07 March 2024

Investing in a workplace where women can thrive

Investing in women and girls today creates a future where everyone in society can thrive. At UNICEF, to champion gender equality means investing in young and adolescent girls in our programmatic work. And to help achieve this mission, our workplace must be no different: we continuously foster a culture that upholds gender equality - where women…, Proud when they achieve results, also in male-dominated areas of work "My best part of the day is when I am in the field, close to the children; I am very happy when I see a child drinking safe, clean water" Aminata Ouedraogo Nakoulma - WASH Officer (Emergencies), UNICEF Burkina Faso Aminata with children in the field Aminata Ouedragogo, Motivated to continue, working with and for children "One girl gave me a drawing of boys and girls studying together in the same class and she called it "the future." I was so moved. Stories like this are often part of our work and that's what motivates me to do more and more." Mirlinda Bushati - Education Specialist, UNICEF Albania Mirlinda sitting at her office…, Successful working collaboratively, to tackle complex issues. "It's a cross-sectoral work, where you have the opportunity to work with your colleagues from other sectors and your counterparts to achieve better outcomes for children and adolescents in a holistic way." MiRi Seo, Education Specialist, UNICEF Equatorial Guinea MiRi Seo MiRi Seo, Agents of change, feeling empowered "We are all passionate changemakers. UNICEF is that safe framework that tells you: yes, we can change the world - for every child." Yasmine Diawara - Strategic Innovation & Youth Engagement Officer, UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire Yasmine is helping a child in Côte_d'Ivoire to plant a tree UNICEF/UNI351857/Diarassouba, Team players and collaborators, fostering a welcoming work environment "I start the day with the friendly welcome of my colleagues, and the atmosphere of proactivity, willingness to collaborate in teamwork, and integration between all sections.” María Alejandra Bavaresco - Health Officer, UNICEF Venezuela Woman wearing UNICEF t-shirt talks with young women UNICEF/UNI492821/…, Motivated and living their values, because their work has an impact "I believe in the power of change and doing my best, because every action we do can make a difference in a child's life. Being with UNICEF, is a way of life not a job. We live by our core values and do our best to advocate for a better life for every child." Jinan Ramadan - Emergency Specialist, UNICEF Yemen Jinan…, Compassionate and caring, for children and young people "I enjoy the moments I spend with young people. I try to understand their aspirations and to contribute to achieving them because I like to remember that I was like them not so long ago. And when I walk into a classroom and see the smile of a little girl or boy, my day is fulfilled." Patricia Safi Lombo - Chief,…
25 January 2024

Opportunities for German nationals to join UNICEF

Learn about opportunities for young professionals living and studying in Germany, as well as the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme for German nationals. Current opportunities | Requirements for the German JPO programme | About the JPO porgramme | Career Fairs in Germany, Current opportunities, For its Regional Office in West and Central Africa in Dakar, Senegal, UNICEF is hiring a: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Resilience (P2). Apply by 18 February 2024 This is a Junior Professional Officer position, sponsored by the German government. Only German citizens are eligible to apply. Click here to see the detailed job…, Requirements of the JPO programme for German nationals, Germany sponsors its JPOs for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years. Minimum requirements to apply: German citizenship; Master’s degree or equivalent; Two to four years of professional experience after graduation. Click here for additional information about the JPO programme in Germany. Blocks The JPO Programme offers a distinctive…, About the Junior Professional Officer programme,  , Become a JPO, Are you a young professional interested in working for UNICEF? Click here to learn more about the Junior Professional Officer programme and how to apply ., Become a partner, Do you want to sponsor nationals of your country or other countries to become JPOs with UNICEF? Click here to learn how you can partner with us UNICEF currently has 21 active JPO agreements with donor governments that sponsor JPOs. We are continuously engaging with emerging donor governments who would be interested to support UNICEF's mission and…, Career fairs in Germany, Do you study in Germany, or you are a German national interested in joining UNICEF? We participate in in-person and virtual events to meet talented professionals and inform them about career paths and opportunities at UNICEF. You can meet us at the "Career Fair International Organizations", organized every year by the German Ministry of Foreign…
18 August 2023

