The Italian Junior Professional Officer Programme (JPO) is a multilateral technical cooperation initiative sponsored by the Government of Italy and implemented by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA).
It enables Italian citizens and citizens of eligible developing countries holding an advanced university degree to gain work experience with 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.
Candidates must meet all the following requirements to be considered eligible for the 2018/2019 edition:
- Born on or after 1 January 1988 (1 January 1985 for graduates in Medicine)
- Be an Italian national or a national of one of the eligible developing countries listed here
- Fluency in English and Italian
- Advanced university degree awarded before the application deadline, such as:
✓ Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica
✓ Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico
✓ Laurea/Laurea Triennale plus university Master’s degree
✓ Bachelor’s degree plus university Master’s degree.
The deadline for submitting applications to the 2018-2019 round of the JPO Programme is 14 December 2018 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. It is no longer possible to submit applications by regular mail or personally deliver them.