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About UNICEF: Employment

What we offer

Employment at UNICEF offers a unique opportunity to work for the survival, protection and development of children and women.

UNICEF offers:
- A dynamic and multi-cultural work environment in the humanitarian and development field;
- Opportunities for personal and professional growth;
- An attractive remuneration package with competitive pay and excellent benefits.

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.

Contract types
UNICEF offers various employment contracts based on the needs of the Organization.

Fixed-Term Appointment
Fixed-Term or regular appointment – typically for a period of two years, renewable subject to the needs of the organization. You will be a UNICEF staff. Fixed-Term contracts can be issued in three categories of staff: International Professional, National Officer and General Service categories.

All Fixed-Term International Professional positions globally and headquarters-based General Service vacancies (New York, Copenhagen, and Geneva) are advertised in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system.

Senior Staff vacancies are managed outside of e-Recruitment and are available here.

National Officer and General Service positions in our Country Offices are advertised locally. We encourage you to visit the website of the local UNICEF Country Office (a listing of all Offices is available here).

Temporary Appointment
Temporary appointments are time-limited appointments issued for less than one year to meet specific short-term requirements, including in response to emergencies. Temporary Appointments can be issued in all three categories of UNICEF staff. Staff members recruited under a temporary appointment modality receive full salary but slightly reduced benefits.

Announcements for Temporary Appointments in the International Professional category are advertised here. Temporary Appointment for locally recruited staff categories are available on the website of the local UNICEF Country Office (a listing of all Offices is available here).

UNICEF also hires individuals for consultancies to accomplish, within a specified period of time, a defined task for which the necessary expertise is not readily available within the organization. Consultancy announcements are advertised here.

Global Web Roster
UNICEF also maintains a e-Global Web Roster database of internal and external candidates who are interested in short term deployments to emergency countries. To register your interest for such opportunities, you will also have to create your profile in the e-Recruitment system. e-GWR vacancies will be advertised periodically. You should therefore check e-Recruitment on a regular basis for e-GWR as well as other vacancies.

Young Professionals
UNICEF also has career opportunities and special recruitment initiatives for young and aspiring Professionals. You can click on the appropriate section in the menu to learn more.

New and Emerging Talent (NETI) Initiative is an entry point for young/mid-career professionals interested in an international career with UNICEF.

Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme is an initiative which allows young professionals to acquire experience in the development field under the sponsorship of their respective governments.

Internship Programme offers eligible graduate students practical experience in UNICEF’s work.

UN Volunteers provides long terms volunteering opportunities in developing countries in UNICEF and throughout the UN System.



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