team, please make sure you have reviewed this Frequently Asked Questions section thoroughly before you contact us.



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