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About UNICEF: Employment

What we look for

UNICEF looks for committed professionals willing to engage in the challenging and rewarding work of advocating for children's rights, helping to meet their basic needs and expanding their opportunities to reach their full potential.

They are people who work to reach the hardest to reach and to help the most in need. They are ready to respond to emergencies and they fulfill their duties with integrity, commitment and a fundamental respect for diversity and inclusion. For our staff, promoting the rights of the child is not just a job, it is a calling.

Meet some of our staff.

Different ways to work with UNICEF: Staff Categories

UNICEF’s workforce is made up of different categories of staff reflecting various levels of responsibilities, expertise and duties. From our international professionals, to the national officers and general service staff, everyone has a unique contribution to achieving our mandate.

Our International Professionals provide a body of internationally mobile staff whose particular areas of expertise and global perspective can be brought to duty stations where they are needed the most. Our National Officers merge their technical expertise with an in-depth knowledge of the local setting, institutions and partners. Our General Service staff cover a wide range of administrative, secretarial and clerical support that are essential to the smooth operation of the whole organization.

Learn more about each category of staff and their specific requirements below.

​International Professional (IP)

International Professional (IP) staff are recruited internationally and serve in duty stations outside their country of nationality. They hold leadership, managerial or specialist functions. Because these roles require a certain level of technical expertise, normally a master's degree from an accredited institution is a minimum requirement for posts in this category. IP staff are expected to rotate to new duty stations based on the rules on mobility and tour of duty. They must be willing to work in various regions and settings, including emergencies.

​​Entry level ​

  • P-1 One year of relevant professional work experience ​
  • ​​P-2 ​Two to three years of relevant professional work experience​

Mid level ​​

  • P-3 ​Five years of relevant professional work experience​ ​
  • P-4 ​Eight years of relevant professional work experience ​ ​

Senior level ​​

  • P-5 ​Ten years of relevant professional work experience ​ ​
  • D-1 ​​Twelve to thirteen years of relevant professional work experience ​ ​
  • D-2 ​Over fifteen years of relevant professional work experience

Read more about IP staff requirements.

National Officer (NO)

National Officer (NO) staff are nationals of the country where their duty station is located. They perform functions of a technical and professional nature. Broadly speaking, the requirements for the NO staff category are similar to those of International Professional (IP) staff, with a more pronounced emphasis on in-depth knowledge of the local setting, institutions and partners.

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​​Entry level ​

  • NO-1 One year of relevant professional work experience ​
  • NO-2 ​Two years of relevant professional work experience​

​Mid level ​​

  • NO-3 ​Five years of relevant professional work experience​ ​
  • NO-4 ​Eight years of relevant professional work experience ​ ​

Senior level

  • NO-5 ​Ten years of relevant professional work experience ​ ​
  • D-1 ​​Twelve to thirteen years of relevant professional work experience
  • D-2 ​Over fifteen years of relevant professional work experience

Read more about NO staff requirements.

General Service (GS)

General Service (GS) staff are locally recruited and provide administrative and support services across all areas of the organization in both headquarters and field duty stations. Completion of a secondary education is required while a first level university degree is an asset.

All GS staff in New York Headquarters must pass the Global General Service Test (GSST) which is a computer-based global test administered in official UN languages.

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​​Entry level

  • G-1 to G-4 One to four year of relevant professional work experience ​

Mid level 

  • G-5 to G-6 ​Five to six years of relevant professional work experience​ ​

Senior level 

  • G-7 Seven or more years of relevant professional work experience ​

Read more about GS staff requirements.

Non-Staff Positions

 

Consultants and Individual Contractors

Consultants and individual contractors accomplish, within a specified period of time, a defined task for which the necessary expertise is not readily available within the organization. Requirements vary greatly depending on the purpose of the assignment.

Interns

Participants of the Internship Programme are required to be currently enrolled in a degree program. Internships are offered in both headquarter and field office duty stations.

Volunteers

UNICEF accepts volunteers from the UN Volunteers Programme which offers paid volunteer opportunities, starting from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of six years. Interested volunteers may visit the UNV website for more information.

Diversity and Inclusion at UNICEF

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation. All staff must share our organization’s values of diversity and inclusion, integrity and commitment and meet our core employment competencies of communication, working with people and drive for results. These competencies are behaviours that are used to achieve results for UNICEF. For details on UNICEF Competency Definitions, please click here: [PDF]

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