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United Nations Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme 2019/2020 (Government of Italy) for Developing Countries

The UN  at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)/ Capacity Development Office, has opened applications for its JPO Programme for candidates from developing countries. Candidates from developing countries may apply for positions in the framework of the Italian JPO Programme.

Application Deadline: 10th December 2019 at 3 p.m. (Italian local time).

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia.

Candidates from any OTHER country are NOT ELIGIBLE

About the Award: JPOs are usually nationals of Donor countries, however some Donors also finance nationals of developing countries. The JPO programme is open to applicants from participating countries.

Type: Jobs/Internship


  • Be born on or after 1 January 1989 (1 January 1988 for graduates in Medicine; 1 January 1986 for graduates in Medicine who have already been awarded a post-graduate medical specialization degree)
  • fluency in English (knowledge of Italian will be considered an asset)
  • advanced university degree awarded before the application deadline, such as:
    ✓ Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica
    ✓ Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico
    ✓ Laurea/LaureaTriennale plus university Master’s degree
    ✓ Bachelor’s degree plus university Master’s

Given the highly competitive nature of the Italian JPO Programme, as well as the increasingly demanding skill-sets and levels of experience sought by International Organizations, the following are frequently considered important assets:
➢ Knowledge of other UN official languages/languages spoken in developing countries
➢ Additional academic qualifications and/or training courses
➢ Solid professional work experience (minimum one year)
➢ 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.
At all times they must demonstrate commitment to the core values of the United Nations, i.e. integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity.

For practical advice on preparing an application to the Italian JPO Programme, candidates are invited to attend a Webinar on one of the following dates (N.B. prior online enrolment is mandatory via
o 23 October 2019 (10 a.m.)
o 30 October 2019 (5 p.m.)
o 05 November 2019 (10 a.m.)
o 12 November 2019 (5 p.m.)
o 20 November 2019 (10 a.m.)
o 28 November 2019 (1 p.m.)
o 03 December 2019 (5 p.m.)

Number of Awards: Not specified

Duration of Program: Appointment is for a period of one year, with a possibility of an extension, depending on the performance and available funding from donor countries.

How to Apply: Applications to the Programme can only be submitted online through the Online Web Application tool (OWA) of the UN/DESA Office in Rome. It is no longer possible to submit applications via alternative channels.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

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  1. Silah Kimaru Too says

    Am Too Silah from Kenya Nandi County, am currently working in the county Government of Nandi Department of Agriculture .I graduated with Diploma In Horticulture and i wish to continue with my Degree In Agriculture/Horticulture. Can i be able to secure a scholarship?

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