Frequently Asked Questions
1. Dual nationality
The positions are also open for people with dual nationality
have the Dutch nationality and a nationality from one of the
Developing Countries you can apply to the NL as well as the DC
positions. However, the
moment you enrol in the UN system the nationality you opted for at that
be your nationality in any of your future UN posts. Please note: if you
opt to apply with
a dual nationality for a DC position you should have at least part of
education completed in a DC country from the list. Having obtained both
a BA/BSc and
MA/MSc from outside a DC country will not make you acceptable as DC
you have the Dutch nationality and one of another country (not in the
eligible DC list)
you can apply to a NL position. However, the moment you enrol in the UN
nationality you opted for at that moment will be your nationality in
any of your future
2. Applying for more than one advertised position
You are free to apply to as many different positions as you feel
qualified for. Both within the
same organisation as by different organisations. But be aware that
competition is stiff (often
200+ applicants/position) and that you have to prepare a strong
specific for the position concerned.
3. Nationals of other EU countries
In the past it has been possible for nationals of other EU countries to
apply for NL financed JPO
positions. However, this is not possibly any longer.
4. Age limit
Unlike some other donors does the Dutch JPO programme not apply age
5. Working experience
In the advertisement’s a relevant working experience of 2 – 4 years is
indicated. This working
experience refers to normal, paid jobs, but may also include
internships and voluntary work.
How much weight is given to the internships and voluntary work depends
on the organisation .
The maximum of 4 years relates to the fact that the JPO programme has a
learning/training component and is not addressing people with
substantial relevant working
6. Application language
All application documents should be in English, including the
motivation letter. The full selection
process is executed by the receiving organisation: the Dutch Ministry
or Nedworc are not
directly involved in this process.
7. Motivation letter/section
As you can expect many competitors a strong, clear, convincing letter
of motivation, separate or
as section of the application form, is crucial. This is often the first
thing the HR section will look
at. Try to link your interest, experience and educational background to
the job description and
content. Convince the reader that you are an excellent candidate for
the position. Do not repeat
in detail what can be read in the CV/PH form. Present yourself as an
outstanding candidate (not
necessarily ‘the best’).
Only the shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit letters of
reference. So, no need to
attach them at your first application.
It is advised that, if you are shortlisted and invited for an interview
to contact your referees to
prepare a letter (and send them a copy of the advertisement). This will
allow them to prepare a
letter and have it ready as soon as it is requested by the
9. Written tests and Interviews
Only a selection of the applicants will be invited for a written test
and, after that, for an
interview. Written test are normally electronic. Interviews are
conducted by skype or telephone.
There is no need for travel to Geneva, New York or any other place.
10. Duration of the selection procedure.
take 4 – 6 weeks after the application deadline before shortlisted
are interviewed. If you have after 6 weeks of the deadline not received
invitation for a interview you were not shortlisted.
selection after the interviews takes another 6 weeks.
preferred candidate will be directly contacted by the HR/JPO department
Organisation. Unfortunately have most organisations the policy to wait
informing the unlucky interviewed applicants until they are sure the
filled, adding at least another month to the uncertainty.
will indicate on the website that the post is filled (PF) as soon as we
the preferred candidate has in principle accepted the offer.
selected JPOs: it takes at least 3, but on average, 5 months between
application and the moment you board the plane to start your new job.
estimates are based on experience from the past 3 year. Variation is
11. Resigning from an
Please do not resign from your present job as long as you have not
received a written offer . The
organisations would like to have their selected candidate as soon as
possible, but they are aware
of the fact that their preferred candidate may have a job with a
legally required period of