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.
The New and Emerging Talent Initiative is a two year programme for candidates who have successfully passed the NETI recruitment process and have been selected and appointed for a regular P-2/P-3 position.
NETI participants are given an initial one-year work appointment with a one or two-week Induction at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters (NYHQ). During the induction, NETI participants familiarize themselves with UNICEF and meet HQ colleagues from the functional areas in which they will work during their assignment. Participants then return to their respective duty stations/offices for the remainder of their appointment. During their assignments, the NETI participants receive dedicated support for their development at the Induction in New York Headquarters and through the mentoring and coaching components, which help develop their personal and professional skills and maximize their performance.
- Have completed an advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) at the time of application. Any number of years of relevant professional experience is not substitute for the required educational qualifications. Please see below for important information on education requirements.
- Be fluent (C1 or C2) in English and at an intermediate level (working knowledge) in another official language of the United Nations i.e., Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish.
- Be ready to be assigned to any UNICEF office worldwide, including hardship duty stations.
- Have at least two years of relevant work experience for functions at the P-2 level, and at least five years of relevant work experience for functions at the P-3 level. Relevant experience should include work in developing countries and in multicultural environments.
Preference will be given to candidates under 35 years of age.
Are you a NETI?
1. Are you fluent in English and at an intermediate level (working knowledge) in 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 5 years of relevant professional work experience?
4. Are you willing to serve in any UNICEF office worldwide, including hardship duty stations?
Training and Development Opportunities
NETI participants have the opportunity to go through a unique learning and development path, beginning with an Induction at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters (NYHQ). As part of the Induction, participants attend learning sessions to further increase their familiarity with the processes of the organisation.
Each participant has the opportunity to work with a personal coach to develop his/her competencies.
Insight into HQ Operations and International Placement
Insight into HQ operations
During the Induction at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters, NETI participants get an overview of the organisation’s strategies, initiatives and challenges. NETI participants are also provided with networking opportunities with New York Headquarters’ staff, in order to better understand the functional areas they will be working in during their field assignment.
UNICEF is the leading advocate for children’s rights, active in 190 countries through country programmes and National Committees. NETI participants are expected to be geographically mobile and willing to serve in emergency and hardship duty stations based on the needs of the Organisation.
As part of the NETI Programme mentoring scheme, participants have the opportunity to choose a mentor – a knowledgeable and experienced UNICEF staff member who will be able to:
- Identify the most relevant information/documentation from sources inside and outside UNICEF;
- Increase awareness and integration of cross-cutting issues to programming/operations work;
- Provide a broader perspective on the challenges facing the Organization, a region, and/or a country office;
- Offer insight to the culture and informal communication lines of the Organization;
- Explain how UNICEF works in partnership with other UN agencies and key stakeholders.
Each NETI participant will work with an external coach. Based on a mutually agreed learning plan, the coach provides support to the participant’s development in line with the NETI Programme’s competencies and assigned work goals. Each coach also provides the participant with examples of self-learning materials and other available resources.
Each NETI participant will work closely with his/her supervisor in the respective duty station. The supervisor will be responsible for evaluating and reporting performance, as well as provide support to the NETI participant by guiding him/her on specific development needs, in which the participant shall develop with his/her coach or mentor. Supervisors are strongly encouraged to provide ongoing and continuous feedback on the NETI participant’s performance.
How to Apply
UNICEF is now accepting applications for the New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) 9th Cohort Recruitment Campaign.
Applications will be accepted online until August 14, 2016, 11:59pm EST.
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For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the UNICEF New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) Programme 2016