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Compensation, advantages, and wellbeing at UNICEF

Contracts at UNICEF

Fixed-Term Appointment

Fixed-Term Selections are typically issued for two years, renewable subject to the organization’s requirements. They are issued to International Professionals, National Officers, and General Service staff, and include various benefits. Temporary Appointment

Temporary Appointments are time-limited assignments issued for less than one year to meet specific short-term requirements, including in reply to emergencies. They are issued to International Professionals, National Officers, and General Service staff, and incorporate several benefits.

Consultants and Individual Contractors

Contracts issued to consultants and individual contractors are limited to a maximum cumulative duration of 11.5 months in a 12-month period and up to a maximum cumulative duration of 46 months in a 48-month period. Once the maximum cumulative contract duration of 46 months has been achieved, a compulsory 12-month break must be observed.

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Remuneration at UNICEF

UNICEF provides an attractive remuneration package with competitive pay and benefits, in accordance with United Nations-wide salary scales, procedures, and practices.

UNICEF’s three staff categories – International Professional, National Officer, and General Service – provide Fixed-Term Appointment (FTA) and Temporary Appointment (TA) contracts. FTA and TA staff obtain the same base salaries, in agreement with the salary scale of the respective staff category, while TA staff receive slightly reduced benefits.

Consultants, United Nations Volunteers, and interns, also receive benefits and entitlements.

International Professional (IP) staff are paid on the basis of salary scales applied worldwide, and set by the General Assembly of the United Nations on the suggestion of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC). The level of pay is set by reference to the highest-paying national civil usefulness, and the entire salary and benefits package takes into account dependents and the cost of living at the duty station.

National Officer (NO) staff are paid according to a local salary scale. Salary scales are revisited periodically on the basis of extensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality.

General Service (GS) staff are paid based on a local salary scale. Salary scales are revisited periodically on the basis of extensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality. For more information, visit the Salary Scales for staff on the General Service & Related Categories page

Consultants and Individual Contractors are entitled to obtain Paid Time off and UN official holidays (as defined for their respective duty stations by the UNCT).

The Paid Time Off benefit is appropriate to Individual Contractors who are working in a full-time capacity (for a minimum of 1 full month) and with the same working schedule as staff at the duty station (generally office-based, working five weekdays per week and following the office hours). This is irrespective of whether they are paid on a daily or monthly rate.

United Nations Volunteers (UNV): Advantages and entitlements for UN Volunteers are offered in the UNV conditions of service and are dependent on the applicable modality. UN Volunteers may be eligible for UNICEF benefits and entitlements as provided in the guidance.

Interns avail of a Mandatory payment of stipend to all UNICEF interns, except for interns that are sponsored by academic institutions. Interns may take up to 2.5 days per month off work for any reason, including for medical reasons with no reduction in the stipend.

Advantages of working at UNICEF

As an IP, NO, or GS staff member, you may be entitled to many benefits, depending on your duty station, type of appointment, and other contextual factors. Upon acceptance of a job offer, UNICEF staff obtain consolidated, up-to-date information about their benefits and entitlements under their contract. Benefits are as follows:

Tax exemption

Salaries, grants, and allowances paid by the United Nations to staff are normally excused from income tax.

Family allowances

Depending on your contract type, you may be allowed family allowances, including dependency allowances if you have an eligible dependent spouse and/or child(ren) and, under certain conditions, an education grant if you have eligible children in school.

Rental subsidy

IP staff may prepare for a rental subsidy if they arrive at the duty station and their rent represents too high a proportion of their total remuneration.

Relocation support

IP staff may have their travel and shipping expenditures covered when moving from one duty station to another. An appointment grant may also be offered to IPs, to help them in meeting initial extraordinary costs when arriving at or relocating to a new duty station.

Hardship benefits

At emergency and high-risk duty stations, hardship funding linked to living and working conditions is paid to IPs, and where there are restrictions on bringing family partners, a non-family hardship allowance is also paid. IPs may also obtain hazard pay and a rest and recuperation break when they serve in locations where the conditions are particularly hazardous, stressful, and difficult.

Holidays and leave

Depending on your contract type, you will be allowed 18 to 30 days of vacation per year. In addition, the United Nations also observes 10 paid holidays per year; these vary from duty station to duty station. IPs may also be eligible for home leave travel to renew social, cultural, and family ties in their home country. The frequency of home leave depends on the duty station you are designated to.

Maternity, paternity, adoption

Staff members of any gender or sex can help from parental leave entitlements, yet of how they become parents. This includes mothers, fathers, parents via surrogacy or adoption, and primary and secondary caregivers.

Health insurance

Staff are eligible to partake in one of the United Nations-sponsored medical insurance plans, which incorporate dental insurance. The monthly premiums are co-shared by you and the Organization.

Retirement pension

If you have a staff assignment of six months or more or a full six months of service without interruption, you become a participant in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. A required contribution will be deducted from your monthly salary.

Career Support

Our career administration, learning, implementation management, and mobility prorgammes ensure that staff are well-equipped to advance in their careers.

Wellbeing at UNICEF

At UNICEF, we invest in a range of initiatives, resources, and tools to complete our duty of care to all staff, foster wellbeing and flexible work arrangements, help the families of our staff, and ensure that we are living our values across the organization.

Wellbeing programme

Our staff wellbeing programme is concentrated on the psychosocial well-being of all staff. Staff Counsellors and Peer Support Volunteers – staff members trained in active listening – are available at several UNICEF locations around the world. Online resources and tools are also available, including booklets covering key wellbeing themes, and free access to Headspace, the award-winning mindfulness meditation app.

The programme includes evidence-based and best-practice techniques to build individual resilience, lessen traumatic stress, prevent burnout, and enhance mental health.

Flexible working

Flexible working contracts allow staff to balance their professional and personal lives, making them healthier and happier, and causing higher productivity and retention rates. Through a range of tools and an organization-wide policy, we are ingraining flexible work across UNICEF, which incorporates flexible working hours, compressed work schedules, teleworking, part-time work, and job sharing.

Family support

In addition to family-friendly allowances and procedures, we are growing our efforts to provide work chances to spouses through consultancies and temporary appointments. We are also working to offer career help services to spouses of International Professional (IP) staff, which incorporates access to a UNICEF-sponsored career coach who can assist with writing CVs and cover letters, as well as with mapping out career plans. In addition, through our membership in several local chapters of the International Dual Career Network (IDCN), IP staff spouses can also be helped with their job searches.

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