The 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 and International Cooperation 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 international organizations in carrying out their activities by providing them with skilled personnel for a period of two years; on the other, it allows young qualified professionals seeking an international career the opportunity of two years’ work experience that will broaden their chances of finding a suitable job in international organizations or in the international field. [...read more]



The Italian Fellowships Programme for Technical Cooperation Capacity Building and Human Resources Development is sponsored by the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.
Through this Programme, young skilled professionals are selected for a one-year placement in the field offices of either organizations of the United Nations system or the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. Before taking up their assignment in the host country Fellows attend a mandatory two-week orientation workshop, which is an integral part of the Programme.
The fellowships under this Programme are awarded to enhance development assistance delivery in developing countries and to provide young professionals with a valuable opportunity to enrich their professional experience [...read more]


The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat is a vital interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and national action.
Its work is guided by the universal and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 integrated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015.
The UN/DESA Office in Italy promotes and coordinates several important development cooperation initiatives – in particular in the area of human resources development – within the framework of UN/DESA’s mandate, liaising accordingly with Italian and European institutions, civil society organizations and the business sector.
This web site aims to provide the general public with useful information on UN/DESA’s activities in Italy and beyond.