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Diverse types of employees reflecting various levels of responsibility, expertise, and duties

UNICEF job profiles fall into six distinct categories. From our international professionals and national officers to general service staff and consultants, as well as to interns and volunteers, everyone makes unique contributions to achieving our mandate.

International Professional (IP) | National Officer (NO) | General Service (GS)

Consultants and Individual Contractors | United Nations Volunteers (UNV) | Internship

International Professional

International Professional (IP) staff are recruited internationally and serve in all duty stations globally. They hold leadership, managerial or specialist functions which require technical expertise. Senior staff or Director-level positions are also part of this category.

International professionals are normally required to have an advanced university degree in a field relevant to UNICEF’s work. Within the IP category there are different levels, each with a required minimum number of years of relevant professional work experience:

  • P-1: One year of relevant professional work experience
  • P-2: Two years of relevant professional work experience
  • P-3: Five years of relevant professional work experience
  • P-4: Eight years of relevant professional work experience
  • P-5: Ten years of relevant professional work experience
  • D-1: Twelve to thirteen years of relevant professional work experience
  • D-2: Over fifteen years of relevant professional work experience
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IP staff are issued fixed-term or temporary appointments, complete with competitive salaries and a range of benefits. They are international civil servants expected to rotate frequently and work in various regions and settings, including in humanitarian emergencies.

Read more about IP staff requirements and visit our Compensation, Benefits, and Wellbeing page to learn more about the overall benefits attached to IP positions. Visit our vacancies page to access the latest IP opportunities.

National Officer

National Officer (NO) staff are nationals of the country where their duty station is located, and they perform functions of a technical and professional nature. Broadly speaking, the requirements for the NO staff category are similar to those of International Professional (IP) staff, with a more pronounced emphasis on in-depth knowledge of the local setting, institutions and partners.

National Officers are normally required to have an advanced university degree in a field relevant to UNICEF’s work. Within the NO category there are different levels, each with a required minimum number of years of relevant professional work experience:

  • NO-1 (NO-A) One year of relevant professional work experience
  • NO-2 (NO-B) Two years of relevant professional work experience
  • NO-3 (NO-C) Five years of relevant professional work experience
  • NO-4 (NO-D) Eight years of relevant professional work experience
  • NO-5 (NO-E) Ten years of relevant professional work experience
  • D-1: Twelve to thirteen years of relevant professional work experience
  • D-2: Over fifteen years of relevant professional work experience
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NO staff are issued fixed-term or temporary appointments, complete with competitive salaries and a range of benefits.

Read more about NO staff requirements and visit our Compensation, Benefits and Wellbeing page to learn more about the overall benefits attached to NO positions. Visit our vacancies page to access the latest NO opportunities.

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General Service

General Service (GS) staff are locally recruited and provide administratively and support services across all areas of the organization in both headquarters and field duty stations.

Completion of secondary education is required while a first-level university degree is an asset.  Within the GS category there are different levels, each with a required minimum number of years of relevant professional work experience:

  • G-1 to G-4 (entry level): One to four years of relevant professional work experience
  • G-5 to G-6 (mid-level): Five to six years of relevant professional work experience
  • G-7 (senior level): Seven or more years of relevant professional work experience


GS staff are issued fixed-term or temporary appointments, complete with competitive salaries and a range of benefits.

Read more about GS staff requirements and visit our Compensation, Benefits, and Wellbeing page to learn more about the overall benefits attached to GS positions. Visit our vacancies page to access the latest GS opportunities.

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