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About UNICEF: Employment

Working for UNICEF


For every child, a champion.

If you are committed, creative professional, are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, and are comfortable working in a challenging environment, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. 

Explore this website to learn more about the qualifications and benefits of working with UNICEF. You can also get a glimpse of the careers of current UNICEF employees around the globe, in HQ as well as development and humanitarian contexts, to get a better idea of how your skills and interests may fit with our needs. 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

For every child, a talent.

For the committed professional, UNICEF offers unique opportunities for challenging, effective and rewarding work. Its mandate is to advocate and promote programmes that meet the special needs of women and children. UNICEF support at country and regional level involves its staff in a wide range of issues in a rapidly changing world. 

We employ committed professional to work in our focus areas: Child Survival and Development, Basic Education and Gender Equality, Child Protection and Inclusion, Policy Advocacy and Partnerships. We also employ staff with expertise in administration and finance, human resources, information technology, supply and logistics as well as external relations and communication. UNICEF’s presence in humanitarian crises means that we also seek experts in emergency preparedness and response.

More than 13,000 staff work with UNICEF, with approximately 85 per located in the field in 190 countries. Seven regional offices and over 124 country offices worldwide, 34 national committees, a research centre in Florence, a supply division in Copenhagen and offices in Berlin, Brussels, Seoul and Tokyo, and UNICEF headquarters in New York and Geneva work on helping children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.

Apply for a Talent Group

UNICEF is looking to populate Talent Groups across specific functional areas and professional levels which are pools of high-caliber candidates, who can be selected through an expedited recruitment process. Once in a Talent Group, your profile will be available to hiring offices worldwide and you may be contacted for job opportunities to help drive your career within UNICEF.

To join a Talent Group, please submit an application in response to Generic Vacancy Announcements (GVAs) that are periodically advertised on the “Vacancies” page throughout the course of the year. A candidate who meets the required GVA qualifications may be invited to participate in a detailed assessment of their skills and experience. The process includes interviews, technical tests, and may include other forms of written and verbal assessment, so as to ensure all candidates in a Talent Group are properly evaluated prior to recommendation for a specific vacancy.

Successful candidates will be notified and placed in a Talent Group for a three year period and applicants are welcome to apply to more than one Talent Group. Hiring offices review relevant Talent Groups and contact candidates directly when there is an opening for a specific position. Hiring offices may conduct additional interviews to get to know the candidates to determine the best fit for their position.

In the upcoming months, several Generic Vacancy Announcements will be published to fill Talent Groups and prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the “Vacancies” page and create "Job Alerts" to be notified for any upcoming talent groups throughout the year that fits their profile.

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