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UNICEF CEO Henrietta H. Fore
Henrietta H. Fore
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  • "Family and Work life Balance is a challange(in 17 reviews)

  • "Local consultants are paid a fraction of the international consultants, Super discriminatory to local consultants , late payments , no benefits(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Chief

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    Current Employee - Chief in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Not for profit Motivating mandate Ability to work in different countries

    Cons

    None Specialised organisation which requires specialised skills which could limit progression for some staff

    Advice to Management

    N/a

  2. Great people to work with, but not much focus on people from the organization

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at UNICEF full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Working in international context with people from every corner of the world. Working on an amazing mandate that is ensuring and protecting the rights of every child.

    Cons

    A lot of external contracts providing no protection for employees rights. Not enough longevity of projects due to a high turnover. Little leadership across the organization

    Advice to Management

    The internal challenges are reflected on the efficiency of the organization externally.Need to focus more on the people to deliver real results for children on the ground.

  3. unicef senior education advisor in NYC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time

    Pros

    Diverse staff, technical work, opportunity to travel, working for child rights

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, poor work life balance, poor management.

  4. Helpful (1)

    Not for everyone

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    Former Employee - Education Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Salary is very attractive and excellent benefits for staff

    Cons

    Even though UNICEF always likes to promote healthy work/life balance they never expect it from you. Work environment is HIGHLY political Staff act as if donors are gods and literally bow down to their every word AND how dare you try to make new suggestions that could possibly further development. Sometimes I wonder if these so called donors actually want to help poor countries succeed and be more independent....

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  5. Could be a much better place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    rewarding work, very nice people to work with, good benefits if you are staff, work-life balance

    Cons

    Management has no accountability for their bad decisions and foreseeable mistakes. There are senior managers who do not know how to hire and manage people, let alone retain the talent they have. I have seen nepotism over and over again in the 3 years I have been in the organization.

  6. Helpful (1)

    UNICEF

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UNICEF full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pension plan and benefits

    Cons

    favoritism in many groups throughout

  7. janitorial

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    Former Employee - Lead Custodian in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UNICEF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I like custodial work at UNICEF

    Cons

    To far away from home and drive to much

    Advice to Management

    Yes

  8. Human Resources

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at UNICEF full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great overrall leave entitlement policy. Ability to work independently

    Cons

    work-life balance, workload can be very overwhelming often

  9. Most employees at HQ are consultants on short term contracts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF

    Pros

    If you’re hired as a consultant, view it as an opportunity to get experience inside one of the giant UN agencies, but don’t expect it to lead to anything permanent

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Power and agency concentrated among a small number of people on any given team. Others get pigeon-holed and await marching orders w/o growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management hires content experts to lead teams - they have no management skills, just giant egos, and everyone under them suffers. Team morale should be evaluated as part of Chiefs’ annual review by their Director. Unless you want to continue to be an exploitative employer, convert so-called consultancies to real jobs. Right now you have the same people being renewed for years in end with no benefits or security.

  10. Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time

    Pros

    Mandate, global, children, efficient and effective

    Cons

    Locations, transfers, emoluments, etc etc

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