UNICEF's humanitarian workers in the world's toughest emergencies

Humanitarian action is at the core of UNICEF's work. Our staff is on the ground before, during, and after emergencies, working to reach children and families with life-saving support. UNICEF's humanitarians deliver child-centered response in the world's toughest humanitarian crises. Humanitarians around the world work tirelessly to save lives and…, Yemen, "I believe in the power of change and doing my best, because every action we do can make a difference in a child's life. Being with UNICEF, is a way of life not a job. We live by our core values and do our best to advocate for a better life for every child." Jinan Ramadan - Emergency Specialist, UNICEF Yemen Jinan Ramadan, Emergency Specialist…, Niger, "I enjoy the moments I spend with young people. I try to understand their aspirations and to contribute to achieving them because I like to remember that I was like them not so long ago. And when I walk into a classroom and see the smile of a little girl or boy, my day is fulfilled." Patricia Safi Lombo - Chief, Education, UNICEF Niger UNICEF/…, Mexico, "The best part of my day? Being on the southern border of Mexico supporting local governments so that their actions benefit and protect children; seeing girls and boys happy, knowing that the work I do, I do it for them - definitely PRICELESS" Diego Morales Govea - Emergency Officer, UNICEF Mexico A young man gives high five to a child in fron of…, Haiti, "When I see the joy on the faces of the kids in the newly constructed classrooms, it signifies how much UNICEF cares - and this makes me keep climbing those mountains" Vesselle Yarkpazuo - Construction Manager, UNICEF Haiti A man standing among children wearing backpacks in front of a school Vesselle Yarkpazuo, Uganda, “I am proud to be part of a team that ensures the inclusion of children with disabilities in the education system and that they have access to learning that enables them to achieve their full potential.” Esther Akwii - Education Officer, UNICEF Uganda UNICEF/UN0849154/Hugh Rutherford, Burkina Faso, "I have been in the humanitarian field for 7 years helping children access care. We face many challenges in terms of humanitarian access but we are always thinking about strategies to reach vulnerable communities." Madeleine Zabre - Programme Specialist, UNICEF Burkina Faso Woman wearing UNICEF branded cap and smiling engages with children and…, South Sudan, "The crisis in South Sudan has protracted into a deepening children’s crisis. I work to make sure that our efforts provide the crisis-affected children with safe, protective spaces." Yosef Elgadal - Reports Officer, UNICEF South Sudan Man wearing cyan blue cap that reads UNICEF surrounded by young boys looking at the camera and smiling Yosef…
13 December 2022


The UNICEF Internship Programme offers students and recent graduates from diverse academic backgrounds the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with UNICEF through global internship opportunities. Interns at UNICEF get experiential learning opportunities in the humanitarian sector and a meaningful internship experience that will support their…, What we offer, Our Internship Programme offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain direct practical work experience. • Duration: The duration of an internship is normally between six and twenty-six weeks. Internships can be on a full-time or a part-time basis. • Expenses we cover: UNICEF provides a monthly stipend to interns. A one-time lump…, Requirements, Your profile could be a good fit if it meets the following requirements: • At least 18 years old. • Enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or PhD programme, or have graduated within the past two years. • Proficient in at least one of UNICEF's working languages: English, French or Spanish. Fluency in the working language of the office you are…, How to apply, Internship opportunities are offered throughout the year. You can  find current opportunities on our vacancies page . Once you identify a vacancy of interest please click on the button “Apply Now” and then proceed with instructions for the application process.  • Carefully review the requirements for each internship opportunity and customize your…, Our interns say, “I’ve always wanted to use my skills in an organization with a global impact, and working with UNICEF has given me the opportunity to do that.” Rudolf Larnyoh, Intern at Human Resources in Emergencies team, in New York, US Young intern wearing a suite and smiling Rudolf Larnyoh “One of the most positive aspects of my internship experience has…
18 August 2022

A historic milestone in achieving gender parity in UNICEF

For the first time ever, UNICEF is within the gender parity threshold (47/53 per cent) of the United Nations. Women hold more than 48 per cent of the Organization's senior (P5) level positions. The results were reported within less than two years since UNICEF launched a set of temporary special measures to achieve gender parity at the senior level…, Achievements in a challenging environment, Over the last decade, the challenge to grow the proportion of women at the P5 level  remained persistent. P5, a rank that - across the UN system - is equivalent to a position as Chief of Section, is widely considered the first senior management level. Despite having reached parity in lower and higher levels, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the…, The context that triggered action, Different factors led UNICEF to take action. First, the special measures was part of the implementation of the  EDGE Action Plan 2022-2024 on gender equality at the workplace . Second, the decision followed the guidance coming from the  UN System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity . In addition, the measures aligned with our effort to eliminate gender…, What we learned, While the special measures have been instrumental in reaching gender parity, they have contributed in other ways to building a more inclusive UNICEF. During this time, we learned how pervasively gender biases are present in recruitment processes, how to tackle them proactively, and how important it is to conduct talent outreach that is directed to…, How to make change sustainable, While UNICEF has just been re-certified with the EDGE standard of gender equality at the workplace , the process identified important gender gaps in the perception of employees around issues related to the workplace. In certain areas, women reported lower satisfaction than men., Striving to do more and do better, Responding to this data, UNICEF's new Action Plan envisions changes to our family-related policies, investments in the capacity-building of our staff, and tailored talent management initiatives, among other actions. We will continue to monitor perceptions of unfairness and bias in talent management, and create opportunities for feedback from…
22 June 2022

UNICEF provides reasonable accommodation for job candidates and personnel with disabilities

Fingers on a braille document Ensuring equal opportunities in our application processes is a central consideration for UNICEF. The provision of reasonable accommodation for job applicants, candidates and employees with disabilities is a step in that direction., What is reasonable accommodation, "Reasonable accommodation" means the necessary and appropriate modifications and adjustments to ensure to persons with disabilities the enjoyment on an equal basis with others of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.  In the UNICEF workplace, reasonable accommodation is pivotal to ensure that candidates and employees with disabilities can…, How can job candidates request reasonable accommodation?, UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for job candidates during the recruitment process. Job applicants can disclose their disability and accommodation needs in the application form, which will be seen by the recruiter. If you are a candidate that has been shortlisted for a position at UNICEF and you need accommodation during the hiring process (…, UNICEF is striving to be a disability inclusive organization, UNICEF DHR In the video message, Hannan Sulieman, UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director for Management, presents our approach towards reasonable accommodation and the rights of employees with disabilities at UNICEF >Learn more about UNICEF’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion