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Legal Opportunities at UN: JPO and Fellowship programs for Law Professionals

April 1, 2021

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UN JPO Program

Do you think that only International Relations students and young professionals have a chance of getting a job at the United Nations? Do you believe you’re not supposed to have a rewarding international experience in your field?

In this article, you will discover why, if you think these things, you are – fortunately – wrong!

The United Nations system has a complex structure composed of many agencies, funds, and programs, each with departments and offices in every corner of the world. In these UN agencies, there are many opportunities for law professionals.

In pursuit of its mission, the OpenIGO network has prepared a comprehensive eBook and support and guidance services, with the aim of highly increasing your chances of success in these competitive processes. These services include revising your UN application documents (curriculum vitae/resume and cover letter) and a mock interview, as per the United Nations model.

As you go through the chapters of the eBook, “UN Careers for Law Professionals”, you will discover what the competencies, requirements, and most common tasks performed by law professionals at the UN are. Moreover, we will bring you updated information about the agencies offering the greatest number of internships and job opportunities, as well the most common countries and positions by grade level.

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Among the possibilities of becoming a United Nations staff member, there are opportunities for young professionals that are different from general internship programs – which do not require previous experience. Usually, these opportunities are aimed at individuals who are under 32 years of age, have 1 or 2 years of experience in relevant work, and are nationals of a member/donor country of the specific UN System organization.

Here, we will present a brief explanation of legal opportunities at the UN, focusing on the UN JPO Program and the UN Fellowship Program. It’s just a small sample of all the information covered by our eBook. Get a copy today!

 

UN JPO Program for Law Professionals

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Program provides young professionals interested in pursuing a career in international development with an exceptional opportunity to acquire hands-on experience at a UN System organization.

Through the UN JPO Program, UN System agencies support the development of young professionals interested in growing in the organization and making important contributions to its work. Moreover, some individuals continue at the organization as regular staff members, upon completing their assignment.

Generally, the UN JPO program is sponsored by donor governments or universities. Usually, the donors only sponsor citizens of their countries, but in some cases, nationals from developing countries are also eligible to apply.

Junior professionals are fixed-term UN staff members and are, therefore, entitled to compensation, benefits and allowances comparable to International Professional staff.

In addition, these professionals might receive a number of tailored resources to improve their overall career development and learning journey, including professional coaching, mentoring programs, career counseling, online courses and more.

It is also crucial to know the requirements, so here are the basic eligibility criteria that candidates must meet in order to apply for the UN JPO program:

  • Be 32 years old or younger. The minimum age, in order to be eligible to apply, is 18 years old.
  • Fluency in English
  • National of a donor country of the specific UN organization
  • Minimum two years of relevant work experience
  • Advanced degree in law-related studies

UN Fellowship Program for Law Professionals

Similar to the UN JPO program, the UN Fellowship Program also provides young professionals interested in pursuing a career in international development with a great opportunity to acquire hands-on experience at a UN System organization.

Through the UN Fellowship program, UN System agencies support the development of young professionals interested in growing in the organization and making important contributions to its work. Moreover, some individuals continue at the organization as regular staff members, upon completing their assignment.

As is the case with the UN JPO program, the UN Fellowship program is sponsored by donor governments or universities. Usually, the donors only sponsor citizens of their countries, but in some cases, nationals from developing countries are also eligible to apply.

It is also crucial to know the requirements, so here are the basic eligibility criteria that candidates must meet in order to apply for the UN Fellowship program:

  • Be 32 years old or younger. The minimum age, in order to be eligible to apply, is 18 years old.
  • Fluency in English
  • National of a donor country of the specific UN organization
  • Minimum two years of relevant work experience
  • Advanced degree in law-related studies

The following table presents UN JPO Program and UN Fellowship program for legal professionals in the UN System:

Organization

Requirements

Website

 

 

 

International Criminal Court – JPO

  • Hold an advanced university degree and 2 years of relevant experience
  • Hold a first level university degree and 4 years of experience.
  • Under 35 years old
  • Proficiency in English or French
  • Excellent IT skills

 

 

 

https://tinyurl.com/yamkk2es

 

 

International Court of Justice – Judicial Fellows Program

  • Under 31 years old
  • Fluency in English or French
  • Have studied, published or worked in international law.

https://tinyurl.com/y8pc5gsm

 

 

 

International Labor Organization – JPO

  • National of a donor country
  • Hold an advanced degree and relevant work experience
  • The specifics of the desired profiles are defined by the donor country

 

 

https://tinyurl.com/ybb2nmmp

 

 

 

UNICEF – JPO

  • Under 32 years of age
  • National of a donor country
  • Possess an advanced degree and fluency in English
  • Minimum two years of relevant work experience

 

 

https://tinyurl.com/ya9a7bdo

 

JPO Service Centre – UN Women, UNRWA and IOM

  • Under 32 years of age
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a development-related field
  • A minimum two years of paid work experience in a relevant field, preferably in a developing country

 

 

https://tinyurl.com/ybdjb2df

 

 

Special Tribunal for Lebanon – JPO

  • Proficiency in English, French or Arabic
  • Hold an advanced degree and relevant work experience

 

https://tinyurl.com/ycumta76

 

 

 

 

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – JPO

  • Completed first-level degree from accredited universities in a field of study relevant to OSCE’s mandate, such as: international criminal law, terrorism studies, peace and conflict studies, etc.
  • Proficiency in English. Knowledge of other OSCE official languages, especially Russian, would be an asset;
  • Under 30 years old.
  • Previous work experience would be an asset.

 

https://tinyurl.com/ybm5s657

 

By having access to this information and much more from our eBook, you will certainly have a head start over other candidatesKnowing this and keeping tabs on UN’s latest legal opportunities is the first step in your journey towards a legal career within an international organization!

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