How to apply

JPO Programme 2017/2018 - CLOSED

The deadline for submitting applications to the 2017-2018 round of the JPO Programme is 15 December 2017 at 3 pm (Italian local time)
Applications to the Programme can only be submitted online through the Online Web Application (OWA) of the UN/DESA Office in Rome.
Before starting the application process, please read ALL documents concerning the JPO Programme and its eligibility criteria.

Registering with the Online Web Application (OWA)
To register with the Online Web Application (OWA), please click on the following link: Online Web Application (OWA). 
It is recommended to use internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. For optimal visibility of the web-based form, ensure in advance your screen resolution is set at a MINIMUM of 1280 x 1024 pixels and your internet browser zoom at a MAXIMUM of 100%. 
Once registered, you will receive an automatically generated message requesting verification/confirmation of your account information. Please check that this message has not been forwarded accidentally to the JUNK ITEMS folder.
Following verification of your registration, you may log in and enter your profile data, i.e. personal details, contact details, family details and information on your nationality and residence.

Creating your online application
Once registration is completed, you may begin creating your online application [Press “Create Application” button].
If you have already applied to previous editions of either the JPO or the Fellowships Programme via the Online Web Application (OWA) of the UN/DESA Office in Rome, your new application will automatically retrieve the contents of your most recent online submission. 
Candidates who retrieve their last application must review ALL contents and make the necessary changes and/or add information where appropriate before clicking the ’SUBMIT’ button. 

Compiling your online application
Please allow sufficient time to complete your application, bearing in mind that you may stop/start as often as you wish in order to facilitate correct data entry. 
ALL sections must be completed in English. Applications completed or partially completed in Italian will be disregarded. The OWA system allows you to copy and paste text from a Word document using the Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) keyboard shortcuts. To avoid potential data loss it is strongly recommended to press the ‘SAVE’  button Save once you have completed each section. 

There are seven (7) sections in the online Application Form, as follows:

1. General information
You will be requested to provide information on how you learned about the Programme and what your preferred field of work is.

2. Skills
You will be requested to provide details of your language and computer skills. You may also list any publications, where relevant.

3. University/Higher Education
This section allows you to provide details of your university/higher education studies. Please ensure you include all institutions and clearly list the university degree(s) conferred. You will also be requested to provide information on your university activities, including relevant seminars, specialist courses and final dissertation(s).
In this section, you must upload a copy of the relevant university degree certificate attesting eligibility for the JPO Programme, such as:

  • PhD, or
  • Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica, or
  • Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico, or
  • University Master’s degree

4. Schools and training 
This section allows you to list any formal training courses that you have undertaken. Education history information from age 14 onwards must also be included.

5. Employment history
You will be requested to provide details of all relevant work experience to date, specifying as follows: contract information, description of your duties and achievements, as well as reasons for leaving. Please use a separate record for each post. You may also include voluntary work and internships.

6. Motivation letter
This section allows you to briefly outline your reasons for applying to the JPO Programme. You may also highlight here your strengths and interests.

7. Additional information and Submission
This section allows you to list professional societies and activities in civic, public or international affairs, as well as information regarding any fellowships held and/or periods of residence outside the country of your nationality.

Uploading your university degree certificate
You must upload a copy (in PDF format) of the relevant university degree certificate attesting eligibility for the JPO Programme (see list above). Note that this PDF document must not exceed 1MB. If you do not upload certification for one of the above university degrees, your application will not be deemed valid. 
As an alternative to a degree certificate Italian candidates and candidates from eligible developing countries residing in Italy may upload a signed self-certification document (autocertificazione) provided that the degree has been awarded by an Italian university. This self-certification must include given name and family name, date and place of birth, university degree obtained, date of award, name of the Italian university, final grade and credits obtained. In order to be valid, this self-certification must be dated and signed (handwritten signature only).
Self-certification documents which have a computer keyboard-generated signature, are unsigned or otherwise incomplete will not be accepted. 
Candidates who have graduated from non-Italian universities cannot submit a self-certification document and must submit a copy of the degree awarded.  

N.B.
 Do not upload certificates of qualifications awarded by non-university institutions/entities unless they have been formally recognized by a University system. 

The below examples are documents which are NOT valid:

Example 1: Unsigned self-certification
Example 2: Keyboard-generated signature
Example 3: University Enrolment Certificate
Example 4: Piano di Studi
Example 5: University website screenshots

Submitting your application
The application form must be submitted before the deadline indicated.
Before submitting your online application, remember to double-check all data entered by clicking on REVIEW.
Note that once submitted, it is no longer possible to edit your application. The submission will be considered final.
After you have clicked on ‘SUBMIT’, a PDF version of the application will be automatically generated. You may decide to save this document on your computer or print it (also at a later stage) via the ‘PRINT’ option at the bottom of the registration/sign-in page.
If you wish to withdraw your application from the JPO Programme once submitted, please send a message to JPOinfo@undesa.it.

For additional information, please contact the UN/DESA Office in Rome at JPOinfo@undesa.it.

 

NOTICE 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