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  • an advanced university degree
  • a minimum of two years of relevant work experience
  • strong command of one of the working languages of the United Nations, English or French; an additional official language is an asset
  • age normally 32 or younger, but this varies by donor country

If you are a skilled graduate with energy, enthusiasm and an eagerness to join the United Nations, the Associate Expert Programme may be the right route for you.

The goal of the Associate Expert Programme is to provide assistance to developing countries and to offer university graduates an opportunity to get professional experience in the United Nations Capacity Development. The Programme recruits Associate Experts for the UN Secretariat and the UN entities administered by it, such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and United Nations Tribunals, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

As an Associate Expert you are recruited under bilateral agreements between the United Nations and donor countries.

Associate Experts are currently provided by 22 governments:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

The number of sponsored positions varies from year to year and by donor country. Initially you are granted a one-year appointment which may be extended, with the agreement of the donor country, and on the basis of good performance. There is no expectation of being selected for a regular staff position, but as an Associate Expert you may apply for such positions as any other external candidate.

The following disciplines are some of those considered by donor countries for the United Nations Associate Expert Programme:

  • Political science
  • Administration (Human Resources, procurement)
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Engineering (civil, mechanical, etc.)
  • Computer science

Other specialties may be required by specialized Agencies of the United Nations System and sponsored by the donors under their programmes.

More details on the programme and relevant links with donor countries can be found on the Associate Expert Programme website.

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