Junior Professional Officers 

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme provides young professionals interested in pursuing a career in international work with practical experience in a United Nations organization.  

Under the guidance of a senior member of staff, JPOs assigned to UNOPS learn from experienced colleagues how to implement projects within areas central to UNOPS operations such as project management, procurement, human resources, finance, environment, health, physical infrastructure, census and elections, justice and security sector reform. 

Meet our current JPOs

Assignments may have a regional, national or sectoral focus and can last for one to three years. JPOs are sponsored by their national governments. To learn more about the experiences of some of our current JPOs at UNOPS, click here.

Interested candidates can find details about the JPO programme and how to apply here.

Current JPOs

Meet UNOPS staff who started their UN career as JPOs

The history of JPO retention in UNOPS and the high value we place on their services ensures a secure and supportive environment for their professional development in the United Nations. JPOs are given the opportunity to make a real impact and contribute to the goals of the organization.

Many members of the UNOPS senior management team started their UN career as JPOs. To read more about their experiences, click here.


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