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Who is eligible to apply to this programme?
The Associate Expert programme is open to applicants from donor countries that sponsor the programme. Our current donors are listed on the right.

Are you a National of a participating donor government?
Only a limited number of donor countries is currently participating in the programme and their nationals are eligible to apply to the Associate Expert Programme. If you are a national of one of the participating donor governments listed you may express your interest directly to the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs listed directly on the right.

Is there an age limit for joining the programme?
Normally, donor countries require applicants to be under the age of 32 when applying to an Associate Expert vacancy, however the age limit varies depending on the donor countries, so please check their websites on the above right panel.

Are you a National of a developing country?
Currently only the Netherlands are sponsoring developing country candidates. Further information will be posted once available.

Netherlands The Netherlands - Positions administered by UNDESA

Please note that only for positions administered by UNDESA which are sponsored by the government of the Netherlands there is direct application procedure to the UN.


In previous years Italy and Spain have sponsored candidates from developing countries as well. You can access their websites here:

Italy Italy

Spain Spain


Which United Nations Departments participate in this programme?
bullet View the participating UN departments*
*Note that these departments do not take direct applicatons, all applications are to be made directly to the sponsoring donor countries via their websites listed.


When is the deadline to apply?
Deadlines vary from vacancy to vacancy.

There are no Associate Expert vacancies being advertised on the donors websites? Are these the right websites?
Yes, they are. Please check the websites frequently for any openings in the future.

How long is an assignment as an Associate Expert?
Appointment is for a period of one year, with a possibility of an extension, depending on the performance and available funding from donor countries.

What qualifications are required?
• Normally, applicants are under 32 years of age, however age limits vary depending on the donor country. Pleae check their individual requirements on their websites on the top right.
• Must have at least a Master’s degree (or equivalent combination of a degree and work experience)
• In most cases have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience, however this varies between donor countries.
• English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Depending on the duty station, excellent oral and written English or French is essential. Proficiency in another United Nations language may be required depending on the job description.
• Proficient computer skills.

To whom and where should I send my application to?
You can access Associate Expert vacancies announcements and the application procedure on the sponsoring Governments’ Minister of Foreign Affairs websites listed. Please refer to the specific instructios of individual donors websites for more information. You do not directly apply to the UN, so please send your application to the sponsoring donor governments.


Who evaluates and interviews candidates?
The preliminary assessment of candidacies is carried out, in most cases, by the respective donor governments who take into account language skills, academic background and professional experience. A short-list is then submitted by the donor government to the United Nations for further processing.

Where and when will the final interview take place?
Only short-listed candidates will be interviewed directly by the representatives of the various United Nations departments. The interviews can be telephonic, video or in-person, and can be done solely by the receiving office or in collaboration between the donor and the department. Once this process is finalized, the short-listed candidates will be informed of the final results.