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United Nations Associate Experts Programme recruits Associate Experts/ JPOs for the UN Secretariat and UN entities administered by it:

- United Nations Secretariat
(Headquarters and Field offices, incl. Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political Missions)
- Secretariat of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB)
- Joint Inspection Unit (JIU)
- Regional Commissions (ECA, ECE, ESCWA, ECLAC, ESCAP)
- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- International Court of Justice and United Nations Tribunals
- United Nations Secretariat of the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
- United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia (UNRCCA)
- United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
- United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC)

UN JPO Programme News 2016:


The 11th Meeting of Partner Countries and UN Organizations on the JPO Programmes in the UN System will take place in April 2017 in Bonn/Germany.


Orientation Programme for JPOs/ Associate Experts scheduled to take place 19-30 September UNSSC in Turin 2016


Morocco has joined the UN JPO Programme in February 2016!

UN JPO Programme News 2015:

We are pleased to announce that China has joined the UN JPO Programme in May 2015!


10th Meeting of Partner Countries and UN Agencies on the JPO Programmes, 28-30 April 2015, The Hague, The Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


The Associate Experts Programme has launched a JPO Buddy System for new JPOs under recruitment



Orientation Programme for JPOs/ Associate Experts held at UNSSC in Turin 2014

Turin induction training 2014


The United Arab Emirates joined the United Nations Associate Experts Programme on 24 September 2014.

Her Excellency Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN has signed the MoU on behalf of the UAE government, while the UN was represented by Mr Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

signing ceremony 24 September 2014












Associate Experts are recruited under bilateral agreements between the UN and Donor countries for development projects or regional projects within the UN's wide fields of competence.

Associate Experts are generally nationals of Donor countries, however some Donors agree to finance nationals of developing countries. Candidates are young professionals usually with an advanced university degree and two years of professional experience.


Currently 25 governments participate in the Associate Experts/JPO Programme.

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Interested in applying to be an Associate Expert? Read more below and check the donor country websites on the right for vacancies.

bullet The Dutch AE/JPO Programme

bullet How to Apply to be an Associate Expert in general

bullet Download the Personal History Statement

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