Get ready to be a champion for every child
UNICEF’s most important resources - our highly skilled and incredibly dedicated people - are driven to deliver results for children and young people everywhere. With a commitment to gender equality, geographical diversity and inclusion, UNICEF selects staff who exhibit the highest standard of technical expertise, competence and purpose.
Care. Respect. Integrity. Trust. Accountability.
For UNICEF, these are more than words. They represent the values that infuse everything we do as an organization, each and every day — from our programmes for children and young people, to how we treat each other, to how we interact with partners and communities worldwide.
Care: Because care has been embedded in our DNA from the start. UNICEF was founded in 1946 to care for children devastated by war. Today, we care for, and support, children, young people and mothers around the world, in every context. This care must extend to how we work with one another, often in stressful environments where insecurity and risk are a daily fact of life.
Respect: Because our programmes can only be effective if the recipients of our support feel understood and respected, and if we pay our colleagues at all levels the same respect that we want for ourselves.
Integrity: Because UNICEF’s reputation depends on all of us acting with honesty and transparency, and setting the highest standards for ourselves as we work with partners, donors and the global community.
Trust: Because we cannot deliver effective programmes and services if communities do not believe that we are acting with their best interests at heart, and if we do not trust one another to do the right thing at all times.
Accountability: Because public and private donors, as well as children and vulnerable people worldwide, deserve to know how UNICEF’s programmes are run, how resources are spent, and how results are being achieved.
To effectively drive change for children and young people across the globe, we must hold ourselves, our colleagues and our organization to the highest standards. UNICEF’s Competency Framework establishes common standards of behaviour to guide the way we work and is based on our core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.
How we hire
Visit the UNICEF Jobs page to search for position openings. If you do not currently see any relevant opportunities, set-up a job alert to receive an email when a relevant opportunity is advertised. Make sure you understand the different types of jobs, contracts and opportunities as you conduct your search.
An honest and objective self-assessment is a great way to help identify what makes you an outstanding candidate for a position, and it will ultimately enable you to build an application that most clearly reflects your strengths, skills, experience and personal values.
After you have searched for jobs and completed your self-assessment, you’re ready to apply! For most job applications at UNICEF, you should complete and submit an online recruitment profile, a CV/resume and cover letter.
When the hiring team is narrowing down its list of candidates, they will review all profiles to identify eligible and suitable candidates for the position, in line with the minimum requirements included in the job description.
Candidates shortlisted for a position may undergo an assessment, followed by a reference check and other processes depending on the position level, area of work, and office context. Candidate assessment techniques will vary according to the contextual and business needs of the hiring office.
6. Outcome Notification
The length of the entire selection process varies, depending on the hiring office’s priorities and the vacancy announcement type. The entire process can take days, weeks or months. Candidates that are shortlisted and participate in assessments will be notified of the outcome by the respective office.