Eligibility requirements for applicants

Candidates must meet all of the following requirements to be considered eligible for the 2016/2017 edition:

  • Candidates must be born on or after 1 January 1986 (1 January 1983 for graduates in medicine).
  • Italian nationality.
  • Fluency in English and Italian.
  • Advanced university degree, such as:
    • Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica.
    • Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico.
    • Laurea/Laurea Triennale plus university Master’s degree, awarded before the application deadline.
    • Bachelor’s degree plus university Master’s degree, awarded before the application deadline.

Additional skills and qualifications 

Given the highly competitive nature of the Italian JPO Programme, the following additional skills and qualifications are considered assets:

  • Knowledge of other UN official languages / languages spoken in developing countries.
  • Additional academic qualifications and/or training courses.
  • Voluntary work and professional experience.
  • Key competencies such as client orientation, teamwork, communication, accountability, planning and organization.

Candidates are expected to be motivated, flexible and willing to adapt to different environments. Furthermore, they must at all times demonstrate commitment to the core values of the United Nations, i.e. integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity.

Fields of expertise

The level of training, specialization and prior professional experience expected of Associate Experts and Junior Professional Officers may vary from year to year according to the specific requests from the recipient organizations. Fields of expertise include – but are not limited to – the following areas: political affairs, peacekeeping and peacebuilding; humanitarian affairs, resettlements and refugees; sustainable development, including water and sanitation, environmental and climate change issues; migration and development; economic development, including public finance, public management, microcredit, etc.; social development, including social protection, indigenous issues, disabilities issues, gender issues, etc.; public administration, governance, and local development; statistics, demography and data management; international law; rule of law and electoral issues; children’s rights; food security and safety, agricultural development and livestock management; urban development; world heritage preservation, culture and education; information and communication technology for development; communications for development; private sector and industry development; logistics, supply chain management and project management.