Recruiter insights: How to land a job with UNICEF

UNICEF staffers plant trees in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo by: Nahom Tesfaye / UNICEF Ethiopia / CC BY-NC-ND

As is the case with most United Nations agencies, landing a job at UNICEF is highly competitive, and a single vacancy can receive hundreds of applications. Technical expertise and a clear résumé are key to standing out, Anne Favreau, chief of the agency’s human resources partner team, told Devex.

Before applying, candidates should also make sure they understand the agency’s needs. “If a job is posted with very specific requirements, that means we need these requirements,” Favreau said. She discouraged “serial applicants” and advised any job seeker to apply where their experience is a strong fit and to make this clear in their application.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.