Saturday, October 3, 2009

UNICEF's NETI Programme, Deadline - Oct 12, 2009

UNICEF - The New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) Programme

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), active in 190 countries, areas and territories is the world’s leading children’s right organization and a global force. UNICEF is seeking committed professionals to join the New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) Programme in early 2010.

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

Program Structure:

NETI participants are given a one-year work appointment that starts with a one-week orientation and induction course at UNICEF New York Headquarters (NYHQ), followed by a two-month assignment in a NYHQ division, based on each participant’s profile. Participants are then deployed globally to a duty station for the remaining 10-month period. Participants are reviewed throughout the year and are considered for regular positions with UNICEF on the basis of merit and performance.

Interested candidates must share the United Nations values and ideals, be able to listen to and understand the ideas and concerns of the people we serve, and be able to communicate and work strategically and effectively with others to achieve results. Additionally, it is critical for candidates to be geographically mobile and willing to serve in hardship duty stations.

NETI Candidate Profile:

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. Focus and method of work will vary from country to country, however participants typically interact with the government, civil society, academic institutions, the private sector, UN agencies, donors and other development organizations in achieving children survival, protection and development goals.

Eligibility and Programme Requirements :
External candidates from outside UNICEF
, as well as suitable UNICEF employees (staff and non-staff) that are formally considered external candidates as per their contract type – United Nations Volunteers (UNVs), Interns, Consultants, Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) and Temporary Appointments (TA)–are eligible for NETI. Please note that Junior Professional Officers are eligible to apply only after 15 months of participation in the JPO Programme. Eligible candidates cannot be currently holding any fixed-term contract with UNICEF. Candidates from all nationalities are welcome to apply.

Programme Requirements To Be Fulfilled By Eligible Applicants Are:

· Have completed a Masters Degree (or advanced university study equivalent) in a relevant field. A prospective applicant in his or her final year of study toward the Masters Degree is eligible to apply only if he or she will have completed all necessary requirements to receive the degree by the start date of the programme, which is expected to start in early 2010. Any number of years of relevant professional experience is not accepted in lieu of a Masters Degree.

· Have proficiency in English and proven working knowledge in at least one of the UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish.

· Have the willingness and availability to be assigned to any UNICEF office around the world and to serve in emergency and hardship duty stations.

· Preferably possess three to six years of relevant experience, including work in developing countries and in a multicultural environment.

To Apply: Please see the full programme outline on the UNICEF website at

Deadline: Applications will be accepted online from 23 September 2009 until 12 October 2009.


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