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About UNICEF: Employment

How to apply

How to apply

Candidates who are nationals of our donor countries can apply through their respective governments.

The Netherlands sponsors nationals of eligible developing countries listed on the government website.  

The government of Canada advertises all JPO posts periodically through the UNICEF’s employment site. Candidates interested in Canadian JPO positions should visit the UNICEF employment site for more details.


What are the requirements?

UNICEF’s JPO programme welcomes applications from individuals who meet the minimum requirements outlined below:

  • Citizenship of one of our donor countries (and programme country nationals of eligible countries as specified above)
  • Usually under 32 years of age
  • A university degree equivalent to a Master’s degree
  • At least two years of relevant work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and preferably another UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish or Russian)
  • Computer literacy in standard software applications
  • A keen interest in the work of the United Nations in general and of UNICEF in particular, and a personal commitment to UNICEF’s mission and to the ideals of the UN Charter
  • The ability to successfully interact with individuals with different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to learn, and to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views


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