Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, you are eligible and you will be considered an Italian applicant. If pre-selected, you will be required to submit a copy of a valid Italian passport.
It depends on your nationality/nationalities. When Italy decides to assign positions to developing country candidates, the list of the eligible developing countries is specified for each position assigned to non-Italian candidates.
You can apply for a maximum of three JPO positions.
No, candidates holding only a Laurea triennale are not eligible for the Programme. They must also hold a Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica or a University Master’s Degree awarded by a University before the application deadline.
No, candidates holding only a Bachelor’s degree are not eligible for the Programme. They must also hold a Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica or a Univeristy Master’s Degree before the application deadline.
Candidates must submit copy of the relevant university certificate attesting eligibility to the JPO Programme. These certificates do not need to be translated from their original language.
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 (N.B. 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.
The Programme has run on a regular basis since the late 1970s. It is sponsored by the Government of Italy and implemented by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA). However, as it is subject to availability of funds on a year-to-year basis, the number of posts being sponsored in international organizations may vary each year.
Through its Permanent Representations and Embassies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) of Italy requests international organizations to submit vacant JPO positions for its consideration. These positions and relative job descriptions are transmitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for review, selection and funding approval.
In addition to the contents of this website, information on the Programme can be obtained by contacting the UN/DESA Office in Rome by phone at (+39) 06 5705 4638 and by e-mail at jpoinfo[at]
To be eligible for the 2023/2024 edition of the Programme, candidates must be born on or after 1 January 1993 (1 January 1992 for graduates in Medicine; 1 January 1990 for graduates in Medicine who have already been awarded a post-graduate medical specialization degree).
Below an example of qualifications, experience and languages required by an International Organization for a JPO position on Youth Employment Policies and Programmes: Education: Economics, international development, labour market studies, political sciences, sociology, development studies.

Experience: At least two years’ working experience in employment-related areas. Prior experience in project/programme management and monitoring and evaluation, particularly in developing countries, would be an advantage. In addition, experience and/or exposure to the work of the United Nations in development would be an asset.

Skills: YEP is looking for a highly motivated individual with strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are crucial as well as ability to work in teams, take initiative and meet deadlines. Proficiency with Excel and other database software is a valued asset.

Languages: Proficiency and ability to communicate and draft concisely in the English language and knowledge of another official language of the United Nations.

The following table shows the number of candidates who were preselected in the last 10 editions (from 2013/2014 and 2022/2023).



The number of the AEs and JPOs varies according to the level of the funds made available by donor Government in a given year.

The following graph shows the number of JPOs recruited in the last 10 editions (from 2013/2014 and 2022/2023).



The following graph shows the average age of JPOs recruited in the last 10 editions (from 2013/2014 and 2022/2023).



Yes. The graph below contains consolidated data from the past 20 editions of the Programme and indicates the percentage of candidates preselected for interview on their first, second, third attempt, etc. Bear in mind also that the JPO profiles and Host Organizations change from one edition to the next.



The large volume of applications makes it extremely difficult for the office to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful candidates. Only short-listed applicants will be informed by UN/DESA about the positive outcome of the pre-selection process.
Under this Programme, you will be offered a one-year fixed-term contract renewable for a second year by the organization which has selected you through the interview process (the usual length of assignment is two years). The second-year extension is subject to a performance review during the first year. The entry grade will be at the level P2 step 1 of the professional category for the United Nations System and at the equivalent grade for other International Organizations.
The assessment of candidates is carried out by the UN/DESA Office in Rome and takes into consideration factors such as motivation, language skills, academic background, professional and volunteering experience vis-à-vis the specific requirements of the position(s) for which candidates have applied. A UN Commission will undertake the final assessment and determine the list of pre-selected candidates for interview. Interviews and written tests will be carried out by the international organizations. They are solely responsible for identifying the final selected candidate.
Only pre-selected candidates will be interviewed by representatives of the various international organizations. These candidates will be interviewed remotely via web-based video conference facilities. Interviews may take place between July and October. Once the interview process is finalized, international organizations notify UN/DESA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. All candidates will be informed by UN/DESA of their interview outcome.
Prior to official recruitment, all selected candidates must participate in a mandatory induction course organized by the United Nations System Staff College. They will be joined by selected candidates from the JPO Programmes funded by other donor countries. All expenditures related to the induction course attendance will be borne by the donor Government through UN/DESA. The course will train participants on a variety of topics including emerging issues in the international agenda, aid coherence and effectiveness, conflict situation and analysis, negotiations, security and safety issues, communication skills, team work and collaboration, knowledge management and results-based management.
Yes, it is possible. In this case you will be invited to participate in the final selection phase for both positions.
Yes, you can submit your application. However, it must be kept in mind that the assessment of the candidates’ profile takes into consideration all the specific requirements of the position(s).
For some positions, the fluency in a specific language, other than English, is a requirement. If you do not satisfy this requirement, you should not submit your application. If a specific language is an asset for the position, or it is desirable, you could submit your application even if you do not have the knowledge of this language, or you are not fluent. However, it must be kept in mind that the assessment of the candidates’ profile takes into consideration all the specific requirements indicated in the Job Descriptions, including the knowledge of the desirable languages.