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About UNICEF: Employment

What we offer

 

We offer a dynamic and multi-cultural environment in the humanitarian and development field.

Work at UNICEF offers opportunities for personal and professional growth.

We offer programs for young professionals to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work: the Internship programme, New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) Programme, Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme and UN Volunteers (UNV)​. A variety of tools such as training, coaching, mentoring, e-learning, stretch assignments, lateral reassignments and mobility exercises allow staff to expand their scope of experience and acquire new skills. Colleagues around the world will attest that this allows them to grow both professionally as well as personally. Finally, dedicated programs for senior managers ensure that we offer support for the organization's leadership.

Contract Types

Staff contracts

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.

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. Temporary Appointments can be issued in three categories of staff: International Professional, National Officer and General Service categories.

Non-staff contracts

Consultancies
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.

All contract types are advertised centrally on the UNICEF vacancies page.

Opportunities for Young Professionals

UNICEF offers young professionals interested in pursuing a career in development an exceptional opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in UNICEF's work.

  • New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) 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.
  • The UNICEF 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.

Compensation and Benefits

UNICEF has three staff categories: International Professional (IP), General Service (GS) and National Officer (NO) staff. Staff categories define the type of role staff have in the organization. All three categories of staff (IP, GS and NO) offer Temporary Appointment and Fixed-Term Appointment contracts. Staff on Temporary Appointment (TA) and Fixed-Term (FT) appointments will have the same base salaries while TA staff will receive slightly reduced benefits.

International Professional (IP)

In the Professional and higher categories, staff are normally recruited internationally. IP staff will receive a salary which is paid on the basis of a worldwide scale and benefits which take account of your dependents and the cost of living at the duty station. Learn more about base salaries, post adjustments and other benefits of IP staff here. The sites of the International Civil Service Commission , United Nations Common System and the United Nations Secretariat provide more information.​​

[ Salary Calculator ] [ 2017 IP Salary Scale ​]

General Service (GS)

Staff members in these categories are normally recruited and paid on a local basis. You will be paid a salary according to a local salary scale. Salary scales are reviewed periodically on the basis of comprehensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality. Learn more about tax exemption, allowances and benefits, holidays and leave, health insurance, and retirement pension of GS staff on the UN Careers website or the United Nations website.

[General Service Salary Scales] [ 2017 GS Salary Scale ]

National Officer (NO) Staff

Staff members in this category are recruited and paid on a local basis. You will be paid a salary according to a local salary scale. Salary scales are reviewed periodically on the basis of comprehensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality. Learn more about tax exemption, allowances and benefits, holidays and leave, health insurance, and retirement pension for NO staff here.

[ Local Staff Salary Calculator ​​]

UN Volunteers (UNV)

Note that UN Volunteers (UNV) assigned to UNICEF follow the UNV policy on allowances and entitlements. Visit the UNV website to learn details for country volunteers and international volunteers.


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