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JPO & AEs Programme
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The Italian Associate Experts and Junior Professional Officers Programme, also known as the JPO Programme, is a multilateral technical cooperation initiative sponsored by the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy. It enables Italian citizens in possession of a university degree and not over the age of 30 (33 for graduates in medicine and surgery) to gain in-field training and experience with the international organizations for a period of two years.

The purpose of the Programme is two-fold. On the one hand, it assists the international organizations in their technical cooperation activities by providing JPO services in development initiatives. On the other, it allows young people wishing to pursue an international career to acquire on-the-job professional experience, which may lead to future career development within the organizations or in the international field.

The Programme originates from a United Nations Economic and Social Council resolution adopted in 1961 which approved and encouraged the collaboration of volunteers, financed by their respective countries of origin, in implementing development cooperation initiatives and programmes.

Italy joined the scheme in the mid-seventies, and over the years has developed it into a Programme, extending its sponsorship to the Secretariat of the United Nations and relative organs and to a number of specialised agencies in the UN system and other international organizations with which the Italian Government stipulated specific agreements.

In 1984, an agreement with the Commission of the European Communities ratified the assignment of ltalian associate experts to delegations of the Commission in associate/partner countries (Africa, Caribbean , Pacific). To date, Italy has sponsored more than 1600 Associate Experts and Junior Professional Officers.

Information on the Programme, the recruitment campaign and the short-listing of candidates are dealt with directly by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA) in Rome , in collaboration with the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

Warning to applicants

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.