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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. Usually candidates come from those donor countries but some of them can accept to finance participation of qualified graduates coming from developing countries.
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.

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

http://esa.un.org/techcoop/associateexperts/index.html

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