Young Talents At The ILO - The Associate Expert Programme At A Glance
Since 35 years, the Associate Expert Programme (sometimes called Junior Professional Programme) has been an important and flexible tool of the ILO to attract and retain young talented professionals. The programme reflects the interest and priorities of different donor countries that fund young professionals for a duration of 2-3 years in different areas and locations.
For the ILO, the programme is particularly valuable because it can cope with the changing needs in terms of staff and priorities, as it offers on-the-job training opportunities to young professionals and enhances the source of potential future talents for the Organisation.
Once a donor has approved the final choice of a candidate, the young professional receives through the programme, and as a first or second working experience, a unique opportunity to discover the UN system.
Currently there are 30-40 AE assigned worldwide (to ILO field offices, decent work teams and/or TC projects) and at Headquarters (with interregional projects, research activities and/or programming work).
Objectives Of The Programme
The basic principles of the Associate Expert Programme have been set forth in Resolution 849 (XXXII) issued by ECOSOC in August 1961. The objectives of the Programme are to:
About Our Associate Experts
An Associate Expert usually has a Master degree in combination with some years of working experience. Most of them are usually recruited at P1/P2 level and specifics to their profiles are defined by the donor.
About The Donors
The ILO Associate Expert Programme has been in operation for over 35 years. During that time the scheme has grown steadily and associate experts are now provided by donor countries namely: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, The Republic of Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The Procedures Of Recruitment
The ILO submits a vacancy list quarterly to donor countries. The governments select the posts which are of interest to them in accordance with their policies and priorities. The posts are mostly advertised through the websites of the national Ministries of Foreign Affairs. On specific occasions, positions might also be posted on the ILO website (e.g. for positions funded by the Netherlands, Portugal and Belgium). A preliminary selection of candidates is usually carried-out by national recruitment services, an interview/selection stage is then organized including the relevant ILO Technical Department or region; and a final decision is taken by the donor country in close consultation with the ILO.
The ILO Associate Expert Programme is managed by the Resourcing Unit (HR/TALENT-RES) in the Talent Branch of the Human Resources Development Department.
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Last update: Wednesday, 12-Oct-2011 14:40:00 CEST