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About UNICEF: Employment

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 11th Cohort NETI Recruitment Campaign will begin in the summer of 2018. NETI Generic Vacancy Announcements will be posted in various areas. Please see How to Apply and NETI Selection Process for more information.

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

4. What are functional areas?
Please click here for a list of UNICEF’s areas of work. Depending on the staffing needs of the organisation, NETI recruitment will focus on specific areas each year. 

5. What is the required language proficiency for the NETI Programme?
As stated in the Eligibility and NETI Programme Requirements, candidates must be proficient in English and have intermediate (working knowledge) of a second UN language.

Applicants are encouraged to indicate all applicable UN language proficiencies when completing the UNICEF online application. Language proficiency is key for global deployment and effective performance in the field.

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 will not 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 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) list of recognized higher education institutions 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) to five (5) years of relevant work experience for functions at the P-2/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 examinations are conducted in English. An additional question will be asked in your second UN language.

10. How can I prepare for the online assessment?
The verbal assessment focuses on technical and motivational questions related to UNICEF and the vacancy announcement. We recommend careful review of the UNICEF website and Vacancy Announcement. The written technical examination focuses on technical knowledge related to the functional area.

You may want to consult the UNICEF website for your functional area as well as UNICEF Country Office websites. Newspapers, journals and books related to the technical area are also useful resources.

11. How long will the recruitment process take and when will successful candidates be expected to start?
The recruitment process should take approximately 5 months. Candidates who have passed the recruitment process will be placed in a Talent Group. Candidates selected from the Talent Group for regular P-2/ P-3 posts are expected to start no later than 1-2 months for non-emergency duty stations (or 31 days for emergency duty stations) after the initial offer letter has been sent.

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 P-3 level) include supervisory responsibility.

14. Can I apply to more than one NETI Generic Vacancy Announcement?
Yes. There is no limit to the number of Vacancy Announcements to which you can apply.

15. What happens upon completion of the NETI Programme?
After completion of the two-year NETI Programme, participants will no longer be subject to the specific provisions under the NETI Programme. NETI alumni will be subject to regular tour-of-duty requirements of their duty station.

16. Can I meet/interview with someone to discuss my application / CV / P11 (UN Personal History form)?
In order to ensure 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 see Eligibility and NETI Programme Requirements.

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. Recruitment for the NETI Programme is related to critical talent gaps in the organization. As such, there is no guarantee that there will be a NETI recruitment in the same functional area the following year.

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 a duration of one (1) year, with a possible extension of a second (2nd) year. The level of appointment is specified in the vacancy announcement.  P-3 level appointments require at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience and P-2 level appointments require at least two (2) years of relevant professional experience.

20. What salary and benefits are provided to NETI participants?
The salary for NETI participants 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 for 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 via UNICEF’s 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 for a NETI Generic Vacancy Announcement. Talent Group membership lasts three years.

24. Am I guaranteed a position if I pass the NETI selection process?
Successful completion of the NETI selection process means placement in a Talent Group. Placement in a Talent Group does not guarantee participation in the NETI Programme. Successful NETI talent group candidates who are appointed to regular fixed-term posts may be included in the NETI Programme, subject to funding availability and equal distribution of posts across functional areas and regions. Candidates included in the Talent Group will also have the opportunity to be considered for regular (non-NETI) fixed-term or temporary appointments.

26. What are the NETI competencies?
Please click the link for a list of NETI competencies. These are competencies expected from all NETI participants.

26. 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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