UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, results
The UNICEF Junior Professional Officer Programme (JPO), established in 1968, offers young professionals interested in pursuing a career in development an exceptional opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in multilateral technical cooperation.
UNICEF currently has agreements with 21 countries, including: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, USA and Qatar. UNICEF, together with the respective donor governments, conducts a rigorous and competitive recruitment process at the P-2 level before the final selection of each Junior Professional Officer. UNICEF is also currently advocating for the participation from other governments to expand its pool of candidates and promote further cultural diversity within the organization.
The JPO Programme offers a structured career development portfolio, including coaching, mentoring and career counselling, as well as the newly introduced career transition programme. One of the key components to welcome the newly onboarded JPOs is the annual Orientation, with a set of interesting and engaging topics covered by UNICEF colleagues across the world. The Orientation is organized once a year with around 30 participants and about 10 speakers during five days.
How can you make a difference?Provide technical inputs (structure, timing, flow, etc.) to the agenda and participate in the weekly planning meetings with the JPO team in preparation for the Orientation Design and deliver orientation activities, including icebreakers, networking, and celebratory activities throughout the orientation week. Connect with and prepare internal speakers for the orientation session. This includes the following: Follow up on their availability Prepare introduction of the speakers. Brainstorm with speakers on the most suitable format to present and structure the sessions. Support the set-up and preparation of presentation materials according to the needs of speakers prior to the orientation. Create ground rules for speakers on how to keep the session engaging. Welcome JPOs via emails prior to the orientation and continuously engage with JPO prior the orientation week. Host the orientation in the orientation week, from 29 May to 2 June, 8 hours each day. Moderate the discussions and facilitate the activities as needed. *Please note that the dates may change, but the delivery of the Orintation will happen no latter than 15 June 2023.* Create feedback survey, send to JPOs and submit a summary report including lessons learnt within 2 weeks after the orientation.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Human Resources Management, Education, Social Sciences, Psychology, International Relations or a relevant field.
*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree. A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in delivering trainings, facilitation, coaching Work with young professionals and/or familiarity with UN/UNICEF is considered an asset. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
📌 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗮 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀? 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗡 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗣 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 ✔
⚠️ 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐍𝐨𝐰: 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐚 𝐣𝐨𝐛 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐍𝐎𝐖!
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UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Requirements:Cover letter and Financial proposal that will include: Your daily rate. Our estimate is 17 days in total. Your availability for approximately 17 days during the period 1 May-15 June that will include 5 days in person training in New York. The Orientation will take place from 29 May to 2 June, 8 hours each day (dates subject to change, but no latter than 15 June 2023) UNICEF Talent Management Systems profile (or Completed Personal History Form (P11)). One of these forms is mandatory, and we can not accept only CV). Copy of academic credentials
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.