Grow an International Career with UNICEF through NETI Program

Deadline: 23 September 2014 (11:59PM EST)
Open to: Master graduates, proficient in English and another official UN language with 2-5 years of professional work experience
Benefits: mentoring, couching, support plus compensation and other benefits


The New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) is an entry point for dynamic professionals interested in an international career with UNICEF. As part of UNICEF’s global talent management strategy to achieve the organisation’s current and future goals, the NETI Programme focuses on attracting, selecting, developing and retaining new talent from entry to mid-career levels to grow and to develop within the organisation. NETI participants work actively in multicultural environments within the development and humanitarian arenas while contributing to delivering results for children. You can explore the details of the NETI program here.

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Eligibility and NETI program requirements

NETI participants are motivated and talented entry to mid-career level professionals who are interested in an international career with UNICEF and who have a passion for making a difference for children worldwide.

The focus and method of work for NETI participants varies from country to country. However, participants typically interact with government, civil society, academic institutions, the private sector, UN agencies, donors and other development organisations in working towards children’s survival, protection and development goals.

The following candidates are eligible to apply to the NETI Programme:

  1. UNICEF National Professional Officers and General Service staff;
  2. UNICEF staff members holding a temporary appointment;
  3. UNICEF Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) who have completed at least 15 months of the JPO Programme;
  4. External candidates from outside UNICEF.

The expectation of UNICEF as an employer is that university degrees presented by applicants satisfy the required level of education and come from bona fide (accredited) academic institutions. UNICEF will normally recognize only degrees obtained from institutions on the IAU list available for review here. Read more for the UNICEF core values and NETI competences here.

If the answer is “yes” to the questions bellow, then you are ready to apply for the NETI program:

  1. Are you proficient in English and another official language of the UN i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish?;
  2. Have you completed an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent)?;
  3. Do you have 2-5 years of professional work experience?;
  4. Are you willing to serve in any UNICEF office worldwide, including hardship duty stations?

What does NETI offer?

NETI participants have the opportunity to go through a unique learning and development path. The NETI Programme begins with a three-week Induction at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters (NYHQ). As part of the Induction, participants also attend learning sessions to further increase their familiarity with the processes of the organisation.

Each participant has the opportunity to participate in a personal coaching programme to develop their UNICEF competencies. In addition, a variety of other learning resources are available to strengthen his/her skills and knowledge. Under the NETI Programme’s mentoring scheme, participants have the opportunity to choose a mentor – a more experienced UNICEF staff member – who will be available to provide them with advice and organisational support.

See more details for compensation and benefits and for mentoring, couching and support HERE.

Application process

Applications are accepted through e-Recruitment until the deadline of 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 23 September 2014. Selected NETI participants are expected to start in early 2015.

You must first create an e-recruitment profile before you will be able to apply for any vacancies within future NETI Cohorts. You can start creating your e-recruitment profile HERE.

Internal and external candidates can find the NETI 7th cohort positions to which they can apply for HERE.

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