United Nations Secretariat Associate Expert Program


International Organization Careers is brought to you by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO). IO is the U.S. government’s primary interlocutor with the United Nations and a host of other international agencies and organizations.  As such, the Bureau is charged with advancing the President’s vision of robust multilateral engagement as a crucial tool in advancing U.S. national interests. U.S. multilateral engagement spans the full range of important global issues, including peace and security, nuclear nonproliferation, human rights, economic development, climate change, global health, and much more.

Position Description 

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Organization Affairs sponsors qualified U.S. citizens for participation in the United Nations Associate Expert (AE) program. This program recruits American citizens under a bilateral agreement between the United Nations (UN) and United States government to work for the UN Secretariat on projects that promote international peace & security and economic & social development. AEs are appointed to the UN for a period of one year, with a possibility of an extension, depending on the AE’s performance and available funding. After completing their AE assignment, many AEs successfully compete for positions in the UN. This fully funded staffing program strengthens the capacity of the United Nations and gives U.S. citizens the experience and skills necessary to become active members of the international community.

Roles and Responsibilities

Specific roles and responsibilities vary considerable between different Associate Expert Programs. For more information on avaliable programs and the particular responsibilities of each, please visit: http://iocareers.state.gov/Main/Content/Page/united-nations-secretariat-associate-expert-program

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in a related field
  • A minimum two years of related work experience
  • Demostrated time-management skills
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively 

Application Instructions

The Associate Expert Program selection processes are carried out jointly by the Bureau of International Organization Affairs and the United Nations. To apply, please send the following list of application requirements to UNAEProgramApp@state.gov.  Please state which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and if you are applying to both positions please submit a specific application for each position. Applications must be received by October 25th. For more information on the particular positions please visit: http://iocareers.state.gov/Main/Content/Page/united-nations-secretariat-associate-expert-program

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