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Applying Online with UNICEF Employment
All applications for international professional positions are handled via UNICEF’s online recruiting system.
The system is intuitive and easy to use, and no instructions are necessary to get started. You can search for vacancies without registering. However, by registering you will be able to create and save an online profile, attaching a résumé or CV, that you can use each time you apply for a vacancy. You must also register to apply for a job.
To register, login and fill in the form, choosing a User Name and Password.
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Assessing Your Competencies
Completing this section of your candidate profile is not mandatory, but may give UNICEF recruiters a better picture of your experience and abilities. Core Values shared across all UNICEF staff include: Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity, and Commitment. Core competencies - sets of behaviors that are instrumental in achieving desired results - are: Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. Expected proficiency in these areas varies by job level.
Functional Competencies apply to some, but not all UNICEF staff, depending on functional areas and different levels of seniority within these areas. For details on UNICEF Competency Definitions, please click here: [pdf]
Searching by Functional Area
You can search for vacancies by location, key word and functional areas. If you’re not familiar with UNICEF jobs, click on an area for a general description of it.
- Social and Economic Policy
- Gender Equality
- Human Rights
- Adolescent Development
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Communication for Development
- Public-sector Alliances & Resource Mobilization
- Emergency Programme
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
- Child Protection
- Finance and Administration
- Information Communication Technology
- Human Resources
Applying for a Position
Online applications will be acknowledged using the e-mail address you provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submitting an application, your application may not have been received. To check, please login to the system and click on “Employment Opportunities” and then “My Applications.”
If you’re having a problem, please consult our list of Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you may use the feedback form on the Contact Us section of the UNICEF website. Please describe in detail the problem you encountered as well as what you were trying to do. The more information you can provide the better we can assist you.
Note to applicants
UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees), nor will we request information about your bank account during recruiting.
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UNICEF Functional Areas
Social and Economic Policy
Will work with governments and other partners in the design and implementation of social and economic policies to accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and child rights.
Key areas of policy work include child poverty and poverty reduction strategies, budget policy and public expenditure on services for children, social protection (sustainable systems including also child benefits and other forms of cash transfers), institutional reforms and decentralization, and migration- including how these impact children, women and families.
Support UNICEF's work on gender mainstreaming and its relationship with the system-wide mechanisms on gender equality and women's rights. Also support the work on strengthening and maintaining relationships and collaboration with key partners on gender equality, ensuring effective UNICEF's support to partners and processes and influencing policy and strategy for children's rights in line with the priorities and policy guidance of the Section and Unit.
Contribute to UNICEF’s participation in, intergovernmental processes for the promotion of children’s rights, including the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Support UNICEF’s collaboration with UN human rights monitoring mechanisms. Identify events relevant for UNICEF advocacy in children’s rights. Maintain a network of supportive contacts and identify trends and new issues related to children’s rights to be disseminated to UNICEF staff.
Responsible for providing program support in promoting and strengthening UNICEF’s approaches to positive and holistic adolescent survival, development, protection and participation for the most vulnerable adolescents in accordance with the organizational and international frameworks, with a strong focus on protection issues and emergency/transition situations.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the integrated monitoring and evaluation strategies in support of the country programme.
Ensures that the UNICEF Country Office has useful, valid and reliable information on the situation of children’s and women’s rights; the performance of UNICEF-supported programmes including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination and coherence.
Assists in the development of national capacities for monitoring, evaluation and research, with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of government, community, and civil society stakeholders.
Responsible for assuring coherence of the UNICEF programme planning process (assist country programme sections with results based planning and management tools) with the national development plans and humanitarian assistance during emergencies within the country programme budget.
Communication for Development (C4D)
At Country level: Under the general guidance of the Senior Programme Officer or Programme Coordinator and in close coordination with the Communication Officer, responsible for the design, management, monitoring, evaluation and documentation of strategic communication initiatives for behaviour and social change in support of the country programming and advocacy.
At Regional level: Under the general guidance of the Regional C4D Advisor and in close coordination with the Regional Communications Adviser, assists in the development, implementation and management of regional C4D strategies, plans and activities; supports the provision of technical support to the regional and country offices on C4D policies, operational strategies and tools; collates and analysis regional data and trends in C4D for quality assurance; contributes to knowledge on good practice and lessons learned in C4D in the region; and organizes/ facilitates capacity-building activities for the country office staff and key government counterparts.
Public-sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization
Assist to monitor, review and follow-up all matters relating to servicing the EC-UNICEF/UN relationships. This involves (i) regional and field support interface to track policy developments and help create funding strategies for increasing income from EC; (ii) support analysis and planning activities; and ( iii) support resource mobilization activities.
Responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of emergency project activities, to ensure the survival, well-being of children and mothers, and affected community in the country.
WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) specialist plays a key role in developing and supporting WASH programs in the designated country, working in close coordination with Health, Nutrition, Education, Child Protection and Communication sections with the goal of enhancing child survival and development. Responsible for planning, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating UNICEF-assisted WASH activities in the respective countries.
Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of scaling-up cost-effective Health intervention packages (to be determined based on country analysis and needs). The areas of desired technical expertise are: maternal health, new born health, child health, disease control/prevention – HIV/AIDS (PMTCT, Paediatric ART) and malaria among others, as well as health related emergency and humanitarian preparedness and response.
Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Nutrition project(s) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the project management, delivery and accomplishment of project goals and objectives.
Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS project(s) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the project management, delivery and accomplishment of project goals and objectives.
Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Child Protection programme(s) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives.
Accountable for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Education programme(s) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives.
Finance and Administration
Responsible for management of cost effective, efficient and secure operations, in support of management, administration and implementation of the country programmes. Manage the office’s operations (Finance, Human Resources, ICT, Supply ) related functions in accordance with strategy, plans and decisions made by Regional Management Team and Country Programme Management Teams.
Accountable for effective planning, contracting, procurement, distribution, inventory management of UNICEF's supplies, in support of the Country Programmes.
Information Communication Technology
Responsible for the timely delivery and ongoing support of reliable, secure and cost effective information and communications technology systems. Administration and technical support to enable the efficient flow of information and the reliable performance of all corporate systems applications in support of UNICEF programme, communication and operations.
Responsible for managing human resource activities including human resources planning and management, recruitment, and staff development. Supervision of human resources staff in small to medium size country offices.